The focus of today's scripture relates to how the Spirit of God works to fulfill his ultimate purposes. We will look at Jesus and Samson as examples. Jesus had been hanging out with his brothers in Galilee, keeping a low profile. When the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was to take place, his brothers suggested he should go in order to show the world what he could do. Jesus told them the time was not right for him to show himself. Jesus told his brothers to go to Jerusalem, and he would follow later. After they left, Jesus went in secret. Halfway through the Feast, Jesus made his way to the temple and began to teach. The crowds were amazed at his depth of knowledge. Jesus took no credit and told them it was not his teaching but came from the Father. Jesus' guiding principle was to be true to his mission, seeking the glory of God.
Like Jesus, Samson was born to carry out a mission for God. The Israelites, because of their evil ways, had been handed over to the Philistines. God chose a Philistine lady and the Angel of the lord appeared to her and told her that she would have a child who would begin to save Israel from the Philistines. The woman bore a son and called him Samson. The young man grew, and the Lord blessed him. Unlike Jesus, Samson had a tough time remaining focused on his mission. It was not long before he requested his father and mother to ask a particular lady to be his wife. Samson did not always listen to his God or his parents. He only wanted to do what was right in his own eyes. The time came to meet the bride and her family. On the way to the meeting, a lion attacked Samson, and the Spirit of the Lord enabled him to kill the lion. He then met his bride and declared her to be right in his eyes.
It is important to note that while Samson's desires were sinful, God used him for his own good purposes. Three times the Spirit of the Lord came on Samson, and he led Israel for 20 years.
In summary, we have seen Jesus and his handling of the crowds at the Feast of Tabernacles as he moved forward to the cross, focused on his mission.
We have also seen Samson and his focus on things other than his mission. However, God still used him to achieve the ending of Philistine's rule over Israel.
Stewart and Winnie Colburne
Elite volunteers at Foothills, leads Alpha at the Mustard Seed every year