What The World Has Yet To See | Sermon about Samson
From the series: The World Was Not Worthy Of Them
Hey, good morning, everybody, and welcome not only to church, but also welcome to week one of the NFL season go Niners. If you’re a Dolphins fan, as always, I’m sorry. It’s not that you’re going to have a terrible year. It’s that you’re probably going to have the same season you’ve had for the… See more
Hey, good morning, everybody, and welcome not only to church, but also welcome to week one of the NFL season go Niners. If you’re a Dolphins fan, as always, I’m sorry. It’s not that you’re going to have a terrible year.
It’s that you’re probably going to have the same season you’ve had for the last 20 years, which is basically a mediocre year. This is a the last since 2005. All the seasons the Dolphins have had. As you can see, they’re not terrible except for the one year in twenty when they were quite bad but but they’re always about the same. They’re eight and eight. And my good friends says eight and eight is a great I guess there’s a there’s a book that one of the lines in the book says the enemy of great is good.
And so that is the Dolphins I’m sorry Dolphins fans. I don’t get a lot of chances to talk about football. And so now that we’re kind of done, let me just move on to where we’re going for today’s sermon today. We’re continuing our series. The world was not worthy of them. Where we have been looking at heroes from Hebrews.
And today I want to do something a little bit different with it being NFL Sunday and with our fantasy football lineups being taking shape. I thought today would be an appropriate week to talk to the brothers. This week is for our men, but I don’t want to leave the sisters out. So. So here’s what I would love from you. Wonderful women of God. If you could just take a moment and just tag any of the godly men or the men that are trying to be godly or men that, you know, just tag them in the chat below or if you can share this message with them.
I do believe that what we’re going to talk about today should have a resonating effect on every man, no matter their generation, because what we’re going to talk about really is some universal truths. If you can just go ahead and tag them. Now, let’s add as many men into the chat as possible and let’s see if we can maybe draw some men to watch the sermon here today. Again, it’s going to be for the brothers. But but I do pray if you’re listening, sisters, that God’s spirit will speak to you through the scriptures, that you will also be impacted, you know, periodically.
It’s really important to have a conversation with a certain demographic of people. And this week, as we mentioned, we’re talking to our brothers because historically there has often been a shortage in the world of godly men. In fact, one of the most tragic verses I believe in all of the Bible is found in Ezekiel chapter 20 to 30 is to the prophet basically showing the exiled Jews why God’s judgment has come. And this is what he says.
This is really God speaking through the prophet is equal, but he basically says the judgment of God is coming because of this. He says, I searched from for a man among them who would build up the walls and stand in the gap before me. But I found no one. God is saying that he was looking for a man to fill in the gap, but no one could be found, he found no one with the character, with the wisdom, with the faithfulness.
God said, I search for a man. I looked for a man, but I found no one, not a single person who could stand in the gap. Perhaps if God were speaking this verse to us today, he would say that he’s not necessarily looking for someone to stand in the gap, maybe saying he’s looking for someone with integrity, someone who will tell the truth when it’s hard. I’m looking for a man of courage, someone who will brave the ways of frustration and discouragement, looking for a man who will stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves, looking for a man who will lay down his wife or his bride.
The way that Christ laid out his wife, lay down his life for the church, looking for a man who would impart spiritual truth to the next generation. I’m looking for a man again who would sort of stand in the gap. Maybe that’s what God would say to us today. And I believe with all my heart that if God looked for such a man in our community and faith in this congregation, I don’t believe you would find just one. I believe you would find many, many men.
I believe that God will find many men whose hearts beat only for him. I think you would find many men who stand in the gap right here in our church.
And all this time, though, during this time, as we’re trying to be the men God imparted for us to be there is this consistent, constant onslaught from the world. Henry Varly, a British revivalist who had who befriended a young American, a man by the name of Dale Moody, if you know who Dale Moody is, he later became one of the greatest thinkers, Christian thinkers of modern time. But in a late night conversation he talking about his ministry while he was speaking just about the idea that men are on basically have the world is against men, there’s an onslaught against men in our world and that so many had fallen down around him.
