TEXT: Judges16:17 (13-16)

TIME & PLACE: 02/03/08 ELBC





INTRO: Samson’s story is possibly one of if not the saddest story found in the Scriptures. Now I understand....the “rich man” going to hell was sad. As well as Judas last days and life was very sad, but this one is sad because Samson had so much going for him. There was nothing possibly that he could not have accomplished if he continued to walk with the Lord. I just want to lists some things concerning Samson before we get into the message.

1.       His Parents - His mother was one of only 4 women recorded in Scripture to receive notification prior to the birth of a child.

2.      His Position - Samson is the 12th Judge of Israel as recorded in this book.

3.      His Promise - He had taken a Nazarite Vow to serve God.

4.      His Power – Samson is recorded as the strongest man in Scripture. And it came from his commitment to serving God. He is as well mentioned in “The Hall of Faith” Because of his faith in where his Power truly came from... “out of weakness were made strong,”    

   However he made some very costly mistakes that ended a very bright future and powerful life which makes his story one of sorrow. However much in the book of Judges is sorrowful. I do believe we can, as the scriptures teach, learn from this time in Israel’s life but more importantly that of Samson’s. I want to look at some interesting facts as well as some historical facts concerning this account before we get into the message this morning. First Judges is the 6th book in the Bible. It contains 7 Apostasies of Israel as well as 7 Servitudes to 7 Heathen Nations as well as 7 Deliverances. There are as well 20 Christophanies / Theophanies found in the book of Judges. More than many other books found in the Scriptures, if not all of them. A lot of comparisons could be made to the days of the Judges and the Days we are living in now; however one thing is certainly true and that is how they got into the condition they were in. We leave the book of Joshua and Joshua has passed off the scene and no one rises to the occasion to lead the Children of Israel. And the book tells us in 4 separate places that “every man did that which was right in his own eyes”. How sad and how like today. We live in a generation of people who all do “that which is right in their own eyes”. Listen doing things right the way we think they ought to be separate from Gods wisdom and direction is foolishness. It may seem right, but only to you and a handful of others. And then even the others feel there should be minor changes in how you may do it. Solomon put it this way. Pro 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

   The Nation of Israel had 3 problems that affected them and led them down this road and more than likely even eventually effected Samson.

1      Apostasy – They Departed from the Truth.

2      Apathy – They were Dead (Indifferent) to Truth.

3      Anarchy – They Disregarded the Truth.

   So we see that what was taking place during this period in the life of Israel was very saddening. Yet in the midst of this God raises up a man to a certain family of the Danites whose name was Samson so as to help the Children of Israel not hurt them. His name is Samson and he has a vow of a Nazarite on him from birth. In the process of his life though he forgets what he was destined for and begins to lose his focus and what he has and becomes like those around him. Before I go any further I want to just cover quickly from Scripture what the entire Nazarite vow entailed.

The Nazarite Vow - (Christian) Num6:1-21 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 6:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the LORD: 6:3 He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried. 6:4 All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing that is made of the vine tree, from the kernels even to the husk. 6:5 All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the LORD, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow. 6:6 All the days that he separateth himself unto the LORD he shall come at no dead body. 6:7 He shall not make himself unclean for his father, or for his mother, for his brother, or for his sister, when they die: because the consecration of his God is upon his head. 6:8 All the days of his separation he is holy unto the LORD. 6:9 And if any man die very suddenly by him, and he hath defiled the head of his consecration; then he shall shave his head in the day of his cleansing, on the seventh day shall he shave it.

   So we see the responsibility that was placed upon Samson for the vow he had undertaken.  Now that we have looked at what the scripture tells us about this vow I want to begin to bring this around to where I want to look at this morning. So we can see....

*      THE PERSON OF THE VOW – Samson (a type of believer)

*      THE PECULIARITY OF THE VOW – Unique to others around him. (We as believers are a Peculiar People, Royal Priesthood)

*      THE POWER OF THE VOW – Was in keeping it and honoring it. Obedience = Power of the Holy Spirit

*      THE PICTURE OF THE VOW – This vow pictures us as believers and the commitment we have made to Christ and the power in which He gives us to live Godly and be an example and set apart from those around us.

   However Samson breaks this vow and as it states in Chapter 16 three times.... he “becomes like any other man”.  

