JUNE 17: DRY SOCKET

DRY SOCKET
By: 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 15:14-20
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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 contrast it with 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 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.
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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 miraculous 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.
Samson was a "dry socket" in God's pocket.
That's what we are too.

End of Story.
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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".
If you have problems with that God doesn't care.
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.
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 us wonderfully.
Pay attention to the "dry socket" in the hands of a Samson.
It's faith inspiring.
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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.
He creates a water pocket in a dry socket and He satisfies Samson's thirst.
I'm absolutely, enthusiastically delighted over this mystical, wonderful act on Samson's behalf.
If God can work in Samson's life to such a degree; He can surely do the same for you and me.
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Three Study Considerations:
1) Delight yourself in today's passage. Reconstruct the scene and engage with Samson and God in it. It's really very wonderful and you may be led to new discoveries through it.
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2) What "useless" resources appear in your life? Ask God to carve out a hollow in a "dry socket" and ask Him for a miracle.
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3) Satisfy your thirst in Jesus. 
It's really tempting to look to visible sources for invisible soul filling but, apart from Christ, we're all just dry sockets and nothing more.
The water pocket for the dry socket ...
will only and always be JESUS.
Drink freely.
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