*Sometimes I do a study that rises emphatically above the others in my soul; this is one of them.Be blessed and consider the grace of God.YAH AND THE JAWBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt"And he found a new jawbone of a donkey, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith. And Samson said, 'With the jawbone of a donkey, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of of a donkey have I slain a thousand men.' And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand, and called that place Ramathlehi. And he was sore athirst, and called on the Lord and said, 'Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of Thy servant; and now shall I die of thirst and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?' But God clave a hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again and he revived: wherefore he called the name thereof Enhakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day. And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years."Judges 15:14-20Today's Read: Judges 15; Hebrews 11-------If you don't find the Bible a penetrating, probing, provoking "read," I'm not quite sure what can be done for you. The story of YAHWEH (Hebrew name for God,) is so fantastic on every level that it's nothing short of miraculous that we should be entrusted with it and led into relationship through it with a holy God.Think on it, my friend:-Consider God's holy character and then consider the unholy "cast" He chooses and selects to commune with throughout the Bible.-Reflect on His righteousness and then reflect on the rebels, rejects, and renegades He responds and relates to throughout the Bible.-Think on the sovereignty and absolute authority of God and then think on the foolish, frail, fickle minds of men and His desire to "desire" them.Start to finish, God is just crazy good, amazing to His creation.None of what He does makes "holy" sense.God is too good for us,Too much for us,Too loving to us,Too holy for us.Hence, this is why He must do all the "finished work" for us.This is why I love my Savior so ...Let all God's people say, "Amen."------God isn't afraid of controversial figures or controversial issues.I suppose He's not afraid because He was the One who enlisted a solution to the controversies ... which was Jesus (His Beloved Holy One.) When we can get our small minds wrapped around His redemptive love then magnificent things happen and we start to see God, His character, and the characters He uses as a witness and a testimony to His utter greatness.Today's passage provides three lessons:1) God can use anything and anyone, at any time and at any place, for His glory. The jawbone of a donkey, in the hands of a man like Samson, proved to be an effective military tool that would make a "Smith and Wesson" look like a child's toy. Samson was filled with a supernatural power from God that allowed him an unreasonable power against Israel's formidable enemy, the Philistines.Hmmm ...Likewise, the availability of resources at our disposal, though they may appear weak, insignificant, and ineffective, support the superior notion of God's unlimited strength and might.Give no regard to your weaknesses but that they serve as a double exclamation to God's glory.End of Story.2) God is all about His glory yet He cares about the story of you and me.Samson had been played by others and he had played others.He had judged Israel for twenty years and men are still judging him today.It's a curious thing, isn't it?God also places him in the famous chapter of Hebrews 11, "Hall of Faith.Hmmm ...YAHWEH doesn't do things man's way; He's got His own way.He's a controversial figure filled with controversial, committed love.He's undefinable and indescribable.He's my God and I love Him.I hope you do too.Blessed are the servants of God who know themselves to be nothing and know Him to be a very remarkable something.Who speak to His name and love Him with true affection.Samson loved God and experienced a "side of God" that few of us are privy to.It's enough to bless and encourage me wonderfully.Pay attention to a "jawbone" in the hands of a Samson.It's faith inspiring.3) Thirst can only be satisfied by God.Samson slew a thousand men and yet lacked the strength to quench his own physical thirst. Throwing the lifeless jawbone down, he sees no availability of water, and he thinks he's going to die for lack of it.God picks up the "lifeless jawbone" and He finds another use for it;He "carves" a hollow in the jawbone and makes water come out of it.I'm absolutely, enthusiastically delighted over this mystical wonderful act on God's part.Mmmm ....YAH and the jaw.A beautiful fit and a nice closure to the Hero of my story.God be praised ...What He can do with a jawbone.------Three Study Suggestions:1) Delight yourself in today's passages. Reconstruct the "scene" and engage with Christ about it. It's really very wonderful and He'll lead you to new realities through it.2) Delight yourself in the true message of the Gospel and ask God to "carve out" a hollow in the "lifeless jawbone of your soul" that you might drink from Him and be revived in Him once again.3) Satisfy your thirst in Jesus. It's really tempting to look to visible sources for invisible soul filling but, I can tell you first hand, apart from Christ we're all dry jawbones and nothing more.Look to YAHWEH ...And live.
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