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Genesis 2:8-9. The Tree of Life and The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil-Kevin E. Jesmer

                  The Tree of Life and The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

Kevin E. Jesmer       7-20-20

Genesis 2: 8-9, “Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”

Genesis 2:15-17, “15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (NIV)

In this chapter we discover two trees planted by God. In the middle of the Garden was the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God granted Adam and Ever eternal life in the Garden. He also maintained the right relationship with mankind. He helped them to taste to goodness of freedom. These trees also came with a warning. Adam and Ever were not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for if they did eat from it, they would surely die. There is so much to learn about God through these trees and their placement in the Garden. Praise God that he wants to maintain the proper relationship with us.

First, Adam and Eve were blessed with eternal life in the Garden of Eden. There was the tree of life. The fruit of this tree is described in the book of Revelation. In the Kingdom of God, the fruit from the tree of life will be for the healing of the nations. We can assume that the fruit of this tree would bring healing to Adam and Eve. They were free to come to this tree and eat from it every day. I would love to have this tree in my back yard. They had eternal life because death is caused by sin. Up to this point there was no sin in the Garden and therefore no death. It was more than just no death, there was constant healing going on too. Therefore, eternal life was more than just living forever. It was high quality, satisfying, abundant living.

Second, God granted them freedom in the Garden. Verse 16 says that they were free to eat from any tree in the Garden. They had freedom. It was God’s gift to them. They could eat from the millions of trees. The nuts and the berries and various fruits were in abundance and could be freely eaten. It was a vegan paradise. Adam and Eve could really enjoy their freedom. They engaged in meaningful work, tending the garden and making it even more fruitful, for the glory of God. They could take a swim in the clear waters. Then they could have a refreshing cup of juice and a fruit and nut salad. But apparently God puts some breaks on their freedom.

Third, God wanted to enhance the flavor of their freedom. He set limits to it. In verse 17 he stated, “but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” This command means that Adam and Eve were given a choice, and with that choice there were severe consequences. To understand this point, think about if they were only given freedom to eat things that were delicious but their choices were benign. Their choices would have no significant consequences. Really, who cares if you had a citrus salad, or a berry-nut harvest salad? Day after day, these types of choices don’t make much difference. It is not significant. But if we have a choice to make that has some abundant blessing if we choose right and very serious consequences if we choose wrong, then the flavor of our choices is heightened. It is like adding a little Cheyenne pepper to your pasta. Adam and Eve could rejoice in their obedience to God and his commands.

Fourth, God wanted to maintain the right relationship with Adam and Eve.  There is a definite relationship that God has with them. God is God and we are not. He is the Creator; they are his creatures. He is the provider. They are the benefactors. He is the commander. They are the ones called to obey his word. He is the lover. They are the beloved. He is their God and they are his precious children. He is the owner. They are his possession. He is the all-powerful, all holy God. They are the weak one’s dependent on him and prone to sin. He is from above. They are from below. He is self-originating, self-sustaining and self-perpetuating. They exist because of him and depend on him for their very existence. Can you think of any more aspects of their relationship? This relationship is lifegiving. Having the proper relationship with God is vital for our sense of wellbeing and happiness.

Maintaining the relationship is really difficult. It is very fragile if left to our own human devices. Adam and Eve could not maintain this “vine and branch” relationship on their own. Think about how easy it would be for Adam and Eve to completely forget about God. They could just go here and there, hiking, swimming and eating off the land and never even think about him. They would lose their thankfulness. God could easily become like a nice, quiet roommate that occasionally they would sense his presence wandering in the Garden, but nothing more. That is how many relate to Jesus, as a really nice, quiet roommate that seldom interferes with their lives. But that is not the kind of life-giving relationship that God wants and we need.

Mankind needs God’s help to maintain the proper relationship with him. God does this by his grace. In the Garden, God put the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, with its absolute command, right next to the tree of life. Every time they would come to the tree of life and eat of it’s delicious fruit, they would glance over and see the ominous tree of the knowledge of good and evil and remember God who gave such a powerful command. They would remember who God is and who they are and freely choose to obey God.  In this way, God made a way to maintain this life-giving relationship that God wants with his people. He wants the right relationship with his creatures, for our benefit and for his glory.

Fifth, setting limits on mankind’s freedom shows us that God cares about us. For those who know child psychology, they learn that a child trusts in the parents to set safe limits. They are confident that their parents are monitoring their behavior and they will be quick to step in if there are any safety issues. Good parenting involves being trustworthy and consistent in setting healthy limits. The child who can sense this is the child who ventures off to explore his world, because he feels his parents are right there with him. When Adam and Eve recognized the limits, they also recognized God’s love and they could trust God to be with them as they worked the Garden and took care of it.

Sixth, mankind needs a stiff lesson in God’s judgement to remain right with God. God warned Adam and Eve that if they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they would surely die. God was not joking. God is holy, truthful and just. He is not just this quiet roommate who pays the rent and never bothers you. If they disobeyed God, they would be sinning against their Creator. Their vine and branch relationship with God would be cut off. They would be disconnected from their life source, God himself. They would die spiritually and then they would die physically. They would not enter into eternal life. How terrible this would be. It must never happen to Adam and Eve and that is why God was so serious. They needed to have a holy fear of God.

As you can see, we can learn so much from the two trees that are in the middle of the Garden. We learned, first, Adam and Ever were blessed with eternal life in the Garden of Eden; second, God granted them freedom in the Garden; third, God wanted to enhance the flavor of their freedom; fourth, God wanted to maintain the right relationship with Adam and Eve. Maintaining the relationship is really difficult. Mankind needs God’s help to maintain the proper relationship with him. Fifth, setting limits on mankind’s freedom shows us that God cares about us; and sixth, mankind needs a stiff lesson in God’s judgement to remain right with God. May you be blessed with a joyful, lifegiving and fruit bearing relation with God as you live by faith.

I thank God for concerning about my relationship with him and helping me to maintain that relationship. I am in desperate need for God to maintain the proper relationship with him. On my own I could not maintain my relationship. I would wander off to unholy things, unhealthy emotions and fruitless things. My thoughts and emotions would be off kilter. I would lack the joy of life and the joy of salvation. But there is one thing I can rejoice in and have confidence in, Christ would never leave me nor forsake me as his own. He will be my shepherd all the way to kingdom of God. He will maintain my vine and branch relationship with him.  Some of the inner turmoil I may face is just times of God divine discipline, drawing me closer to him, growing my faith and molding my personality to be more like Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genesis 2:8-9. The Tree of Life and The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil-Kevin E. Jesmer

                  The Tree of Life and The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

Kevin E. Jesmer       7-20-20

Genesis 2: 8-9, “Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”

Genesis 2:15-17, “15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (NIV)

In this chapter we discover two trees planted by God. In the middle of the Garden was the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God granted Adam and Ever eternal life in the Garden. He also maintained the right relationship with mankind. He helped them to taste to goodness of freedom. These trees also came with a warning. Adam and Ever were not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for if they did eat from it, they would surely die. There is so much to learn about God through these trees and their placement in the Garden. Praise God that he wants to maintain the proper relationship with us.

First, Adam and Eve were blessed with eternal life in the Garden of Eden. There was the tree of life. The fruit of this tree is described in the book of Revelation. In the Kingdom of God, the fruit from the tree of life will be for the healing of the nations. We can assume that the fruit of this tree would bring healing to Adam and Eve. They were free to come to this tree and eat from it every day. I would love to have this tree in my back yard. They had eternal life because death is caused by sin. Up to this point there was no sin in the Garden and therefore no death. It was more than just no death, there was constant healing going on too. Therefore, eternal life was more than just living forever. It was high quality, satisfying, abundant living.

Second, God granted them freedom in the Garden. Verse 16 says that they were free to eat from any tree in the Garden. They had freedom. It was God’s gift to them. They could eat from the millions of trees. The nuts and the berries and various fruits were in abundance and could be freely eaten. It was a vegan paradise. Adam and Eve could really enjoy their freedom. They engaged in meaningful work, tending the garden and making it even more fruitful, for the glory of God. They could take a swim in the clear waters. Then they could have a refreshing cup of juice and a fruit and nut salad. But apparently God puts some breaks on their freedom.

Third, God wanted to enhance the flavor of their freedom. He set limits to it. In verse 17 he stated, “but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” This command means that Adam and Eve were given a choice, and with that choice there were severe consequences. To understand this point, think about if they were only given freedom to eat things that were delicious but their choices were benign. Their choices would have no significant consequences. Really, who cares if you had a citrus salad, or a berry-nut harvest salad? Day after day, these types of choices don’t make much difference. It is not significant. But if we have a choice to make that has some abundant blessing if we choose right and very serious consequences if we choose wrong, then the flavor of our choices is heightened. It is like adding a little Cheyenne pepper to your pasta. Adam and Eve could rejoice in their obedience to God and his commands.

