Leadership Seminar (hosting Shane Willard)
So they went and burned her and her father to death; and Samson said to them: since -
now watch, here it is again - Samson said to them: since you have acted this way, now I
won't stop until I get my revenge on you. Since you did this, now I have a right to do
That is not leadership in the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is: blessed are the
peace makers. The fact that God is working in your life, does not mean that the way
you're acting is right; because God was working in Samson's life obviously, but it didn't
mean that what he was doing was right.
Since you have acted this way, I won't stop until I get my revenge on you; and he
attacked them viciously, and slaughtered many of them. Now how many that is, I don't
know, a lot. Then he went down and stayed in a cave at the rock of Etam, and the
Philistines went up and encamped in Judah, spreading out near Lehi.
The men of Judah asked: why have you come here to fight us? We have come to take
Samson prisoner they answered, to do to him, just as he has done to us. Since he acted
this way, now I'm going to act this way.
Then 3000 men from Judah went down to the cave at the rock of Etam, and said to
Samson: don't you realise that the Philistines are rulers over us? Why have you done
this to us?
And this was Samson's answer: and he answered: I merely did to them, what they did to
Is it almost like God is in charge of a bunch of six year olds? Why did you act that way?
I only - since they acted that way, now I act this way. Well why did you do that? Oh,
because he did this, now we can do that. Oh but why did you do that? Oh, since I
merely did to them, what they did to me. It's the way of the world.
And they said to him: we've come to tie you up, and hand you over to the Philistines;
and Samson said: swear to me, that you won't kill me yourselves. Agreed, they
answered - we will only tie you up, and hand you over to them - we will not kill you.
So they bound him with two new ropes, and led him from the rock, and as they
approached Lehi, the Philistines came toward him shouting, and the Spirit of the Lord
came upon him in power. The ropes of his arms became like charred flax, and the
bindings dropped from his hands.
Finding a fresh jawbone of a donkey, he grabbed it, and struck down 1000 men that
day. Then Samson said: with a donkey's jawbone, I have made donkeys of them.
Wow. This thing started out as a joke no one understands, and it escalated into 30 men
losing their lives, to a whole family being burned, to the entire economy of a nation