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Thursday, March 6 2014
Judges 14: Samson's Riddle
"It was of the LORD, that He sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel"
The Judges were called by the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) for a purpose (see Judges 2: The Rise Of The Judges). As recorded, almost all of the Judges were enlisted as adults (e.g. see Judges 3: Othniel, Ehud and Shamgar and Judges 6: Gideon Of Manasseh). Although his purpose was the same as all of the rest, Samson was unique in that he was made a Judge at the instant that his (and every other human) life began - at conception ("thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines").
"13:3 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. 13:4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing [see Judges 13: Should Every Mother Be A Nazarite?]: 13:5 For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines." (Judges 13:3-5 KJV)
Many people are aware of the famous involvement that Samson had with Deliliah. Samson's entanglements with Philistine women began before that however; Samson's first wife was a Philistine. His parents objected to the marriage, but "his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel."
"14:1 And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.
The incident with Samson's riddle demonstrates his weakness with Philistine women - a pattern that would repeat to the end of his life. That first marriage was broken with a separation that became a divorce without Samson's awareness or consent. To add to Samson's anger, his wife was given "to his companion, whom he had used as his friend." The collision course between Samson and the Philistines was then set - by the LORD.
"14:8 And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion. 14:9 And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating, and came to his father and mother, and he gave them, and they did eat: but he told not them that he had taken the honey out of the carcase of the lion.
Fact Finder: What does the Bible tell us about Philistine Gaza?
This Day In History, March 6
12 BC: Roman Emperor Augustus was named Pontifex Maximus, thereby incorporating the position into that of the Emperor. Augustus was the Emperor at the time of the birth the Jesus Christ (see Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate? and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
961: Nikephoros Phokas led the Byzantine conquest of Chandax.
1521: Ferdinand Magellan discovered Guam (it was no discovery for the native people who lived there).
1617: Louis Hebert signed an agreement that entitled him to become the first farmer in New France (North America).
1629: In Germany, the Edict of Restitution ordered that all church property seized since 1552 be returned to the Roman Catholic Church.
1820: The Missouri Compromise was enacted by the U.S. Congress and signed by President James Monroe. It provided for the admission of Missouri into the Union as a "slave state," but prohibited slavery in the rest of the northern Louisiana Purchase territory.
1834: The city of York was officially renamed Toronto. The city had a population of 10,000 (the population of the "Greater Toronto Area" today is 6 million).
1836: The 13-day siege of the Alamo ended when Mexican troops under Santa Anna captured the mission fort.
1857: The U.S. Supreme Court's Dred Scott decision ruled that slaves were property, not citizens.
1899: Bayer registered "Aspirin" as a trademark of its brand of acetylsalicylic acid.
1900: Gottfried Daimler, engineer who built the first motorcycle, died.
1912: The Oreo cookie was introduced by Nabisco.
1933: All U.S. banks were closed by a proclamation from President Franklin Roosevelt. The closings were considered necessary after a series of major bank failures and runs on banks (in the 8 days preceding March 4, $1,500,000,000 had been withdrawn by depositors) and the closing of banks by a number of states beginning with Michigan in mid-February. Following passage by Congress of the Emergency Banking Act 3 days later, "sound" banks were permitted to reopen.
1944: 658 U.S. bombers began a daylight attack on Berlin from bases in Britain and dropped 2,000 tons of bombs.
1946: France stated that it would recognize Vietnam as a "free state" within the French Union, with French troops stationed there (which hardly made it a "free state"), but the final confirmation of the accord never came. French imperialism in southeast Asia resulted in the ancient nation of Vietnam being divided into North and South Vietnam, a foreign-imposed partition of the Vietnamese people that did not end until the early 1970s after the U.S. had involved itself in the Vietnamese civil conflict for over a decade (the U.S. replaced France in Vietnam).
1964: King Constantine II of Greece succeeded to the throne after the death of his father, Paul I.
1964: "The Nation of Islam" officially gave boxing champion Cassius Clay the name Muhammad Ali.
1975: The Zapruder film of the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas was shown to a national TV audience for the first time.
1987: A Townsend Thoreson ferry, Herald of Free Enterprise, capsized on its way out of Zeebrugge harbor in Belgium drowning 193 people.
2008: A Palestinian gunman murdered 8 students and critically injured 11 more in the library of the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva, in Jerusalem, Israel.