Wednesday, January 25, 2006
So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity , with a continual lust for more.
Ephesians 4: 17, 19
God ordained Samson’s dediction to Him as a lifelong Nazarite.
In Numbers 6:1-20 we see three section actions required of one who took the Nazarite vow.
He shall abstain from wine and strong drink…he shall not eat anything of the produce of the vine.
No razor should touch his hair…letting the hair of his head grow freely
He shall not enter where a dead person is.
This vow was usually taken by those who desired to be focused totally before God
In Acts 18:18 we see that Paul had a hair cut after leaving Corinth. He had taken the Nazarite vow for the time he ministered there. It was an outward expression of total devotion.
It was a vow of self-control, of restraint, of extreme personal discipline and God ordained it for Samson for the length of his life.
In Judges 14:1-20 we see that there were 2 serious signs of self-indulgence in Samson’s life.
He not only disregarded his consecration by touching a dead animal, but he also disrespected his parents by having them eat from the carcass of an unclean animal.
Disrespect of God given authority ultimately reaps dreadful results.
In Exodus 10:12 we see the importance of respect.
Honor your father and your mother, that you may have a long life in the land which the Lord, your God is giving you.
And in Galatians 6: 7-8
Make no mistake, God is not mocked, for a person will reap only what he sows, because the one who sows for his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows for the spirit will reap eternal life from the Sprit.
Samuel had an inappropriate sense of humor. He did practical jokes and riddles that were motivated by lack of respect and always at the expense of others.
God loves laughter, but when it is at the expense of God character, another's character, or our own, the laughter becomes toxic.
In contrast we will now look at the life of Daniel
In Daniel 1: 1-21 we see that Daniel refused to eat the food from the King’s table. He requested vegetables to eat and water to drink. He begged the chief chamberlain to spare him from this defilement.
Daniel took the food he was to eat seriously unlike Daniel who thought it all a joke.
In Daniel 6:1-28 we see that Daniel was a man of prayer. Even though the king forbid him to do so. He was cast in to the lions den as punshiment and the Lord intervened on his behalf by saving him in the lion’s den. He was unhurt.
Both of these young men had everthing going for them, with the exception of one thing. One was protected by the wall of self discipline, one was not.
Tomorrow we’ll take a look at Solomon. A man who had everything.
‘On Ya’ - ma