And Moody said this to me, said, The world has yet to see what God can do through one man whose heart is totally surrendered on to him.
Saying it would be amazing just to see what men of God really could do in these were in this world, those words stayed with Moody, so much so that in a later meeting when he met up with with Vaal, he recounted this. He said, Do you remember that? That phrase you said? Do you remember this line that you told me that it would be so amazing? Well, the world is yet to see what God can do through one man whose heart is totally surrendered to him.
Merely explain that those words had stuck with him for so long that he wanted to give a declaration to to Valerie. I said this. He said, you say the world has yet to see this man. I say I will be that man. God is looking for a man of integrity, of honor, of courage, of faithfulness. I will be such a man. And today my prayer is that we can talk a little bit about how to be that man in the face of very much opposition.
And and more specifically, I want to focus our attention on one of the biblical heroes that we will we will discover four things that make strong men stumble. And the one thing that builds them up again, if you have a Bible, you can turn with me to Judges chapter 14. If you don’t know, all the scriptures will be up on the screen, but we’re going to be reading a lot. So you got to buckle your seat belt and stay with me.
Story of Samson
It’s kind of a long two chapters, so I’ll be telling the story as well. Samson is a man who on the surface appears to be a very unlikely man that God would use to stand in the gap or be that man. Samson had so much God given potential. And yet, as we will see again and again and again, he sacrificed his potential for bad decisions, got God gave him the potential for righteousness, the potential for kingdom movement.
And yet again and again, he made poor decisions that shipwrecked his faith. And we really could summarize Samson’s entire life with a single statement. If you’re taking notes, you may want to write this down. Samson was a man whose strength was overshadowed by his weak willed. He had so much power, position, authority, and during the majority of his life, he squandered all of it because of his inability to control his own will. He was a strong man who stumbled.
And I know that that in many ways his story is a lot like many of our stories where we can be strong men who are tempted daily to fall into lust, strong men who are tempted daily to give in to our own rage, strong men who are tempted daily to live entitled lives, to speak deceitfully, to not tell the truth, to not stand up for those who need standing up for. We can be strong men who also stumble because of our will.
That’s the story of Samson, and I believe his story has a lot of resemblance to our stories. Maybe if it’s not exactly the same, there’s a lot we can certainly glean from it. Samson’s life shows us four very specific attitudes that will overshadow a man’s strength for attitudes that will shipwreck a man’s faith, for thoughts that will drag them into the muck of lies and deceit, for ways of thinking that will topple, topple the impact a man could potentially have.
And also, Samson’s life will show us one characteristic, one attitude of his heart that allowed him to be risen up as a man of faith, even at the very end of his life. Again, Judge, Chapter 14 is what we’re going to be, Sampson’s story is found in the Book of Judges because Samson is a judge. Let me talk a little bit about a judge before we get into the story. A judge it may may bring to mind images of of like courtrooms and lawyers and proceedings and all that sort of thing.
But that’s not what the biblical what a biblical judge is. The biblical period of the judges is just after Moses and Joshua and just before the time of the king that Saul Solomon, Samuel, I’m sorry, Saul, Solomon, Saul, Solomon, David and all of his and all of their sons.
But the Hebrew term that’s rendered here, judge, actually could mean deliver or it could mean protector or rescuer. And so that’s exactly what the judges were. They were rescuer’s of the people of Israel. The judges were known primarily for their military feats and they were known for their ability to conquer and to protect. And basically, the story of the judges is God sending remarkable men and a woman, Deborah, to take care of the people of Israel who in essence, were very rebellious.
To put it simply, the story of the judges look exactly the same. It’s the people of Israel, rebelling God sends an oppressor to punish them. The oppressor is typically a nation. As they groan and complain, God sends a deliver and those deliverers are judges. That cycle happens seven times in the book of judges. There are a lot of judges, but one of them is a man by the name of Samson. Samson is a superhero with super strength.
