Samson: Achilles heel

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Reading: Judges 15:1-17:13

Focus: Judges 16:1-20

Let’s face it, men have a common weakness…women. For all we guys may try and ignore the issue, whether it be our mothers, sisters, wives, girlfriends, or just female friends…they have a “special” part in our lives. It is the greatest of all love-hate relationships, that is, between man and woman. As the cliché goes, “You can’t live with ‘em, you can’t live without ‘em.” Yet, there are times when particular women become the bain of our existence and all hell breaks loose…in those times, you wonder why God made them in the first place (and women constantly wonder why God made men at all! hehe…)

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The Beginning: deception

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Reading: Genesis 1:1-4:26

Focus: Genesis 3:1-5

The story of Genesis—that is, literally, “the beginning”—is a story many people are familiar with. The seven days of creation, God’s creation of humankind, the story of Adam and Eve and their subsequent fall, the introduction of sin and the consequences of sin in human life (beginning with the murder of Abel by his brother Cain). However, I wonder if we realise the reality that continues to plague us even today. The beginning of Eve’s temptation and one of the continuing enemies in our battle with sin—deception.

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She stares you in the face. She looks deep into your eyes and says, “You know you want to do it.” She holds out her hand, inviting you to just give it a try. “Just once, that’s all I’m asking…” Her gaze is innocent, you’re almost convinced that it’s harmless. Just once, surely it couldn’t hurt. The more you look at her, the further you are drawn into her gaze. You turn your face away but entranced by her charm convinced that she couldn’t hurt a fly.

Slowly, you are ensnared…slowly, drawn and tangled in her web…slowly, you realise the predicament you are in. Either you try and run for it without looking back, or you fall into her embrace for, but only, a moment’s pleasure to rob you of the life which filled you.

Such is the struggle with the Mistress Temptation.