The Original Rambo

Judges 15:11-15  11Then three thousand men from Judah went down to the cave in the rock of Etam and said to Samson, “Don’t you realize that the Philistines are rulers over us? What have you done to us?”    He answered, “I merely did to them what they did to me.”  12 They said to him, “We’ve come to tie you up and hand you over to the Philistines.”  Samson said, “Swear to me that you won’t kill me yourselves.”

 13 “Agreed,” they answered. “We will only tie you up and hand you over to them. We will not kill you.” So they bound him with two new ropes and led him up from the rock. 14 As he approached Lehi, the Philistines came toward him shouting. The Spirit of the LORD came upon him in power. The ropes on his arms became like charred flax, and the bindings dropped from his hands. 15 Finding a fresh jawbone of a donkey, he grabbed it and struck down a thousand men.

A few years ago, Sylvester Stallone came out with another Rambo film.  It’s pretty impressive that this lean, mean killing machine still had what it took 20 years after the last Rambo movie.  The film is about the former U.S. soldier, John Rambo, who is hired by a church pastor to help rescue a group of missionaries who were kidnapped by men from a brutal Burmese military regime.  The carnage was at an all time max in this film and holds the record with the most kills out of the entire Rambo series, with 236 kills. In the film, Rambo kills a group of pirates, an entire squad of Burmese soldiers, and then, at the climax of the film, a huge number of Burmese army soldiers whom he shoots with a jeep-mounted .50-caliber machine gun.  How in the world does a guy single-handedly kill 236 people?  That’s just crazy!

As impressive as that is, it doesn’t even come close to the original Rambo: Samson.  This guy was a total stud!  On this occurrence in Judges 15, he kills 1000 guys.  He didn’t even have a machine gun, either.  He did it with a jawbone!  All this happened shortly after he chased down 300 foxes and tied them together 2-by-2.  Who in the world catches 300 foxes?  This guy was a machine!  But his strength didn’t come from machine guns, hand grenades, helicopters, and missiles.  His strength came from the Lord.

The cool thing is that God has equipped us with the same capacity for spiritual strength.  It says here that the Spirit of the Lord came on him in power.   That’s the same Spirit of the Lord that came upon the believers in Acts chapter 2.  And it’s the same Spirit of the Lord that comes upon every believer today who asks for it.  So if your spiritual muscles are tired and you are feeling defeated, ask the Holy Spirit to renew your strength.  Ask Him to come into your life with power the way He did with Samson.  If you will embrace the Spirit of God in your life, you too will put 1000 enemies to flight!  Thank you Samson, for showing us how to get the job done.

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