His hair appeared, the Bible says, to give him the strength of like ten men. And the reason that he was given that strength again was to protect Israel. But Samson does not end up using it to protect Israel. He ends up using it to basically propagate his own life and to give himself a little bit more standing in civilization. So Samson shows up on the scene in Judge Chapter 13. He’s a special kid. God gives his parents some instruction that they’re supposed to raise him as a Nazzerite.
And Nazzerite basically is a person who was supposed to live separate from the rest of Israel. If you want to learn more about that, you could read no Chapter six. But basically, the Nazarrite vow consists of three things no drinking alcohol, no cutting your hair, no touching dead things. When Sampson grows up, his parents tell him not to do these three things. But Sampson is terrible and he violates all three of those things. And while in violation of God’s command, I believe he displays for all of us for attitudes that will bring a man to his knees who believes he is very strong.
I know we’re doing a lot of setup, but as we get going, we’re going to just be flying through. So I want to tell you about the four attitudes that we’re going to see. The first one is lust, the attitude that says I want it. The second one is entitlement, the attitude that says I deserve it. The third one is pride, the attitude that says I can handle it. And the last one is anger, which says I’m furious about it.
Samson in the Flesh
Samson, throughout his life, was a man driven by his desires. He was he was driven by his unrestrained passions. He had a stubborn will. He had irrational desires. He had a violent temper and a wild disregard for the commandments of God. And all of that combined to make his life a total tragedy and a story of caution for all men in all times about how strong men fail. At the end of his life, we see a beautiful twist, but how they come back to life, OK, and know I set it up a lot.
We’re ready to go. This is Judge Chapter 14. We’re going to start in verse one, judge chapter 14, starting verse one. Samson went down to Timna and saw there a young Philistine woman. When he returned, he saw, he said to his father and mother, I’ve seen a philistine woman in Timna. Now get her for me as my wife, Samson, the strongman of Israel. He’s supposed to be a man who rescues Israel because of his power.
But but he has it. But it’s a little bit of a problem. He sees a girl and he goes, I want her. The problem with this is that this woman, the Philistine woman, is an enemy of Israel. And God clearly says in the law that you shall not marry those who do not worship Yahweh. But see, at that moment, he looks at her and he forgets everything else and he says, I want her. I want to be in a relationship with this woman.
I’m not supposed to be in. And I don’t care what God says. I don’t care what my mama says. And my dad says, I don’t care what’s right and what’s wrong. I don’t care what’s wise. I want it.
This is the beginning of Sampson’s life and his issues. I want it, and so I take it, I want it and so get it for me.
And over and over and over and over and over again in sentence life, we see the same issue play out his attitude of lust. Lust is when a man or woman sees something they desire and they begin to think, I have to have it, I got to have it, I want it, I want it, I want it. I need it. And when lust is in full bloom, what happens is it draws you away from who you’re supposed to be and it instantly makes you forget who God made you to be.
And you forget about God and you forget about your family. You forget about your wife and you forget about your kids. And you lose sight of your longing for a legacy and your desire for a purpose in life, all for the quick hit, all for the quick fix. It might be a sexual thrill. It could be monetary. It could be a new piece of technology or a boat or a house or a car or a woman. Whatever it is.
You want it. You want it. You want it. You want it. It’s lust.
Sampson’s life is full of lust. Lust makes you forget everything. Lust makes you forget who God made you to be. Samson the deliver of Israel is in fact just a lustful debauchery. This disaster of a man, I want it. That’s the first attitude we see. You can read it all the way through. But I encourage you, as we’re reading here, maybe take some notes and maybe you can go back and read the story on your own.
This is the first sign that Samson’s life, though he was strong, was headed towards destruction. The story continues. Judges Chapter 14, verse six. Samson goes to meet this woman and on his way he is actually ambushed by a lion. This is a pretty intense story. Look at this. It says, so the spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him so that he tore the lion apart here, that with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat.
