Judges 14:5-6; 1 Samuel 17:34-36 – Spiritual Gifts

Judges 14:5-6
Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and, behold, a young lion roared against him.
6 And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told not his father or his mother what he had done.

1 Samuel 17:34-36
And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:
35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.
36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.

-Everyone is familiar with Samson, the strongest man ever and a mighty judge in the land of Israel.  What we tend to forget is that just because one of God’s people is known for a specific gift doesn’t mean that gift is exclusive.  Consider the words of David in 1 Samuel; David is not remembered for having supernatural strength and yet he was able to single-handedly slay fearsome beasts in much the same manner as Samson.  My point is this:  1 Corinthians 12 teaches us that spiritual gifts are real and what’s given to one, may not be given to another.  But just because something may not be your strength, doesn’t mean you can’t/shouldn’t do it.  Just because your gift is not preaching, it doesn’t mean you can’t share the gospel; just because your gift isn’t teaching, it does not mean you cannot provide wisdom and guidance; just because your gift is not healing, it doesn’t mean you can’t bind up a broken spirit.


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