Episode 3. Samson destroys the temple
Samson uses his renewed strength to sacrifice himself and destroy the Philistine temple, Judges 16:27-31
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- The search. The book of Judges is structured around a cycle of Israel’s sin followed by suffering which causes Israel to shout to God. God hears and raises up an unlikely hero who saves them and restores a measure of peace. Then the cycles begins again. The controlling verse of the book is Judges 17:6 “In those days there was no king in Israel and everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” The entire book is a story about searching for a true and good and faithful king. In fact, one can make the case that all of human life is a search for the rightful King.
- God’s faithfulness. In the face of Israel’s stubborn sin and rebellion, it is God and his stubborn faithfulness that shines through as the ultimate hero. He will not give up on his people—no matter what. Our lives, if we can see them rightly, is the story of God’s stubborn faithfulness to us even in the midst of our greatest sins. No matter what darkness we might be facing now, God has not abandoned us. His power has not left us. Indeed, it is made perfect in weakness.
- Flawed heroes. Samson is the greatest of the unlikely heroes in Judges. He is deeply flawed and yet used by God to show us that God does not work according to human merit or righteousness (lest we grow proud and rely on ourselves), but instead works according to his grace and through those who know deeply their need for a Savior. All of these flawed heroes, though, keep the readers longing for a True and Perfect King. A Mighty Man who will finally end the cycle of sin and suffering.
- Jesus. Samson, God’s mighty man, here gives his life as a final act of faithfulness in order to destroy the enemies of God. The Greater Samson, Jesus, in a later act of ultimate faithfulness gives his life in order to saveGod’s enemies from eternal destruction.