Samson and the Lion
I don’t know anybody who has ever torn a young goat, but I can imagine what it’s like to tear a lion apart. This is a strong dude and you can think whatever I could, I could tear the line apart. But you would be totally wrong. And the reason you might believe that is because you’d never actually seen a lion. I’ve seen the lion in person. Have you ever seen a lion like in the wild? I used to live in a suburb of New York and I saw not a regular lion, but I saw a mountain lion.
A mountain lion is a lion that climbs mountains. It’s the scariest thing I’ve ever seen in my whole life. We had in our house a deck that was outside our back door and it was adjacent to our kitchen. And so we had a pit bull and the blinds were all closed and the people started barking and barking, barking, barking. And I’m like, Why is my dog barking? So I go, it’s about dusk. And I go outside.
I look through the the blinds and I kind of move the accordion blinds away. And there is this stinking lion. I closed the accordion blinds. I instantly run into my bedroom and lock the door because it was scary. I don’t know if I, I said a bad word, but I certainly thought what in my heart it was it was a very, very scary moment. I was so afraid.
The thought is if you were to see a lion, right, you would run and I would run or you would play dead and I would play dead. But Sampson is so strong and so powerful, there’s so much potential that tears the lion apart. He just rips it apart.
Anyway, later, he’s on his way back after he meets the girl and gets this betrothal going. He meets this, he meets the woman, he’s on his way back. And as he’s passing the same way, he sees the lion carcass there and he goes to investigate. I think he probably thought it would be filled with, like maggots and flies. But instead, he found it with a bowl of a colony of bees and they had all taken up residency and they’re producing honey.
So he reaches into the lion carcass. He collects some honey and he eats it. Two things. First thing that’s disgusting, but that’s kind of par for the course. You know, men do gross things. That’s that’s the way it works. If you want some if you don’t believe me, the men do gross things. Just think about how a man determines if a pair of underwear is clean. He grabs the underwear and then he smells it, which is disgusting.
You put your nose where your butt was. That doesn’t really work. But anyway, first, that’s nasty. Number two, what is he not supposed to touch?
He’s not supposed to touch dead things, but he does it anyway. Again, Samson betrays the same God who gave him the power to rip apart the lion. He betrays the vow to God. It betrays the blessings that God has given them. All for what? All for a handful of honey. And the answer the question is how stupid, how stupid would you have to be to give away your blessings that God has given you for a handful of honey?
And the answer is, people do it every single day, every single day. There are men in our world to betray, betray God for something so silly, something so sinful, sinful things. They decide to transfer or transfer their wealth and their blessings, all for just a quick fix. And a lot of the times it’s because men feel entitled. The second added to the heart that we’re going to talk about a little bit is entitlement. The belief that because you worked hard, you deserve something because you worked hard, you deserve it.
I worked hard for it, and so I deserve it. I’ve been slaving away and so I deserve it. I put up with her, so I deserve it. I put up with those kids. I deserve it. I deserve it. I killed the lion, so I deserve to eat from it. I did it. So I deserve it. I deserve to blow off a little bit of steam. I deserve I make all the money in the family, so I deserve to spend it.
However I want to spend it. I can treat myself. I deserve some praise. I deserve some accolade. I deserve a little bit of people telling me that I’m great, I deserve some pop. I deserve some some some praise from people. I deserve it. I deserve it. Sampson walks by the carcass, looks at it and goes, Look, I killed that lion. I deserve the honey. He grabs the honey and he disregards God’s command all because he believes he deserve it, deserves it.
And the fact is, the fact that we all have to remember is two things. Men. One, all we deserve is death. That’s what we deserve. That’s what we deserve. And the second thing is that everything we have is a gift from God. Sampson is entitled, Sampson Lives Entitled, and that continues his downward spiral. He still has a lot more sinfulness to explore. The story continues. Sampson’s new fiancee is ready to get married.
The betrothal period has come to an end. It’s time for them to get to four. For Sampson to get married to this Philistine woman. The wedding preparations are made. They notify Sampson, so he travels back to his fiancee’s hometown and they’re going to have a feast. The feast is supposed to last seven days is consist among the Philistines is primarily just like a drunken party. He’s having a kegger. But but let’s just remember one of the things he’s not supposed to do.
