The Story of Samson

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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 can give us as we go through life trying to do what is right and resist what is wrong. But despite his great strength, Samson made some big mistakes in his life. He was strong when he looked to the Lord but got into trouble when he acted on his own. This illustrates the importance of looking to the Lord to help us understand the Word and to have its power work in our lives.

The Story

Read (or retell) the story in Judges 13 and 14

The Story of Samson (for ages 7-14)
Retells the first part of the story of Samson.

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Ideas for Discussion

  1. Who was Samson? (The Lord raised up Samson to be a leader who could help the Israelites against the Philistines.)
  2. Who told Samson’s mother that she would have a child? (an angel of the Lord)
  3. Who were the Philistines? (They were people who controlled part of the land of Israel and were making life difficult for the Children of Israel.)
  4. Why and how did Samson kill a lion? (It rushed at him, and the Lord gave him the strength to kill the lion with his bare hands.)
  5. What did he find in the carcass of the lion later? (A swarm of bees and honey)
  6. Samson symbolizes the strength that we can have from the Lord’s Word. The truths in the Word can help us resist when we are tempted to do what is wrong. This is like Samson killing the lion. The peace we experience after fighting against feelings of anger or selfishness are the like the sweet honey that Samson found in the carcass of the lion later.
  7. The book of Judges ends with these words: “In those days there was no king in Israel: everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25). Who should be our king?

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