How are you interpreting God’s will?
Judges 14 / Proverbs 26 / James 3-5

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Judges 14:1-4 One day when Samson was in Timnah, he noticed a certain Philistine woman. When he returned home, he told his father and mother, “I want to marry a young Philistine woman I saw in Timnah.” His father and mother objected strenuously, “Isn’t there one woman in our tribe or among all the Israelites you could marry? Why must you go to the pagan Philistines to find a wife?” But Samson told his father, “Get her for me. She is the one I want.” His father and mother didn’t realize the LORD was at work in this, creating an opportunity to disrupt the Philistines, who ruled over Israel at that time.

Proverbs 26:8-12 Honoring a fool is as foolish as tying a stone to a slingshot. A proverb in a fool’s mouth is as dangerous as a thornbush brandished by a drunkard. An employer who hires a fool or a bystander is like an archer who shoots recklessly. As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. There is more hope for fools than for people who think they are wise.


James 3:7-9 People can tame all kinds of animals and birds and reptiles and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is an uncontrollable evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it breaks out into curses against those who have been made in the image of God.

OT Flash Points

  • Samson
  • Fools
  • Don’t be foolish

NT Flash Points

Love, and it will live it out through you in every situation and human connection
Jesus broke the laws of nature and the Empire, He is LOVE


Successful day = getting to where you are going, having accomplished all that presented itself along the way. Items on the agenda as well as the surprises.
God’s Book – Why do so many look so hard to find some alternative standard?
— Character determines how a man interprets God’s will
Obey no matter what beliefs are contradicted
Don’t make declarations – just do it
Ps 18:25-26 To the faithful you show yourself faithful; to those with integrity you show integrity
To the pure, you show yourself pure, but to the wicked, you show yourself hostile

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