Don’t touch dead things. Don’t cut your hair. No drinking alcohol. But instead, he throws this party full of drinks. Why not putting a little bit of motivation in his heart, but I know the reason why many of us do this is because of his pride. Samson believes he can handle it. Don’t worry. There’s alcohol there. Don’t worry, don’t worry, don’t worry, don’t worry. I can handle it. I can handle it. I can I can handle it.
I handle my liquor. Good. But of course, you cannot. He’s a strong man, right, who’s supposed to be a man of God again, a man of great potential, continues to squander it because of the attitudes he has in his heart. I can handle it. Pride. I’m strong. What do we say? I can watch it now. I can watch it like I don’t I’m not tempted with that. I can do that.
I can listen to that. I can I can go there. I can hang out with those people. Don’t worry about me. Stop trying to put me in a box. I can I can watch it. I can do that. I can participate in that. I can see that. I can listen to that. I can play that. I could participate with those people. I can hang out with those people. I can handle it. And in fact, just like Samson, strong men, strong men, strong men, we cannot handle it, and he’s lured into a pit of his own despair, of his own making.
And now Samson, very likely drunk, falls into the next sin that is associated with his with his pride. We talked about his last we talked about his entitlement. We talked about his pride. And the last thing we’re going to see is his anger. The biblical text tells us that there are 30 young men who joined him in the party, 30 young men he’s drinking with, and and of course, because he’s drunk, he makes a very silly, silly wager with them.
He challenges them to this impossible riddle about killing the lion and the honey. And remember, they’re all drunk. And so Samson says to them this. He says, Let me tell you a little a riddle sentence and said to them, if you give me the answer within seven days of the feast, I will give you 30 linen garments and 30 sets of clothes. If you can’t tell me the answer, you must give me 30 linen garments and 30 sets of clothes.
Tell us your riddle. They said, let’s hear it. He replied out of the edar. Something to eat out of the strong, something sweet. For three days they could not give an answer. So for three days they don’t understand. They can’t explain the riddle. They get very, very angry. And so they corner his soon to be wife at their marriage event. Think about how wonderful of a wedding this is. They corner her wife and this is what they say.
They say, coach your husband into explaining the riddle to us or we will burn you and your father’s household to death. This is sort of what happens when you’re in a drunken brawl. Did you invite us here to seal our property? And they relentlessly plead, give us the information, give us the information, give us the information, so eventually she gives it to them. She tells them exactly what the story is, it’s about the lion and the honey and the Philistines men go over to to Samson and remind him of the or tell him the answer to this ridiculous riddle.
Samson is furious. He knows his bride has betrayed him. He’s so enraged, in fact, that he travels twenty three miles to another Philistine city and he travels that twenty three miles that other Philistine city because he doesn’t have 30 garments. And so what he does is he kills 30 men.
This is a man of God, I thought, a man of great potential, a strong man, a man who cannot control himself, and so he strips those 30 men, he kills all of them.
He walks back in a furious rage, 50 mile round trip, brings the linen. Do you catch it? In his anger, Samson kills 30 men, a man of God who is enticed by violent rage on righteous anger. And maybe your anger will never produce. The murder of 30 people. But it could produce the death of several relationships. You know, you were so mad at your son, so mad at your daughter that you did something or you said something, you know, you should never have done so mad at your wife, so angry with her that you said something or did something you now regret.
You called out a friend in disrespect and now you’re no longer friends. Anger, rage is in your heart. When someone disrespects you or says something wrong to you can even possibly control it. Every night you go to bed bitter and angry and frustrated. And no one wants to hang out with, you know what? To talk with you all because you can not control your anger.
Could not keep his temper in check. Reminds me of what the apostle James says Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry because man’s anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Man’s anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. So we can go on and on and on and on and on.
We can talk about the fact that Samson then ties those those people get mad and kill a bunch of his people and then he kills a bunch of their people. And then he ties Fox tails and sets fire to to thousands of crops and he kills thousands of men with a jaw bone. We could talk about his arrogance. We could talk about his continued loss and his continued pride and his continued entitlement and his rage because there were so just pervasive and everything he does.
