Today I want to briefly look at three examples of defining moments of people in the Bible. A defining moment has tremendous power and is unable to be revisited, changed or undone. Such as: someone chooses, though not expected, enters into a burning home, or burning vehicle and rescues someone. That becomes a defining moment. Someone in the heat of the moment pulls a knife and stabs someone to death...lives are changed forever. It becomes lasting, and is a fact that must be reckoned with, good or bad, one way or another.
So let’s first look at Jesus. In John 2:4 Jesus told Mary His mother “...mine hour is not yet come.” It’s recorded once again in John 7:30 “...His hour was not yet come.” Then in Mark 14:41 Jesus says, “...the hour is come…”. And in John 12:27 He says, “Now is my soul troubled: and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.” Jesus’ defining week was planned before the foundation of the world, and was on purpose according to the plan of the Father. Jesus defining moment changed the world forever.
Then we will look at Esther. Haman was devising a plan to have all the Jews destroyed. In Esther 4:14 we find Modecai telling Esther, “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther was afraid because by law you were put to death if you approached the king without his bidding. So she called for a fast, and said “if I perish, I perish.” We know the rest of the story...she approached the king, found favor and Haman was destroyed. Esther’s defining moment changed a nation.
Then we come to Samson. Samson was called to be a Nazarite from his mother’s womb and to remain a Nazarite all the days of his life according to Judges 13:7 “...Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.” A Nazarite must never cut their hair, and yet we know that Sampson caved to the bidding of Delilah and told the secret of his great strength. Sampson was blinded, taken prisoner by the enemy, and forever forfeited the call of God upon his life. God answered his final prayer, by allowing him to be killed along side of the enemy. Samson’s defining moment changed his life forever.
Just something to think about….
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