   I want to take the 3 areas of this vow that Samson vowed and apply them to us as Christians who have “vowed” to follow God and see what we can learn....taking my thought from verse16:17 Preaching on this thought.... “BECOMING LIKE ANY OTHER MAN” Listen all that Samson had and enjoyed was taken away in a moment because of his disregard for the things of God. Listen I’m a lot more different now than when I was a lost man. I don’t want to ever go back to being what I was. Now I’m not talking about losing your salvation...that’s obvious for the Scripture doesn’t teach that. But the Scriptures do teach in 1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Others don’t have a peculiar walk like they should, but I do and I should understand it and protect it so as to not become like any other..... and I nor you should want to go back to being considered to be just like any other man.


I.                  VOW #1 (No Wine – It Concerned His APPETITE)


A.     WITH WANTS – Unrestrained desires, even under a Vow 1Co 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

B.     WITH WOMEN – Wanted relationships with the ungodly ones and he found them at the wrong places. 14:1-3; 14:15; 16:1, 4

C.     WITH WEALTH – 14:12-13

D.    WITH WHEREABOUTS – 14:5 Around drinking and drinkers

Note: Also while violating the 1st vow he kills a Lion and then comes back and eats honey out of it thus breaking the 2nd vow. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but this world will always make light of and attract us to the things that God would have us to stay away from. Listen...there is a lot of honey out there in the world, but it’s just honey and I ain’t gonna eat it...unless I want to become like any other man!

Appl: Do you resist the things that this world throws at people or do you just accept everything and explain it away by saying you have “liberty” let see what the Word of God has to say about real Liberty.

Gal 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Gal 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

2Pe 2:18-19 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

Appl: Listen....how we you doing? Are you misinterpreting the “liberty” you have and enjoying things “for a season” that God never intended for you to participate in?


II.               VOW #2 (No Death – It Concerned His ATTITUDE)


Note: Listen we see in this situation with the dead lion that he is not seriously considering what he is losing along the way to get what he thinks is pleasing.

A.     IN HIS ACTIONS 14:1,5,9


C.     IN HIS APPETITE 14:10

Note: Samson sacrificed a lot more than he realized when he was out and about. From this point on even those around him began to look at him differently. And he knew he was wrong because he hid things from his family.

Appl: Let me ask you a question....Have you not guarded your attitude about the things of God and sacrificed your standing with others because of it? You may just be on your way to Becoming like any other Man. 


III.           VOW #3 (No Haircut–It Concerned His APPEARANCE)


Note: Now I do want to say, concerning his strength, it involved much more than his hair. It was the whole vow. Yet over the course of his life he had already broken the other 2 leaving just this one. It was his last stage before losing all of what he possessed.

A.     BY COURTING A HARLOT vs16:1 “Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an harlot, and went in unto her.”

1.       Notice Her WAYS vs5, 9-10,

2.      Notice Her WORDS vs15 And she said unto him, How canst thou say, I love thee, when thine heart is not with me? thou hast mocked me these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy great strength lieth.

3.      Notice Her WICKEDNESS vs16-18

B.     BY CONNIVING (scheming) WITH HEATHENS – Playing with the things of God...posing riddles to them about what we do.

C.     BY CUTTING HIS HAIR 16:17-19

Note: The hair was an act of humility so as to be humbled in the sight of others in our service for God. Samson turned it into his own glory and used it to sell out his Spiritual Strength!

Note: As a result of his out and out sale of his Vow he ends up losing 3 important things along with all of what he had left...he....

1.       LOST HIS SIGHT vs21 “put out his eyes”

2.      LOST HIS STRENGTH vs19, 21 “bound with fetters of brass”

3.      LOST HIS STANDING vs21 “did grind in the prison house” (women’s work)

   He became just as he said he would....JUST LIKE ANY OTHER MAN! No Sight, No Strength and No Standing... He Appeared to be just like any one else. 

Note: I think sometimes we forget what it all will cost us. You young people in here this morning....if you don’t hear anything else I say hear this. You can always be what these other young people that waste their life are.....but they can never be what you are if they have already given their bodies and lives to this worlds system. Listen don’t worry if you ain’t never tried what all they have tried because they are all just like any other person. Chose today to be someone powerful for the Lord!

Note: vs26 is probably the saddest part of the whole story..... “And Samson said unto the lad that held him by the hand, Suffer me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house standeth, that I may lean upon them.” He sends a young Philistine boy to hell while holding his hand.

“Holding The Hands of a Hero and Headed To Hell”

Inv: Hymn 407 “Is Your All On The Alter”