Sunday, February 21st, 2016
Parent Traps (Part 2)
'The Philistines are upon you, Samson!' So he awoke from his sleep, and said, 'I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!' But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him. Then the Philistines took him and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza. They bound him with bronze fetters, and he became a grinder in the prison.
Judges 16:20-21 (NKJV)
In the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army came against Jerusalem, and besieged it... Then the king of Babylon killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes in Riblah; the king of Babylon also killed all the nobles of Judah. Moreover he put out Zedekiah's eyes, and bound him with bronze fetters to carry him off to Babylon.
Jeremiah 39:1,6-7 (NKJV)
Samson and Zedekiah were rulers of Israel in the Old Testament. Both suffered cruel blindings by enemies. Since God must allow all of Satan's moves, consider the symbolic irony:
By a shrew seductress named Delilah, Samson was blind before he was blinded. By ignoring Jeremiah's message, King Zedekiah covered his eyes, too. In other words, their physical blindness came after their spiritual blindness.
When Jesus came to open sightless eyes, the beggars He met were only Part One. The greater part didn't know they were blind. The men Jesus called 'Blind guides of the blind' (Matthew 15:14) were Israel's spiritual leaders: scribes, Pharisees, lawyers--called hypocrites, because they chose to disregard The Truth.*
And to whom much is given, much is required.**
Actors, models and talent for Christ: By God's supernatural design, every parent is a church leader: a shepherd of His most precious lambs, a steward of His much-loved children. In order to lead them correctly, your eyes must stay focused on His Son.
'But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness' (Matthew 6:23). Just as the church is Christ's Own body, your children are extensions of you. An equal responsibility is borne by leading celebrities, or anyone whom young eyes follow.
Therein, both parents and performers must lead God's children toward the light. Because 'If the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch' (Matthew 15:14).
To Be Continued...
* The masses who followed Israel's proudly blind leaders could be considered wayward lambs of sightless shepherds, upon whom Jesus had great compassion.
** See Luke 12:48: http://biblehub.com/luke/12-48.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Parent Traps series.