Psalm 2 v 4-6
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In Biblical times long hair was one of the characteristics of the Nazarite vow. Numbers ch 6. The word Nazarite comes from Hebrew meaning to "separate" or to "consecrate". Such a vow could be for a short period or for life as in the case of Samson. He was set apart from his birth for the deliverance of the Israelites from their Philistine enemies. In dealing with them he demonstrated many great feats, as recorded in the book of Judges. The secret of his strength was his Nazarite vow, symbolized by his unshorn hair. The source of his strength was the Spirit of God Judges ch 13 v 25 and ch 14 v 6 and 19.
As a result of his love affair with a Philistine woman named Delilah, he succumbed to her pressure to disclose the secret of his strength, which had a catastrophic outcome. She arranged for his hair to be shorn by the Philistines who gouged out his eyes and put him to work in a prison. Samson had been robbed of his special consecration to the Lord. We read in ch 16 v 19 "his strength left him" and in v 20 "he did not know that the Lord had left him"
What a tragic statement!
But there was a way back. In prison his hair began to grow. When the Philistines called on him to entertain them as they offered sacrifices to their god Dagon, he prayed to the Lord for strength. As a result of his great strength and actions, their temple was destroyed and thousands killed including Samson.
There is a way back to God from the dark paths of sin
There is a door that is open and you may go in
At Calvary's cross is where you begin
When you come as a sinner to Jesus
I learnt this chorus over 70 years ago at Portstewart CSSM .
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