January 9, 2022 READING A PROVERB A DAY (PROVERBS 9) King Solomon’s Proverbs on “Strange Women”and the example of Samson

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When I think of Samson it makes me think of these words: A prostitute is loud and brash and never has enough of lust and shame. 14 She sits at the door of her house or stands at the street corners of the city, 15 whispering to men going by and to those minding their own business. 16 “Come home with me,” she urges simpletons. 17 “Stolen melons[a] are the sweetest; stolen apples* taste the best!” 18 But they don’t realize that her former guests are now citizens of hell.

Proverbs 9 New Living Translation

Wisdom has built a palace supported on seven pillars, and has prepared a great banquet, and mixed the wines, and sent out her maidens inviting all to come. She calls from the busiest intersections in the city, “Come, you simple ones without good judgment; come to wisdom’s banquet and drink the wines that I have mixed. Leave behind your foolishness and begin to live; learn how to be wise.”

7-8 If you rebuke a mocker, you will only get a smart retort; yes, he will snarl at you. So don’t bother with him; he will only hate you for trying to help him. But a wise man, when rebuked, will love you all the more. Teach a wise man, and he will be the wiser; teach a good man, and he will learn more. 10 For the reverence and fear of God are basic to all wisdom. Knowing God results in every other kind of understanding. 11 “I, Wisdom, will make the hours of your day more profitable and the years of your life more fruitful.” 12 Wisdom is its own reward, and if you scorn her, you hurt only yourself.

13 A prostitute is loud and brash and never has enough of lust and shame. 14 She sits at the door of her house or stands at the street corners of the city, 15 whispering to men going by and to those minding their own business. 16 “Come home with me,” she urges simpletons. 17 “Stolen melons[a] are the sweetest; stolen apples* taste the best!” 18 But they don’t realize that her former guests are now citizens of hell.

Over and over in Proverbs you hear the words “fear the Lord.” In fact, some of he references are Proverbs 1:7, 29; 2:5; 8:13; 9:10;14:26,27; 15:16 and many more. Below is a sermon by John MacArthur from the Book of Luke on 3 reasons we should fear the Lord.

King Solomon’s Proverbs on “Strange Women”and the example of Samson Part 3

The wisdom of Solomon is there for those who want it.

Samson had something in common with the strange woman in Proverbs and it was that they both were raised by Godly parents who taught them the truth from the scriptures but they both forsaketh that guide from their youth and forgot the covenant they had with God.

2:16To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;

2:17Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.

9:16 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,

Samson was raised by the Godly teachers Zorah and Eshtaol but like he acted like the Simpleton in the Book of Proverbs and did not obey the teaching of his youth.

5:12And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;5:13And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!

The birth of Samson was a miracle and his parents had prayed for him many times before he was even born. Furthermore, an angel visited his parents several times before he was born and his parents knew the Lord had a special plan for him.

5:21For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.

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Judges 13

The Birth of Samson

13 The Israelites sinned against the Lord again, and he let the Philistines rule them for forty years.

At that time there was a man named Manoah from the town of Zorah. He was a member of the tribe of Dan. His wife had never been able to have children. The Lord‘s angel appeared to her and said, “You have never been able to have children, but you will soon be pregnant and have a son. Be sure not to drink any wine or beer, or eat any forbidden food; and after your son is born, you must never cut his hair, because from the day of his birth he will be dedicated to God as a nazirite.[a] He will begin the work of rescuing Israel from the Philistines.”

Then the woman went and told her husband, “A man of God has come to me, and he looked as frightening as the angel[b] of God. I didn’t ask him where he came from, and he didn’t tell me his name. But he did tell me that I would become pregnant and have a son. He told me not to drink any wine or beer, or eat any forbidden food, because the boy is to be dedicated to God as a nazirite as long as he lives.”

Then Manoah prayed to the Lord, “Please, Lord, let the man of God that you sent come back to us and tell us what we must do with the boy when he is born.”

God did what Manoah asked, and his angel came back to the woman while she was sitting in the field. Her husband Manoah was not with her, 10 so she ran at once and told him, “Look! The man who came to me the other day has appeared to me again.”

11 Manoah got up and followed his wife. He went to the man and asked, “Are you the man who talked to my wife?”

“Yes,” he answered.

12 Then Manoah said, “Now then, when your words come true, what must the boy do? What kind of a life must he lead?”

13 The Lord‘s angel answered, “Your wife must be sure to do everything that I have told her. 14 She must not eat anything that comes from the grapevine; she must not drink any wine or beer, or eat any forbidden food. She must do everything that I have told her.”

15-16 Not knowing that it was the Lord‘s angel, Manoah said to him, “Please do not go yet. Let us cook a young goat for you.”

But the angel said, “If I do stay, I will not eat your food. But if you want to prepare it, burn it as an offering to the Lord.”

17 Manoah replied, “Tell us your name, so that we can honor you when your words come true.”

18 The angel asked, “Why do you want to know my name? It is a name of wonder.[c]

19 So Manoah took a young goat and some grain, and offered them on the rock altar to the Lord who works wonders.[d] 20-21 While the flames were going up from the altar, Manoah and his wife saw the Lord‘s angel go up toward heaven in the flames. Manoah realized then that the man had been the Lord‘s angel, and he and his wife threw themselves face downward on the ground. They never saw the angel again.

22 Manoah said to his wife, “We are sure to die, because we have seen God!”

23 But his wife answered, “If the Lord had wanted to kill us, he would not have accepted our offerings; he would not have shown us all this or told us such things at this time.”

24 The woman gave birth to a son and named him Samson. The child grew and the Lord blessed him. 25 And the Lord‘s power began to strengthen him while he was between Zorah and Eshtaol in the Camp of Dan.

 THREE FINAL QUESTIONS:

1. What kind of parents did Samson have?

2. Is it a miracle that any of us are born and do we have a special purpose on this earth?

3. What commitment did Samson make from his youth?

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Great website on Solomon’s wisdom from Proverbs at this link.

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