There But For The Grace Of God...

It is worth noting that, unlike every other section in Judges, none of the characters are named (apart from the priest Phineas, in 20:28). This anonymity is meant to suggest that these men and women stand for all of their “type” in Israel. This is how Levites lived. This is how fathers thought. This is how women were treated. It is a dark picture, which is about to become far darker.

– Tim Keller

Bad Religion

When we simply ignore (either intellectually or psychologically) the parts of God we don’t like, it means we don’t have a God that can ever contradict our deepest desires or say “no” to us. We never wrestle with him. We never let him make demands on us. We can end up worshiping a much more comfortable God, but also a non-existent one.

– Tim Keller

Helpless, Sightless, Glorious!

Of course, there will be objections. Someone will argue that Israel— like Samson— does not deserve Yahweh's help. So what else is new? Those who marshal such objections are frequently those who have little if any sense of their own depravity. And what of the Christian who has stupidly and miserably failed his Lord? Should he not find hope in seeing that being cast down does not mean being cast off? Should he not rejoice that he can call on Yahweh even from Dagon's temple? - Dale Ralph Davis

Samson- The Savior Is Born

 

Yahweh didn’t merely raise up a deliverer who was, as it were, already available; rather, he grew one- from scratch. It is crucial that we see this, lest we think Yahweh’s salvation is always an ad hoc, Band-Aid affair, a piece of divine crisis management instead of a plan that He had in view far in advance. - Dale Ralph Davis

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How The Holy Spirit Rescues Our Prayers

God is so gracious and so sovereign, that He makes groans without words to be understood and to prevail by the work of the Holy Spirit. Even when through the pressures of life, and the accompanying spiritual darkness, we grow helplessly and inarticulately in prayer, God still hears. For confused or even mistaken as we may be, He discerns the voice of the Spirit in our prayers, and He is not confused, even if we are.                                                                 

– J. Ligon Duncan

Glory Unveiled- The Glory

We were made to know and treasure the glory of God above all things. The sun of God's glory was made to shine at the center of the solar system of our soul. And when it does, all the planets of our life are held in their proper orbit. But when the sun is displaced, everything flies apart. The healing of the soul begins by restoring the glory of God to its flaming, all-attracting place at the center. - John Piper