"Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it" (Luke 11:28)

When we read the story of Samson in the Lord’s Word, we marvel at his amazing strength. Samson pictures the strength of the Word in its literal meaning—the power that the truths of the Old and New Testaments have to direct our lives in spiritually healthy and happy ways. The Word has this power because it connects us with the Lord and with His heavens.

In addition to his great strength, we also see Samson making some big mistakes in his life that eventually lead to his capture. Samson is strong when he looks to the Lord, but he gets into trouble when he acts on his own. This illustrates the importance of looking to the Lord for guidance in understanding the Word and living according to its teachings. Without doctrine, we can be led astray by our own interpretation of the Word. For this reason, the Lord has given us an inner, spiritual understanding of the Old and New Testaments in the Heavenly Doctrine for the New Church. With these doctrines, the internal spiritual meaning of the Word is opened. So the power of the Word’s literal teachings can be unleashed in our minds and, if we choose, in our lives. May the strength of Samson, that is, the true power of the Lord’s Word, be a source of inspiration and guidance by which the Lord can lead and save us.

Highlights include

Quotes from the Lord's Word about the Power of the Lord's Word

Concept Article: "A Precious Heritage: Reading the Word"
by the Rev. Daniel Heinrichs. 
If we would have eternal life, we should go directly to the source of life - the fountain of living waters - and drink there. The Word of the Lord is the only source of spiritual life. So the Lord issues this urgent invitation to us all: "Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters" (Isaiah 55:1).

An Overview of Projects and Activities for Families
Projects and activities about The Story of Samson, The Lord Gives Us the Word, The Power of the Word, and The Word in Heaven. 

"Getting Strength from the Word" by the Rev. Kurt Horigan Asplundh
What strength does the Word have and how can we find and use it in our lives? The author explains, “The Word is like a heavenly shield. Use it to protect yourself from the attacks of hell. The Word is like a well of water. Drink from it and discover unfailing truths springing up into everlasting life. The Word is like a garment, a coat of many colors. Wrap yourself in its warmth and beauty.”

 Sunday School Lesson on Samson for Preschoolers (PDF) 
(After teaching children about the story of Samson and the lion, let them make a lion puppet with a mouth that can open and close.)

 "What Samson Represents" by the Rev. Harold Cranch
Samson was given his great power because he represented the Lord's Word. It is only when Samson obeyed the Lord that he had this great power. The message for us is that we can be given spiritual power when we read the Lord's Word and do it.

 Venn Diagram to Compare the Life of the Lord with the Life of Samson (PDF)
Think about the story of Samson as a prophecy of the Lord's birth. While there are many differences, there are some striking similarities. For help with this activity, you may want to read "What Samson Represents" by the Rev. Harold Cranch.

  Picture Cards for Sequencing the Story of Samson (PDF)
Can you put the 6 pictures of events in Samson's life in their correct order?

 Spiritual Task: Strength in the Word by the Rev. David Roth (PDF)

 Teen Prayers for Strength from the Word (PDF)

 Story Line for the Life of Samson (PDF)
A story line graphs the ups and downs of events. Which do you think would better picture the story of Samson's life - a straight line or a jagged line?