DCLM Daily Manna 20 January 2022 by Pastor Kumuyi — Divine Armaments
TOPIC: Divine Armaments (DCLM Daily Manna 20 January 2022)
TEXT: Judges 15:1-8 (KJV)
1 But it came to pass within a while after, in the time of wheat harvest, that Samson visited his wife with a kid; and he said, I will go in to my wife into the chamber. But her father would not suffer him to go in.
2 And her father said, I verily thought that thou hadst utterly hated her; therefore I gave her to thy companion: is not her younger sister fairer than she? take her, I pray thee, instead of her.
3 And Samson said concerning them, Now shall I be more blameless than the Philistines, though I do them a displeasure.
4 And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took firebrands, and turned tail to tail, and put a firebrand in the midst between two tails.
5 And when he had set the brands on fire, he let them go into the standing corn of the Philistines, and burnt up both the shocks, and also the standing corn, with the vineyards and olives.
6 Then the Philistines said, Who hath done this? And they answered, Samson, the son in law of the Timnite, because he had taken his wife, and given her to his companion. And the Philistines came up, and burnt her and her father with fire.
7 And Samson said unto them, Though ye have done this, yet will I be avenged of you, and after that I will cease.
8 And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter: and he went down and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam.
KEY VERSE: “And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter: and he went down and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam” (Judges 15:8).
Some people are so presumptuous that they think they can second-guess God, especially as it has to do with His punishment for sin. They minimise the sinfulness of sin and the consequent judgment. Sometimes, this is done in the vain hope that God will dance to their tune.
God allowed the Philistines to oppress and rule over Israel for failing to drive them out of Canaan. This continued until God, in His mercy, started sending judges to lead and deliver them. One of them was Samson who was endowed with supernatural strength. The divinely orchestrated way used here by Samson in prosecuting war against the Philistines may look strange to the casual observer but “the wisdom and knowledge of God… and his ways [are] past finding out!” (Romans 11:33). When Samson told his parents he wanted to get married to a woman of the Philistines, they had no idea that “it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines” (Judges 14:4).
After contracting the marriage, Samson was separated for a while from his wife following a disagreement. When he returned months later, he was told his father-in-law had given his wife to another man, the so-called friend who had helped Samson arrange the marriage. This became an occasion for God to vent His judgment on the Philistines. He roused Samson who destroyed the Philistines “with a great slaughter”.
While Christians are not associated with and do not advocate violence, it should be noted that God’s judgment against evildoers is real. Although it may be slow in coming but certainly, it will come!
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
God has more armaments in His arsenal than all the weapons in the world.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.
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