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Samson’s Riddle

“Out Of The Eater Something To Eat. Out Of The Strong Something Sweet” (Judges 14:14).
 
The story of Samson is one of the most interesting stories in the book of Judges if not the whole Bible. Here is a man at birth devoted to the Lord through a Nazirite vow. God blessed him with supernatural strength to be used to deliver his people from oppression at the hands of the Philistines.

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Sorrow to Come

Zephaniah 3:1-20

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What sorrow awaits rebellious, polluted Jerusalem, the city of violence and crime! No one can tell it anything; it refuses all correction. It does not trust in the LORD or draw near to its God.
 
Its leaders are like roaring lions hunting for their victims. Its judges are like ravenous wolves at evening time, who by dawn have left no trace of their prey. Its prophets are arrogant liars seeking their own gain. Its priests defile the Temple by disobeying God’s instructions. But the LORD is still there in the city, and he does no wrong. Day by day he hands down justice, and he does not fail. But the wicked know no shame. (Zephaniah 3:1-5)

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Hope in Hard Times

Habakkuk 3:1-19
 
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I trembled inside when I heard this; my lips quivered with fear. My legs gave way beneath me, and I shook in terror. I will wait quietly for the coming day when disaster will strike the people who invade us. Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!

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