Posts Tagged ‘Samson’s Riddle’

How to Persevere?

May 11, 2020

James 1:4 … Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
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This verse led me to ask “How do you persevere”?
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The answer seemed to be ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit’.
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Zechariah 4:2-6 … He said to me, “What do you see?” And I said, “I am looking, and there is a lampstand{menorah} of solid gold with a bowl on top of it, and on the stand seven lamps with seven pipes to the seven lamps. Two olive trees are by it, one at the right of the bowl and the other at its left. So I answered and spoke to the angel who talked with me, saying, “What are these, my lord.”?” Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.” So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.
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So what is this lamp stand with seven branches which are lamps filled with golden oil?
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Judges 14:18 … “What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion?”
=> His Holy Spirit{strength} empowered Word{golden oil}

His Holy Spirit empowered Word enlightens the eyes –1Samuel 14:27
And brings joy to the heart –Psalm 19:8
The joy of the Lord is your strength!  –Nehemiah 8:10
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His Holy Spirit empowered Word enables you to
Fix your eyes on Jesus-the author and finisher of our faith
And “run” the race with patient endurance=perseverance! –Hebrews 12:1-3
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Psalm 19:7-11 Amplified Bible (AMP)
7 The law of the Lord is perfect (flawless), restoring and refreshing the soul; The statutes of the Lord are reliable and trustworthy, making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true, they are righteous altogether.
10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them Your servant is warned [reminded, illuminated, and instructed]; In keeping them there is great reward. …
… 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable and pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my [firm, immovable] rock and my Redeemer.

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Word Study
.From NetBible Ja 1:4 , Heb 12:1 , Heb 10:36

  • perseverance[5281] = steadfastness, constancy, {cheerful, hopeful}endurance, patience
    *in the NT the characteristic of one who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings
  • complete[3648] = perfectly sound, whole, wanting nothing
  • Perseverance produces maturity, completeness –James 1:4
  • Perseverance produces proven character and hope-A hope that does not disappoint because of God’s love poured out by the Holy Spirit –Romans 5:3-5
  • Perseverance allows you to “run and finish” the race  –Hebrews 12:1-3
  • And receive what was promised=great reward! –Hebrews 10:35-36

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Answer to Samson’s Riddle Judges 14:18:
“What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion?”

The Lord’s words are sweeter than honey!
How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! –Psalm 119:103

The Spirit of the LORD’s empowerment is stronger than any lion
And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him(Samson), and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.
Judges 14:6

=> His Holy Spirit empowered word
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From NetBible Ps 19:8 , 1Samuel 14:27 {honey enlightens}

  • enlighten[0215] = illuminate, bring light, insight
  • The entrance{doorway} of Your words gives light{enlightens}; It gives insight to the simple. Psalm 119:130

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Holy Spirit Empowered Word

August 9, 2019

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Holy Spirit empowered word
Spirit and TruthJn 4:24
Spirit and LifeJn 6:63
Sweeter than honey
Stronger than a lion Jdg 14:18
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Out of the eater came something to eat
Out of the strong came something sweet
Jdg 14:14
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Broken bread
Poured out wine Lk 22:19-20
Love divineJn 3:16;1Jn 4:10;Jn 15:10
Honey from the Rock
Golden oil Ps 81:16;Deut 32:13
Perfect foodMt 4:4
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Sweet to the soul and healing to the bonesPro 16:24
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Strength for the battle
The Living WordHeb 4:12;Eph 6:14,17
Taste and SEE!Ps 34:8-10
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Psalm 19:7-11 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the [whole] person; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure and bright, enlightening the eyes.
9 The [reverent] fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, even than much fine gold; they are sweeter also than honey and drippings from the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is Your servant warned (reminded, illuminated, and instructed); and in keeping them there is great reward. …
… 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my [firm, impenetrable] Rock and my Redeemer.

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Word Study
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Answer to Samson’s Riddle Judges 14:18:
“What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion?”

The Lord’s words are sweeter than honey!
How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! -Ps 119:103

The Spirit of the LORD’s empowerment is stronger than any lion
And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him(Samson), and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done. -Jdg 14:6

=> His Holy Spirit empowered word
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Iron Sharpens

November 9, 2018


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When iron sharpens iron=> the sparks fly!
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Don’t go into battle with a dull sword.
Iron sharpens iron with God’s Holy Spirit empowered Word!

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Ecclesiastes 10:10If the ax is dull, and one does not sharpen the edge; Then one must use more strength. But wisdom brings success(is profitable to direct).
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Hebrews 4:12 AMP … For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.
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Word Study
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Answer to Samson’s Riddle Judge 14:18:
“What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion?”

The Lord’s words are sweeter than honey!
How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! -Ps 119:103

The Spirit of the LORD’s empowerment is stronger than any lion
And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him(Samson), and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done. -Jdg 14:6

=> His Holy Spirit empowered word
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Keep Your Shield and Sword Anointed!

March 23, 2017

Ephesians 6:16-17 AMPC … Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].
17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God.

Faith comes by hearing and
Hearing by the word of God  –
Ro 10:17
Keep your Shield and Sword ready
Ready for battle.

The Holy Spirit empowered word
Stronger than a lion
Sweeter than honey –
Jdg 14:18
Not only preserves{anoints} your shield of faith –
Is 21:5
It is a powerful offensive weapon
=> the sword of the Spirit! –
Eph 6:17

Keep your Shield and Sword anointed
=>with the Holy Spirit empowered word!

Proverbs 22:17-19 AMPC … Listen (consent and submit=obey){Bow your ear} to the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge; For it will be pleasant{pleasing} if you keep them in your mind [believing them]; your lips will be accustomed to [confessing] them. So that your trust (belief, reliance, support, and confidence) may be in the Lord, I have made known these things to you today, even to you.
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The anointing destroys yokes! –Is 10:27
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Word Study
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From NetBible Is 21:5
Prepare the table, Set a watchman in the tower, Eat and drink. Arise, you princes, Anoint the shield!

