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9/23/2017 12:11:00 AM
Does Superman Need A Veil?

Dr. Vince Hefner, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Cherryville, NC


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have super-human strength? Take Superman for an example. He was a mild mannered man who did not draw attention to himself while he was Clark Kent, but when trouble broke loose he was in his blue jumpsuit and red cape and boots before you could bat an eye.

Yes indeed, ol’ Superman was a sharp dresser. Before we go any further, I know that Superman does not exist; he is a made up character for comic books and the movies. However, I wouldn’t mind owning a Superman uniform. I could wear it when I rob my honey bees. I can only imagine what the bees would think if I came to rob them with a veil over my face, gloves, blue tights and red cape and boots. I wonder what my neighbors would think. Would Superman need a veil and gloves to rob bees? I know Superman had a problem with kryptonite, but was he allergic to bee stings? I will let the Superman experts deal with that question.

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There is a person in the Bible who had superhuman strength named Samson. Samson’s strength was given to him by God to defeat the enemies of Israel. The interesting fact about Samson is that he did not have a fancy suit, nor was he a big man like Goliath. As a matter of fact, people wondered about the secret of his strength because he looked normal. Samson’s great strength was conditional on the fact that he should never cut his hair or drink strong drink (Judges 13:8) as long as he lived. Even though he defeated the enemy of his people a number of times, Samson had some problems. He started associating with the wrong kind of people, the kind that would betray him for the right price.

One such person was Delilah, a woman who was paid by the Philistines (Samson’s enemies) to find out the secret of his strength. Eventually she was able to find out his long hair represented more than a fashion statement, it was a symbol of his vow to God. I’m not sure if Samson told her the secret of his strength because she almost worried him to death, or he wanted to be defeated, or he didn’t think it mattered if he cut his hair or kept it long because God would be with him no matter what. After Samson told Delilah the truth he went to sleep, and she called in the barbers to give Samson his first and last haircut. Judges 16:20 sums it when it tells us, “And she said, ‘The Philistines are upon you, Samson!’ And he awoke from his sleep and said, I will go out as at other times and shake myself free. But he did not know that the Lord had departed him.” He was captured and tormented by his enemies.

This true story about a real man with superhuman strength tells me a lot of things. First, everyone has a weak point that can bring them down. Second, believe God when He says something. Samson knew what would take away his strength, but he didn’t believe what God told him. What a pity. It seems like skeptics have always existed to disbelieve what God said He would do in the affairs of men. He told us that His Son, Jesus Christ, would literally rise from the grave, but people still say it didn’t happen. These people are wrong. Some people say that Jesus is not coming back to earth to call His people home to Heaven. One day He will, and maybe that day is sooner than we realize.

Be sure to listen to God and read the Bible to receive direction and inspiration for your life. What God says He will do, He will do. If God tells you to do something, do it. If God forbids you to do something, then don’t do it.

Remember, don’t give in to sin. Think about it!




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