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SAMSON

Samson, the strongest man to ever have lived on Earth, became a Judge in Israel for twenty years, but Gaza was controlled by the Philistines. One day Samson went to Gaza where he saw a prostitute. He went in to spend the night with her. When the people were told "Samson is here!" they surrounded the place and layed in wait all night long at the city gate, and planned to kill him at dawn. But he escaped at midnight and took hold of the doors of the locked city gate, together with the two posts, tore them loose and lifted them to his shoulders, and carried them to the top of the hill.

 

Philip & the Ethiopian meet on the desert road in Gaza

In the Bible, in Acts 8, there is a story about Philip, commanded by the angel of the Lord, to go south to the road - the desert road from Jerusalem  to Gaza, where he meets an Ethiopian who was in charge of the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. This man was coming from Jerusalem where he had gone to worship, and on his way home sitting in his chariot, he was reading from the Testament, the prophet Isaiah, Chapter 53, but he did not understand it.

"He was oppressed and afflicted,

led like a lamb to the slaughter,

and as a sheep before the shearer is silent,

so he did not open his mouth..."

The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” The African had an eagerness for truth and invites Philip to come up and sit with him. “The Ethiopian asks, “tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Philip tells him the good news about Jesus, saying he fulfills the prophecy of this Scripture on the cross, to see our salvation. No greater grace there is than his love. The African is spiritually receptive, with a hunger in his heart to be baptized. They come upon water, and acknowledging the Divinity of God, with his whole heart believing, Philip baptizes him as they are both dunked into the water. The African comes up alone and goes down the road rejoicing. Philip comes up caught in the Spirit of the Lord, and finds himself in Azotus, about 25 miles away. He's here then suddenly there. Rapture speed, faster than motion in love.