Fourth, God wanted to maintain the right relationship with Adam and Eve.  There is a definite relationship that God has with them. God is God and we are not. He is the Creator; they are his creatures. He is the provider. They are the benefactors. He is the commander. They are the ones called to obey his word. He is the lover. They are the beloved. He is their God and they are his precious children. He is the owner. They are his possession. He is the all-powerful, all holy God. They are the weak one’s dependent on him and prone to sin. He is from above. They are from below. He is self-originating, self-sustaining and self-perpetuating. They exist because of him and depend on him for their very existence. Can you think of any more aspects of their relationship? This relationship is lifegiving. Having the proper relationship with God is vital for our sense of wellbeing and happiness.

Maintaining the relationship is really difficult. It is very fragile if left to our own human devices. Adam and Eve could not maintain this “vine and branch” relationship on their own. Think about how easy it would be for Adam and Eve to completely forget about God. They could just go here and there, hiking, swimming and eating off the land and never even think about him. They would lose their thankfulness. God could easily become like a nice, quiet roommate that occasionally they would sense his presence wandering in the Garden, but nothing more. That is how many relate to Jesus, as a really nice, quiet roommate that seldom interferes with their lives. But that is not the kind of life-giving relationship that God wants and we need.

Mankind needs God’s help to maintain the proper relationship with him. God does this by his grace. In the Garden, God put the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, with its absolute command, right next to the tree of life. Every time they would come to the tree of life and eat of it’s delicious fruit, they would glance over and see the ominous tree of the knowledge of good and evil and remember God who gave such a powerful command. They would remember who God is and who they are and freely choose to obey God.  In this way, God made a way to maintain this life-giving relationship that God wants with his people. He wants the right relationship with his creatures, for our benefit and for his glory.

Fifth, setting limits on mankind’s freedom shows us that God cares about us. For those who know child psychology, they learn that a child trusts in the parents to set safe limits. They are confident that their parents are monitoring their behavior and they will be quick to step in if there are any safety issues. Good parenting involves being trustworthy and consistent in setting healthy limits. The child who can sense this is the child who ventures off to explore his world, because he feels his parents are right there with him. When Adam and Eve recognized the limits, they also recognized God’s love and they could trust God to be with them as they worked the Garden and took care of it.

Sixth, mankind needs a stiff lesson in God’s judgement to remain right with God. God warned Adam and Eve that if they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they would surely die. God was not joking. God is holy, truthful and just. He is not just this quiet roommate who pays the rent and never bothers you. If they disobeyed God, they would be sinning against their Creator. Their vine and branch relationship with God would be cut off. They would be disconnected from their life source, God himself. They would die spiritually and then they would die physically. They would not enter into eternal life. How terrible this would be. It must never happen to Adam and Eve and that is why God was so serious. They needed to have a holy fear of God.

As you can see, we can learn so much from the two trees that are in the middle of the Garden. We learned, first, Adam and Ever were blessed with eternal life in the Garden of Eden; second, God granted them freedom in the Garden; third, God wanted to enhance the flavor of their freedom; fourth, God wanted to maintain the right relationship with Adam and Eve. Maintaining the relationship is really difficult. Mankind needs God’s help to maintain the proper relationship with him. Fifth, setting limits on mankind’s freedom shows us that God cares about us; and sixth, mankind needs a stiff lesson in God’s judgement to remain right with God. May you be blessed with a joyful, lifegiving and fruit bearing relation with God as you live by faith.

I thank God for concerning about my relationship with him and helping me to maintain that relationship. I am in desperate need for God to maintain the proper relationship with him. On my own I could not maintain my relationship. I would wander off to unholy things, unhealthy emotions and fruitless things. My thoughts and emotions would be off kilter. I would lack the joy of life and the joy of salvation. But there is one thing I can rejoice in and have confidence in, Christ would never leave me nor forsake me as his own. He will be my shepherd all the way to kingdom of God. He will maintain my vine and branch relationship with him.  Some of the inner turmoil I may face is just times of God divine discipline, drawing me closer to him, growing my faith and molding my personality to be more like Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judges 15:1-20. GOD GAVE SAMSON THE WILL TO FIGHT. 3-18-20

GOD GAVE SAMSON THE WILL TO FIGHT

Judges 15:1-20                                                                                          Lesson 17

Key Verse 15:14                                                                                       Kevin E. Jesmer 3-18-20

As he approached Lehi, the Philistines came toward him shouting. The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him. The ropes on his arms became like charred flax, and the bindings dropped from his hands.

In this passage we see Samson changed by God to be the leader of his people. But that change was very difficult. Samson returned to get his wife and discovered she was given away. He was furious and used his God given strength to retaliate. Vengeance breeds more vengeance. It is hard to see God’s purpose in all of this, but we can say that God was bringing everything to a head. Samson was pressed to limit, to the point where he cried out to the Lord and gave credit to God. It was then that he was made the leader of Israel for twenty years.  We can also learn some of the good qualities in Samson that God chose to work through. He maintained a fighting spirit and was not willing to acquiesce. He was hard-pressed and eventually changed to be the one who would lead Israel for twenty years.  Through a study of this passage may God also help us to curb our retaliatory tendencies and learn to forgive and pray for our enemies instead. May we personally maintain a “fighting” spirit in our hearts as we serve God. But mostly let us trust in God, because he will strengthen us by his spirit and he really knows what he is doing.

 

Part l:  Vengeance Breeds Vengeance (1-8)

 

Let’s have a short review to get us caught up to this passage. The Israelites were oppressed by the Philistines. They were rulers over God’s people. (9) Samson was an Israelite and wanted to marry a Philistine girl from a nearby town. Tricked at his own wedding feast, he went to Ashkelon, one of the capitals of the Philistines, and killed some Philistine men and stole their clothes to pay off a debt he had incurred because of a bet he had made. He was becoming very odious to the Philistines. Though all of this chaos was caused by Samson’s poor choices, it was all part of God’s plan to establish Samson as a judge for Israel and to resist the Philistine shackles that were around God’s people. They were not able to stand up for themselves as God’s people and so God was going to do it for them. Part of God’s plan was to establish Samson and cause strife with the Philistines.  But God’s plan was only beginning to unfold.  It would include some suffering on the Philistine’s part as well as for Samson. But in the end, Samson would become a leader for Israel for twenty years. And so, here we are going into chapter 15.

 

After paying off his debt with stolen Philistine clothing, Samson went back to his hometown and lived with his parents. One day, things cooled off sufficiently that Samson decided that he was going to return to the nearby village and bring his new Philistine wife back home. Look at verse 1, “Later on, at the time of wheat harvest, Samson took a young goat and went to visit his wife. He said, ‘I’m going to my wife’s room.But her father would not let him go in.”  Samson brought a goat as a gift to his father-in-law. They might eat it and have a celebration and make amends for the calamity that occurred. Samson was willing to forgive his wife for betraying him. Maybe he could have been the kind of guy that didn’t care if he was betrayed by a woman. She was beautiful and her was going to take her home with him no matter what she did. Whatever the case he was there with his goat and an open heart to start their new married life. But when he got there he was very surprised.

 

His wife was no longer his. Look what the woman’s father said in verse 2, “’I was so sure you hated her,’ he said, ‘that I gave her to your companion. Isn’t her younger sister more attractive? Take her instead.’”  She was given away by her father to one of Samson’s friends and her younger sister was offered in her stead. It was not that the father-in-law was mean spirited. It was because he was convinced that Samson was out of the picture, and that after all he went through, he would never come back for his wife. The father was only thinking of his daughter’s future security. It seems strange from our point of view, doesn’t it? We would have to file for divorce first and then be free to marry another. But not so in Samson’s time.

 

Samson didn’t know what to think. He was so upset. Who wouldn’t be? He just lost his wife to his friend. He felt the pangs of betrayal and could not control his anger. Samson blamed the Philistines. Look what he did to retaliate in verses 3-5, “3 Samson said to them, ‘This time I have a right to get even with the Philistines; I will really harm them.’ 4 So he went out and caught three hundred foxes and tied them tail to tail in pairs. He then fastened a torch to every pair of tails, 5 lit the torches and let the foxes loose in the standing grain of the Philistines. He burned up the shocks and standing grain, together with the vineyards and olive groves.” He let lose one hundred and fifty pairs of scared foxes that erratically dragged fire sticks though the fields. The fields were set ablaze. A huge amount of damage was inflicted on the what would hurt the Philistines the most, their storehouses of grain.

