KJV And there was a certain man of
Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his
barren, and bare not. (3) And the angel of the LORD
appeared unto the
woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not:
thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.
(4) Now therefore beware, I pray
thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean
For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come
his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and
shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.
the woman bare a son, and called
his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him.
14:5-8 KJV Then went Samson down, and
his father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of
and, behold, a young lion
roared against him. (6)
And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he
as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he
his father or his mother what he had done.
(7) And he went down, and talked
with the woman; and she pleased Samson well.
(8) And after a time he returned
to take her, and he turned
aside to see the carcase of the lion: and,
behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion.
Samson said unto them, I will
now put forth a riddle unto you: if ye can certainly declare it me
seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty
and thirty change of garments:
he said unto them, Out of the
eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they
could not in three days expound the riddle.
The book of 1 Timothy is rife with references to GODLINESS.
1 Timothy 1:5 KJV
Now the end of the commandment is charity out
of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
That is godliness.
1 Timothy 1:19 KJV
Holding faith, and a good conscience; which
some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
1 Timothy 2:8-10 KJV I will therefore that men pray every where,
lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with
shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls,
costly array; (10) But
(which becometh women professing godliness)
with good works.
1 Timothy 3:2-5 KJV A bishop then must be blameless, the husband
of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality,
teach; (3) Not
given to wine, no striker, not greedy of
filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
(4) One that ruleth well his
own house, having his children in
with all gravity; (5)
(For if a man know not how to rule his own
house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
3:15-16 KJV But if I tarry long, that thou
how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the
the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
(16) And without controversy great is the
mystery of godliness: God was
manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels,
the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
1 Timothy 4:8
KJV For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness
is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that
now is, and of that which is to come.
1 Timothy 6:6 KJV
with contentment is great gain.
And this topic of presents a
"great is the
mystery of godliness"
- What is the key to actually living a truly godly life?
- So many try and very few attain and maintain it.
- What is the solution to this mystery?
Verse 16 above is not speaking nor teaching about Oneness theology.
It refers to oneness thinking
- God was
manifest in flesh...
not anyone else besides God, Himself.
- However, the emphasis is upon
It is a
- And IT'S A SORT OF MYSTERY THAT
NO ONE WOULD EVER BE ABLE TO
- But Paul explained this mystery.
manifest in flesh.
- But when you would think God's
manifestation in FLESH must have
been tremendous flesh and flesh so holy and divine that we could never
ever carry ourselves in our flesh as He did THAT flesh, we read... HE
JUSTIFIED IN HIS FLESH.
The first thing we read in this
verse is that He was justified in the SPIRIT.
- If God, manifest in flesh,
could not use THAT FLESH -- HIS FLESH -- to justify Himself, how much
can we seek to be justified in our flesh?
- He came, in other words, and
lived by the same limitations we
have... flesh so weak as to not be able to fulfill the divine will
seeking DIVINE STRENGTH to be just.
John 5:19 KJV
Then answered Jesus and said unto them,
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do
nothing of himself, but what he
seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth
John 8:28 KJV Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have
lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do
nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak
Like the MYSTERY of godliness, there was a riddle put forth by the
great judge and bible hero SAMSON.
Samson came across a
LION on his way to TIMNATH to seek an
occasion against the PHILISTINES, Israel's enemy.
- The lion was a hindrance.
appointed us to VICTORY in our lives over our enemies.
But this LION
appeared to hinder that.
As the result of a WORD FROM GOD years ago,
Samson had power of
God upon his life.
- It was a word from God that
gave the key to his strength.
- A Nazarite vow.
- No alcohol, let hair grow uncut.
- A Nazarite vow was something
men and women entered into during
- But this would be Samson's
entire lifestyle FROM HIS MOTHER'S
And Samson experienced
something the normal person could not
- It was an abnormal lifestyle he
- Supernatural power from God.
When he tore
the lion, he
returned and found it had been invaded
by bees who made a hive and he took honey out of it.
This is the
sort of victory
nobody else could know for themselves in that time.
- ·They were not familiar with
tearing up lions and finding, of all
things, honey in their carcases on their ways past them later on.
And in the
course of time this
was used as the source for a
- We won't discuss the
circumstances in which the riddle was given,
but let us concentrate upon the riddle itself.
- OUT OF THE EATER CAME FORTH
MEAT, AND OUT OF THE STRONG CAME FORTH
This was not
like the riddles
we are familiar with today.
- The point of the riddle was
that the person had to guess the
picture that was described by the words given.
- And the words of the riddle
were intended to try and successfully
keep others from ever guessing the answer.
The LION was
the EATER and the
The Honey was
MEAT (food) and SWEETNESS.
no one would ever think of finding FOOD from an
- The eater EATS food.
- That would be the last place to
- Not only that, but who would
think of something STRONG to take
- So that part of the riddle was
difficult in itself.
Who would have known, also,
that THIS LION
THAT HAD HONEY WAS KILLED BY SAMSON BECAUSE HE HAD LONG HAIR, BECAUSE
WORD OF GOD THAT CAME TO HIS MOTHER BEFORE HE WAS BORN?
