Samson Physical Blindness

20th May

When he woke up, he thought, “I will do as before and shake myself free.” But he didn’t realize the Lord had left him. So the Philistines captured him and gouged out his eyes…”

Judges 16:20b-21a

After being easily deceived by Delilah’s cunning plans, Samson, in a moment of madness and weakness revealed the secret to his strength. Verse 19 tells us that as Samson lay asleep in the lap of Delilah having just had his hair shaved off, the Philistine army came in and captured him, took out his eyes, chained him up and led him to a prison to grind grain.

What Samson didn’t realise when he woke up, was that because he had broken the covenant his parents made with God when he was a child, to not cut his hair, the Lord had left him and his strength had departed. It was for this reason that he was able to be captured. However, the story doesn’t end there. In fact the next part of the story is what earns Samson his credibility and why he is among the Heroes of faith in the book of Hebrews.

After finally capturing their enemy, the Philistines rulers threw a party to dedicate their victory to their god, dagon. While they were all half drunk, they called out for Samson to come and entertain them. Little did they know that Samson’s hair had already started growing back. In an act of sheer courage and bravery, Samson wisely asked the young servant to prop him up against the pillars of the temple, called out to God for one final injection of supernatural strength and tore down the roof and the temple, crushing and killing over 3000 Philistine rulers.

Interestingly it was only when Samson was humanly blind that he realised his spiritual blindness. In fact this is the only time that Samson called on God to give him strength and didn’t rely on his own ability. Something must have changed in that prison. Moreover it is such an important lesson for us to learn, that when we live our lives in our strength and for own desires, it leads to spiritually blindness and imprisonment. It is only when we rely on God, that He can fully use us according to HIS will in our lives. Sometimes, however, it takes huge circumstances in our lives to realise that we are spiritually blinded to our selfish way of living. We must pray that God would open our eyes to our spiritual condition so we can live in the fullness of all God has for us.

Jesus Heals The Man Born Blind

11th & 12th April

Weekend Edition

“The Pharisees asked the man all about it. So he told them, “He put mud on my eyes, and when I washed it away, I could see!”

John 10:15 

Blindness must be such as a hard thing to deal with. I can’t imagine what life must be like, without seeing the beauty that God has made. Yet here in today’s passage we see two blind people, one physical, the other Spiritual. The first was a man who had been blind from birth. The second people with blindness were the Pharisees.

In John 10, we see that Jesus had just healed the man who had been blind from birth miraculously. Yet instead of marvelling at the wonder of healing, the Pharisees were incensed because firstly Jesus did this miracle on a Sabbath and secondly because they believed Jesus to be a sinner, yet here He was attracting crowds because of the love and compassion He was showing.

If Jesus were physically here today, what would our reaction be to this miracle? What we find it strange that Jesus healed a man by spiting on mud and rubbing it on his eyes? Would we be aggrieved that Jesus performed miracles on a Sunday? Or would we rather join in with the healed man and proclaim that Jesus is more than just a human being? Even being born blind, the man still had enough knowledge to know that what Jesus did was nothing short of a miracle. He proclaimed that “ever since the world began, no one has been able to open the eyes of someone born blind. If this man were not from God, He couldn’t have done it!

The simple truth is that Jesus did perform a miracle. He opened the eyes of the blind exhibiting His Godliness for all to see. Yet some choose to be caught up in religious piety than accept who Jesus was. Today, let us not be caught up in the ways of this world, but fixing our eyes on Jesus, know that He is the one who can open our eyes to a life of light and not darkness, a life of peace instead of hurt.