 

There was further retaliation from both sides. Look at verse 6, “’When the Philistines asked, ‘Who did this?’ they were told, ‘Samson, the Timnite’s son-in-law, because his wife was given to his companion.’ So the Philistines went up and burned her and her father to death.” They committed an unthinkable crime. This raised the ire of Samson. Look at verses 7-8a,“Samson said to them, ‘Since you’ve acted like this, I swear that I won’t stop until I get my revenge on you.’ 8 He attacked them viciously and slaughtered many of them….” Now keep in mind, this is only Samson inflicting punishment on the Philistines. It is not him and Israelite armies. The rest of the Israelites are looking at what is happening and remaining as observers.

    And where did all of this retaliation get Samson? Look at verse 8b, “…Then he went down and stayed in a cave in the rock of Etam.”  His vengeance left dozens of dead people, and his own countrymen worried if there was going to be war. Samson was alone and isolated in the cave. The cause of all this…Samson’s reply to the Israelite elders in 15:11 tells it all, “I merely did to them what they did to me.” He was living by the principle of “an eye for an eye” or retaliation.

     Revenge is an uncontrollable monster. Each act of retaliation brings on another. It is a boomerang that cannot be thrown without a cost to the thrower. Others suffer and we become isolated when we are vengeful. We cause more suffering on ourselves. In this way we can be our worst enemy.

There is only one way to stop the vicious cycle of vengeance. It is forgiveness. You need to forgive and be forgiven and then the cycle of hatred will stop. Think about our own relationship with God. Before meeting Jesus we were enemies of God. We were prone to cursing and blaming God whenever we faced some kind suffering or hardship. This would never stop until we faced the Judgement Seat. When we could not stop the enmity, Jesus stopped it for us. He came to this world as the Lamb of God. He befriended all kinds of sinners. Though he was holy, pure and innocent, he laid down his life on the cross. While dying on the cross, sinners were mocking and scorning him. They were retaliating against God. What did Jesus say? He said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34). Through his holy blood he secured our complete forgiveness of sins, through faith in Christ. We are totally forgiven. God is not just putting up with us, he completely forgives us and he delights in us as he precious sons and daughters. The enmity between God and believers has completely disappeared. Praise the Lord for his abundant grace of forgiveness.

 

Jesus commands his disciples to forgive also. Why? Because it is a reflection of what we have received personally from God. When we forgive others, especially our enemies, it advertises to the world our Savior who has for us through his death on the cross. We glorify Jesus when we practice forgiveness.

 

Jesus teaches us that forgiveness is so important that we should even postpone our worship if we hold a grudge against our brother. (Matt 5:24) Paul echoes the same thing in Colossians 3:13. “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (NIV). Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek. (Matt 5:38-39)   Samson needed to know the immeasurable grace of God, revealed through his forgiveness. Maybe he wouldn’t have left a trail of blood and be isolated all alone in a cave.

Part 2: Samson Had The Spirit to Fight. (9-20)

Despite of Samson’s and the Philistine retaliation, God’s plan could not be thwarted. His purposes would prevail because the fulfillment of his will does not depend on the frailty of humanity. I know it is hard to see the Lord in the midst of all of this. But God was bringing everything to a head and establishing Samson. Let’s see how. Look at verse 9-11a, “9 The Philistines went up and camped in Judah, spreading out near Lehi. 10 The people of Judah asked, ‘Why have you come to fight us?’ ‘We have come to take Samson prisoner,’ they answered, ‘to do to him as he did to us.’ 11 Then three thousand men from Judah went down to the cave in the rock of Etam and said to Samson, ‘Don’t you realize that the Philistines are rulers over us? What have you done to us?’” The Philistines were serious. They sent over a thousand soldiers to arrest Samson at the cave he was holed up in. The men of Judah interpreted this as a prelude to war. And it probably was. The Philistines wanted Samson handed over to them to take as prisoner.

These men of Judah were faced with a choice. The choice is, do they stand up against the Philistines with Samson or do they acquiesce and hand over Samson to his pursuers. We find out that they actually gave in to their oppressors. Look at verses 12-13, “12 They said to him, ‘We’ve come to tie you up and hand you over to the Philistines.’ Samson said, ‘Swear to me that you won’t kill me yourselves.’ 13 ‘Agreed,’ they answered. ‘We will only tie you up and hand you over to them. We will not kill you.’ So they bound him with two new ropes and led him up from the rock.” They obviously made a pact with the Philistines to hand Sampson over. They did not care about Samson and they did not care about seeking the will of the Lord. They did not want to have someone in their midst who would disturb their relative peace. Instead of hailing Samson as a deliverer, they treated him as an enemy. They were ready to hand Samson over to suffer a cruel death in order to maintain their so-called peace. They were in a state of spiritual degradation. We talk about Samson’s sins and weaknesses, but these leaders of Israel were in a much more degraded condition than Samson. They sought only to appease those who were oppressing them.

Think about it, maybe if they sided with Samson at this time, they could rise up under his leadership and defeat that Philistines right then and there. There was three thousand of them with Samson as their leader and just over one thousand Philistines. It could have been God’s opportunity.

These men of Judah became prisoners of fear. They were afraid of what Samson’s acts of revenge were having on their relationship with the ruling Philistines. They saw the inevitable coming, that is war. They would not fight. They were powerless. They were content to live under the oppression. How pathetic! What they did not see is that it was God who was incrementally guiding this whole situation. God was still at work despite of the political intrigue.

Living under Philistine rulers was not the way God wanted his people to live. Giving into the enemy like that, they could never experience the life of God for them fully. How often are we content to live under the yoke of sin and Satan, thinking that it is not that bad? We don’t want anything, even the Gospel with its message of the cross to disturb us. We live in our fears. We live in our oppression from sin and we do not want to fight to get out of it. All the while we lose life. God has life for us and some people never experience the life of God due to fear and a lack of “fighting spirit” to follow Jesus. God will help us to fight when we choose to stand up with Jesus, for Jesus’ names sake.

Samson possessed a quality that was given him by God. Samson was made great because he maintained a fighting spirit and was not willing to acquiesce. In verses 12-13, we find that Samson was not afraid of being handed over. He was afraid of being killed by his own countrymen and not having a chance to fight against the Philistine. They agreed to his wishes and handed him over. His fearlessness, and determination was given to him by God’s Spirit. It is all about God fulfilling his will.

Samson’s desires were fulfilled. He was handed over to his enemies. The Philistines thought that they could handle him with their own strength, but they were very much deluded. Look at verses 14-15, “As he approached Lehi, the Philistines came toward him shouting. The Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon him. The ropes on his arms became like charred flax, and the bindings dropped from his hands. 15 Finding a fresh jawbone of a donkey, he grabbed it and struck down a thousand men.” The Lord’s strength came upon Samson. Miraculously, his binding fell off. Up against the stones, he reached down and found the strong jaw bone from a donkey’s skull. With all of his might he started swinging and striking at the Philistine soldiers. They never expected this! Samson managed to kill one thousand of them and drive them away.

With God’s Spirit strengthening him, Samson could win this battle, even without the help of his countrymen. It was a complete victory given to him by God. This is the mightiest achievement up to now in Samson’s life. The rest of Israel should have helped him out. If they did, they might have cast off the Philistine yoke at that moment.  But the men were probably standing at a distance, their mouths agape in awe of what Samson accomplished with God’s help.

Samson was eager to give himself the praise. He was giving credit to himself. Look at his victory song in verses 16-17, “16 Then Samson said, “With a donkey’s jawbone I have made donkeys of them. With a donkey’s jawbone I have killed a thousand men.” 17 When he finished speaking, he threw away the jawbone; and the place was called Ramath Lehi.” The Spirit of the Lord had come upon Samson, bringing about this victory, but he was proud and only boasted about his own strength. Pride can cause us to take credit for work we have accomplished only because of God’s strength. In doing so we are actually robbing God of his glory.

     God gives his people power to decide to make a stand on the side of the truth, on the side of Christ. We will be granted strength, not to cause a war, but to engage in an inner spiritual battle, that overflows with victorious Gospel centered feats, born out of faith and the love of God and our neighbors. If we fix our eyes on Christ and follow his leading, he will lead us into many victories. But whatever Jesus empowers us to accomplish, do so in his name and give him glory, for these victories represent the Lord overcoming every enemy, all on our behalf.

God protected his people from idol worship. Look at verse 17, “17 When he finished speaking, he threw away the jawbone; and the place was called Ramath Lehi.” “Ramath Lehi.”, literally means, “The casting away of the jawbone.” The jawbone had no special qualities. It was used in the hand of Samson, whom God chose to empower and work through at the time. The jaw bone was nothing. Samson had his sins and weakness. God is the one who brings about the victories. It is a good thing Samson threw it away because his people may have worshipped it. Samson did not know it, but God was protecting his people from idol worship.

