Judges 16:21 The Cause Went Far Deeper

Judges 16:21 (KJV)
But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.

It was the Philistines who put out Samson’s eyes, but he had been blinded by way before this. 

He had been blinded to biblical separation 
Against the teaching of the Bible and against the pleading of his parents, he wanted a Philistine woman to wife. The relationship ended badly, and he lost her as his own. I believe this set off a series of other “blindnesses” in him.

He was blinded with a sense of bitterness 
Having lost his love, he lost a heart for right. This set him up for multiple immoral relationships which, in turn set him up for his eventual fall.

He was blinded toward the source of his strength
There came a time when he assumed he would be as strong as before. He wist not that the Lord had departed from him. 

The physical blindness at the hands of the Philistines was minor in comparison to the other forms of blindness. 

The Philistines were a symptom.

The cause went far deeper. 

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Judges 16:21 The Cause Went Far Deeper

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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