Samson The Sanctified

Samson the Sanctified

Pastor Don Carpenter

Bible Boneheads / Judges 13

Sanctification is a fancy church word that simply means cleaned up and ready to use. Your laundry that has been washed, dried, and ironed is sanctified because it has been cleaned and prepared for use.

My son is a tennis shoe freak. It started out with a pair of Jordan sneakers. He has lots and lots of shoes. When he started working almost every payday that’s what he wanted a new pair of shoes. Now he has more shoes than Imelda Marcos.

Those shoes are always spotless and ready to wear. He buys the right type of cleaner and never allows a pair to get dirty. He wears them, cleans them, and puts them in the box, ready to wear the next time.

This is sanctification. Being cleaned up and prepared for use.

The old fashioned biblical message of sanctification and purity is simple and often ignored. People are looking for something more exciting, more appealing, and easier to take. Rather than preaching on sin, people would desire tips on achieving financial success, marital bliss, and an elevated sense of self-worth. The late Dr. Paul Tassel at the 1990 National G.A.R.B.C. Conference lamented that we Baptists have been scrubbing our hands too long by pursuing sanctification, and it is time that we get on with the operation. This is a common misconception. People assume that purity is old and dry… and that there is no power of God demonstrated in careful separation.

There is another crowd among us who is seeking manifestations of God’s power. People who would not “quibble” over doctrine or standards as long as there was some evidence of supernatural activity.

My friends, what we need now is what they needed in our text this evening – an encounter with the supernatural. The people of Israel fell into sin and judgment once again. This time, God used the Philistines to oppress His people for forty years. The people needed God to raise up a deliverer. They needed to experience a genuine encounter with the Supernatural.

Manoah’s wife was childless. It was impossible for her to conceive, yet God chose to entrust this couple with the next deliverer for Israel. They were about to experience a genuine encounter with the Supernatural.

So as we examine the events of this chapter, may God give us eyes to see the principles we must learn as we also desire the power of God. These are the things we must remember as we see the pure beginnings of Samson the Sanctified.

Sanctified Before Birth

A promise of deliverance 

Judges 13:1–3 KJV

And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years. 

And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not. 

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.

  1. From barrenness

  2. From the Philistines

The mother was to remain pure

Judges 13:4 KJV

Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing:

** Apparently God sees an unborn Baby as fully human, capable of being sanctified and prepared for service***

 • Beware = to keep, tend, watch over, retain

 • Pure from anything associated with wine

 • Pure from strong drink

 • Pure from dietary defilement

For an Israelite, this was purity from pagan influences

The child was to be distinct

Judges 13:5 KJV

For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no rasor 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.

1. A Nazarite for life – separated for a purpose

2. The sign of his distinction was outward

è God sees both inside and outside!

è During the Tribulation, people will be damned to Hell because of an outside mark!

Purity Was The Secret to Power

A. Manoah was jealous of his wife

Judges 13:8–10 KJV

Then Manoah intreated the LORD, and said, O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born. 

And God hearkened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again unto the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah her husband was not with her. 

And the woman made haste, and ran, and shewed her husband, and said unto him, Behold, the man hath appeared unto me, that came unto me the other day.

1. Wanted more than the tired old message of separation

2. Wanted to meet the messenger

3. God’s messenger came back first to his wife alone

B. The message does not change

Judges 13:12–14 KJV

And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass. How shall we order the child, and how shall we do unto him? 

And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Of all that I said unto the woman let her beware. 

She may not eat of any thing that cometh of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing: all that I commanded her let her observe.

1. She must beware (retain) the things she already was told

2. The standards are restated

Jeremiah 6:16 KJV

Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

C. It is possible to completely miss the message

1. Trying to learn some hidden nugget or secret

Judges 13:17–18 KJV

And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour? 

And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?

2. Seeing divine power but forgetting divine commandments

Judges 13:20–22 KJV

For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground. 

But the angel of the LORD did no more appear to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was an angel of the LORD. 

And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.

Obedience Builds Two Way Trust

Judges 13:23–25 KJV

But his wife said unto him, If the LORD were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have shewed us all these things, nor would as at this time have told us such things as these. 

And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him. 

And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.

A. No fear because God accepted the sacrifice – vs 23

Judges 13:19 KJV

So Manoah took a kid with a meat offering, and offered it upon a rock unto the LORD: and the angel did wondrously; and Manoah and his wife looked on.

1. The sacrifice was an outward sign of their belief

2. Faith saved them

Genesis 15:6 – And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

B. No fear because God gave them the commandments

1. She did have a son

2. God began to stir in Dan

There was a farmer who was known to be a hard man. He was abusive and foul-mouthed to both man and beast. In time he became friends with a Christian, who influenced him to consider becoming a Christian, and he did. His life was immediately marked by dramatic change. He cleaned up his language and his behavior. He treated his employees well. He was gentle and patient with his livestock. And he was loving and considerate toward his wife.

One day he became frustrated while working and fell back into his old ways. He cursed the livestock. He spoke harshly to his hired hand. And then, he caught himself and went to the farmhouse where his wife found him sitting at the kitchen table distraught and broken over his failure.

When she asked him, “What’s the matter?” He blurted out, “I’m no different than I used to be”

“Oh, but you are different than you used to be ” She said. “Then you would never have been sorry or thought you had done wrong. Then you would not be contrite and wanting to be a better person. I see every sign that the Holy Spirit of God is working in you.”

(From a sermon by Monty Newton, “Desiring Good and Doing Bad” 7/4/08, SermonCentral.com)

When God calls someone to service, He calls them to sanctification and purity. The Power of God flows best through a pure vessel. As we learn about the boneheaded things Samson does, let us remember his beginning as Samson, the Sanctified.

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