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“The Spirit of the LORD Rushed Upon Him”

“But his father and mother said to him, ‘Is there not a woman among the daughters of your relatives, or among all our people, that you must go to the uncircumcised Philistines?’ But Samson said to his father, ‘Get her for me, for she is right in my eyes’” Judges 14:3. His poor parents! Though they raised Samson as God told them to do, the young man was rebellious and insolent. No one could tell him what to do. Seeing a foreign woman, he lusted and then demanded his father get her for him. His decision was not based on what would please God or his parents—but only himself. His attitude was a mark of this whole time period as the book of Judges ends with “everyone did what was right in his own eyes,” and it would characterize Samson all of his days. How this sounds like the culture we live in today and so many we’re surrounded by! But God had a plan to use a selfish, immoral person like Samson to seek an opportunity against the Philistines. This is the same tactic that God used at the cross when His Son was “killed by the hands of lawless men” Acts 2:23. And He can use the wickedness of a world that does whatever is right in its own eyes to help His people today.