Samson was both powerful and pitiful. He was faithful and faithless. This strong man was the epitome of the double-minded man; he was unstable in all his ways. And the consequences of his sin were horrid. Towards the end of the story, Samson is the captured, humiliated, blinded, and bound poster-boy of Philistine domination. He is chained between two pillars in the temple of the Philistine god. He is used in the worship of Dagon as Exhibit Number-One in the exaltation of their god over Yahweh. However, this is not how the story ends.
Why do we elevate the most famous of our Old Testament saints? Why do we put them on pedestals? And why do we, as pastors, have a tendency to preach moralistic sermons encouraging our people to be like Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, David, Daniel, or Nehemiah?
They were all double-minded. They were all unfaithful. They were all sordid.
Adam was apathetic and indifferent as a leader.
Noah - Self-control - Bottle
Noah lacked self-control with the bottle.
Abraham played the pimp with his wife.
Jacob could never be trusted.
Judah was the philandering business man and hypocritical judge.
Moses - Anger
Moses couldn’t control his anger.
Aaron couldn’t control his sons.
Joshua - Job
Joshua never finished the job.
Gideon led his family to **** after idols.
And then there was...
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