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Lust, Lies, And Loss (Chinese/English)

JUDGES 16-21
16 And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death;
17 That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.
18 And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, come up this once, for he hath shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand.
19 And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him.
20 And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the Lord was departed from him.
21 But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.

士师记 16-21
17参孙就把心中所藏的都告诉了她,对她说:「向来人没有用剃头刀剃我的头,因为我自出母胎就归 神作拿细耳人;若剃了我的头发,我的力气就离开我,我便软弱像别人一样。」
18 大利拉见他把心中所藏的都告诉了她,就打发人到非利士人的首领那里,对他们说:「他已经把心中所藏的都告诉了我,请你们再上来一次。」于是非利士人的首领手里拿着银子,上到妇人那里。

Lust Lies And Loss

The story of Samson is probably one of the saddest in the whole Bible。 Samson had awesome strength, but he also had a fatal flaw and that was his lust for women.

Throughout his 40 years of judging Israel, Samson was a living, breathing scandal when it came to women. Despite his great strength he had a weakness for women. And it was this weakness that would be his undoing.  One day he met a woman named Delilah.  She was not a woman of the house of Israel.  She was a Philistine, a people who were the sworn enemy of Israel, the people who Samson was appointed by God to judge and protect.  But Delilah had one thing going for her: She was beautiful, and as far as Samson was concerned, that was all that mattered.  The above passage tells us what happens next: Delilah presses Samson for the secret to his strength, Samson deceives Delilah, Samson eventually gives in to Delilah, Samson loses his two eyes, and Israel loses one of its greatest military heroes.在以色列担任士师的 40 年中,参孙在涉及女性时就是一个活生生的丑闻。 尽管他力大无穷,但女人却是他的弱点。 正是这种弱点导致了他的毁灭。 有一天,他遇到了一位名叫大利拉的女人。 她不是以色列家的女人。 她是非利士人,是与以色列死敌的民族,而参孙是上帝指定要审判和保护以色列的。 但是大利拉有一个优点:她很漂亮,而在参孙看来,这才是最重要的。 上面的段落告诉我们接下来会发生什么:大利拉逼参孙说出他强大的秘密,参孙欺骗大利拉,参孙最终屈服于大利拉,参孙失去了两只眼睛,以色列失去了一位最伟大的军事英才。

Samson is a warning to every believer about the power of lust to distract and destroy your fellowship, your family, your reputation.  The path of lust and sin leads to death.  Romans 6:23 reminds us that, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

参孙警告每一位信徒,欲望的力量会分散和破坏你的团契、你的家人和你的名誉。 情欲和罪恶的道路通向死亡。 罗马书 6:23 提醒我们,“罪的工价乃是死,惟有神的恩赐,在我们的主耶稣基督里乃是永生。”

Look at the end of verse 19. Delilah started to laugh at Samson. The world and the devil lures the believer and when we fall to temptation, we become the object of his ridicule and scorn.
看看第 19 节的结尾。大利拉开始嘲笑参孙。 世界和魔鬼引诱信徒,当我们落入诱惑时,我们就成为他嘲笑和蔑视的对象。

Verse 20 is one of the saddest verses in the whole Bible. Samson not only lost his strength, but he also lost his dignity, and eventually he lost his two eyes. This is a picture of the Christian who falls out of fellowship with God.  When we lose our connection with God, defeat follows. We think we can live on past glories.  And while the Lord never leaves us, we can leave Him.  This makes us an easy prey for the enemy.  If we lose God’s power, then we lose our spiritual sight and we end up in the prison house of sin and regret.
第 20 节是整本圣经中最悲伤的经文之一。 参孙不仅失去了力量,也失去了尊严,最终失去了两只眼睛。 这是一幅基督徒与神断绝关系的图画。 当我们失去与上帝的联系时,失败随之而来。 我们认为我们可以依靠过去的辉煌生活。 虽然主永远不会离开我们,但我们可以离开他。 这使我们很容易成为敌人的猎物。 如果我们失去了神的能力,我们就会失去属灵的眼光,最终会落入罪恶和悔恨的牢狱中。

Lust leads to a life of lies and to the loss of our spiritual power.  Samson, who had never lost a fight, lost everything to his lust for a woman.
情欲导致谎言的生活,并导致我们精神力量的丧失。 从来没有打过败仗的参孙,在对女人的色欲中失去了一切。

What have you lost because of sin? Think about it.
你因罪而失去了什么? 想想看。

Fortunately, the story of Samson does not end with him losing his two eyes and grinding away in the prison house.  Eventually, his hair grows back and so does his strength.  One day the Philistines decide to bring Samson into the temple of Dagon, their god to make sport of him-big mistake. The great Samson is now a laughingstock to his enemies.  He calls out to a young boy to place his hands on the two pillars of the temple.  He then does something that he should have done when he was with Delilah…he prayed.  He says to God: “O Lord God, remember me, I pray!  Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God…”. The Lord heard his prayer and gave Samson the strength to bring down the temple of Dagon on the entire hosts of the Philistines!  Here is the lesson: If you have fallen into sin, it is not the end of your story.  God still has a plan and a purpose for your life. God is waiting to restore you and give you the power to overcome the enemy.  And through Him, you can do more for His glory now, than at any other time in your life.  Seek Him today.  You will be glad you did.
幸运的是,参孙的故事并没有以他失去两只眼睛并在监狱里磨砺而告终。 最终,他的头发长回来了,他的力量也长回来了。 有一天,非利士人决定将参孙带到他们的大贡神庙中来戏弄他的……大错特错。 伟大的参孙现在成了敌人的笑柄。 他叫一个小男孩把手放在圣殿的两根柱子上。 然后他做了一件他和大利拉在一起时应该做的事……祈祷。 他对上帝说:“主上帝啊,求你记念我! 上帝啊,我祈祷,就这一次,给我力量……”。 耶和华垂听了他的祷告,赐给参孙力量,使他能摧毁非利士全军的大贡神庙! 这是一个教训:如果你陷入罪中,那还不是你故事的结局。 神对你的生命仍有计划和目的。 神正等着恢复你,赐给你胜过仇敌的能力。 通过他,你现在可以为他的荣耀做更多的事,这比你生命中的任何时候都要多。 今天就寻求祂。 你会很高兴你做到了。

God bless you

About Keith H

Hello everyone, my name is Keith or kk. I am a christian writer and teacher living in Nanjing China Teaching both online and in person, Have several students. Am married to a wonderful chinese lady called Helen with a beautiful 27 year old daughter called sherry, she is a ba in fine arts from brandon university in Canada

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  1. Hello Keith,
    Great study and message here on Samson!
    We can all be forgiven, and Christ is the way for redemption – Amen.
    Thank you,
    God Bless~

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