And again, he was supposed to be a special man, supposed to be a special man, and I don’t know what it is for you. I don’t know what it is for you. But God has given you so much potential and God has given me so much potential and God has given this community so much potential. And these are the attitudes, rage, entitlement, lust, pride that allow us or begin to just kind of just destroy the beauty that God has for our life.
And I don’t know what it is for you, but if it’s I want it or if it’s I deserve it or it’s I’m so angry about it, I can handle it. But but before long, what ends up happening if you have those attitudes, like, look, I wanted I deserve it. I’m so angry about it, I can handle it before long. Those things begin to handle you. And we’ll see this so often, right? I want to bolt, I want a car, I want a new toy, I deserve it.
I can handle the payments. And before long, you’re drowning in a sea of financial debt that you can’t seem to get out of here. Now, there’s a lot of tension in your marriage that you never thought you would have. I want to look, I just want a little look. I want her to stay. I deserve a little pleasure. I want it in. The next thing you know, your last has take you taken you into a downward spiral and you can’t seem to dig yourself out of it.
I’m strong. I want it. I deserve it. Angry about it. So if you were fast forward to the end of Sampson’s life, we would see perhaps the strongest man who had ever lived, who from birth, God had his hand upon him. God’s spirit had given him so much strength. And here he is at the very end of his life. He’s in utter despair. The causing drama of Samson’s life, you may know well. It’s an incredible story.
Samson and Delilah
The final chapter begins when we once again see him. His father once again see his gaze fixed upon another woman, a woman named Delilah. Delilah is kind of interested in Samson, but isn’t really interested, but but they know the people of Felicity, the Palestinians know that Sampson is interested in her. And so the Philistines pay Delilah five hundred and fifty years wages to entice him to try to draw him in and to teach him the secrets of why he’s such a strong man.
By the way, that would be like 20 million dollars, the price on his head. If that’s how much the Philistines play paid Delilah, just think how much Satan is paying this world to destroy men of God, just saying. And with a fortune at stake, Delilah is happy to seduce this Hebrew man, she manipulates him. And finally, in Judge Chapter 16, this is what happens with such nagging. She prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it.
So he told her everything, no razor has ever been used on my head, he said, because I’ve been a Nazzerite dedicated to God from my mother’s womb, if my head was shaved, my strength would lead me and I will become as weak as any other man. He tells The Secret. She knows, and so they come up with a plan to shave his head, but in the midst of all of this, there is this brutal, brutal, tragic text.
This is Judge Chapter 16, verse 20. This is speaking about Samson. Says he did not know the. But he did not know. That the Lord had left him. He didn’t know. God had put up with so much and Sampson’s life. But the last, the entitlement, the anger, the pride had run its course. And God left him. He didn’t know. It was long been blinded by his might, long blinded by his pride, long blinded by his arrogance and his lost and his rage and his entitlement, he was long blinded by all his sinfulness.
And now he was blinded by those who captured him. According to chapter and verse twenty one, the Philistines gouge his eyes out. They cut his hair, they gouged his eyes out. And now he’s a blind like a mule spinning a turn wheel around and grinding, grinding like a wheat, utterly humiliated, like a farm animal. Amy, listen to all this and you go, well, are you telling me, know, if I’m not vigilant with my life, my eyes are going to be gouged out and I’m not I’m not telling you that, but I am telling you that it could be much worse than that.
Seriously, it could be worse than that, it could be that in your 30s or 40s or 50s or maybe 60s, that you could look back at failed marriages and you could finally realize that it was actually your fault. I’m going to I’m going to tell you that that there may be a day that if you live this way, if you live this this entitled lustful, prideful, angry monster way, you live that way there may be a day in several years where your children don’t want to see you at Christmas time and they don’t even want to be around you because they have no respect for you.
There could be a day where they don’t want to be in your presence. It could be because of the way you lived and the decisions that you made that your private life becomes a public life and then you don’t even want to go in public anymore because you are humiliated by your own actions. Because there is that is where sin leads.
