Day 130 – May 10, 2021
Judges 12-14, Psalm 143
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” (Psalm 143:8–10)
“In your unfailing love, silence my enemies; destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.” (Psalm 143:12)
I don’t know what to do with the Samson story. It’s problematic because there is a tension. He’s a Nazerite, so why is he pursuing a Philistine for a wife? Why is God seemingly alright with this? We get a text clue that God wanted an altercation with the Philistines.
Why an altercation?
I suppose God will use the Philistines, much like he used the Egyptians. Egyptians became a way for God to display his great power.
And the Philistines will take on this same role in relationship to the Israelites. The altercations with these people are only getting started.
Perhaps the point is what we get in Psalm 143 – “Rescue me from my enemies, Lord, for I hide myself in you.”
The difficulty of the world is great, but God is greater. God be with you.
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Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.