The Penitent’s Cry

Today’s Reading:  Judges 14 – 17

“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. 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. 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.” Judges 16:28-30 (KJV)

The Philistines were the enemy of Israel.  They worshipped false deities, and defied the God of Israel, Jehovah.  They really thought they had conquered Israel and their God by blinding and capturing their Judge, their saviour.  How could Samson save them now.

Samson, the rascal that he was, the sinner that he was realized that without GOD he could do nothing.  He had violated his vow.  He had been impure, unholy, deceitful, wicked in his life and living.  The blind man was blinded by his enemies having his eyes burned from their sockets.

As his hair began to grow, the Philistines in their eagerness to display their victim, defy Jehovah, and celebrate victory, a supposed victory; brought Samson into their grand cathedral of Dagon their god; to mock, and ridicule him and the GOD of Israel.

As the people are loudly mocking, jeering, laughing; Samson prays to the Lord GOD, and God hears him.

There is no level of one’s life that we can reach where God will not hear the cry of the penitent.  You may think that you have sinned beyond God’s forgiveness.  The sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross of calvary paid the debt for all our sin.

In sorrow for your sin, cry out to the Saviour Jesus and He will hear your cry and forgive your sin.

Reading for March 24: Judges 18 – 19

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