Judges 15:12-13 (KJV) He Was Not Immortal

Judges 15:12-13 (KJV)
And they said unto him, We are come down to bind thee, that we may deliver thee into the hand of the Philistines. And Samson said unto them, Swear unto me, that ye will not fall upon me yourselves.
And they spake unto him, saying, No; but we will bind thee fast, and deliver thee into their hand: but surely we will not kill thee. And they bound him with two new cords, and brought him up from the rock.

Hebrews chapter 9 verse 27 says, “And as it is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgment.”  Even a man with the strength and ingenuity of Samson, a man who knew that the Spirit of the Lord was upon him, feared death.

  • He was strong but he was not immortal
  • He wade reckless but he was not immortal
  • He was a ruler of his people but he was not immortal
  • He was able to defeat the enemy over and over but he was not immortal

In the end he met the fate of all men.

The Psalmist taught us to measure our days, to remember that we are but dust and that our life on this earth comes all too quickly to an end. Samson seems to have forgotten that.

When it is all said and done, it is not what happens in this life, but what awaits us in the next that is most important.

 

 

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Judges 15:12-13 (KJV) He Was Not Immortal

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Judges 13:8 (KJV) This Ought to be the Prayer of Every Parent

Judges 13:8 (KJV)
Then Manoah intreated the LORD, and said, O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born.

Manoah sought direction from God as to how to parent.

He sought direction personally
It was good that his wife had heard from God but not good enough. Parenting is a partnership the father should be part of.

 

He sought direction from a man of God
They weren’t looking for a counselor or therapist or child expert or school teacher. They sought a man of God.

 

They received instructions of a heavenly nature
Manoah did not know his teacher was an angel until the very last. When we receive instructions from a man of God, whether we know it or not, we are hearing from heaven.

 

 

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Judges 13:8 (KJV) This Ought to be the Prayer of Every Parent

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Revelation 7:3 (KJV) Grace, God’s Characteristic Mark

Revelation 7:3 (KJV)
Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

The evidence of God’s grace is manifested in every era of God’s Word:

  • Adam and Eve knew God’s grace is covering them with skins
  • Noah found grace through the ark
  • Abraham found grace in his calling from the world
  • Moses found grace as God’s presence did not depart after Israel rebelled at Kadesh Barnea
  • This church age is also called the age of grace and even
  • During the Tribulation God refuses to allow the earth and sea to be harmed before He has sealed His 144,000

Grace is the characteristic mark of God’s work. He is holy and just but He is also love. From this combination of attributes is birthed grace.

Grace for all who will happily accept it.

 

 

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Revelation 7:3 (KJV) Grace, God’s Characteristic Mark

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Revelation 6:1 (KJV) Heaven and Earth

Revelation 6:1 (KJV)
And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

There are seven seals on the book. Six of them are opened in this chapter. The first four are unique in that:

  • There is a beast to open them
  • There is a horse and rider within them
  • There is an invitation to “come and see”.

Albert Barnes says that the transition from the fourth to the fifth is from earth to heaven; from the seen to the unseen.

There is, among those of us of faith, a strong assurance of both worlds:

  • This temporal, corruptible yet visible world.
  • An eternal, incorruptible and as far as things are now invisible world.

It is by making sound and scriptural observations of this world we can see that we learn lessons concerning that world we cannot. God, who dwells in the invisible world, is sovereign over this visible one. We know that what He says about eternity is true because we can see that what He has said about the earthly ages is true.

 

 

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Revelation 6:1 (KJV) Heaven and Earth

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Revelation 5:4 (KJV) I Wept Much

Revelation 5:4 (KJV)
And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

 

Someone has suggested that the apostle is here a pattern to imitate of the one eager and teachable concerning the things of God. He seeks the Word of God and he longs for the one who can open the Word to him.

 

The best of us need God’s Word. We need:

  • to look upon it
  • to read it and, most of all
  • to be instructed in it

Having said that, the teacher we most need to sit under is no man of the earth, but the Lord of heaven.

 

  • To anxiously wait to hear from God,
  • To fear lest you might never be instructed of Him
  • To weep until God assures you that He will teach you;

this is a pattern worth imitating.

 

 

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Revelation 5:4 (KJV) I Wept Much

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Revelation 4:5 (KJV) Wherever God Is

Revelation 4:5 (KJV)
And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

The Spirit of God, first seen in this book in Revelation 1:4, and throughout the letters to the seven churches, is seen again in Revelation four (and will be again in chapter five). The working of the Spirit in the churches (hinted at be the mention of the seven lamps of fire) has moved from the earth to heaven where the believers are now represented to be.

