- Samson III
This Week's Riddle
From Sherly's Desk
We read in the Bible about Gehazi, servant of
Elisha about whom Elisha a prophet of God could tell exactly what he did.
When Naaman came to Elisha for healing of leprosy and when Naaman went and
took a bath according to the words of Elisha and got complete healing, he
came back to Elisha and wanted to give some gift, but Elisha refused to take
anything. We read in
2 Kings 5:21-26, that Gehazi pursued Naaman. When
Naaman saw him running after him, he got down from the chariot to meet him,
and said, "Is all well?" And Gehazi said, "All is well. My
master has sent me, saying, 'Indeed, just now two young men of the sons of
the prophets have come to me from the mountains of Ephraim. Please give them
a talent of silver and two changes of garments.'" So, Naaman said,
"Please, take two talents." And he urged him, and bound two
talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and handed them
to two of his servants; and they carried them on ahead of him. When he came
to the citadel, he took them from their hand, and stored them away in the
house; then he let the men go, and they departed. Now he went in and stood
before his master.
Elisha said to him,
"Where did you go, Gehazi?" And he said,
"Your servant did not go anywhere." Then he said to him, "Did
not my heart go with you when the man turned back from his chariot to meet
you? Is it time to receive money and to receive clothing, olive groves and
vineyards, sheep and oxen, male and female servants?"
Elisha was a prophet of God and God showed Elisha in a vision what Gehazi
did, how he went after Naaman and asked for gifts, etc. When Elisha asked
Gehazi that, "Where did you go, Gehazi?" He said, "I did not
go anywhere." But Elisha saw that where he was gone and what he did as
we read in above verses.
This happened in Old Testament. But what about the New Testament? Many
believe that prophet days are over and we do not have prophets now and even
many believe that there were no prophets in New Testament. But reality is
far away from it.
We read about Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5th chapter. They sold a
possession and Ananias kept back part of the proceeds, his wife being aware
of it, brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter
"Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to
lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for
yourself?" And further Peter said to him, "Why have you conceived
this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God."
And further we read that both Ananias and Sapphira
But the question is how Peter knew that they lied and kept back a portion of
the proceeds? Because Peter was no ordinary person but a prophet of God who
could see the very heart of Ananias and Sapphira. And could know the real
Yes, a prophet can scan through you. You cannot play double role before a
prophet because the Spirit of the living God lives in a prophet. And
according to the Bible, prophet days are not over as we read in
1 Cor 12:28, "And God has appointed these in
the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that
miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of
Apostle Paul also talks about the various gifts of the Holy Spirit in
1 Cor 12th chapter.
And one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is the gift
of the prophecy.
How we can have this gift in our lives?
1. Our sins must be forgiven or we should have the experience of born again
as Jesus said in
John 3:3, "Most assuredly, I say to you,
unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
2. Anointing of the Holy Spirit: Once your sins are forgiven you are
eligible to get the experience of anointing of the holy Spirit. Without
getting filled with the Holy Spirit we cannot have the gifts of the Holy
Spirit. When Holy Spirit comes and fills a person, He gives the different
gifts to them.
Yes, these are the precious gifts of God and God wants to give it to you so
that you may not be cheated by others but know the perfect will of God. If
you want these precious gifts, ask Him to come and fill you with the Holy
Story Time - Samson III
gave the feast for taking his wife but when he returned, he found that his
wife was given to his companion, who had been his best man.
After a while, in the time of wheat harvest, it happened that
Samson visited his wife with a young goat. And he said, "Let me go to
my wife." But her father would not permit him to go in. Her father
said, "I really thought that you thoroughly hated her; therefore I
gave her to your companion. Is not her younger sister better than she?
Please, take her instead."
Samson got very angry and said to them, "This time I shall be
blameless regarding the Philistines if I harm them!" Then Samson went and caught three hundred foxes; and he took
torches, turned the foxes tail to tail, and put a torch between each pair
of tails. When he had set the torches on fire, he let the foxes go into
the standing grain of the Philistines, and burned up both the shocks and
the standing grain, as well as the vineyards and olive groves.
Then the Philistines said, "Who has done this?" And they
answered, "Samson, the son-in-law of the Timnite, because he has
taken his wife and given her to his companion." So the Philistines
came up and burned her and her father with fire.
said to them, "Since you would do a thing like this, I will surely
take revenge on you, and after that I will cease."
So he attacked them hip and thigh with a great slaughter; then he
went down and dwelt in the cleft of the rock of Etam.
Now the Philistines went up, encamped in Judah, and deployed
themselves against Lehi. And
the men of Judah said, "Why have you come up against us?" So
they answered, "We have come up to arrest Samson, to do to him as he
has done to us." Then
three thousand men of Judah went down to the cleft of the rock of Etam,
and said to Samson, "Do you not know that the Philistines rule over
us? What is this you have done to us?" And he said to them, "As
they did to me, so I have done to them."
they said to him, "We have come down to arrest you, that we may
deliver you into the hand of the Philistines." Then Samson said to
them, "Swear to me that you will not kill me yourselves."
So they spoke to him, saying, "No, but we will tie you
securely and deliver you into their hand; but we will surely not kill
you." And they bound him with two new ropes and brought him up from
the rock. When he came to
Lehi, the Philistines came shouting against him. Then the Spirit of the
LORD came mightily upon him; and the ropes that were on his arms became
like flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds broke loose from his
found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, reached out his hand and took it, and
killed a thousand men with it.
Samson said: "With the jawbone of a donkey, Heaps upon heaps, With
the jawbone of a donkey I have slain a thousand men!"
so it was, when he had finished speaking, that he threw the jawbone from
his hand, and called that place Ramath Lehi. Then he became very thirsty;
so he cried out to the LORD and said, "You have given this great
deliverance by the hand of Your servant; and now shall I die of thirst and
fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?"
So God split the hollow place that is in Lehi, and water came out,
and he drank; and his spirit returned, and he revived. Therefore he called
its name En Hakkore, which is in Lehi to this day.
he judged Israel twenty years in the days of the Philistines.
This week's Riddle
was a mighty man, he was forbidden to shave his head.
When he was shaven, he lost his might. Who he was?
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