Saturday, March 17, 2018

Judges 19

The Bible was honest to tell the real story, and this chapter shows that nothing can be hidden from the eyes of the Lord. It tells that the men of Gibeah were are so wicked, and the evil things was similar to the crime committed by the people of Sodom. When the man divided her concubine into twelve pieces and sent to the twelve tribes of Israel, His message tells that all tribes have responsibilities to take care of each other, and eradicate wickedness from the land. In those days, there was no king in Israel, and people did what was right in his own eyes. They were ignorant of the law of God, and each one loves nothing by oneself. Today, be thankful to God who gives us victory through Christ our Lord. God bless.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Judges 18

The tribe of Dan sent spies to spy out the land and search for the allotted lot for them. Then they encountered the house of Micah and found carved images of gods, ephod for a priest, and saw a young Levite. Because of lack of knowledge, the Danites were so determined to take the images that  the gods and the priest of Micah up with them. How could they imagine those gods to protect them! It showed that they neither feared the Lord nor regarded His law, but were lost both godliness and righteousness. This was our condition before we receive Jesus. If the non-believers walked in the name of their false gods, much more should we love the serve the true God. God bless.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Judges 17

During this period, there was no king in Israel, and everyone did what was right in his own eyes. This is how the writer described this period, and it was not appropriate in the eyes of the Lord. Micah and his mother turned their money into a god and set up idol worship in their family.  This means that their money was their god. When a Levite came to their house, they thought it was a sign of God's favor to them. Because of lack of knowledge in God's word, they can do anything they wanted to do, but evil in the sight of the Lord. Those who try to please themselves with their own delusions, and got what they want, will think the God is pleased with them. Ignorance of the Bible is ignorance of God, and will eventually lead them to total corruption. God bless.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Judges 17

Samson judged Israel twenty years, but the Bible did not write the entire story of his life. And if we will judge his ways and means in modern time, people may think that he was unqualified to lead the nation. But Samson was a man of his generation, and this story just happened thousand years ago. The intent of the author was to tell that Israel was under the dominion of the Philistines, and they were oppressing the people of God. During this time, God raised up Samson to deliver His people from the hands of their enemies. Using his God's gif of strength, Samson killed more Philistines when he died than he had during his entire lifetime. Here shows that nothing fills up the sins of any person than mocking and misusing the servants of God, like Samson. The strength that he lost by sinning had been recovered by prayer and waiting. Samson did not seek his own death, but Israel's deliverance and the destruction of the enemies. May the Lord give us strength to do the right things in His own eyes. God bess.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Judges 15

Samson's wife betrayed her in order to save herself and obliged her countrymen. In response, Samson burned the Philistines' grain field, and destroyed their vineyards and olive groves. When they learned that it was done by Samson, she and her fathers house were burned with fire by their own people. The very thing that she feared, and by sin sought to avoid, came upon her! Then Israel blamed Samson for what he had done against the Philistines, and talked to him, bound him with ropes and brought him to the Philistines. But Samson made great destruction among their enemies, and his victory was not in weapon, not in arms, but in the spirit of the Lord. Though Samson's story in the Bible was not very clear, not telling every detail, our lesson is that God is working in the midst of His people in order to accomplish His purpose. Like Samson, we are God's instrument to accomplish His sovereign will in this world. God bless.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Judges 14

Samson had grown up and one day saw a beautiful woman from Timna, a daughter of Philistines. For at that time, the Philistines had dominion over Israel. So his parents went with him to Timnah, and along the way, Samson went to the woods, then a young lion suddenly attacked Samson. At that moment the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him and ripped the lion's jaws apart with his bare hands. But he did not tell his parents what he had done. This shows that God is able to do mighty things through human being like Samson, and we should never be afraid to face the greatest difficulties in life. Like Samson, we can find blessings, a  sweet honey after the victory, if we will obey the Spirit of the Lord. Similarly, our Lord Jesus Christ has conquered Satan, a roaring lion in the wilderness, with prayer and fasting. Let's us therefore be vigilant and believe that Christ is with us, who had promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us. God bless

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Judges 13

Israel did evil things, so God delivered them in the hand of the Philistines for forty years. Then the Angel of the Lord appeared to Manoah's wife and promised that she should conceive and bear a son, though she was barren. But the Angel had warned the woman that the boy should not to drink wine and similar drink, not to eat any unclean food, and no razor should come upon his head. The son shall be Nazarite to God from the womb, and he shall deliver his people from the Philistines. Like other bible characters, Samson was a miracle baby, and all things that happened in this world are result of God's miraculous works. When they offer animal to God, it had been acceptable as the flame ascended to heaven. In Manoah's reflection there is great fear, while in his wife, a great faith. So, the Spirit of God began to bless Samson from the womb till be became youth. When God blesses a person, He also gave him/her His Spirit to qualify for the service. God bless.