Preacher : Rev James Muriithi Kaniaru
Message : God of a second chance
Readings : Judges 16:21-31, Romans 10:1-11
God is always together with us at all times and that is why He gives us success in various places such as where we work, in physical growth, in healing and in businesses.
God protects us from all our enemies and from the perils that surround us even at night.
From the first reading we see Samson who was a child of promise just like us the way we are children of promise because God had a purpose of bringing us to this world.
The Philistines were always after Samson using all cunning ways to bring him down.
Samson had been given his hair as his symbol of success.
We all have our symbols of success either in academic, careers or business .
Just like Samson, we find ourselves missing a single step which may be disastrous .
There is that simple little thing that you can do in life thinking that you are in the right way but could be your undoing for all that you have lived for.
We ought to ask ourselves whether we have we missed any step.
Where we have missed any step, the solution is to cry to God for salvation.
When we cry to God our symbol of strength will start sprouting again.
Samson cried to God and his hair started growing and he killed more people as he was dying. He killed three thousand people as he was dying.
Paul in the second reading recognises the zealousness the people of Isreal had but tells them that they had missed a step, which was that they ought to have gotten saved.
Most of the times, we debate about salvation asking whether it applies to us.
Paul says his wish is that the Israelites may be saved.
The process or procedure of salvation is this:-
1. Believe in our hearts. When we believe in him we become justified .
2. Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord.
3. After believing and confessing, you become saved.
Paul says in Romans 10:8 that the word is near us and that is why it is the heart that believes.
The Jewish thinking was that people think with their hearts and thus the scriptures talks about believing with the heart.
We may consider the believing with our minds to be equivalent with the believing with the heart.
God wants us to go through the steps of getting saved because he is a God who gives us a second chance
God is waiting for us to go through the steps and accept him as our Lord and saviour.
21 Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding grain in the prison.
22 But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.
The Death of Samson
23 Now the rulers of the Philistines assembled to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to celebrate, saying, “Our god has delivered Samson, our enemy, into our hands.”
24 When the people saw him, they praised their god, saying,
“Our god has delivered our enemy
into our hands,
the one who laid waste our land
and multiplied our slain.”
25 While they were in high spirits, they shouted, “Bring out Samson to entertain us.” So they called Samson out of the prison, and he performed for them.When they stood him among the pillars,
26 Samson said to the servant who held his hand, “Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them.”
27 Now the temple was crowded with men and women; all the rulers of the Philistines were there, and on the roof were about three thousand men and women watching Samson perform.
28 Then Samson prayed to the Lord,“Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.”
29 Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other,
30 Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.
31 Then his brothers and his father’s whole family went down to get him. They brought him back and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of Manoah his father. He had led[a] Israel twenty years.
10 Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.
2 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.
3 Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.
4 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.
5 Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these things will live by them.”[a] 6 But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’”[b] (that is, to bring Christ down)
7 “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’”[c] (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).
8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”[d] that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim:
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”[e]
Credits to: Elder Wamagata Kairu (Writer) and James Kamoche (Publisher)