Judges 15 & 16: Remember Me
Verse of the Day: (16:28) And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.
1. Revive (15:1-20)
But God clave an hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived: wherefore he called the name thereof En-hakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day. (15:19)
Though God chose Samson to be His judge of Israel yet he sinned against Him time and again because he walked in the lust of his flesh and eyes. Though Samson failed to acknowledge God who gave him great victory over the 1,000 Philistines, Israel’s enemy, when He helped him to destroy them with just a jawbone, yet God refreshed and revived him with water from the hollow place of the jawbone when he called upon Him out of great thirst. Indeed, great is God’s faithfulness to His people! (Lamentations 3:22-23)
2. Razor (16:1-20)
That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man. (16:17)
Though God gave Samson strength that no man ever had, yet he failed God many times as he fell into the sins of immorality which eventually destroyed him. After several requests, Samson gave in to Delilah, a woman whom he loved yet she betrayed him to the Philistines for money, and told her the secret was in his hair that once they were shaven he would lose his strength. Let us obey God, and flee from immorality. (Proverbs 6:20-35)
3. Remember (16:21-31)
And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life. (16:30)
Delilah betrayed Samson to the Philistines who then blinded him and threw him in the prison, and subsequently made him a sport. While he was before the Philistines, he called upon God, and God remembered him, and strengthened him, and restored his strength back after his hairs grew while was in prison. He then pulled down the house where the Philistines were watching him, and destroyed all of them including himself. In his death, he destroyed more Philistines than when he was alive. Indeed, God truly remembers Samson as his name is even penned in the book of Hebrews of the Bible. (Hebrews 11:32)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please remember me as I fully trust and obey You and flee from sins.