Re:Verse passage – Judges 16:15-21 (day three)

“She … called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his hair.”

The evangelical church seems to be of two minds regarding the body’s importance. In attempting to honor the truth that the body is a temple, the church often focuses solely on warning of behaviors that would degrade it. Simultaneously, the church sometimes refers to death as a leaving behind of the body, implying that one’s destiny is something higher than the body. Both emphases can suggest a view of your body as a location of shame – mostly a magnet to degradation from which it’s good to escape. Not so. The passage not included in this week’s text says that Samson’s hair began to regrow, and that as it did, his strength began to return. God treasures your body as a place to draw near to you.

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

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