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Meditation number 10


Samson is thought to be, because of his mighty feats, the strongest man of all time. Let us compare his mighty acts with those of One stronger yet.
1 - In Judges 14:4-5, he slays the young roaring lion. Consider the mightier feat described in Hebrews 2:4 against a much more dangerous lion (1 Peter 5:8), and this, accomplished through his own death!
2 - Samson slays 30 men to have their garments (Judges 14:19). But, in accord with Matthew 5:40, Jesus leaves his garment (John 19:23) in order to give the garments of salvation and the robe of righteousness to those who trust in Him (Ro. 5:1).
3 - Samson catches 300 foxes and burns the harvests of the Philistines (Judges. 15:4-5). But Jesus, for his part, feeds 5000 (Mark 6) and then 4000 (Mark 8) with but a few loaves; in addition, he sows the good seed in the field of the world (Matthew 13); in contrast, he lets himself be caught and surrounded by bulls (Ps. 22:12) and dogs (Ps. 22:16); he takes the fire of judgment upon Himself on the cross in our stead.
4 - Samson smote them hip and thigh (broke arms and legs - Judges 15:8 Fr. Darby). Jesus, for His part heals the sick, the lame, the withered hand, the blind, the deaf and the mute. He raises even those that are dead (John 11).
5 - Samson slays 1000 men with the jawbone of an ass. Word of grace came forth from the jaws of the Lord (Luke 4:22); He goes on even to say "Father, forgive them" (Luke 23:34).
6 - Samson took off the doors of the gate of the city of Gaza and took them up to the hill before Hebron (Judges 16:2). Consider the much greater work of the stronger One against the gates of hell (hades) (Matthew 16:18, 2 Timothy 1:10) through His death and resurrection; ascending on high, He leads captivity captive (Ephesians 4:8).
7 - Samson, extending his arms on the pillars, destroys the temple of Dagon as he cries vengeance, taking over 3000 souls with him in death. (Judges 16:27-28). The Lord Jesus, arms spread out on the cross, also lets out a loud cry (Mc 15:37), bringing, through His death alone, salvation to millions of souls and, basing all on his finished work, builds the temple of God, the church, the body of Christ.

NOTE: All Bible references are from the King James Version unless otherwise specified. All unsigned material is in the spirit of Ecc. 12:11. Send all correspondence, comments, suggestions to: dailysowers@tlb.sympatico.ca

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