Despite his prideful victory song, God was still listening to and blessing Samson. Look at verse 18, “Because he was very thirsty, he cried out to the Lord, ‘You have given your servant this great victory. Must I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?’”  Samson was emotionally and physically exhausted. He was demanding to get things quickly. After a great personal victory, his attitude declined quickly into self-pity. “Must I now die of thirst?” Emotionally, people are most vulnerable after great excursion. We are faced with real physical needs. Depression often follows great achievements.

But one thing is important to note that in the midst of his thirst and desperate cries, he gave credit to God for granting the victory. We never saw this in Samson before. That is what it took, betrayal by his father-in-law, as well as his own countrymen, isolation, exhaustion from battle, and extreme thirst, and deep sense of helplessness to be made humble enough to give glory to God. His heart was being changed through his suffering.

Samson asked for help and God provided. Look at verse 19, “19 Then God opened up the hollow place in Lehi, and water came out of it. When Samson drank, his strength returned and he revived. So the spring was called En Hakkore, and it is still there in Lehi.”  “En Hakkore” means, “The fountain if him that called or prayed”. God is very generous. God hears our desperate cries. God provides for us in our time of need when we pray. The more God gives the more he encourages us to ask. Let’s determine to depend on God in humble prayer.

During these times of vulnerability, avoid the temptation to think that God owes you for your efforts. Always remember that it was his strength that gave you victory. Concentrate on keeping your attitudes, actions, and your words focused on God instead of yourself. But never forget God’s grace. We can ask for God’s help, provision, strength and power and depend on him. He will come through as we humbly pray.

God established Samson as the leader of the Israelites. Look at verse 20, Samson led  Israel for twenty years in the days of the Philistines.” Apparently, Samson was appointed Israel’s judge after this victorious battle with the Philistines. The times was still called, “The Days of the Philistines”. They were still ruling and oppressing their neighbors. But God used Samson for twenty years in the role of leader over his own people, living under Philistine oppression. God needed a man who could serve with a fighting spirit, with decisiveness and courage. Samson was the man of the hour. Though Samson had many faults, God chose to work through him by his grace to keep his people together in unsettling times.

In this passage we learned that God is the sovereign Lord. He was working in the life of Samson to establish him as a leader of the people of Israel. But first Samson had to go through so much. At the end of it all he was exhausted. He was at a point where he could not depend on his own strength. He cried out to God for help and gave glory to God for the amazing victory. Though Samson is full of sins and weaknesses, he was made ready to be the leader of his people. Praise God for his faithful love for his people and also for his love for Samson. Let us also pray that we can overcome the spirit of vengeance within by remembering Jesus who forgave our sins through his death on the cross. Let us turn the other cheek instead of picking up a donkey’s jawbone. May God also grant us a fighting spirit to serve God’s purpose in our lives. Though we are weak; he is strong and he will grant us his strength to serve his holy purpose. Amen.

Taking a Walk On The Streets of Poitiers France Where The Jesmer’s Came From

Taking a Walk On The Streets of Poitiers France Where The Jesmer’s Came From in 1758.

The original immigrant ancestor for the Jesmer family was Louis Laurent Duhault dit Jasmin. He  took the nine week voyage to Montreal in 1758. He was a farmer. He married a girl in Montreal. The following some street shots and some old maps of Poitiers, the main city in the region where he came from. I hope that these give you a sense of what he experienced when he visited the “big city”.

Link to the page of  Louis Laurent Duhault dit Jasmin. 

Link to Louis’ parents: Louis and Antoinette Duhault dit Jasmin

Link to Jesmer family history

Projection: Rectilinear (0)
FOV: 138 x 93
Ev: 14,50

A Roman aqueduct near the town of Poitiers (often spelled as Poictiers during previous centuries). From “French Pictures: Drawn With Pen and Pencil” by the Rev. Samuel G. Green, D.D. Published by The Religious Tract Society, London, 1878.

Projection: Rectilinear (0)
FOV: 118 x 114
Ev: 13,75

Half-timbered houses at old french town street

Relatives of MaryAnn (Robideau) Jesmer, My G-G-Grandmother in Minnesota.

Relatives of MaryAnn (Robideau) Jesmer in Minnesota.

I was curious about what happened to the siblings and relatives of my great-great-grandmother, Maryann Robideau Jesmer. She married my G-G-grandfather, Joseph A. Jesmer when they were living in upper state New York State. Joseph grew up on a farm in between Bombay and Hogansburg, two small towns that are close together. Many of the Jesmers, got in a train and made the trek our west to Princeton Minnesota and Greenbush Township Minnesota. There they farmed and got involved in a myriad of businesses. They really built up that area.

I got the information from a very extensive web site, where they documented the descendants of Louis Robideau and Marie Felicicte (Sophie) Vivais, the father and mother of MaryAnn Jesmer. The web site is…. http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~mercierhedlund/genealogy/pafg08.htm#182

It is the Mercier/Sharp & Hedlund/Carlson Genealogy Page

The Robideau family members seemed to have lived in a town called Foreston Minnesota. It is 12 miles north of Greenbush Township. A post office has been in operation since 1889. The city was named for the forests near the original town site. Joseph Robideau and Catherine Jesmer first moved to Minneapolis and then to Princeton, and then to a farm in Greenbush Township. Joseph was a brother of Maryann. Catherine Jesmer was a first cousin of Joseph A. Jesmer and she was not his sister. She was the daughter of Louis, while Joseph was the son of Joseph, Louis’ brother. Maryann was living very close to her brother Peter and Joseph Robideau. Later on, Joseph and Catherine went on to owned a hotel in Foreston. They had thirteen kids.

The Foreston Hotel

Here is where it gets a little tricky. Joseph and Catherine Robideau had a girl, Julianne Robideau. She married A.D. Jesmer, the brother of Joseph A. Jesmer. Adolph. D. Jesmer, Maryann Jesmer’s brother in law, married her niece, Julianne. That means that Julianne Jesmer, was the cousin and the aunt of my great grandfather Nelson Adulphus Jesmer. It has been said that A.D. Jesmer married his first cousin, but I don’t think so. Catherine Jesmer (his wife’s mother) was, a first cousin, the daughter of Louis while A.D Jesmer was the son of Louis’ brother Joseph. And so that would make his wife his second cousin. From 1882 to 1895 they were living in Foreston. In 1895 Adolph D Jesmer was 49 years old and Julia A Jesmer was 46 years old. By 1900 A.D. Jesmer was working in saw mill in Todd county 65 miles north west. Later on, they moved to Park Rapids, about 160 miles north of Foreston.

(Adolphus D. Jesmer [Parents] was born on 7 Jul 1846 in Franklin Co, NY. He was christened on 17 Jul 1846 in St Patricks, Hogansburg, Franklin, NY. He died on 14 Apr 1920 in Greenbush Twp, Mille Lacs, MN. He was buried in Greenbush Catholic Cemetery, Mille Lacs, MN. He married Julianne Robideau on 9 Sep 1868 in MN.

Julianne Robideau [Parents] was born on 26 May 1848 in Franklin Co, NY. She was christened on 28 May 1848 in St Regis RC, Huntingdon, PQ. She died on 6 Oct 1911 in St Marys Hosp, Minneapolis, Henn, MN. The cause of death was “Pemphigus” (GF). She was buried in Greenbush Catholic Cemetery, Mille Lacs, MN. She married Adolphus D. Jesmer on 9 Sep 1868 in MN.)

http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~mercierhedlund/genealogy/pafg20.htm#460

 

Peter Sidney Robideau, the son of Louis Robideau and Julia (Jesmer) of Greenbush Township, was living in Foreston. It is said that he was one of the founders of the St Louis Catholic Church in Foreston. (This is according to the St Cloud Diocese in Foreston.)

With all of the activity of the Robideau family in Foreston, there are no Jesmers or Robideaus buried in the St Louis Catholic Cemetery in Foreston. They came to the area, lived in Foreston then most of these people moved westward.

Francis Xavier Robideau and Adeline– their descendants ended up in Cornwall Ontario.

Francis Albert Robideau: His descendants ended up in upper state New York. C.J Robideau could have gone to Minneapolis.

Marguerite (Robideau) Sawyer: Some descendants in Princeton MN.

Antoine Robideau and Christina: Their descendants lived in Upper State New York and Cornwall Ontario.

Joseph Robideau and Catherine Jesmer owned a hotel in Foreston. Joseph was a brother of Maryann. Catherine Jesmer was a second cousin of Joseph A. Jesmer and not his sister. He died on 7 Nov 1891 in Foreston, Mille Lacs, MN. The cause of death was Paralysis (GF). Catherine moved out west after the death of her husband. They had son that moved to Ottawa Canada.