  • Wherever God is, believers will be found as the mark of true faith is that they follow the Lord
  • Wherever believers are, a local church will be found as the character of Christians is to assemble into churches.
  • Wherever there is a church the Holy Spirit will be found as the great work of the Holy Spirit is among the churches
  • Wherever the Spirit is there will be Christ as He loved the church and gave Himself for it

 

 

 

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Revelation 4:5 (KJV) Wherever God Is

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Revelation 3:1 (KJV) As Christ Directs

Revelation 3:1 (KJV)
And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

 

I think John Gill is on track when, of Revelation 1:4 he writes, “…by these seven spirits are intended the Holy Spirit of God, who is one in his person, but his gifts and graces are various; and therefore he is signified by this number, because of the fulness and perfection of them…”

 

The Lord Jesus claims possession of the stars or angels (pastors) as well as that of the seven Spirits of God. His possession speaks of his authority over. The pastor of each church is subject to Christ. He is not in charge but he is under the direction of the Lord.

 

The same may be said of the Spirit of God. Though He is co-eternal and equal to Christ in every way He is subjected to Christ in the same manner that Christ is subjected to the Father. The Spirit’s ministry upon churches, each loved of Christ, is directed by Christ. The

  • perfections,
  • completions, and
  • fullnesses

of the Holy Spirit are poured out to Christ’s own churches as Christ directs.

 

 

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Revelation 3:1 (KJV) As Christ Directs

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Revelation 2:1 (KJV) Bible Continuity

Revelation 2:1 (KJV)
Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

 

It strikes me that, though chapter two begins the letters to the seven churches, there is a continuity of thought that runs from chapter one to these seven letters. The Lord, who instructs John to write these letters, assumes that the readers of these letters (Ephesus expressly) will have read what is in chapter one of Revelation first.

 

That suggests that the seven letters were always a part of something bigger than themselves; that the seven letters were never meant to be sent individually to each one of these churches. It tells me that, though each church was a whole in and of itself, it was not to think of itself as isolated and alone. It tells me that the seven letters rest upon each other for interpretation and that the whole message of the Lord is not to be found in one letter or the other but in all of the letters taken together and in consideration of the book of the Revelation as a unit.

 

This principle would be true of the Bible. No one part of it stands without every part of it.

  • A verse of the Bible,
  • A chapter of the Bible,
  • A book of the Bible; yea,
  • A Testament of the Bible

taken without consideration for the rest of the Bible, is wrested from the Bible.

 

 

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Revelation 2:1 (KJV) Bible Continuity

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Revelation 1:7 KJV Coming With Clouds

Revelation 1:7 (KJV)
Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

 

Concerning the opening words of this verse, John Gill writes,
“The manner of his coming will be “with clouds”; either figuratively, with angels, who will attend him both for grandeur and service, or literally, in the clouds of heaven…”

 

Albert Barnes says,
“The design of introducing this representation of the Saviour, and of the manner in which he would appear, seems to be to impress the mind with a sense of the majesty and glory…”

 

Jamieson, Faucett and Brown adds to this that clouds often represent “wrath to the sinner.”

 

Clouds can mean:
Something of grandeur to us
Those billowy shining white clouds are a magnificent sight to behold.

 

Something of peace to us
I am reminded of my brother and me in our youth, laying in the grassy yard, looking at the clouds as they peacefully floated by.

 

Something ominous to us
This became the most real to me when, for a brief time, I lived in Oklahoma. Dark clouds there often indicated hailstorms and possible tornadoes.

 

 

So when Christ comes:

  • It is magnificent and glorious to the believer
  • It signals a time of great peace to those who are his but
  • It ushers in a great storm of tribulation for those who have refused him

 

 

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Revelation 1:7 (KJV) Coming With Clouds

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Judges 9:1-3 (KJV) Come to Ruin

Judges 9:1-3 (KJV)
And Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem unto his mother’s brethren, and communed with them, and with all the family of the house of his mother’s father, saying,
Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the men of Shechem, Whether is better for you, either that all the sons of Jerubbaal, which are threescore and ten persons, reign over you, or that one reign over you? remember also that I am your bone and your flesh.
And his mother’s brethren spake of him in the ears of all the men of Shechem all these words: and their hearts inclined to follow Abimelech; for they said, He is our brother.

 

Israel’s first king was not:

  • David, whom God anointed or
  • Saul, upon whom the people insisted or
  • Gideon, who was first approached by them to rule over them

Israel’s first king was Abimelech, Gideon’s son by a concubine.

  • It was not God who chose him or
  • A prophet who anointed him.
  • It was not the people who appointed him.

Abimelech approached them first.

 

Seeing their scattered and vulnerable state, sensing his own opportunity for advancement, he swayed them and them destroyed those he viewed as his only threat, his brothers.

 

Gill calls this, “a most bold and daring action;” and explains, “being done without asking counsel of God, without which no king was to be set over Israel, and by a single city, without the knowledge, advice, and consent of the body of the people of Israel…”

 

Nothing good could possibly have come out of this “daring action” and nothing good did. After three years the very people who had made him king revolted against him. Before it was said and done, Abimelech had devastated Shechem and Shechem had succeeded in killing Abimelech.

 

We do not need:

  • The one who climbs his own ladder or
  • The one who seems best to the majority

to rule over us. We need God to be our authority and seek His guidance in appointing our leaders.

 

Anything else will come to ruin.

 

 

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Judges 9:1-3 (KJV) Come to Ruin

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