An encouraging word from Judges 13-16


Biblical Israel Ministries & Tours (BIMT) is all about teaching the Bible in the context of the land of Israel and other biblical countries (Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and Italy). We teach the historical geography of the Bible as well as archaeology, customs and culture of the land. We aim to make connections between  the Bible and the land in all that we do.

This is another session in the new series of teaching videos called “Devotions from Israel.” This brief five-minute devotional comes from Judges 13-16The setting for this narrative is Zorah and the Sorek Valley.


About the Devotional

How strong are you? It may depend on how “strength” is defined. Some are physical strong to pick up something heavy while others have emotional and spiritual strength to endure difficulties. There can be no doubt about it – Samson was a physically strong person. I would argue he was inwardly strong too!
Born and raised in a small town called Zorah along the edge of the Sorek Valley, Samson led a rather interesting life. He was attracted to Philistine women, his first wife being from Timnah just a few miles west in the valley. Yet as unconventional as he may have been, God would use this long-hair strongman for 20 years as a leader of the Israelites.
His role in protecting the Israelites from the Philistines all this time was what God called him to do. Samson would die in Gaza within the walls of the pagan temple to Dagon. Yet leading up to his capture and ensuing death, Samson said this:
Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes (Judges 16:28).”

“At the end of his life, Samson prayed, ‘Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more.’ Samson was someone who trusted God even in his death. God used him to accomplish many things.”

Sorek Valley
Was Samson a praying man? Was he a man of faith? Apparently he was, as the author of Hebrews includes him in the famous “hall of faith” (Hebrews 11). How could this be?
Perhaps the key to understanding Samson’s life is this: As imperfect as Samson was, God still used him for a specific purpose at that time and place in Israelite history. This should be of great encouragement for us too. Last time I checked we are all imperfect. I am especially including myself. Yet God still calls us to accomplish His purposes despite our shortcomings and failures to honor Him.
We all may not be as strong as Samson was, but God can still use us to accomplish great things for Him!
I hope you enjoy this video below. These five minute devotionals are produced on a regular basis. As you are encouraged by the video, please consider sharing this post with others for their encouragement as well.

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