Pastor Rick Mora

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Getting off the Right PATH!

Getting off the Right PATH!

Wanting the Wrong Things?

Judges 14:8-9

 

After some time, when he returned to get her, he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion. And behold, a swarm of bees and honey were in the carcass of the lion.  (9)  He took some of it in his hands and went along, eating. When he came to his father and mother, he gave some to them, and they also ate. But he did not tell them that he had taken the honey out of the carcass of the lion.

 

Have you ever felt that you have walked away from the path that God has for you.

Luke 15:11-

 

The Prodigal son got off the right path as he wanted the wrong things in life.

Many times we are like the prodigal wanting the wrong thing in life.

 

We all sin, at one time or another we all do things that lead us away from the direction that God had intended for us.

We stray from His PATH!

 

Judges 14:8-9

 

When he (Samson) returned later to take her, he turned aside to look at the carcass of the lion; and behold, a swarm of bees and honey were in the body of the lion. So he scraped the honey into his hands and went on, eating it as he went.

 

 

This story really seems insignificant on the surface, doesn’t it?

A stroll in the park.

Some bees.

Some honey.

A snack on the way.

 

The other path seems very safe.

Samson turned aside from the initial path.

 

Judges 14:1-3

Samson said in other words “She is right in my eyes.”

 

Exodus 34:16 and Deuteronomy 7:1-4

 

When he first set off on his journey he had a destination, a predetermined path. He knew where he was going. And he knew how he was going to get there. But somewhere along the way Samson got off course.

 

Luke 15:15

Joined himself

 

He strayed from the path or we can say he strayed from the TRUTH.

He turned aside and wandered into temptation.

Judges 14:8-9

 

It’s really no different for any of us.

Turn aside from God’s path and trouble is what you will find.

 

Each of us needs to watch closely to the path that is set before us in the Word of God. Turn aside to other pursuits and you WILL set yourself up for disaster.

 

 

Samson only saw something desirable.

She is right in my eyes.

 

Samson saw only the honey.

 

He didn’t really pay any attention to the carcass of the dead lion.

 

He noticed it.

But he didn’t take it into account.

Otherwise, he would have never eaten the honey.

 

Because of its connection to the carcass, the honey was ceremonially unclean.

 

Samson’s Nazarite vow prevented him from eating anything unclean.

 

That means he either forgot his vow or simply chose to ignore it.

 

Why?

 

Because he saw something desirable, something he wanted.

 

Nothing wrong with Samson’s hunger.

 

Nothing wrong with honey itself.

 

But in this case the honey was connected to something dead.

Luke 15:15

Joined himself

The bottom line?

 

God had said, “no.” But Samson allowed his own desires to overrule God’s word and will for his life.

 

Remember Joseph

Genesis 39:9

 

I believe this is what took place with the Prodigal son.

 

Back to Samson

 

Samson is walking down the road, licking the “unclean” honey from his fingers. Yes, he’s moved back onto the right path.

 

But he’s now taking his sin with him.

 

I think all of us have been guilty of the same error at some point in our own lives.

Rather than leaving our sin on the wayside we try to carry it forward with us.

 

We convince ourselves that no one is perfect, God is full of love and he understands our weaknesses. Samson thought he could sin and just go on living like nothing had ever happened.

 

In time that attitude would prove to be his downfall.

Leave your sin behind you. You can’t keep holding on to it.

 

Have we strayed from the path of God’s plan and purpose for our lives?

 

Have we chosen the temporary pleasures of sin over the lasting consequences that are sure to follow?

 

Are we choosing our desires over His word and will?

Finally, have we bought the lie that we can follow Christ and still hold fast to our sin?

 

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