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Samson

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Judges 13-16
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God’s people kept getting into trouble. They disobeyed God again and again. Each time, God let their enemies have power over them. Now God’s people were being controlled by the Philistines.

One day, the angel of the LORD appeared to two of God’s people. The angel told the couple that they were going to have a son. God had a special instruction for the baby: He should never cut his hair. God said, “Your son is going to save the Israelites from the Philistines.”

When the woman had a baby, she named him Samson. God made Samson very strong. Samson grew up and met a woman named Delilah. Samson fell in love with her. The Philistine leaders told Delilah, “Find out why Samson is so strong.” The leaders wanted to make Samson weak.

Delilah asked Samson, “Why are you so strong?” Samson said, “If you tie me up with seven fresh bowstrings, I will be weak.” But that was not true. Delilah tied up Samson with seven fresh bowstrings. When she said, “Samson! The Philistines are here to get you!” Samson broke free.

Delilah asked Samson again, “Why are you so strong?” Samson said, “If you tie me up with new rope, I will be weak.” But that was not true. Delilah tied up Samson with new rope. When she said, “Samson! The Philistines are here to get you!” Samson broke free.

Delilah asked Samson again, “Why are you so strong?” Samson told Delilah, “If you weave my hair into a loom, I will be weak.” But that was not true. Delilah wove Samson’s hair into a loom. When she said, “Samson! The Philistines are here to get you!” Samson broke free.

Delilah begged Samson to tell her the truth, so Samson did: “If you cut my hair, I will not have my strength.”

When Samson was sleeping, a Philistine man came and cut his hair. Delilah woke up Samson. “Samson!” she said, “The Philistines are here to get you!” But Samson was not strong anymore. The Philistines grabbed him and took him away in chains.

But Samson’s hair began to grow back. One day, the Philistines made Samson stand between two columns in their temple. Samson cried out to God, and God made Samson strong. Samson pushed on the columns, and the temple fell down. Samson and everyone in the temple died, but Samson had saved the Israelites from the Philistines.

 

Christ Connection: Samson died because of his sin, but God used Samson’s death to help His people. Samson reminds us of Jesus. Jesus never sinned, but He died for our sin. Jesus died and rose again to rescue God’s people from sin and give them life with God forever.

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Lesson Intro Activity
Jump for gifts

Supplies: None

Invite everyone to spread out at least an arm’s length away from one another. Explain that you will name different gifts. If anyone has received that gift before, they should jump. If they have not received that gift before, they should stand still. Suggested gifts include shoes, candy, car, bicycle, stuffed animal, tree, doll house, video game, wagon, a baseball bat, book, potatoes, or a puzzle

SAY • In today’s Bible story, God gave a man named Samson a very special gift. This gift was not something you could buy. God gave Samson the gift of strength. God made Samson strong. Listen to our Bible story to hear how God used Samson’s strength to rescue His people from their enemies.

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Lesson Video
Review;

What was the special instruction God gave Samson’s parents? (Samson should never cut his hair.)

What did Delilah ask Samson over and over? (Why are you so strong?)

After Samson’s hair was cut, what did the Philistines do? (took him away in chains)

What did Samson do to the temple? (He pushed the columns and the temple fell down.)

What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus.

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FUN ACTIVITY: Haircut
Supplies: Playdough, people cutters, pop sticks

Hand everyone a ball of playdough, people cutters and a popsicle stick.  Cut out or make a person and create hair by rolling out dough and attaching it.  Use the popsicle sticks to give ‘Samson’ a haircut.

SAY • God had special instructions for Samson: He should never cut his hair. Samson let Delilah trick him into telling her why he was so strong. She told the Philistines, and they cut Samson’s hair while he was asleep. Samson lost his strength. When Samson called out to God, God made Samson strong again. What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus. We can call out to God when we sin, and He will forgive us because of Jesus.

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CREATE: Samson Destroys the Temple
Supplies: Paper, crayons, pillar stones

Hand everyone a sheet of paper.  Draw a picture of Samson in the center.  Using gray crayons and a separate sheet of paper color two gray pillars and cut them out.  Now rip apart the pillars forming large stones.  Glue the stones one each side of  Samson.  

SAY • God made Samson strong. He was able to push on the columns and the temple fell down. Samson and other people died, but the Israelites were saved from the Philistines! God had used Samson to save His people again. Samson reminds us of Jesus. Jesus never sinned, but He died for our sin. Jesus died and rose again to rescue God’s people from sin and give them life with God forever.

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CAPTURE: MEMORY VERSE! 3 years thru Kinder: Month of August
Ruth 1:16b
“ Where are you go I will go. Where you stay I will stay.  Your people will be my people and your God my God.”

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