Sin Blinds. Sin Binds. Sin Grinds.
Sin Blinds. Sin Binds. Sin Grinds
Judges 16:21-31 21 But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house. 22 Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaven. 23 Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice: for they said, our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand. 24 And when the people saw him, they praised their god: for they said, our god hath delivered into our hands our enemy, and the destroyer of our country, which slew many of us. 25 And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said, Call for Samson, that he may make us sport. And they called for Samson out of the prison house; and he made them sport: and they set him between the pillars. 26 And Samson said unto the lad that held him by the hand; suffer me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house standeth, that I may lean upon them. 27 Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines were there; and there were upon the roof about three thousand men and women, that beheld while Samson made sport. 28 And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes. 29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left. 30 And Samson said, let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life. 31 Then his brethren and all the house of his father came down, and took him, and brought him up, and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the burying place of Manoah his father. And he judged Israel twenty years.
Verse 21 – Oh no – it gets worse doesn’t it? How the mighty has fallen. Samson has had his eyes gorged out – not under anaesthetic either. No pain killers. No numbing the area. No painkillers. The Philistines are tormenting him now. He has terrorised them for years – it’s payback time for them now. He is bound in chains and fetters and his new abode is in a prison house. He became a grinder. What is a grinder? This is what animals did. Samson has been reduced to the level of an animal. This is always what Satan wants to accomplish in our lives. He seeks to reduce us to animals. We are made in the image of God. The angels are not made in the image of God. Man is made in the image of God, so Satan wants to reduce us to that of an animal.
Three things to take note of here. (1) Sin blinds. (2) Sin binds. (3) Sin grinds. Sins blinds us to the pain and suffering of the consequences such that we think the pleasure of it will continue to last. We are blinded to the reality that the bitterness of sins consequences linger on longer than the sweetness of sins pleasure – which is but for a season. Once the bitterness of that sin blinds us – it then binds us in that we are in bondage to it – which leads to how sin grinds us down to nothing.
Verses 22-24 – Whilst Samson’s hair begins to grow back again – he would never have his eye sight again. Sometimes – not all the time, but sometimes God will restore us and restore the years that the locust has eaten. But there are times that sin will take such a heavy toll that something’s can never be restored again. God is a God of endless chances. There are some consequences to sin that will be so far reaching as to have a profound effect on our lives – for the rest of our lives.
Verses 25-31 – What a sad end to a life with such a call. It is worth noting, that in 20 years that Samson was a judge of Israel, this is only the second time he prayed – in 20 years! The first time he prayed was in chapter 15 when he was thirsty and he asked God to provide water and God provided water. This time – this second time his prayer is a little more fervent and effectual one might say.
The lesson here is clear – a life of prayerlessness will doubtless give way to a life that is riddled with sinfulness. Prayerlessness leads to sinfulness. As we have it recorded – Samson prayed on two occasions to the LORD in 20 years. Need we look any further at why such a man would fall in such a way?
Another lesson we can take from Samson’s life is how it can be unspeakably perilous for us to play games with God’s call on our life, by not taking it seriously. Not taking the will of God, God’s purpose for our lives seriously. To not take seriously the call of God on ones’ life is a waste of ones’ life. Imagine what Samson with that supernatural strength could have done had he not done what he did? He was born as a Nazarite. He was so called from the womb – this was a call from the womb to the tomb. He was consecrated from his mother’s womb, set apart, sanctified unto the LORD for a purpose. He should have known his history – he was the 12th judge out of 13 judges. He knew about the cyclical sin cycle that Israel being an obstinate people were prone to. He surely would have heard stories, and accounts and tales of woes about how the Israelites were repeatedly held in bondage by their oppressors. Yet he unfortunately still fell prey to the mistakes of his people – he walked knowingly into the lion’s den – he went to the land of the Philistines – not once, but twice. How sad.
Samson thwarted the will of God and the call of God on his life. And so this is true for us. We sometimes play games, we take risks, we don’t take God’s call on our lives seriously, there is no reverent soberness when it comes to God’s will for our lives.
Finally, Samson’s life should teach us that no matter how much we lost because of sins cost- God is always merciful. God is so merciful to Samson. What is mercy? Mercy is us not getting what we do deserve. What is grace? Grace is getting something that we don’t deserve. And that is what Samson was the recipient of – the LORD in His infinite mercy granted was to Samson.