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28/02/2008 / Test All Things


If Samson’s name were not recorded in the list of the Old Testament saints as one of the Lord’s (Hebrews 11:32), would we consider him so?

He loved a harlot, and was so committed to her that he brought on himself the most dreadful evils, even death.

What can we learn from this?

1. Grace reigns! Is this an example of sinning that grace may abound? God forbid, Romans 6:1. Yet, the fact is that ‘grace reigns through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord,’ Romans 6:21. Although Samson lived before the Lord Jesus Christ came to this earth, and lived and died on his behalf, yet God was forbearing with his sin, Romans 3:25, having purposed all his sins to Christ who would come and bear them in His death on the tree, Hebrews 9:15. On that basis, God was just in declaring him righteous and granting him eternal life, by Jesus Christ, just as with any who are the Lord’s. It is only by Christ’s obedience unto death that any of us were made righteous, and God has forgiven sins, Romans 5:19.

2. God did not punish Samson for his sin, but certainly chastened him with his sin. His example should cause any who are the Lord’s to fear even the slightest influences of sin in the heart and conscience. Perhaps the greatest chastening is recorded in Judges 16:20, “He wist not that the Lord was departed from him.” The Lord had not completely given him over as with reprobates, but for a season, left him to his own devices to humble him and cause him to cry out to Him for mercy once again. As one writer stated, “No sweet communion with his dear Lord as heretofore. No precious assistance from the Spirit. No inward testimonies of His love, and gentle whispers of peace to his soul…He goes from ordinance to ordinance, but he finds not his Lord in them. All is dry formality, dreary and uncomfortable.”

3. The Lord caused Samson’s heart to return unto Him once again. Just as with any of the Lord’s beloved, chosen, and redeemed ones, the Lord does bring them again and again to cry out to Him for mercy. ‘Samson called unto the Lord, and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee,’ Judges 16:28.

Was this not the thief’s prayer on the cross?

Was not mercy granted because of Christ’s work alone?

By Ken Wimer

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