Texts: Judges 13-16 In a Nutshell: Now in Israel’s sixth cycle of sin and oppression we see their “delivering judge” as not only succumbed by sin later in life, but struggling with personal sins his entire life. From the time he was a young man Samson lived with a sense of entitlement that marked his path with impulsive arrogance and sensual enslavement. Because he was not able to contain himself he was broken, blinded, and caged. In Samson’s death, at his begging, God did more to fulfill His purpose with Samson than previously done in his entire life. (Judges 16:30)
Ice Breaker: What dessert, food, or snack makes it most difficult for you to say “No thanks, I shouldn’t?”
CONNECTING WITH THE TEXT:
- What does it mean when it says Samson was to be a “Nazirite?” (Judges 13:1-14 & Numbers 6:1-8)
- What seemed to be Samson’s “drug of choice” to which he could not say “no”? (Judges 14:2-3, 16-17; 15:1, 7-8, 16:1, 4-20)
- How many women lured Samson before he was finally ruined? (Judges 14:2; 16:1, 4)
- How many chances did Samson have to learn that Delilah could not be trusted? Judges 16:6-21 What is this about three chances to determine truth? (De. 17:6; Mt. 18:16; 1 Tim. 5:19)
- Which is more important: to not touch or be aware of things that cause addictive behaviors or to learn how to manage our desires? (1 Tim. 4:1-10; 1 Cor. 6:12-15)
- For what did Samson seek vengeance? (Judges 16:28)
- What does Hebrews say about Samson? (Heb. 11:1-2,13-16,32-40
- Is it wise to assume Samson’s addictive lifestyle validates that today’s Christian need not repent of such a lifestyle? (Acts 17:30)
REFLECTING ON YOUR LIFE:
- What hints of addictive personality disorder do you find in your life?
- In your youth were you kept from temptation or taught to discern temptation, pray and manage it? (Mt. 26:41; 1 Cor. 10:13; 1 Tim. 6:9; Heb. 5:11-14)
- What resources are available to help someone struggling with an addiction? (Gal. 6:1-5; Jam. 5:19-20)
CONNECTING WITH YOUR CHURCH:
- How would you have someone in your CARE group approach you if they felt you were losing a battle with an addictive behavior?
- How should the church handle someone that is obviously losing their battle with an addictive behavior but insisting that they should remain a leader in ministry?
ON LINE RESOURCES:
- Adam Wainwright clip
- A - Z List of Addictions
- 12 Steps and Scripture:
- Matthew Henry on the Nazarite Vow:
- Samson Society: In the news...
- Do I have an addiction (Meier clinics)
- Dagon the god of the Philistines:
Title: “The Levite and his Concubine"
Text: Judges 19
Questions: What was the assumed role of a Levite? (Num. 18:2-6) What did the Levite seem to try to do that was right? That was wrong?
Parents with your children: How is a man supposed to regard his wife? Eph 5:25-30 What does that look like in your family?