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Don’t Discount Resurrection Power

The word resurrection means “to stand up again.” The Philistines thought that Samson was down for the count just like the devil and the princes of this world thought Jesus was down for the count (1Co
2:7-8). But when resurrection power hit the body of Jesus, He stood up again. When resurrection power came upon Samson, he stood up again and the Philistines, what few were left, wished he never had. You may be down and out for the count as far as the enemy and some people are concerned. But don’t discount the resurrection power that comes from an encounter with God.

The Intriguing Samson

When studying the intriguing story of Samson, we must look closer to get the truth of Samson’s “call to the Lord” in Jud.16:28. Basically, the word “called” means “cry out;” “utter loud sound.” But Strong says that it is the idea of “accosting a person met”. Others have said that it is the idea of encounter. Accost means “to approach and speak to often in a challenging and aggressive way.” Encounter can mean “to engage in conflict with; a sudden often violent clash.” When you accost a person that you meet as you are going along, you might tend to grab hold of them to make sure you have their attention. You could possibly even shake them a bit or go so far as to wrestle about with them if necessary in order to get their attention or get your point across. With all of this evidence it appears that Samson’s agreement with grinding ceased and desisted and he sought out the face of God with much vigor and determination, ready for a resurrection experience. It was no slight moment-of-inspiration speech or action. It was desire, nay, desperation in action! Samson began to call upon God to finish what he had started in him — no halfway job, no stone left unturned, not even a reasonable facsimile thereof but the full promise fulfilled.

Something Resembling the Power of Resurrection

Martin P Gabler–When we find Samson slumping at the grinding mill we find a man who has given in to defeats and who has succumbed to degrading treatment and an aching heart. By the time we get to Jud.16:22 the record would indicate that he has begun to think about past victories. Something is going on because the Bible says that his hair began to grow again. Something resembling the power of resurrection is beginning to have an effect in him. We have something going on inside the man that is being evidenced on the outside. Dr. Jamieson puts it this way: “His hair grew together with his repentance, and his strength with his hair”. Matthew Henry offers: “The return of his hair was not the source of his strength. The return of his hair was the sign of his return to his purpose. His return to his Nazariteship was signified by his extraordinary hair growth”. With repentance comes strength. 

Dedication and Distraction

Martin P—By the time we find Samson at the Philistine mill grinding grain, it is a noted fact that the Hebrew strong man has already lost his hair which was an outward sign of an inward devotion to his God. We see now not only lost hair, but lost devotion and its resultant ineffectiveness. His vow, i.e., his degree of dedication, was directly connected to his ability and the outcome of his endeavors. The sign and the reality the hair so blazingly represented, are nonexistent. The Philistine princes did not bribe Delilah to give Samson a new hairdo, they bribed her to toy with him and get him distracted from his mandate. Dedication and distraction will end up in an inevitable head-on collision with damaging results. 1Cor.7:35,ESV–“I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.”

No Bind and Blind

The “grinder” of Philistine bones somehow became the grinder of Philistine grain (Jud 16:21). Under the mandate and empowering of Jehovah, Samson had crushed the bones of those who oppressed God’s people, Israel. Now he is grinding grain which will help sustain the enemies of God. He is way out of position. He was born to destroy the Philistine strangle-hold upon Israel and the purposes of God in her but, instead, is prospering the enemy of God by grinding the grain that will give them strength to oppress Israel further. Dagon was the Philistine god of grain, thereby, making Samson’s act of grinding grain an act of worship unto a false god per the paradigm of Philistine theology. By this time, he is way dead to his purpose. I once overheard a conversation about a well-known preacher who committed adultery. Discussion was about the tragic  and pitiful fix he had now found himself in. One individual made the remark, “Sin will make a fool out of you”. Warriors must constantly be on guard for the consistent numbing effects and exposure to the sight, sound and sense of defilement so that the enemy cannot bind and blind them.

Intervening Power of Resurrection

Martin P Gabler—Samson’s story is one of the intervening power of resurrection. There was a time when this avowed Nazarite had envisioned every Philistine defeated and every Israelite free. It was something he had plainly seen… at one time. As he matured and realized his destiny, he acted out what he had envisioned. It was something he could grasp… before certain persons distracted him. It was something he could plainly see… before he lost his eyes in a game of touchy-feely with those he was avowed not to have relationship with. A little honey out of the mouth of a dead lion’s carcass to satiate a genuine, legitimate hunger wouldn’t be condemned by anyone (even if it was a forbidden matter for a Nazarite). A little wine (the context intimates that Samson also drank), the refreshing, nourishing drink of the day (but strictly forbidden for Nazarites) was not given so much as a second thought by anyone. Forbidden relationship with three Philistine women (not just one, but three) did not seem to arouse concern in anyone but his parents. Vows made and vows broken tragically became the order of the day as values and *mores were eaten away by the consistent numbing effects of exposure to those things of defilement. Endless taunts and jibes at the man’s ego brought desired reckless reaction. All intended attempts of the enemy to take the man out were driving a cold, hard wedge between him and his calling.   [*(mo·res (môr“aze”) pl.n. 1. The accepted traditional customs and usages of a particular social group. 2. Moral attitudes. 3. Manners; ways.}] This is a time in history when we should learn from Samson’s mistakes and carefully guard against distractions, reckless reactions and the numbing effects of defilement to overcome those enemies which seek to utterly defeat us.