Daily Manna (13/10/2023): God’s Unsparing Judgment

Daily Manna
God’s Unsparing Judgment
Friday, October 13, 2023
Key Verse
“And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter: and he went down and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam” (Judges 15:8).

TEXT — Judges 15: 1-8
Some people are so presumptuous. Sometimes, they think they can second-guess God and how He would exact the judgment that must necessarily come on all offenders. The result is that they minimise the judgment by understating the import of the offence. Sometimes, this is done in the vain hope that it will sway God.

God is not a man that you can twist and turn to do your will. Before now, God had allowed the Philistines to oppress and rule over the Israelites because they did not drive out all the Philistines from Canaan land. They remained that way until, in His mercy, He brought Samson to deliver them. His parents did not know that his idea to marry a Philistine woman “was of the Lord, that He sought an occasion against the Philistines”.

After the marriage was contracted, Samson was separated for a while from his wife following a disagreement. When he returned, he was told his father-in-law had given his wife to another man, the so-called friend who had helped Samson arrange the marriage. This became an occasion for God to vent His judgment on the Philistines. He roused Samson who first set their farms on fire and destroyed their agricultural output for the year. Even after the Philistines had retaliated by killing his wife and her family, Samson, in a one-man rampage, destroyed more Philistines “with a great slaughter”.

God’s judgment does not spare any sinner and no one can ever determine how the judgment will come nor escape its long reach. Those who think they have the upper hand may be used to punish others, but afterwards they too will pay a high price for their sins and evil. The best way to avoid judgment is to turn away from sin, live righteously and follow the Lord till the end.

Thought for the day
Judgment for offences against God is as certain as life and death.
in one year
ISAIAH 30 – 33

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