Peter Robideau and Julia Jesmer came to Minnesota in 1868. In 1870 they were living on a farm in Greenbush Township. In 1875, Peter’s father, Louis is living with Peter on his farm. They had fourteen kids. Louis had moved to the area after the death of his wife. It would be one year later that Joseph A. jesmer and Maryanne (Robideau) Jesmer, my G-G-grandparents would also break ground on their own farm of 160 acres in Greenbush Township. That means that Mary’s brother, Peter and, Joseph’s sister Julia, were in Greenbush at least six years before Joseph A. and Maryann Jesmer came the area. They led the way for the exodus to Greenbush Township MN.

And so, it seemed that Maryann had a few relatives living near her in Minnesota. There was Peter her brother with nieces and nephews on a nearby farm. She had her father, Louis, living in Peter’s farm. There was Joseph, running a hotel in Foreston 12 mile north of their farm. There were also some “Robideau” nieces and nephews living in Minneapolis. The other siblings and their descendants either remained in Upper State New York, near Massena or in Cornwall Ontario. She probably did not see those siblings and their families at all. It is a very long way away. Her dad died in Greenbush at the age of 92 years in 1886. MaryAnn died of cancer in 1889.

The Traditional “Sawicki” Family Recipe For Perogies and Cheese Buns.

The Traditional “Sawicki” Family Recipe For Perogies and Cheese Buns.

This is the traditional “Sawciki” recipes for perogies and cheese bread. It was from my Uncle Joe and Auntie Cae Sawicki. I believe this recipe is from the Sawicki’s that lived in and around Dauphin Manitoba (Southern Manitoba) in the 20th century. It is the root of our love for perogies.

Louis Robideau and Marie Felicicte (Sophie) Vivais-my G-G-G-grandparents.

Louis Robideau and Marie Felicicte (Sophie) Vivais-my G-G-G-grandparents.

Parents and Siblings of Mary Ann Robideau Jesmer

These are my G-G-G-grandparents. They are the parents of Mary Anne (Robideaux) Jesmer, the wife of Joseph A. Jesmer (my G-G-grandparents. They lived near Bombay New York State. Louis moved to Greenbush Township MN, after his wife died and he was a senior. Greenbush Township MN was where his son and daughter came to live. He is buried in Greenbush Cemetery.

Link to Joseph A. Jesmer and Mary Ann  

Link to Jesmer family history

Louis Robideau [Parents] was born in 1794. He was christened in St Joachim, PQ, CAN. He died on 3 Sep 1886 in Greenbush Twp, Mille Lacs, MN. He was buried in Greenbush Cmtry, Greenbush Twp, Mille Lacs, MN. He married 1 Marie Felicite (Sophie) Vivais on 27 Nov 1820 in St Regis, Huntingdon, PQ, CAN.

[Notes]

Marie Felicite (Sophie) Vivais [Parents] was born 1 in <1801> in Montreal, PQ. She was christened on 11 Jul 1803 in Basilique Notre-Dame, Montreal, PQ. She died on 8 Feb 1866 in Racquette River, Massena, Franklin, NY. She was buried on 10 Feb 1866 in St Regis Mission, Huntingdon, PQ, CAN. She married 2 Louis Robideau on 27 Nov 1820 in St Regis, Huntingdon, PQ, CAN.

[Notes]

They had the following children:

M i Joseph Robideau
M ii Louis Robideau was born on 6 Jan 1823 in Ft Covington, Franklin, NY. He was christened 1 on 8 Jan 1823 in St Regis, Huntingdon, PQ.
M iii Francois Albert Robideau
M iv Francois Xavier Robideau
F v Marguerite Robideau
M vi Pierre Robideau was born on 27 Jun 1829. He was christened on 5 Jul 1829 in St Regis RC, Huntingdon, PQ. [Notes]
M vii Peter Robideau
F viii Marcelline Robideau was born in 1831 in Massena, St Lawrence, NY.
F ix Christiana Robideau
F x Marcelline Robideau was born in 1834 in Massena, St Lawrence, NY.
M xi Boy Robideau was born in 1836 in Massena, St Lawrence, NY.
F xii Marie Anne Robideau
F xiii Catherine Robideau
F xiv Marie Robideau
M xv Olivier Robideau was born in 1844 in Bombay, Franklin, NY.
F xvi Julia Robideau was born in 1847 in Bombay, Franklin, NY.
F xvii Felicite (Philena) Robideau was born in 1848 in Bombay, Franklin, NY.
M xviii Andrew Robideau was born in 1852 in Bombay, Franklin, NY.

Louis Robideau

Inscription on tombstone at Greenbush Catholic Cmtry says died 3 Sep 1886, “92 years” <1794>. Rabideau book states birthdate 2 Jul 1800.

The Princetonb Union issues on microfil are missing from the years 1884-1890.
Princeton Union, Sep 3, 1936 “50 years later”
Louis Robideau, father of Messrs. Joseph and Peter Robideau, died at the residence of his son, Peter, last Saturday evening (note: Saturday would have been Sep 4, 1886). The deceased was 95 years old (note: b<1791>) and a native of Canada. He came to this state about 18 years ago (note: <1868>, and has since resided with his son, Peter. The funeral occurred from the Catholic chapel in Greenbush on Sunday, and was largely attended by relatives and neighbors.

1850 NY, Franklin, Bombay – Name Age
Lewis Rabido 50
Nancy Rabido 50
Peter Rabido 20
Marsellus Rabido 19
Christiana Rabido 18
Mary Ann Rabido 12
Catherine Rabido 10
Mary Rabido 8
Levi Rabido 6
Julia Rabido 3

1860 NY, Franklin, Bombay (Hogansburg)- indexed as Lewis “Rbada” <1798> wife Philena (both bCAN)
Name Age
Lewis Rbada 62
Philena Rbada 62
Christiana Rbada 23
Catharine Rbada 22
Mary Rbada 19
Andrew Rbada 8
Philena Rbada 12
all children born, NY

1870 MN, Mille Lacs, Greenbush- Peter “Rubado” wife Julia w/ch Libbie, Chris, M, Julia, Peter, MJ, Edie, Nelson, Melvina, and Peter’s dad, Louis

On the 1875, MN, Greenbush, he is 80. Louis “Robiden”

1880 census MN, Mille Lacs, Greenbush- living w/son Peter

http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~mercierhedlund/genealogy/pafn08.htm#182

Marie Felicite (Sophie) Vivais

on her baptismal lines it states that she is aged “deux ans et jour”, that is: “two years and days”

On her daughter Marie’s baptismal record in 1842 she is identified as Felicite “Jeremie”, an error in that she was Jeremie’s daughter

1860 census NY, Franklin, Bombay (Hogansburg) she is indexed as “Philena” <1798>
ancestry.com: Drouin: Hogansburg; Registre pour les Blancs et les Sauvage
“Burial of the woman of Louis Robidoux of the Raquette. Deceased 8 Feb 1866. Present Pierre Robidoux and Pierre Taillon. St Regis 11 Feb 1866. Fr Marcoux”

http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~mercierhedlund/genealogy/pafn08.htm#182

Headstone of Louis Robideau, Greenbush Catholic Cmtry, Greenbush Twp, Mille Lacs, MN.

Louis Robideau

Birth: 1794

Death: 3 Sep 1886 (aged 91–92)

Burial: Greenbush Catholic Cemetery

Princeton, Mille Lacs County, Minnesota, USA

Memorial ID: 45617584 · ViewSource

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/45617584/louis-robideau

Spouse: Marie Felicite Sophie Vivais Robideau:     1801–1866 (m. 1820)

Marie Felicite Sophie “Felicite” Vivais Robideau

Birth: 1801   Montreal Region, Quebec, Canada

Death: 8 Feb 1866 (aged 64–65)

Saint-Regis, Monteregie Region, Quebec, Canada

Burial: St. Regis

Akwesasne, Monteregie Region, Quebec, Canada

Memorial ID: 179764453 · View Source

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/179764453/marie-felicite_sophie-robideau

Marie Felicite Sophie Robidoux (Vivais)

Birthdate: circa 1800

Birthplace: Montreal, Montreal, Québec, Canada

Death: February 08, 1866 (61-70)

Massena, St. Lawrence County, New York, United States

Place of Burial: Saint-Régis, Le Haut-Saint-Laurent, Québec, Canada

Immediate Family: Daughter of Jeremie Vivais and Marie Anne Vivais

Wife of Louis Robidoux

Mother of Marcellin Robidoux

https://www.geni.com/people/Marie-Felicite-Sophie-Robidoux/6000000056054918905

Link to the Greenbush Cemetery: Greenbush township MN. (Near Princeton MN)

https://sites.google.com/site/mercierbeaucoup/Home/greenbush/greenbushcemetery

Headstone of Louis Robideau

The Parents And Siblings of Mary Anne (Robideau) Jesmer, wife of Joseph A. Jesmer

The Parents And Siblings of Mary Anne (Robideau) Jesmer, wife of Joseph A. Jesmer. 

