Judges 15* Samson is denied his wife, He smites the Philistines. (1-8)Samson kills a thousand of the Philistines with a jaw-bone.(9-17) His distress from thirst. (18-20)1-8 When there are differences between relations, let those bereckoned the wisest and best, who are most forward to forgive orforget, and most willing to stoop and yield for the sake ofpeace. In the means which Samson employed, we must look at thepower of God supplying them, and making them successful, tomortify the pride and punish the wickedness of the Philistines.The Philistines threatened Samson's wife that they would burnher and her father's house. She, to save herself and oblige hercountrymen, betrayed her husband; and the very thing that shefeared, and by sin sought to avoid, came upon her! She, and herfather's house, were burnt with fire, and by her countrymen,whom she thought to oblige by the wrong she did to her husband.The mischief we seek to escape by any unlawful practices, weoften pull down upon our own heads. 9-17 Sin dispirits men, it hides from their eyes the thingsthat belong to their peace. The Israelites blamed Samson forwhat he had done against the Philistines, as if he had done thema great injury. Thus our Lord Jesus did many good works, and forthose the Jews were ready to stone him. When the Spirit of theLord came upon Samson, his cords were loosed: where the Spiritof the Lord is, there is liberty, and those are free indeed whoare thus set free. Thus Christ triumphed over the powers ofdarkness that shouted against him, as if they had him in theirpower. Samson made great destruction among the Philistines. Totake the bone of an ass for this, was to do wonders by thefoolish things of the world, that the excellency of the powermight be of God, not of man. This victory was not in the weapon,was not in the arm; but it was in the Spirit of God, which movedthe weapon by the arm. We can do all things through Him thatstrengtheneth us. Seest thou a poor Christian, who is enabled toovercome a temptation by weak, feeble counsel, there is thePhilistine vanquished by a sorry jaw-bone. 18-20 So little notice did the men of Judah take of theirdeliverer, that he was ready to perish for want of a draught ofwater. Thus are the greatest slights often put upon those who dothe greatest services. Samson prayed to God in this distress.Those that forget to attend God their praises, may be compelledto attend him with their prayers. Past experiences of God'spower and goodness, are excellent pleas in prayer for furthermercy. He pleads his being exposed to God's enemies; our bestpleas are taken from God's glory. The Lord sent him seasonablerelief. The place of this action was, from the jaw-bone, calledLehi. And in the place thus called, God caused a fountainsuddenly and seasonably to open, close by Samson. We should bemore thankful for the mercy of water, did we consider how ill wecan spare it. Israel submitted to him whom they had betrayed.God was with him; henceforward they were directed by him astheir judge.
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