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The Prison Experiences Of The Bible - Sermon #2
Intro: One of the realities of the Christian life is
the matter of chastisement. We don’t
like to think about it, but chastisement is a fact nonetheless, Heb. 12:5-13. When chastisement comes our way, we will try
to rebel against it, but the right attitude is one of humble submission and
When a child of God walks away from the Lord and from God’s will for his life, he can expect that God will reach out to draw him home, Rev. 3:19. This truth is seen in these verses in the life of Samson.
Samson was a man with great potential, but he never quite reached that level of life he was capable of living. His name means “Distinguished and strong, but he was anything but! The Spirit of the Lord came upon him from time to time, but he failed to walk in the power of the Spirit day by day.
Because of his rebellion and his sin, Samson found himself in a prison house of chastisement. I want to take us there today so that we can see what happens to believers who stray away from the path God saved them to walk. I want to preach for a few minutes on the thought, The Prison Of His Purifications.
I. THE ROAD TO THIS PRISON
Was A Road Of Disobedience When Samsons birth was announced, his
parents were told that he was to be a Nazarite,
We have no record of Samson cutting his
own hair; Delilah took care of that for him.
We have no record that Samson ever partook of “the fruit of the vine. But, there is plenty of evidence that Samson
violated his Nazarite vow by contact with dead bodies,
Was A Road Of Disappointments Just reading through the life of
Samson, it becomes quickly apparent that he was a spoiled brat. He wanted what he wanted and he wanted it
Samson had much potential as a judge, but he failed to live up to that potential because he was so selfish and self-centered. He was a disappointment because he never became all that he could have.
Was A Road Of Depravity One of Samsons main problems was a bad case
trouble. He liked the ladies
and that is what did him in. Ill. Samson
married outside of the nation of
In the end, it was his trouble with women that caused Samson to be destroyed. His passions overcame his reason and he fell. Samson was an incredibly strong man. He killed 1,000 men at one time. He carried away the gates of a city. He overcame his captors. He broke bonds and did many amazing thing. But, in spite of his physical prowess, Samson was powerless against his flesh. He was not deceived, he sinned with his eyes open!
D. It Was
A Road Of Death Samson left the landscape of his life littered with
the dead bodies of his enemies. True, he
was killing the Philistines, but most of the time, he killed not free
Was A Road Of Disasters Samsons life was one disaster after
another. His parents were broken
hearted. His family was humiliated. His wife was given to another man. The name of God and the testimony of
(Note: I hope no one in this room is living a life like that of Samson. If you are, and you are saved, you need to understand the danger you are in. I think we need to be reminded that low living carries a high price tag. When we fail to live up to what God saves us to be, He will take the necessary steps to get our attention and call us back to Him.
Some of you may see the signs of a Samson style life in your own walk. Friend, I would recommend that you make things right with the Lord before He sends you into the prison of His purifications.)
II. THE REALITIES OF THIS PRISON
Forfeited His Fellowship v. 20-21
- With God and His people. He fell from
his position, his power and his purpose. (Note:
Sin will take away everything you cherish!
It will take your innocence, your family, your future, your testimony,
your power, your tender heart, etc. Sin
will rob you and leave you broken, battered and beaten, Ill. Just ask David,
Forfeited His Faculties v. 21
- He lost his vision. Not just his
physical sight, but his spiritual sight too.
How long had Samson been blinded by his sinful condition before his eyes
Forfeited His Freedom v. 21 - He
was bound in his new condition. He became the object of ridicule and
humiliation. The people identified
Samson's God with Samson! Thus, they
mocked Samson and they mocked the Lord because of Samson. His testimony was
forfeit and he was bound in the aftermath of his sins. (Note:
The believer has wonderful liberty in the Lord Jesus. This is not liberty to sin, but it is liberty
to follow the Lord and His will for our lives.
When sin dominates our lives, it will bind us and take away the liberty
He gave us. Sin will dominate your life
and hold you bondage in its iron grip.
III. THE RESTORATION IN THIS PRISON
Path To His Restoration - Samson called on the Lord. This reveals that his heart had at last
turned back to God after being away so long.
He called God “LORD - This is His covenant
name. He called Him "Lord
God"; this is the name “Adonai Jehovah. He called Him “God; this is the name Elohim.
Samson called on the God of the covenant, the God of grace; the God of power
and the God Who saves. He did exactly
what he needed to do to find restoration for his soul. (Note:
The only door that leads out of the prison of His purifications is the door of
repentance. When we come to Him confessing
our sins and casting ourselves on His mercy, He will forgive us and He will
Proof Of His Restoration The fact that God answered proved that
Samson had made things right with the Lord!
The fact that the last act of his life was the only selfless act of his
life proved that his heart had changed. Ill.
What Samson did for
C. The Pain Of His Restoration - His restoration was only partial. He got his vengeance on the Philistines for how they had treated him, but he still died, blinded, bound and broken. No amount of repentance could make things like they were; nor could it bring back the things that were lost forever. (Note: Some have gone out into the world and they have been brought back by the Lord. But, they have left their loved ones out there in sin. They have left a testimony that can never be recovered. They have left more than they expected when they stepped out into sin. Don’t let that happen to you!)
Conc: Samson will always be remembered as the “weak strong man. He was strong in his muscles, but weak in his morals and it cost him plenty. Where does this message find you today? Do you need to come home? Do you need to pray about some danger signs in your life?