Link to Joseph A. Jesmer and Mary Ann  

Link to Jesmer family history

It seems that Mary Ann Robideau Jesmer, my Great-Great Grandmother, was one of 18 kids. A review of the genealogist info suggests that she was one of two siblings who made their way out west to Greenbush Township Minnesota. Mary Ann came with her husband, Joseph in 1876. Julia Jesmer came with Peter Robideau. The father of Mary Ann, Louis Robideaux, seems to come to Minnesota after the death of his wife. He appears in the Greenbush census in 1870 where he lived with his son Peter. It seems that the Robideau’s who were married to Jesmers, decided to make the trip westward to Minnesota.

Parents and Siblings of Mary Ann Robideau Jesmer

Louis Robideau [Parents] was born in 1794. He was christened in St Joachim, PQ, CAN. He died on 3 Sep 1886 in Greenbush Twp, Mille Lacs, MN. He was buried in Greenbush Cmtry, Greenbush Twp, Mille Lacs, MN. He married 1 Marie Felicite (Sophie) Vivais on 27 Nov 1820 in St Regis, Huntingdon, PQ, CAN.

[Notes]

Marie Felicite (Sophie) Vivais [Parents] was born 1 in <1801> in Montreal, PQ. She was christened on 11 Jul 1803 in Basilique Notre-Dame, Montreal, PQ. She died on 8 Feb 1866 in Racquette River, Massena, Franklin, NY. She was buried on 10 Feb 1866 in St Regis Mission, Huntingdon, PQ, CAN. She married 2 Louis Robideau on 27 Nov 1820 in St Regis, Huntingdon, PQ, CAN.

[Notes]

They had the following children:

M i Joseph Robideau
M ii Louis Robideau was born on 6 Jan 1823 in Ft Covington, Franklin, NY. He was christened 1 on 8 Jan 1823 in St Regis, Huntingdon, PQ.
M iii Francois Albert Robideau
M iv Francois Xavier Robideau
F v Marguerite Robideau
M vi Pierre Robideau was born on 27 Jun 1829. He was christened on 5 Jul 1829 in St Regis RC, Huntingdon, PQ. [Notes]
M vii Peter Robideau
F viii Marcelline Robideau was born in 1831 in Massena, St Lawrence, NY.
F ix Christiana Robideau
F x Marcelline Robideau was born in 1834 in Massena, St Lawrence, NY.
M xi Boy Robideau was born in 1836 in Massena, St Lawrence, NY.
F xii Marie Anne Robideau
F xiii Catherine Robideau
F xiv Marie Robideau
M xv Olivier Robideau was born in 1844 in Bombay, Franklin, NY.
F xvi Julia Robideau was born in 1847 in Bombay, Franklin, NY.
F xvii Felicite (Philena) Robideau was born in 1848 in Bombay, Franklin, NY.
M xviii Andrew Robideau was born in 1852 in Bombay, Franklin, NY.

Louis Robideau

Inscription on tombstone at Greenbush Catholic Cmtry says died 3 Sep 1886, “92 years” <1794>. Rabideau book states birthdate 2 Jul 1800.

The Princetonb Union issues on microfil are missing from the years 1884-1890.
Princeton Union, Sep 3, 1936 “50 years later”
Louis Robideau, father of Messrs. Joseph and Peter Robideau, died at the residence of his son, Peter, last Saturday evening (note: Saturday would have been Sep 4, 1886). The deceased was 95 years old (note: b<1791>) and a native of Canada. He came to this state about 18 years ago (note: <1868>, and has since resided with his son, Peter. The funeral occurred from the Catholic chapel in Greenbush on Sunday, and was largely attended by relatives and neighbors.

1850 NY, Franklin, Bombay – Name Age
Lewis Rabido 50
Nancy Rabido 50
Peter Rabido 20
Marsellus Rabido 19
Christiana Rabido 18
Mary Ann Rabido 12
Catherine Rabido 10
Mary Rabido 8
Levi Rabido 6
Julia Rabido 3

1860 NY, Franklin, Bombay (Hogansburg)- indexed as Lewis “Rbada” <1798> wife Philena (both bCAN)
Name Age
Lewis Rbada 62
Philena Rbada 62
Christiana Rbada 23
Catharine Rbada 22
Mary Rbada 19
Andrew Rbada 8
Philena Rbada 12
all children born, NY

1870 MN, Mille Lacs, Greenbush- Peter “Rubado” wife Julia w/ch Libbie, Chris, M, Julia, Peter, MJ, Edie, Nelson, Melvina, and Peter’s dad, Louis

On the 1875, MN, Greenbush, he is 80. Louis “Robiden”

1880 census MN, Mille Lacs, Greenbush- living w/son Peter

http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~mercierhedlund/genealogy/pafn08.htm#182

Marie Felicite (Sophie) Vivais

on her baptismal lines it states that she is aged “deux ans et jour”, that is: “two years and days”

On her daughter Marie’s baptismal record in 1842 she is identified as Felicite “Jeremie”, an error in that she was Jeremie’s daughter

1860 census NY, Franklin, Bombay (Hogansburg) she is indexed as “Philena” <1798>
ancestry.com: Drouin: Hogansburg; Registre pour les Blancs et les Sauvage
“Burial of the woman of Louis Robidoux of the Raquette. Deceased 8 Feb 1866. Present Pierre Robidoux and Pierre Taillon. St Regis 11 Feb 1866. Fr Marcoux”

http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~mercierhedlund/genealogy/pafn08.htm#182

Children of Nelson A. Grow and Adeline (Jesmer) Grow. Picture take around 1888.

Children of Nelson A. Grow and Adeline (Jesmer) Grow. Picture take around 1888.

Link to Joseph and Julia Jesmer, parents. 

Link to Joseph A. Jesmer, brother. 

Link to Jesmer family history

Link to Nelson A. Grow and Adeline (Jesmer) Grow

 

Naming them by following genealogy chart only-pic had no writing on back.
Back Row-Elizabeth, Mary, Adolphus, Charles, Levius, Minerva, Lillian
Front Row- Gertrude, Nelson, Adeline, Adele
2 other children not pictured died. John died in 1893 age 24 and William died in 1883 age 3
I am guessing this picture was taken around
1893 after John died and before Charles married in 1894. Adele was born in 1888 which would make her 4 years old which she appears to be that age in this picture.
This family was raised on the farm in Greenbush Township Added to Ancestry Saved to “G” harddrive

Nelson Anthony Grow [Parents] was born 1, 2 on 14 Nov 1841 in Franklin Co, NY. He was christened on 22 Jan 1842 in St Patricks, Hogansburg, Franklin, NY. He died on 10 Aug 1897 in Mille Lacs, MN. He was buried 3 in Greenbush Cmtry, Mille Lacs, MN. He married 4, 5 Adeline Jesmer on 3 Jul 1864 in Hogansburg, Franklin, NY.

[Notes]

Adeline Jesmer [Parents] was born on 19 Jul 1843 in Franklin Co, NY. She died 1 on 3 Aug 1906 in Mille Lacs Co, MN. The cause of death was stroke. She was buried 2 in Greenbush Cmtry, Greenbush Twp, Mille Lacs, MN. She married 3, 4 Nelson Anthony Grow on 3 Jul 1864 in Hogansburg, Franklin, NY.

[Notes]

They had the following children:

F i Mary Julie Grow
M ii John A Grow was born on 15 Nov 1868 in NY. He died 1 on 22 Jan 1893 in Greenbush Twp, Mille Lacs, MN. The cause of death was “limb fell on him while chopping wood”. He was buried in Greenbush Cmtry, Greenbush Twp, Mille Lacs, MN.
M iii Charles Sidney Grow
M iv Adolphus Edwin Grow
F v Elizabeth A Grow
M vi Lewis N Grow
M vii William A Grow was born on 18 Jul 1879. He died on 8 Sep 1882.
F viii Minerva Edna Grow
F ix Lillian Adeline Grow
F x Gertrude A Grow
F xi Adele M Grow was born in Jun 1888 in MN. [Notes]

Adele M Grow 1905, Greenbush, Adele is listed as “Ideal”.

http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~mercierhedlund/genealogy/pafg60.htm#3531

Judges 14:1-20: God Is Greater Than Our Own Desires And Plans.Kevin E. Jesmer 1-5-20

God Is Greater Than Our Own Desires And Plans

 

Judges 14:1-20                                                                                                             Lesson 16

Key Verse: 14:4                                                                                      Kevin E. Jesmer 1-5-20

 

“His parents did not know that this was from the Lord, who was seeking an occasion to confront the Philistines; for at that time they were ruling over Israel.” (NIV)

 

Samson was a man who was raised by godly parents, among a God-centered people. Yet he did what he felt was right in his own eyes, not caring what God felt about it. His parents did not want him to marry a Philistine woman, and by moral and spiritual standards, his parents were right. But all of them did not see the bigger picture. They did not see that God would use Samson’s marriage to begin the deliverance of Israel from the Philistines. God’s purpose was bigger than Samson’s desires and his marriage. Though he did not care about sinning, he was still blessed by God. His strength came from the Spirit of the Lord. Today, let’s learn more about Samson and his God who chose to work through him to fulfill God’s purpose.

