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BETRAYAL

August 5, 2014

Tuesday

 

Judges 16:18

 

When Delilah saw that he had told her all that was in his heart, she sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up once more, for he has told me all that is in his heart.” Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hands.

 

LESSON

 

In the Book of Judges, there were two most prominent Judges, namely Gideon and Samson. Samson allowed a woman to seduce him. Josephus called her a harlot. She lived in the Sorek Valley between Samson’s home area of Zorah and Eshtaol and the Philistine town of Timnah. The place itself was a compromise between Israelite and Philistine territory. Samson posed a great threat to the Philistines. The leading lords of the Philistines initiated the plan to capture him, and they offered a reward that would have made Delilah rich.

Moral compromise always makes one vulnerable to temptation. We see this in Samson’s case and in Delilah’s in these verses. Temptation usually comes in attractive packages.

The wrong companions can lead us into temptation. Temptation is persistent. Yielding to temptation starts us on a toboggan slide. We find ourselves going faster and faster downhill, and soon we can get off only with great personal pain.

No matter the call on your life, temptation will still try to show its ugly head in your life. Your enemy will never give up until you reveal to them what it is that will make you turn from the Intention or purpose of God concerning you.

 

Memory Verse: Lamentations 1:2

 

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