Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 24, 26, & 28 – And God said . . .
Imagine yourself being a lone protector of an entire nation of people who always seem to be fighting for their very survival. They want your protection, but every time you exert your supernatural strength to help them, you gain more enemies, and even your own people have issue with you because of their fear of their oppressors. That was Israel in its relationship with the Philistines and their own champion, Samson. Samson had just taken a large toll against the Philistines, killing thirty of them at Ashkelon, and then burning their fields of corn and slaughtering many more Philistines. Knowing the wrath of the Philistines and the often-disfavor of the Israelites, Samson went down to the rock at Etam. Then the Philistines sent men to search for Samson to get revenge for his slaughter of their men. At that point, 3,000 men of Judah came to talk Samson into giving himself up to the Philistines. Samson agreed with one stipulation, that being the men of Judah would not fall on him themselves. Samson understood that God would empower him against the Philistines, but not against the people of Israel.
While it was not the Lord who spoke to Samson of giving himself into the hands of the Philistines, this was still a “You talking to me?” moment for Samson. Once again, I reiterate, though Samson was a mortal enemy to the Philistines, their great hatred of Samson as an Israelite made him a source of fear and consternation to Israel for fear of what the Philistines would do to them for Samson’s actions. This is the paradox with which Samson had to live. Think of this. There were 1,000 Philistines who came to capture Samson. There were 3,000 men of Judah who came to deliver him to the Philistines. They had the Philistines outnumbered three-to-one. Yet, they came to Samson, one against 1,000.
Can you see the dilemma with which Samson lived? The Israelites enjoyed his protection, and I’m sure even appreciated the slaughter of Philistines, their mortal enemies. Yet they would treat Samson like an enemy in order to curb the wrath of the Philistines against any and all Israelites. So, when approached by those who should be his friends and brethren to sacrifice himself for them, there should be little wonder that Samson would have a “You talking to me?” moment. Yet he fulfilled his role in life once again, finding a new jawbone of an ass and slaying 1,000 Philistines. You see, there are times that people who may seem to be so undeserving call on you for help. At that moment, you may well encounter your own “You talking to me?” moment. Go to the Word. Find fresh truth, fresh revelation, and go to battle against the enemy, not those in need. The Lord will supply your need, provide the weapons that are necessary, and be your source of life for refreshing.
Manna for Today – Genesis 1; Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 4:20-23; Mark 11:22-26; Romans 3:4