 

Part l: God’s Unexpected Ways (1-4)

 

God was raising up Samson as a judge and leader for his people. This preparation began long before his adulthood. His parents planted faith in his heart ever since he was born. Samson’s tribe, Dan, continued to wander in the land of their inheritance. (18:1) They were a warlike tribe and their land had not yet been conquered. (refer to Joshua 19:47-48) Later in life, Samson’s visits to the army camps of the Danites, stirred his heart. God began to prepare him for his role as judge and leader against the Philistines. (Life Application Bible p. 406.) God was working over the decades to refine his people and enable them to take possession of their inheritance at the right time. He was raising up leaders. Indeed, our God is God who works throughout our life time to prepare us for his special purpose.

 

When Samson became a grown man, he boldly followed his own desires, even against his parent’s wishes. He became infatuated with a Philistine woman and wanted to marry her. Look at verses 1-2, ““Samson went down to Timnah and saw there a young Philistine woman. 2 When he returned, he said to his father and mother, “I have seen a Philistine woman in Timnah; now get her for me as my wife.” Samson gave no thought to her being a Philistine. The Philistines were the enemies of his people. They were a pagan people who worshipped idols. God dictates in his word that his people must not marry such a woman. Deuteronomy 7:2-4 reads, “2 and when the Lord your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. 3 Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, 4 for they will turn your children away from following me to serve other gods, and the Lord’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you.” (NIV) That is pretty clear. But Sampson was bound and determined to do it, even though he knew in his deep “heart of hearts” that it was not pleasing to God and not pleasing to his parents. Samson did not care. He was a man who followed his own feelings without much thought. He was his own authority with no fear of God in his heart. He did not live to please God but only to please himself.

 

Samson’s parents objected to his marrying a Philistine woman. Look at verses 3a, “His father and mother replied, “Isn’t there an acceptable woman among your relatives or among all our people? Must you go to the uncircumcised Philistines to get a wife?….” By moral and spiritual standards, they knew that it was not right for their son to carry through with his plans. They held onto these convictions for several reasons. First it was against God’s law. (Look at Exodus 43:15-17; Deuteronomy 7:1-4). Second, intermarriage with the surrounding people groups brought disaster to the Israelites in the past. Judges 3:5-7 is one such example. These verses read, “5 So the people of Israel lived among the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 6 And their daughters they took to themselves for wives, and their own daughters they gave to their sons, and they served their gods.7 And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. They forgot the Lord their God and served the Baals and the Asheroth.” Third, The Philistines were the greatest enemies of Samson’s people. How could he marry some from the enemy tribe? Samson’s marriage to a Philistine woman would have been a disgrace to Manoah’s family.

 

They protested, but there was not much they could do. Samson was a man who did what was right in his own eyes, not caring what God, his people, nor his parents felt was right. And so, Samson pressed his parents in verses 3b, “…But Samson said to his father, “Get her for me. She’s the right one for me.” His parents had mixed feelings. Samson should have been a covenant person, who would marry another covenant person. But Samson only cared about the beauty of a woman regardless of her faith. He was like the sons of god in the times of Noah who married girls because of beauty (Gen 6:2). His parents were under a lot of distress. It was hard on his parents, but they first spoke truth to him, then quietly bore with him, and prayed.

 

What should be our attitude towards marriage? We should want to marry the right person. That means accepting God’s choice. They should be a person of faith. A Christian should marry a Christian. This is just basic.

 

It is admirable that Samson’s parents wanted the best for their son. They were trying to do the right thing before God. But despite of their sincerity, they were actually going against the will of God, for God had other plans. Look at verse 4, “(His parents did not know that this was from the LORD, who was seeking an occasion to confront the Philistines; for at that time they were ruling over Israel.)” Apparently, God’s purpose was bigger than Samson’s desires and his marriage. Though he lived as if God didn’t exist, God had great plans for Samson. He and his parents did not see the bigger picture. They did not see that God wanted to use Samson’s marriage to begin the deliverance of Israel from the Philistines. Indeed, God was using these events to make Samson a great enemy and cause a fight that will eventually set the Israelites free from the Philistine oppression.

 

Samson’s parents had plans for their son, which were good and noble plans. But they were not God’s plans. God’s plans for our kids may shock us. We may not agree with the way that God is leading. We must always trust that Jesus is in control. If we don’t trust in Jesus, we will try to follow what we are convinced of as right. Morally that may be. Our choice may go along with the dictates of our church. These may be good things, moral things, theologically correct things, but it is possible that following them without flexibility may place us at odds with the will of God. It is definitely something to pray about.

 

Part 2: Prayerful and Supportive of Their Son (1-4).

 

Samson wasn’t breaking every rule. He respected the tradition of his society that the parents should get the wife for him. Samson actually asked his parents to come with him to meet the girl. Manoah and his wife tried to be supportive. Look at verse 5, “Samson went down to Timnah together with his father and mother…” They both went with Samson. They wanted to meet the girl. They allowed the marriage even though they had every right to refuse their son’s request. They were putting their faith into practice by trusting in the sovereignty of God.

 

Sometimes when kids are pushing the limits, the wisest thing is for the parents to pray and be supportive, trusting that God may lead their child. Some people may be choking when they hear these words. “Is that truly loving your child?” they may be saying. We may have to do this if our kids are determined to marry non-believers. It may be the right thing to be supportive with prayer and accept their choice. Trust the Lord in every matter. He is fulfilling plans that we may know nothing about.

 

I need to learn from Samson’s father. I don’t constantly have to correct everyone. I need to set the example and pray. I can teach the truth, but in the end, I must bear with others close to me. I need to pray for them and be supportive and trust the Lord that he is guiding them in the right way and along the right path. Who knows what God will accomplish through them for his glory in the years to come? Only God knows.

 

Part lll: The Lion And The Riddle (5-20)

 

Samson and his parents were walking to Timnah when a dangerous lion approached. Look at verses 5-6, “5 Samson went down to Timnah together with his father and mother. As they approached the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion came roaring toward him. 6 The Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon him so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. But he told neither his father nor his mother what he had done.” It seemed that his parents did not know what was going on. The only way for the lion to approach and them not noticing the scuffle, was if Samson was walking some distance behind and the lion approached from behind. This senior couple were consumed about what they would say to the Philistine girl and praying to God for this whole situation to unfold in a way pleasing to him. I also think that the author wants us to know that no one, including his own parents knew anything about the lion.

 

God gifted Samson with great strength. Think about it, a lion attacked and Samson tore him apart with his bare hands. Where did this strength come from? The Bible says that the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him. God was equipping Sampson. He was protecting Sampson and his parents. He was making sure that the meeting they were going to was going to happen. Even though Samson’s heart was not in the right place, God still intervened to help him. God blesses us even when we don’t deserve it. This is the grace of God.

 

God’s grace is so abundant. Though Samson did not care about sinning and lived for his own glory, he was stilled blessed by God. His strength came from the Spirit of the Lord. God would use him greatly in his work. God is so graceful.

 

Together they went to meet the prospective bride. Look at verse 7, “Then he went down and talked with the woman, and he liked her. 8 Sometime later, when he went back to marry her,….” It looks like everything went well…as well as it could have gone…considering. God was allowing the desires of Sampson’s heart. Surely God works in mysterious ways.

 

Let’s take a closer look at this whole “lion” incident. Samson grappled with the lion and killed it while his parents were walking ahead of him on the trail. They did not notice and Samson did not tell them. I would have run after them yelling, “Did you see that? Here, take a picture with my cell phone.” But Samson remained silent. Later on, when he and his parents went to wedding. After they had passed the site where the lion was killed, Samson tarried behind and scooped honey out of the dry carcass of the lion and gave it to his parents to eat. But again, he did not tell them about where he got it from. (8-9) It was almost like he had a plan.

