Our Sin | How does God work in the midst of our sin? Can He make good of things that we have done against Him? Is His glory diminished and His name defamed when we consciously and willfully disobey Him and His will?
The Sin of Samson | Once again, the Israelites repeated their pattern of spiraling downward – they sinned, God handed them over to their oppressors (here, the Philistines), they cried to Him for help, and He sent them a deliverer that is even worse than his predecessor (here, Samson). Yet, when Samson grew up , he decided to marry a Philistine woman – even though his parents knew that the law prohibited an Israelite man from marrying a Philistine woman : “Isn’t there an acceptable woman among your relatives or among all our people?” . Nevertheless, he insisted on what seemed right to him – irrespective of God’s command: “Get her for me, for she is right in my eyes” . Yet, God had not lost control; He was sovereign over Samson’s sin: “His parents did not know that this was from the LORD, who was seeking an occasion to confront the Philistines” . It would still be His Spirit  that would bring about the Israelites’ victory over the Philistines.
The Sin of the Cross | The sin of Samson, however, pales in comparison to the most appalling sin ever committed – namely, the murder of Jesus Christ. Yet, even this outrageous sin displayed Christ’s glory and obtained God’s grace magnificently! In Christ’s death, God did not merely defeat evil; He made evil destroy itself. Although the dark powers did their best to destroy His glory, they found themselves “quoting the script of ancient prophecy and acting the part assigned by God” . Thus, by killing Christ, they displayed His glory – the same glory that they wanted to destroy. Thus, “the apex of evil achieved the apex of glory of Christ” and His grace .
Prayer | Lord, We are sinners – we do things that we should not do and we fail to do things that we should do. Thus, we are in need of Your grace. We need You to right our wrongs and to work all things – even our sins and mistakes – to the good of Your kingdom. And, although our hearts do not aim to sin that Your grace may increase , we pray that the depth of our sin would magnify the height of Your forgiveness and grace. Amen.
 Jdg. 13:3-5 |  See, e.g., Deut. 7:3-4. See also 843 Acres, “Our True Identity” (19 May 2011). |  Jdg. 14:3 NIV |  Jdg. 14:3 NASB. See also Jdg. 21:25 NIV, which ends the downward spiral in the book of Judges and is foreshadowed in the account of Samson (“In those days, Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.”). |  Jdg. 14:4 NIV |  Jdg. 14:6 ESV, see also 14:19; 15:14 |  John Piper, Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ. Wheaton: Crossway, p12. |  Id. |  See Rom. 6