The sins that we talked about, of greed, of lust, of entitlement, of a believing that you’re your higher than everybody else or more important than anybody else. OK, it’s OK to get angry or you deserve a lot more. What ends up happening is those things begin to deal with you and your life begins to be destroyed by the vices you held so deeply to. But here’s the deal, man. Listen, it doesn’t have to go down like that.
It doesn’t if you’re a follower of Christ, there is spiritual greatness in you. God’s power is in you, no matter what you’ve been through, no matter what has happened in your life, you can be transformed and you can be made new, you can be different. You can stop the actions today. You can make a difference in the world. You can be that man. The man of courage, of spiritual strength, who defends the defenseless, the godly husband, a godly father, no matter what, no matter what has happened to you, can do it no matter how much terrible stuff you’ve lived in, you can get out of it.
But if you keep holding on to your vices, they won’t let go of you and they’re going to drag you into the pit of hell. This is where Samson is, he’s blind, weak, robbed of his manliness. But at the end of his life. He has an epiphany. He realizes just because you failed, it doesn’t mean you have to be remembered as a failure. Just because you failed. Just because you failed doesn’t mean you’re going to have to be remembered as the poor, blinded eyes gouged out human being.
You don’t have to be remembered as a failure in that moment, he remembers who he was created to be. Wait, I’m supposed to be the deliver of the people of God, I was created not to entertain God’s enemies, but to destroy them, to set God’s people free. I was created to be set apart. I was created to do something significant in your life. You were created to be a lustful monster. You were created to be entitled.
You were created to be greedy. You were created to be a pride filled man or a rage monster. You ain’t created by those things. You were created to do something significant with your life. And he remembers and it’s my prayer brothers that you will remember, too, that you remember that you were created to honor God with your life. You will remember. And we watch as Samson takes that step over the threshold of a sinfulness into an area of righteousness.
He’s led to the place where the pillars are that support the weight of the whole building. They’re having a party for their god, Dargon, and there’s three thousand people there and they call them out and they say, hey, come, come bring Samson out to entertain us. He was that mighty man. Now he’s pushing this. We’ll bring him out to entertain us, Samson said to the man who held his hand. Put me where I feel the pillars.
That support the temple. So that I may lean against them first twenty eight, then Samson prayed to the Lord or sovereign Lord. Remember me? Sovereign, oh, God, please strengthen me just once more. Just once more, can you put that in the chat? Just once more. In other words, I’ve blown it a thousand times. I’ve done wrong a thousand times. But I don’t need a thousand more chances, I blew it too many times to count, I’ve given up so many opportunities, got all I need is one more chance to do what’s right.
One time, God, one time I just find it in your mercy to give me strength one more time is the first time in Sampson’s life he realizes that it’s God who had killed in the. First time in Sampson’s life, he realizes that it’s not about him, first time in Samson’s life that he decides not to do what’s expedient, first time in his life where he stands up for the people of God one more time. I’m not the main character of this story.
I’m not the most important here. This is not about me getting glory or fame or prestige. Just give me one more chance to do what’s right. And I believe with all my heart that in that moment he stepped over a spiritual line. He was at his lowest point, a total tragic, massive public humiliation, nobody believed there was anything good in that guy anymore. And in that private moment, he asked God, one more time, give me a chance, you give me your strength and I will use it for the rest of my life, however much that is to glorify you, to do something great.
I love this because it tells me that when a man is down, he’s not out. What a spiritual man is down, he’s never out, even in our failures, we can still accomplish something great for God’s purpose. Then Sampson reached towards the two pillars. On each other, on which the temple stood, bracing himself against them, his right hand on one and his left hand and the other, Samson said, let me die with the Philistines.
Then he pushed with all of his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus, he killed many more when he died and while he lived. Samson gives his life up so that he could be the deliverer of Israel. Well, he was always meant to be. And it kind of makes me think that with whatever life you have left. You got to do something great with it. I don’t know how much time you have left, how much time I have left.
