- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Judge 14
Samson and his wife.
Chapter 20 records Samson’s brief marriage to a Philistine woman.
His marriage with uncircumcised woman (v.3) indicates that Samson choose his wife from outside of the covenant, which brings tragic consequences later. But Samson lives under the divine provision (v.4). Even his marriage with a Philistine woman was from the Lord.
“The Spirit of the Lord came upon him in power”, repeatedly written, is that of a tremendous accession of power beyond the normal capabilities of man such as tearing the lion with his bare hands.
Why did Samson give the riddle to the people of Philistine? It was evidently customary in the days of judges for the bridegroom to provide the marriage feast. And Samson must have assured that they would not solve the riddle because they did not see him tearing lion and honeycomb.
Though strong Samson was physically, he was not emotionally before the tear of the woman he loved, and he was deceived by the Philistines. Attacking Ashkelon, one of the five major Philistine cities, located on the southern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, and robbing the people in order to pay his debts to the people of Timnah caused conflict between Samson and the Philistine.
The spirit of the Lord came upon him in power.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?