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Introduction. 

Whether it is things or people or systems, everything is broken. At times we feel so broken that it seems hopeless or that God could not possibly use us. But the Bible is filled with stories of fractured lives and messy situations. In this series we are studying one example of how God uses defective people. The focus is the infamous Samson. From his life, we can learn truths about how God works, even through broken situations and people.

 

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SERIES TITLE: BROKEN: How God Uses Defective People

PART TWO: Secrets

TEXT:   Judges 14

INTRODUCTION.

Whether it is things or people or systems, everything is broken. At times we feel so broken that it seems hopeless or that God could not possibly use us. But the Bible is filled with stories of fractured lives and messy situations. In this series we are studying one example of how God uses defective people. The focus is the infamous Samson. From his life, we can learn truths about how God works, even through broken situations and people.

DISCUSSION.

If there was a time you ignored your parents’ advice, how did that turn out?

EXAMINATION. 

Vv.1-3 What is wrong with Samson’s desire? (Deuteronomy 7:1-4; Judges 3:5-6) Samson literally says “she is right in my eyes.” Compare that with Judges 17:6; 21:25 where the same phrase is used.

V.4 What does this tell us about the providence and sovereignty of God?

  • Why can’t this excuse Samson’s behavior?

Vv.5-9 Why do you think Samson didn’t tell his parents about the lion or the source of honey?

  • Why do you think these details are included? What purpose do they serve?

Vv.10-14 What do you think of Samson’s party, and the riddle he created?

Vv.15-18 What indications of relational trouble are seen here?

Vv.19-20 Was Samson justified in killing these men? Why or why not?

  • How do you account for his being empowered by God to carry out this violence?

APPLICATION.

  • If God can use our sinfulness to carry out his plan, why should we ever be concerned about disobeying him?
  • How is it possible to be sealed with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13-14), and yet still need the command be filled with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18)?
  • How does an understanding of God’s sovereignty give us hope in spite of our failures or the failures of others?
  • Fact: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?
  • React: What did you feel?
  • Act: What are you going to do?

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