Whatever time I do have left, I want to do something great with it, if you’re not dead, then God’s not done with you. There’s more in you. So sure, it’s lust and entitlement and anger and pride, the top of men, but it’s one attitude that builds them up. Again, the attitude you’ve been talking about this entire series, it’s faithfulness. The belief that God made you someone special and that he made it for his own will.
The belief that God can do something with you, not because you’re great, but because he’s great, the belief that God is holy and set apart, that we are just his humble, obedient servants. It’s faithfulness. It’s the call of Abraham. Go to a land you will later receive as your as your land. And he gets up and he goes, it’s the call of David. You’re a shepherd in the field that you will be king of Israel.
It’s the call of Moses. Sure. You can’t speak. Very good. But I’m going to give you the words in your mouth and make something great with you. And it’s their belief in that moment that God can do what he says he can do. And in that moment of faithfulness, it lifts up men who are lonely and allows them to be the people they always dreamed they could be. It doesn’t matter what has happened in your past from this moment forward.
Sure, the world is yet to see what what God can do through one man. One man wholly surrendered onto him, brothers, if you live faithfully, you can be that man, you can be a man of courage, spiritual strength of integrity, a man who defends those, a man who is after God’s own heart but will never become that man unless we learn to be faithful. The world has yet to see it. The world has yet to see it.
But brothers, you can be that man. Let’s go to God in prayer. We take a communion. Father, we are so impressed by the way that you work in the lowly. The way that you humble, the proud, the way that you take away the power from the powerful, the way that you humble out those who live in pride, God, we are so impressed the way you take the lowly and elevate them into something glorious. Lord, it reminds us so much of Jesus.
The baby born in the manger becomes king overall, Lord, you are able to do that through us. God, I pray we believe it. God, I pray that as we think about the cross, as we think about Jesus’s body broken and Jesus blood poured out, that we will remember that in his lowest state, he was actually victorious, that he was faithful to you and to you alone, that in the Garden of Gethsemani he prayed not my will, but yours be done, that he was not feeling entitled, though the Bible says in Philippians Chapter two, though he was made in the image of God, he did not consider equality with God, something to be used as his own advantage.
But he made himself nothing. Kind of pray we can be those men. I pray we can be the men who do not believe ourselves to be high and holy, but realize that we are lonely and that is the perfect posture for you to do something great with us or let us be that men today and forevermore. We love you. Thank you again for Jesus Christ name. Amen. Oh, to Jesus. I surrender all to his. And trust him in his press.
I am really grateful for the way that Jesus has changed my life. I look back on the man that I used to be and the purpose that I thought that I had. And it’s totally different after me really understanding what Jesus has done. And I hope that while you had the chance to reflect on Tony sermon and also hopefully take communion as well, that you two can think about the way that Jesus has changed your life. And I want to live for the purpose that I have been created for.
I want to be that man that the deal Moodie was talking about in the tone he was talking about this morning. And I think that because Jesus has given us that opportunity, it’s just this great opportunity that I just don’t want to waste. And so I hope that you you feel that same that same calling, that same urging. And I hope that you’ll think of Jesus as you have those thoughts. I want to pass on just a couple of reminders.
For those of you who are interested, maybe you’ve got a question about Jesus, maybe you’ve got a question about God, or you just want to ask some some difficult life questions in a safe place. We have a discover class and that takes place at ten, twenty five on Zoom right in between our two services. So whether you are an early bird or you catch us during the 11 15 service, this is for you. You can feel free to join.
We would love to have you. I also want to remind you about our all church midweek. That’s coming up this Wednesday. That’s going to be all of us together. It’s going to be awesome. And I look forward to seeing you there. Usually we don’t know when we’re going to meet next, but this is definitely a great opportunity for you to meet. Up next with us. Just want to say thank you again and especially thank you for those who have given just in case you want an extra chance to give, we’ll put some instructions on the screen.
And as always, you can go to our church website and just check out the giving tab there. We will see you Wednesday, if not sooner. Really, really grateful that you joined us this morning. We love you. We’ll see you.