09 Samson, A Special Child

UNIT #: 
II
Lesson Theme: 
Our humble purpose
Aim: 

Samson broke his vows, but God still uses him. How will God use you?

Bible Passage: 

Judges 16 : 15-22

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

 15 Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me three times now and have not told me what makes your strength so great.” 16 Finally, after she had nagged him with her words day after day, and pestered him, he was tired to death. 17 So he told her his whole secret, and said to her, “A razor has never come upon my head; for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, then my strength would leave me; I would become weak, and be like anyone else.” 18 When Delilah realized that he had told her his whole secret, she sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, “This time come up, for he has told his whole secret to me.” Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her, and brought the money in their hands. 19 She let him fall asleep on her lap; and she called a man, and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. He began to weaken, and his strength left him. 20 Then she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” When he awoke from his sleep, he thought, “I will go out as at other times, and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him. 21 So the Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes. They brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze shackles; and he ground at the mill in the prison. 22 But the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.

Main Ideas: 

Special Gift

When the Israelites started misbehaving again, God decided to punish them by putting the Philistines in charge of them for forty years. This is where Samson came in. Except Samson's mom actually couldn't have any children, but an angel came to her and said "You will have a special son. He should not cut his hair. He will save the Israelites from the Philistines. As he grew up he realized that he had a special gift, he was incredibly strong. As Samson got older he was able to kill a lion with his bare hands and defend himself against 1000 Philistines. God gives all of us a special gift for a special reason. What is your gift?

Broken Promise

The Philistines wanted to know what the secret to Samson's strength was so that they could get rid of him since he killed so many Philistines. Samson fell in love with Delilah. Delilah takes a bribe from the Philistines to find out what makes Samson so strong. Delilah was being tricky and using Samson's feelings to get what she wanted. Samson kept lying to her, because he knew God didn't want anyone to know where his strength really came from. He ends up telling her everything and breaking his promise to keep the secret. In the Bible, it says that “the Lord had left him”. What really made Samson strong? God! God had been with him! 

God's never ending love

The Philistines kept him in jail, but we know God still had plans for him. Samson's hair was growing, and so was his strength. They tied him up to two large pillars that held a large temple up and he was able to break free, but when he did the temple fell on him and a large number of Philistines. This was how God freed the Israelites from the Philistines. Even though Samson broke his promises, God still answered his prayer to help him in his time of need.

God will always help us too. He made each of you exactly how He wanted, and remember God doesn't make mistakes. You have the family you do because that's who God wanted you to be with. You live where you do because that's where God put you. Your life might not be perfect but he wants you to learn and grow with what you have.

Activities: 

In our Bible Story today, we talked about Samson. What was special about Samson? (allow for responses) Right, Samson was very strong. God gave Samson physical strength. Samson didn’t always use it for God and in the way God wanted him to. But, in the end, Samson leaned on God’s strength. God has created each one of us uniquely and given us our own strengths. Strengths are things that we are good at. Some people are good at drawing, singing, speaking, etc. Every gift comes from God and should be used for God.

God's Recipe for me cards

  • Have the children complete the "ingredients" with traits they identify in themselves as gifts God has given them (things like "a beautiful smile", "strong legs for soccer" and "a good sense of humor") on the front of the card. 

  • Have the children include a paragraph on the back of the recipe card that begins with "Thank you God for making me special, especially for ..."

Lesson Review: 

What made Samson strong? Where does all of our strength truly come from?

How much did Delilah love Samson? 

Why do you think Samson would tell Delilah false reasons for his strength? 

What do you think Samson thought of Delilah during this whole time? 

What was going through his mind as she kept asking him about it?

Was Samson always obedient to God?

Did God still use him?

Values for Life: 

Can God still use me if I have really messed up?

If God stopped using everyone who sinned, made a mistake, or went the wrong way, there would be no one left to use. All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). Even though Samson had messed up, God was still able to use him. In the end, Samson turned to God because he knew where his strength came from. Maybe he had not prayed for a long time, but God saw his faith and answered his prayer. In the New Testament, Samson is even mentioned for his faith, together with others like Gideon! (Hebrews 11:32-33).

The Holy Spirit will strengthen us to do everything He asks us to do. What do you need 
strength for this week? (Children respond.)

Life Response/My Decision: 

When did Samson ask for God to help him? 

What if Samson asked for help to say no to Delilah instead?

If we ask God for help, will He hear us?  Let's decide to ask God for help whenever he have a hard time saying no. ( Have you ever felt like you made the wrong choice, or chose to do something you shoudn't have?)

Memory Verse: 

Therefore this is what the LORD says: "If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me.” Jeremiah 15:19a

 
Closing Prayer: 

Father God, 

Thank you for teaching us about Samson and Delilah. We know we are not good all the time. Help us to remember to ask you for help whenever we need it. We know you created each one of us with a special strength just like Samson. You made each of us special. Help us to use our talents and strengths to show you how much we love you. 

In Jesus name, 

Amen

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Comments

I am slightly confused as to the purpose of this lesson. Why is the memory verse of the lost sheep and the lesson about the announcement of Samson instead of the story of Samson? I do not remember this being in the Sunday School curriculum before? I would like to understood the goals a little better.