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The Philistines are Upon Thee
In a way, the life of Sampson reflects the
nation of Israel. Moses had warned Israel that their new found prosperity
in the land of Canaan could cause them to forget about God. The book of
Judges is an almost litany of a cycle of Israel forgetting God, Israel
being invaded (frequently by the Philistines), Israel calling out to God
for help, God helping Israel, and then Israel forgetting about God again.
With Sampson we have a cycle of Delilah asking Sampson the secret of his strength, his lying to her, her calling the guards to overpower him, his defeating them, and her asking him again to reveal his secret until he finally does reveal the truth and is taken prisoner.
We might find ourselves thinking how stupid Sampson was or how foolish the Israelites were, however, we might also want to take a closer look at ourselves. Even poor people today live in greater comfort than the kings of history. We have unlimited entertainment, hot and cold running water, year round food, and heating and air conditioning. What the Bible calls “the deceitfulness of riches” ties in with the warning that Moses gave Israel. When we are comfortable, God seems unnecessary.
There is a Biblical warning regarding Christians “falling asleep at the wheel”;
1 Corinthians 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
It is so easy to fall into a comfortable slumber with the world and the flesh. Sometimes a church can also contribute to our neglecting our Savior by telling us that the Christian life has been completely fulfilled by meeting some sort of “USDA minimum daily requirement”.
We might ask ourselves if we slumber so soundly, is it because we aren’t even Christian.
Hebrews 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
The last hundred years might be seen as a progressively louder alarm clock for slumbering Christians.
1. Some were alarmed by the invasive ideas of Darwin, Freud, and Marx.
2. Some were alarmed by the use of compulsory public education to convert vulnerable Christian children into followers of the religion of secularism (the worship of man in general and self in particular).
3. Some were alarmed by those who advocated and promoted the killing of children through abortion and even birth control.
4. Some were alarmed by those who have advanced and promoted homosexuality.
Who knows what the future holds or how much worse things will get. We Christians who continue to slumber may finally be roused and “chastened” by roving bands of armed angry blacks, or targeted for extermination by imported Muslims. Europe is now a picture of our near future. It may be that the destruction of our comfortable and prosperous country is allowed by God to awaken those who still slumber. The Philistines are upon us.
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