  • *Smearing{anointing} the shields with oil would make them more flexible and effective in battle
  • * a warrior’s shield that was in normal use would have to be anointed regularly in order to ensure that the leather did not become dry{hard} and brittle. 2Sa 1:21

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From NetBible Eph 6:17

  •  sword of the Spirit, which is the word[4487] of God = rhema: in the moment spoken utterance

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Answer to Samson’s Riddle Judge 14:18:
“What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion?”

The Lord’s words are sweeter than honey!
How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! -Ps 119:103

The Spirit of the LORD’s empowerment is stronger than any lion
And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him(Samson), and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done. -Jdg 14:6

=> His Holy Spirit empowered word

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From NetBible Pro 22:17
Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply your heart to my knowledge

 

Shine

December 4, 2015

Shine as lights in the world, holding fast, holding forth, the word of life.Phil 2:14-16

From NetBible Phil 2:16

  • hold fast/hold forth[1907] = apply, to observe, attend to, present

Keep your lamps trimmed –Mt 25:7
Burning with fresh oil –Lk 12:35
Shining as lights in this dark world
Hold fast, Hold forth
The golden oil
Honey from the Rock
Oil from the flinty crag –Dt 32:13
His Holy Spirit empowered word
Stronger than a lion
Sweeter than honey –Jdg 14:18
Hold fast, Hold forth
His Holy Spirit empowered word
The only Word of Life
Jesus Christ
Word of Truth –Eph 6:14,17
Light of the world –Mt 5:14
Everlasting Life!

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John 17:3 AMP
And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent.

John 14:6 AMP
Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.

John 8:12 AMP
Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the Light which is Life.

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Word Study

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From NetBible Mt 25:7

trimmed[2885] lamps = to put in order, arrange, make ready, prepare

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Luke 12:35 AMP … Keep your loins girded and your lamps burning …
From NetBible Lk 12:35

KJV … Let your loins be girded about
*girded about with truth – ready to run

NIV … and keep your lamps burning
NASB … and keep your lamps lit.
KJV … and your lights burning.
*Clarke: Let the candle of the Lord be always found burning brightly in your hand.

You are my lamp/candle, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light. -2 Sam 22:29

You, O LORD, keep my lamp/candle burning; my God turns my darkness into light. -Ps 18:28

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Answer to Samson’s Riddle Judge 14:18:
“What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion?”

The Lord’s words are sweeter than honey!
How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! -Ps 119:103

The Spirit of the LORD’s empowerment is stronger than any lion
And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him(Samson), and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done. -Jdg 14:6

=> His Holy Spirit empowered word

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Haughty Eyes

February 5, 2015

Proverbs 21:4 NASB
Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, is sin.

From NetBible Prv 21:4

  • * the life ( = lamp), which is arrogance and pride, is sin.

Proverbs 24:19-20 NASB
19 Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked;
20 For there will be no future for the evil man; The lamp of the wicked will be put out.

From NetBible Prv 24:20

  • * no future = no future hope, no future reward
  • * lamp put out = life snuffed out like a candle

Luke 11:34-35 NASB
34 The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness.

From NetBible Lk 11:34
NLT … Your eye is a lamp for your body. A pure eye lets sunshine into your soul. But an evil eye shuts out the light and plunges you into darkness.

  • lamp[3088] = an eye, like a lamp shows the body which way to turn
  • clear[573] = single(in union, fixed on Christ), whole/sound/healthy(fulfilling it’s office)
  • bad[4190] = diseased, blind, evil

35 Then watch out that the light in you is not darkness.

From NetBible Lk 11:35

  • * This is a present imperative, calling for a constant watch – keep your lamps burning

Keep your eyes fixed on Christ
And your lamps burning with fresh oil
==> the golden oil of His Holy Spirit empowered Word!
==> sweeter than honey and stronger than a lion!

Answer to the riddle Judge 14:18:

“What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion?”

The Lord’s words are sweeter than honey!
How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! -Ps 119:103

The Spirit of the LORD’s empowerment is stronger than any lion
6 And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him(Samson), and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done. -Jdg 14:6

1 Then the angel who was speaking with me returned and roused me, as a man who is awakened from his sleep. 2 He said to me, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold with its bowl on the top of it, and its seven lamps on it with seven spouts belonging to each of the lamps which are on the top of it; 3 also two olive trees by it, one on the right side of the bowl and the other on its left side.”

4 Then I said to the angel who was speaking with me saying, “What are these, my lord?”

5 So the angel who was speaking with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.”

6 Then he said to me, “This is(signifies) the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts. -Zech 4:1-6

Related:
Keep Your Lamps Burning
Fresh Oil

Samson’s Riddle

January 16, 2012

Judges 14:14So he[Samson] said to them:

“Out of the eater came something to eat,
And out of the strong came something sweet.”
Now for three days they could not explain the riddle.

The answer:

Judges 14:8 … When he returned later to take her, he turned aside to look at the carcass of the lion; and behold, a swarm of bees and honey were in the body of the lion.

Judges 14:17-18Now she had wept on him the seven days while their feast lasted. And it happened on the seventh day that he told her, because she pressed him so much. Then she explained the riddle to the sons of her people. 18 So the men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down:

“What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion?”

And he said to them:

“If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have solved my riddle!”

—>A honeycomb in the body of a dead lion.

The Lion of the tribe of Judah has triumphed!
Tho He was slain as a Lamb
He lives!
He speaks.
His words sweeter than honey!

How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! -Ps 119:103

Revelation 5:1-6 … And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.
4 So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. 5 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” 

6 And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.