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Samson – Day 14

Judges 15:12-13

They said to him, “We’ve come to tie you up and hand you over to the Philistines.”
Samson said, “Swear to me that you won’t kill me yourselves.”
“Agreed,” they answered. “We will only tie you up and hand you over to them. We will not kill you.” So they bound him with two new ropes and led him up from the rock.

The Thought

The people talking to Samson here, are a “small” committee of three thousand people! How do you suppose those people were chosen? Some would obviously be the heads of the tribes of Israel, and the others would be from their family groups. Remember when Korah a Levite, rebelled in the earlier desert wanderings, he and all his family were killed by the Spirit of The Lord (Numbers 16:31-34).

Most Jewish people today are still very family oriented, and take seriously their responsibility of caring for other family members. In many cases rebels in a family are still accused of bringing shame on the whole clan. Notice how often we read in the Old Testament the identification of a person by their tribe. At the beginning of Samson’s story, we read that his father was a Danite (Judges 13:2).

Even Paul in the new Testament identified himself as from the tribe of Benjamin (Romans 11:1), and most Israelites today still do the same.


Pray today for your family members, even those you don’t see or maybe have never met. Jesus knows and loves each one and wants them to know His saving grace.

Read about Korah’s rebellion in Numbers 16, and consider how the consequences of our actions have an effect on others. Let that encourage you today in all you do and think.

Pray for any family members that are rebellious, for The Lord to reveal Himself to them. Thank God for bringing you to faith in Him, and pray that faith will be your motivation today.

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