Week #36; Wed, 9/05/18: Judges 14:1-19:30

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS: Samson began to grow and was moved by the Spirit of the Lord. He felt the power of the Spirit when he killed a lion by hand. The Spirit of the Lord also led Samson to do the will of God against the oppression of the Philistines.

JUDGES 14. Samson marries a Philistine woman.
1. Samson appealed to his parents to “get” the Philistine woman he saw at Timnah for him to marry, but they discouraged him by questioning if he wouldn’t be better off with a woman from the circumcised.
2. Samson would not be deterred; he was acting on direction from the Lord to gain an opportunity against the Philistines who ruled over Israel at the time.
3. While going to get the woman at Timnah with his parents, a lion approached Samson and he killed it by hand unbeknownst to his parents.
4. Upon reaching the woman at Timnah, Samson found her to be “right in his eyes.”
5. Later, when Samson returned to get her, he observed the carcass of the lion and it was filled with bees and honey.
6. Samson ate and took some to his father and mother.
7. Samson prepared a feast when his father went down to the woman with onlookers nearby.
8. Samson put out a riddle and promised if they could solve it, he would give 30 changes of clothes; however, if they could not solve it, they would give him the same.
9. The Philistines could not solve the riddle, so they used Samson’s wife to entice him and learn the riddle for them.
10. When Samson’s wife learned the riddle, she told the Philistines and they gave Samson the meaning of his riddle.
11. The Spirit of the Lord came upon Samson leading him to kill 30 men in the city of Ashkelon.
12. Samson returned and gave the spoils of garments to those that spoke his riddle; her father gave his wife to his companion at his wedding.

JUDGES 15: Samson Defeats the Philistines
1. In Samson’s rage, he caught 300 foxes and tied their tails together, lighting the tails, and releasing them into the standing grain.
2. Samson also destroyed the stacked grain and the olive orchards of the Philistines.
3. In turn, the Philistines destroyed Samson’s wife and her father with fire.
4. Samson struck down the Philistines and went to a “cleft of the rock of Elam” to stay.
5. But the Philistines raided Lehi in Judah saying, “we have come to bind up Samson to do to him what he has done to us.”
6. 3,000 men of Judah went to Samson to bind him and turn him over to the Philistines thinking it would call off the Philistines.
7. As Samson was turned over to the Philistines, the Spirit of the Lord came over him and he took the jaw bone of a donkey and killed 1,000 men at Ramath-lehi.
8. Upon being restored by the Lord with water from a hollow place at En-hakkore, Samson judged Israel for 20 years in the days of the Philistines.

CHAPTER 16: Sampson and Delilah
1. Samson’s strength was on display in Gaza where he tore down the gates of the city including the posts and bar, putting them on his shoulders and setting them on a hill in front of Hebron.
2. Later, Delilah of Sorek, Samson’s lover, was approached by the Lords of the Philistines to have her learn of Samson’s great strength.
3. Delilah complied with the Lords of the Philistines who bribed her with 1,100 pieces of silver from each of them.
4. So Delilah said to Sampson, “Please tell me where your great strength lies and how you can be subdued.”
5. Three times Delilah had men lying in wait for her to bind up Sampson to no avail; each time Sampson broke the bindings of bowstrings, ropes, and seven locks of his hair.
6. Delilah pressed him day after day for Sampson to tell her the secret to his strength and finally he told her if his head was shaved, he would become weak and like any other man.
7. The Lord left him when his head was shaved and the Philistines gouged out his eyes and bound him taking him to Gaza to grind at the mill in the prison.
8. The Philistines offered a great sacrifice to Dagon their god with much joy for the capture of Sampson; they made him entertain them by standing between the pillars of the house where they were gathered.
9. Several thousand were being entertained in the house and on the roof by Samson when he cried out to the Lord for his strength to return to avenge the Philistines.
10. He bowed with all his strength, and the house fell, killing more than those whom he had killed during his life; Samson also died with the Philistines.
11. He was buried at Manoah with his father; he had judged Israel for 20 years.

CHAPTER 17: Micah and the carved image
1. Micah gave his mother back 1,100 pieces of silver that was taken from her and she gave him 200 pieces for the silversmith to make it into a carved image and a metal image.
2. Because there was no judge in Israel at that time, everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
3. A Levite from Bethlehem in Judah was sojourning and he met Micah where he was ask to stay with Micah and become his priest for ten pieces of silver a year and clothing.
4. But, Micah ordained the Levite thinking he would prosper because of it.

CHAPTER 18: The Danites take the Levite and the idol from Micah
1. Still, there was no king in Israel and the Danites were seeking an inheritance for itself to dwell in; no inheritance had fallen to them among the tribes of Israel.
2. So five men from Dan were sent to spy out the land where they arrived at the house of Micah.
3. The men of Dan overheard the voice of the Levite and asked him why he was there; when they learned the Levite was the hired priest of Micah, they asked him to inquire of God so they would know if they would have a successful journey.
4. The Levite told them to go in peace; their journey was under the eye of the Lord.
5. The five men completed spying out the land and returned and reported that the land is very good, a place where there is no lack of anything that is in the earth.
6. 600 men of Dan armed for battle traveling to Ephraim where they arrived at the house of Micah.
7. The 5 scouts that were with the men of Dan told the rest that the house of Micah contained an ephod, household gods, a carved image, and a metal image.
8. The 600 men of Dan took the ephod, household gods, carved image, and a metal image along with the Levite and left the house of Micah.
9. They went to Laish and struck the people there with the sword and burned the city.
10. The Danites rebuilt the city and lived there, renaming the city Dan.
11. But, the Danites set up the carved image for themselves, and Jonathan, the son of Gershom, son of Moses, and his sons were priests to the tribe of the Danites until the captivity of the land.

CHAPTER 19: A Levite and his concubine
1. A certain Levite sojourning in Ephraim, took a concubine from Bethlehem in Judah, but she was unfaithful to him and she fled to her father’s house at Bethlehem.
2. The Levite went after her; at the girl’s house, her father welcomed him and urged him to stay.
3. The Levite, his concubine, his servant, and his donkeys stayed until the 5th day before departing and stopping at Gibeah that belonged to Benjamine.
4. Stopping in the open square of the city, an old man urged them to go to his home for the night where he had plenty of room and no lack of anything.
5. As they rested, worthless men of the city surrounded the house, beating on the door demanding the Levite man come out to them.
6. The old man intervened for the Levite because he knew the men outside were dishonorable and were filled with bad intentions.
7. Then the man seized his concubine, led her out to the men, only to find her in the morning motionless at the threshold of the door.
8. The man took his concubine home and divided her body into twelve pieces and sent them throughout all the territory of Israel.

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