2011-01-14 - The Pull and Price of Sin
on Samson's Life
Now that sin has become a habit and he has forsaken following the Lord he
winds up with sins consequences. He discovers the cost of sin. We cant
turn to the world without turning our back on God. When he chased pleasure
instead of God he discovered that sin has its price. He discovered the pain
of sin's price
The Pain of Sin's Price Samson Suffering for Sin
Sin cost Samson six things and these things represent areas in which sin
can damage us all.
Smarts / Senses
First Samson lost his smarts or senses. Samson was left senseless. Sin takes
away our smarts or dulls our sensibilities like an alcohol or a drug. A drunk
thinks hes OK to drive until he wraps around a phone pole or slides
under the rear of another car. Samson was about that dumb. Just look at his
girl history. Philistine girl one, the wife, betrays him to the Philistines.
While fooling around with Philistine girl two, the prostitute, he gets into
trouble with the Philistines. And yet he goes for Philistine girl number
three. Just what was he thinking? Thats just it. He wasnt thinking.
His senses were dulled by sin. For more proof consider this. Delilah, the
lady who's supposed to love him, asks him how she can remove his strength.
Three times she asks and three times he tells her and goes to sleep just
to find out that hes been tied up for the Philistines to haul away
and yet he tells her the truth the fourth time. Hello McFly! Why werent
bells going off in the boy's head? Most women want a strong man but she wanted
his weaknesses. Those who love us want to shield us and help us not find
Yet like Samson, we become senseless. We think sin wont affect us but
thats when sin is just getting started. It's like a story Gary Richmond,
a former zookeeper, shares. He had a friend named Julie who owned a pet raccoon
so he warned her that raccoons go through a glandular change at about 24
months. After that they often attack their owners. He told her a 30-pound
raccoon can be equal to a 100-pound dog in a fight. Julie politely listened
and nodded as he explained the danger. Then she smiled and said, "It will
be different for me. . ." And she added, "Bandit wouldn't hurt me. He just
wouldn't." Three months later Julie underwent plastic surgery for facial
lacerations sustained when her adult raccoon attacked her for no apparent
reason. Bandit was released into the wild.
Sin, too, often comes dressed in an adorable guise, and as we play with it,
how easy it is to say, "It will be different for me." The results are
Samson was left without strength. In his senseless state Samson thought his
hair was his source of strength. He forgot it was God. He forgot what the
Psalmist knew: The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and
my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust. (Psalm 18:2a).
And so in Judges 16:16 when
"pressed daily with her words", he gave in. He
didn't have the strength not to because he had misplaced the true source.
Temptation often presses on us or nudges at us day by day until we cave.
That is why we must renew our strength daily. Give us this day our daily
Sadly Judges 16:20 informs us, "He
wist not that the Lord was departed from him" Deprived of his senses,
deprived of his source of strength, and deep in the pleasure of sin, he did
not even recognize the change. He did not realize his strength was gone.
He wasn't even aware sin had cost him his hair.
Strands of Hair
Samson was left scalped. Sin cost him the strands of hair but for others
sin may have a different physical price. The world is good at covering those
costs up but sin often has physical consequences. Ads can make a lot of things
look glorious. You see the beach parties and the great times at the football
games but you dont see the beer-bellied man with cirrhosis of the liver.
You see the beautiful young woman or rugged cowboy man puffing on a cigarette
but you don't see the 35 year old lady with premature wrinkles who looks
60 and has lung cancer from her two pack a day habit nor do you see the man
with the small pipe stuck out of his throat from cancer surgery. A lot of
ads show the teens chatting with their buddies online but they hide the
pedophiles trying to hook up with them and it hides the man addicted to Internet
gambling and pornography. Sin looks glorious. Sin starts out like midday
but ends like midnight. And as it darkens we discover another cost.
Until next time.
All verses are from the King James Version unless otherwise specified.