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Samson – Day 10

Judges 14:18-19

Before sunset on the seventh day the men of the town said to him, “What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion?”
Samson said to them, “If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have solved my riddle.” Then the Spirit of The Lord came powerfully upon him. He went down to Ashkelon, struck down thirty of their men, stripped them of everything and gave their clothes to those who had explained the riddle. Burning with anger, he returned to his father’s home.

The Thought

The first sentence in our commentary yesterday was:- “The more we read of this story, the stranger it becomes.” It seems appropriate to repeat that today! When we hear messages about Samson’s strength, we rarely hear about this way that he used it. It is hard to believe that he was God’s chosen person to lead Israel, but remember that before he was born, the angel told his parents that he would be used by God to take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines (v4).

Sometimes God works in mysterious ways!

He used Samson to make the Philistines think twice before attacking the Israelite nation. It wasn’t the size of their army that would be a problem, it was the strength of their leader!

The strong man didn’t see the wife he had chosen any more, the next verse tells us that Samson’s wife was given to one of his companions who had attended him at the feast (v20). But there is more to that story and we’ll look at what happened next tomorrow.


Pray today for anyone you know who is in a difficult marriage. Sometimes we meet others who appear to have married the wrong person, they are just so different. God is capable of healing the strangest of couples.

Read 1 Corinthians 7:1-24 for advice about marriage from Saint Paul.

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