For my final article in this series that I’m trying out, I wanted to compare two people in the Bible, who you might have not have compared before:
Samson and David
Both of these men were two strong and bold leaders of Israel. One was a judge, the highest level in his society. The other was a king.
Both were set apart by God for a special service. Samson was set apart to be a Nazarite from birth. David was a person known as “a man after God’s own heart.
But they each had their demons that threatened to destroy their empires.
For both David and Samson, it was lust and anger.
Yet David was able to recover and be restored.
In the story of Samson, we see repeated sins: Samson marries a woman from a culture he wasn’t supposed to, he broke the Nazarite vow of touching dead things, was tricked by his wife in admitting the source of strength, among other things..including killing men with a donkeybone and setting fields on fire using the tail of foxes.
David has his share of sins, most notably committing adultery with Bathsheba, and arranging the murder of her husband to cover David and Bathsheba’s child.
But, there is a difference between David & Samson.
Samson goes back and forth with God. He commits sin and then when he is trouble, he called on God.
David didn’t do this.
Although he initially tried to hid from the great crime that he would be known for, he immediately owned his sin when he was confronted with it.
Not only did he own his sin, he mourned for his sin.
The Bible says that he went without eating. We also have Psalms that express David’s utter sadness for his sin.
As a result, David is able to restore his relationship with God.
God did not remove David from the consequences of His sin, but He does remove the strained relationship Daid had with God as a result of that sin.
After he went through a terrible situation that grew out of his sin with Bathsheba, David is able to say in 2 Samuel 22:51:
“He gives his king great victories;
he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed,
to David and his descendants forever.”.
We don’t hear of any real prayer from Samson…..until the last few moments of his life.
We read in 2 Samuel 16:28
Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.
Now, it’s important to know that God had helped Samson before…even while he was flipflopping between sin and doing the right thing.
But in that moment, Samson changed. He no longer flip flops.
Instead of asking again for one more chance from a place of his own strength…Samson now knew that his strength came from God.
And in that moment, a changed Samson is helped once again by God to achieve something stronger than he ever thought possible.
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