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Samson: Good, Bad, or something else?

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Who were the Judges?

Moses died and left Joshua in charge. Joshua led the people into the promise land, but Isreal failed to fully take possession of the land.
Judges 1:28 NASB95
It came about when Israel became strong, that they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but they did not drive them out completely.
Judges 2:1–3 NASB95
Now the angel of the Lord came up from Gilgal to Bochim. And he said, “I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land which I have sworn to your fathers; and I said, ‘I will never break My covenant with you, and as for you, you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars.’ But you have not obeyed Me; what is this you have done? “Therefore I also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; but they will become as thorns in your sides and their gods will be a snare to you.’ ”
A snare it was:
Judges 2:11 NASB95
Then the sons of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals,
God kept his promise
Judges 2:14 NASB95
The anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and He gave them into the hands of plunderers who plundered them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies around them, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies.
Judges 2:14 NASB95
The anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and He gave them into the hands of plunderers who plundered them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies around them, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies.
God would raise up judges to deliver the people:
Judges 2:18–19 NASB95
When the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge and delivered them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge; for the Lord was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who oppressed and afflicted them. But it came about when the judge died, that they would turn back and act more corruptly than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them and bow down to them; they did not abandon their practices or their stubborn ways.
Deborah
Eli
Gideon
Samuel
Samson
Judges 13:1 NASB95
Now the sons of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord, so that the Lord gave them into the hands of the Philistines forty years.
Judges 13:2–5 NASB95
There was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren and had borne no children. Then the angel of the Lord appeared to the woman and said to her, “Behold now, you are barren and have borne no children, but you shall conceive and give birth to a son. “Now therefore, be careful not to drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing. “For behold, you shall conceive and give birth to a son, and no razor shall come upon his head, for the boy shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel from the hands of the Philistines.”
Judges
Samson sees a daughter of the Philistines and she looked good to him. Told his parents, she looks good to me, get her.
Judges 14:
Judges 14:4 NASB95
However, his father and mother did not know that it was of the Lord, for He was seeking an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines were ruling over Israel.
He is going to see this young woman near Timnah and a young lion came roaring toward him.
Judges 14:
Judges 14:6 NASB95
The Spirit of the Lord came upon him mightily, so that he tore him as one tears a young goat though he had nothing in his hand; but he did not tell his father or mother what he had done.
Later: he came back by the carcass of the lion and there is a bee hive in it and he scrapes honey out of it and ate it.
Samson has a wedding feast and he makes a bet with the Philistines. solve the riddle within 7 days: 30 linen wraps and 30 changes of clothes.
Judges 14:
Judges 14:14 NASB95
So he said to them, “Out of the eater came something to eat, And out of the strong came something sweet.” But they could not tell the riddle in three days.
The Philistines went to Samson’s wife and said, get us the answer or we will burn you and your father’s house down.
She said, you don’t love me. turned on the water works.
Judges 1
Judges 14:18 NASB95
So the men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down, “What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion?” And he said to them, “If you had not plowed with my heifer, You would not have found out my riddle.”
Judges
Judges 14:19 NASB95
Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon him mightily, and he went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty of them and took their spoil and gave the changes of clothes to those who told the riddle. And his anger burned, and he went up to his father’s house.
Samson goes to visit his wife and brings a young goat. (like a bouquet of flowers)
Judges 15:2 NASB95
Her father said, “I really thought that you hated her intensely; so I gave her to your companion. Is not her younger sister more beautiful than she? Please let her be yours instead.”
Because the Philistines has used his wife, and solved the riddle, and how his wife had been taken from him, Samson took 300 foxes and tied a torch between the tails of two foxes and release them. Burned down their fields.
The the Philistines came up and burned her and her father with fire.
Judges 15:
Judges 15:7–8 NASB95
Samson said to them, “Since you act like this, I will surely take revenge on you, but after that I will quit.” He struck them ruthlessly with a great slaughter; and he went down and lived in the cleft of the rock of Etam.
The Philistines ruled over Judah (Northern tribe of Isreal) and they went to them and leaned on them.
3000 me of Judah went to get Samson.
He made them promise they wouldn’t kill him, he let them tie him up and deliver him to the Philistines.
Judges 15:
Judges 15:14–15 NASB95
When he came to Lehi, the Philistines shouted as they met him. And the Spirit of the Lord came upon him mightily so that the ropes that were on his arms were as flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds dropped from his hands. He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, so he reached out and took it and killed a thousand men with it.
Samson became thirsty.
Judges 15:18 NASB95
Then he became very thirsty, and he called to the Lord and said, “You have given this great deliverance by the hand of Your servant, and now shall I die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?”
Judge not, let you are judged by the same standard.
Hebrews
Hebrews 11:32–33 NASB95
And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions,
Hebrews 11:32 NASB95
And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets,
Hebrews 11:
Hebrews 11:32–34 NASB95
And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.
Samson’s weakness
Judges 16:1 NASB95
Now Samson went to Gaza and saw a harlot there, and went in to her.
Judges
Judges 16:3 NASB95
Now Samson lay until midnight, and at midnight he arose and took hold of the doors of the city gate and the two posts and pulled them up along with the bars; then he put them on his shoulders and carried them up to the top of the mountain which is opposite Hebron.
Judges 16:1 NASB95
Now Samson went to Gaza and saw a harlot there, and went in to her.
people laid in wait to kill him at dawn. At midnight he broke through the gates of the city and left.
Judges 16:
Judges 16:4 NASB95
After this it came about that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.
Lord of the philistines promised to give her 1,100 pieces of silver each to betray him.
Three times he lies to her
7 Fresh cords:
Tightly with new ropes:
Weave 7 locks of my hair and hold it with a pin:
Judges 16:
Judges 16:15–16 NASB95
Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have deceived me these three times and have not told me where your great strength is.” It came about when she pressed him daily with her words and urged him, that his soul was annoyed to death.
She cuts his hair while he’s sleeping
The Philistines seize him and gouge out his eyes.
He’s thrown in prison.
Philistine Party
Judges 16:27 NASB95
Now the house was full of men and women, and all the lords of the Philistines were there. And about 3,000 men and women were on the roof looking on while Samson was amusing them.
Judges 16:
Judges 16:28 NASB95
Then Samson called to the Lord and said, “O Lord God, please remember me and please strengthen me just this time, O God, that I may at once be avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.”
Samson braced himself against the pillars of the house
Judges 16:30 NASB95
And Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he bent with all his might so that the house fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he killed in his life.
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