Samson’s Vengence on the Philistines (Judges 15)

Scripture Text:

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Judges 15

Questions:

1. Do you find yourself putting out fires, or starting them?

2. What or who tends to tie you up in knots?

3. Samson says, “This time I have a right to get even” (verse 3). Is this true or false? What does that imply about his earlier action? Is revenge ever a “right”? Explain.

4. What strikes you about Samson torching Philistine fields?  Ingenious tactic? Sweet revenge? Horror over animal cruelty? Typical of what Israelites do when there is no king on the throne? How so?

5. What does Samson’s prayer, God’s response and Samson’s long-term in office tell you about their relationship (verses 18 – 20)?

6. When have you burned with righteous indignation? What is your fuse like? Long? Short? Like a foxtail?

7. When have you been in on a vicious cycle of revenge? How did it feel? Where did it end up?

8. In the ancient Near East, “cities of refuge” were created to avert endless cycles of revenge (see Joshua 20). Samson’s wife and father-in-law could have used one. What similar refuge could you use to escape the cycle of revenge “the next time”?

9. Where could you use the Spirit of the Lord to empower you?

10. Where could you use God’s thirst quenching water to revive you?

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