 

Samson and parents went to the wedding. (8-9) But, before the wedding Samson and his dad went to a feast for the young men. Look at verses 10-11, “10 Now his father went down to see the woman. And there Samson held a feast, as was customary for young men.11 When the people saw him, they chose thirty men to be his companions.” A modern-day equivalent might be a bachelor party. Maybe they butchered goats with machetes and roasted them over a bonfire. They drank liquor and laughed and told stories about warfare and engaged in spear throwing competitions. It was a joyful time, but Samson had something else on his mind.

Though he fronted the money for the bachelor party, he was looking to recoup some of his expenses. Again, he was thinking about himself and not how he could be generous. He saw his chance in posing a riddle that would be impossible to solve. Look at verses 12-13, “’Let me tell you a riddle,” Samson said to them. “If you can give me the answer within the seven days of the feast, I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes. 13 If you can’t tell me the answer, you must give me thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes.” He was going to use this gamble as a means to get thirty sets of clothes. It shows that he conjured up this idea after he killed the lion. They were expensive. Samson’s plan seemed to work. Nobody knew the answer to the riddle, not even his parents. They were completely drawn into his plan. The said, “’Tell us your riddle’…’Let’s hear it.’”

Let’s examine the riddle itself. Look at verse 14. “Out of the eater, something to eat; out of the strong, something sweet.” Samson was trying to use the honey from the dead lion as the context for his riddle. His motive in plying this riddle was trying to recoup some of the cost of the wedding. He was exercising his authority over the Philistine men. Samson was sure they could not answer. He felt this riddle would be a sure win. Samson had a plan to entice the young Philistine men into a bet they could not solve. Or could they?

 

For three days they could not give the answer the riddle. But they did not give up. The only one who knew the answer was Samson. But how could they get into Samson’s mind to find the answer? They would exploit Samson’s weakness through the woman. They resorted to mafia style extortion methods. Look at verse 15, “On the fourth day, they said to Samson’s wife, “Coax your husband into explaining the riddle for us, or we will burn you and your father’s household to death. Did you invite us here to steal our property?” They threatened Samson’s fiancé and her family. They said they would burn them to death. It was a horrible threat. They did this to force her to ply for the answer to the riddle from Sampson.

 

The woman could not bear such threats. Who could…really? She decided to try her best to get the answer from Samson. Look at verses 16-17, “Then Samson’s wife threw herself on him, sobbing, “You hate me! You don’t really love me. You’ve given my people a riddle, but you haven’t told me the answer.” “I haven’t even explained it to my father or mother,” he replied, “so why should I explain it to you?” 17 She cried the whole seven days of the feast. So on the seventh day he finally told her, because she continued to press him. She in turn explained the riddle to her people.” She was desperate. She was afraid for her life and her family members lives. She was overcome by fear. She was crying for seven days, all through the feast and so Samson gave in and told her the answer to the riddle. But it was a good thing, because she and her family would have died. Things were also progressing according to God’s plan, for he was setting up Samson to confront the leaders of the Philistines.

 

Once the men had to the answer to the riddle they brought it to Samson. Look at verses 18a, “18 Before sunset on the seventh day the men of the town said to him, “What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion?…” The impossible had happened. They answered Samson’s riddle. Samson was now obliged to give them thirty suits of clothes. He had to come up with a modern-day equivalent of at least $4,000 worth of clothing.

 

     Samson knew right away that he was betrayed by his fiancé. He was furious. “…Samson said to them, ‘If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have solved my riddle.’” (18b) The phrase, “if you had not plowed with my heifer” means, “if you had not manipulated my wife.” If they would not have threatened his wife, they would not have learned the answer to his riddle. Samson was blaming them. The Spirit of the Lord came upon him when he struck down thirty men, stripped them of everything, and gave their clothes to those who had solved the riddle to pay off his gambling debt. (19)

 

Samson used his special gifts that God had given him for his own purposes. His parents thought he had fallen away from God, but God was with him and blessing him. God was giving him power so that his sovereign purpose could be fulfilled. God was forcing Samson and Israelites into a conflict with the Philistines. Even though the situation seemed to be out of control God was in control and accomplishing his greater task. We wonder why God would be working though him and his “non spiritual” actions. It is God’s grace. We need always trust in God’s sovereignty.

 

God gives us strength and discipline to accomplish many things in this world. But what about if I used the strength that God gives me to just seek after my own selfish plans? What if I chose to live for my own glory and pleasure, rather than for God’s? Well, this happens more often than not. I do use some that God gives me to be squandered on worldly desires. I repent of this.

But God is greater than all my sin. Like he used Samson for a great task God will use me and my family and friends for a great task in this world. He is already blessing us in so many ways. Of course, I want to use all that I have for the glory of Jesus, but I also know that God is in control. God is bigger than our own decisions, and plans. He is graceful in giving us his Holy Spirit and strength when we don’t deserve it. God is faithful. Not just to us. He is faithful to work out his purposes. He will work out his plan despite of our sinful choices and selfish ambition. He makes all kinds of sinners to be sources of blessing for their generation. God will never be outdone. By our sin.

 

In this passage we learn to trust in God. He is at work among his people. He is fulfilling his purposes in this world, and achieving his own goals. Of course, we need to follow what we believe is right, but don’t be so rigid, that your trying to do what is right is actually at odds with what God is trying to accomplish. Walk in the way of humble submission and trust like Samson’s parents did. Sometimes God will take you on a surprising journey that you would never expect. We can also thank God for his abundant grace. He will work through all kinds of people to accomplish his sovereign purpose. This is great news for us, because despite our weaknesses God chooses to work through us. But we should also open our eyes to see Jesus working in the lives of some unlikely people to bless his people. God bless.

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A Side Note.

 

It is interesting to see what kind of person was Samson? Samson had a very colorful personality. Look at verses 5a, 8,9, 10, 12. He was respectful of tradition and he did, in some instances, include his parents (5a) He was brave and strong. (6) He was resourceful in that he ate the honey out of the dried out old carcass of the lion. He was not squeamish. He was not picky. He was a survivor. (8-9). Women were attracted to him. He fell in love easily. He had some wealth, sponsoring a wedding banquet. (10). He was gambler. He was gambling $3000 worth of clothes. (12) He was even charismatic from a human point of view. Some people would have really liked him because of these qualities. He is easy to like if you are on his side. but his personality has nothing to do with spirituality. But we should not compromise with people who are “cool” and “popular” and full of swagger. We may admire them, but we must honor the qualities God honors.

The Children of Marcelina (Jesmer) and Minor Joseph Parisien. Around 1896.

The Children of Marcelina (Jesmer) and Minor Joseph Parisien.  Around 1896.

Link to Joseph and Julia Jesmer, parents. 

Link to Joseph A. Jesmer, brother. 

Link to Jesmer family history

Link to Marcelina (Jesmer) and Minor Joseph Parisien

Marcelina was the sister of my Great-Great-Grandfather , Joseph A. Jesmer. She seemed to have a large family. This was typical for many families back then. Joseph A. Jesmer had 50 grandchildren. My great grandfather, Nelson A. Jesmer, had over 70 first cousins. Wow! The kid in this picture are some of Nelson’s first cousins. My guess is that the pictures in the back at Minor’s parents and the smaller pictures are Marceline’s parents. But that is only a guess.

Minor Joseph Parisien [Parents] was born on 4 Jun 1850 in Hogansburg, Franklin, NY. He was christened on 21 Jun 1850 in St Patricks, Hogansburg, Franklin, NY. He died in Royal Oak, Oak, MI. He married Marcelina Jasmin on 7 Nov 1873 in St Patricks, Hogansburg, Franklin, NY.

[Notes]

Marcelina Jasmin [Parents] was christened on 16 Oct 1851 in St Patricks, Hogansburg, Franklin, NY. She died on 2 Jan 1917 in Royal Oak, Oak, MI. She was buried on 4 Jan 1917. She married Minor Joseph Parisien on 7 Nov 1873 in St Patricks, Hogansburg, Franklin, NY.

[Notes]

They had the following children:

M i Darwin Lawrence Parisien
M ii Nelson Parisien was born on 1 Sep 1875 in NY.
F iii Lottie Adelaide Parisien
M iv Alson Arthur Parisien
F v Ethel May Parisien
M vi Roland Abraham Parisien
M vii Gorden Raphael Parisien was born in Mar 1882 in Greenbush Twp, Mille Lacs, MN. He died in Apr 1959 in FL. [Notes]
M viii Leo P Parisien
F ix Amelia J Parisien was born in Apr 1885 in MN. [Notes]
M x Minor George Parisien was born in Oct 1886 in MN.
M xi Rudolph L Parisien
M xii Loren Jule Parisien
M xiii Althia Simon Parisien
M xiv Ulmont Philip Parisien was born in May 1893. He died in Aug 1893.
F xv Lorena Mae Parisien died in Port Huron, MI.

 

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