- Not only that, but it was
killing that lion that later led to
honeybees swarming in it's carcase.
So not only is
the thought of getting food from an eater odd, and
getting sweetness from the strong odd, but Samson having long hair that
allowed God to give Him power to kill this lion and see honeybees make
beehive in its belly was simply unthinkable!
Without a Word from God, who could
ever guess this?
This is the same sort of
MYSTERY that NOBODY COULD GUESS when it
comes to godliness.
- ONLY SOMEONE WHO KNEW GOD'S
WORD TO HIS MOTHER WOULD EVEN HAVE A
CHANCE TO KNOW SAMSON'S RIDDLE.
- LIKEWISE, ONLY THOSE WHO KNOW
THE WORD OF GOD WOULD EVER BE ABLE
TO KNOW HOW TO LIVE GODLY.
- HOW TO OVERCOME ONE'S OWN FLESH!
Romans 7 shows
us Paul's struggle, since at one time he did not know the answer
to the riddle, to stop committing sins and to please God.
- Paul knew the answer when he wrote Romans 7, despite the
fact that some people believe Paul described his then=present quandary.
- Paul merely related how he came to the answer to the riddle
by writing of his PAST experiences, long before he wrote Romans 7.
- Paul gives the answer to the riddle in Romans 7!
Watch the dilemma he
described concerning his former life.
Romans 7:15-17 KJV For that which I do I allow not: for what I
would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. (16) If then I do that which I would not, I consent
law that it is
good. (17) Now
then it is no more I that do it, but sin
that dwelleth in me.
7:18-19 KJV For I know that in me (that
is, in my flesh,)
dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to
which is good I find not. (19) For the good that I would I do not: but the
evil which I would not, that I do.
KJV I find then a law, that, when I would
good, evil is present with me.
7:22-24 KJV For I delight in the law of
God after the
inward man: (23) But
I see another law in my members, warring
against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law
which is in my members. (24)
O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver
me from the body of this death?
WHAT A RIDDLE!
HOW DO I DO
GOOD, and NOT SEE EVIL OCCUR INSTEAD?
knowing Samson lived a victorious supernatural
lifestyle, nobody would think of Samson having long hair to be able to
lions, to answer the riddle about honey in a lion's body!
- I mean, how many variables of
miracles can there be to think of
something supernatural that solved a riddle about lions and honey, when
you know the person involved could be capable of anything?
- Even knowing supernatural power
was on the guy would not help you
know the precise answer he was seeking.
THERE IS AN
ANSWER OF HAVING SWEET VICTORY OVER THE LIONS IN OUR
LIVES THAT ONLY THE ONES WHO HAVE RECEIVED A WORD FROM GOD CAN KNOW.
through 8 is a word from God that people learn in order
to know how to have SWEET VICTORY OVER ALL ENEMIES--- including their
Paul tried to
be justified in his flesh when he tried HIS FLESHLY
BEST to do good for God.
- There is nothing more we have
to our disposal than FLESH in and of
- Someone said "Where there's a
will, there's a way."
- Paul said he
had the will to do good, but he did not have the means to
ANOTHER POWER COME UPON HIM.
One key note
about Samson that connects some of this together is
Judges 16:22 KJV
Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow
again after he was shaven.
KJV And Samson said, Let me die with the
Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house
the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead
which he slew
at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.
The one part that
connects us with Jesus is not Samson's failures beforehand, but the
emphasis placed upon how in his death he defeated more enemies than at
any previous time.
Jesus Christ's death DEFEATED
- He healed the sick and defeated
- He raised the dead and
conquered death in a few individuals.
- Many victories.
- BUT IN HIS DEATH HE DID FAR
MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE HE DID.
And we are
baptized INTO THAT DEATH.
Romans 6:3 KJV
Know ye not, that so many of us as were
baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
KJV Knowing this, that our old man is
with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we
not serve sin. (7) For
he that is dead is freed from sin.
FREED FROM SIN.
Romans 6:12 KJV
Let not sin
therefore reign in your mortal
body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Romans 8:11-12 KJV But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus
from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead
shall also quicken
your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. (12) Therefore,
brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to
live after the
Instead of sin
reigning in our mortal bodies, the SPIRIT OF GOD CAN
ENERGIZE OUR MORTAL BODIES!
- If we can live like Jesus in
His resurrection power NOW, then our
mortal bodies must be energized like His immortal body was energized in
- That will help us LIVE
THE ANSWER IS TO LOOK TO
Romans 6:12-13 KJV Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal
body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
(13) Neither yield ye your
members as instruments of
sin: but yield
yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and
your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
God's WORD teaches us that THIS
VICTORY only comes to people
FAMILIAR WITH LEANING ON GOD'S POWER.
- PEOPLE WOULD NEVER THINK OF
- THEY WOULD NEVER IMAGINE IT IN
A MILLION YEARS!
- ONLY REVEALING GOD'S WORD CAN
- AND WE CAN BE JUST!
Romans 1:17 KJV
For therein is the righteousness of God
revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by
JUSTIFIED IN THE SPIRIT!
KJV Therefore we conclude that a man is
by faith without the deeds of the law.