“For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king. He will save us.” Isaiah 33:22
This week we come to Samson in our study of the Old Testament judges. God gave Samson great strength, but Samson was very weak when it came to being faithful to God. Samson’s sin led to his death, but God used his death to defeat the Philistines and deliver the Israelites from their enemy.
Samson’s story reminds us of Jesus. Jesus never sinned, but God sent Him to die on the cross and rise again to rescue believers from sin and give them eternal life.
Help your children see that Samson offers us a contrasting picture of Jesus. Like Samson, Jesus’ death was used to deliver God’s people, only Jesus did not die because of a sin He committed. Jesus died because of our sin.
KEY PASSAGE: Isaiah 33:22
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- Whom does God use in His plan? God uses people in His plan.
BIBLE STORY: SAMSON
- God chose Samson to deliver Israel from the Philistines.
- God made Samson strong as long as he did not cut his hair.
- Delilah told the Philistines the secret to Samson’s strength.
- Samson pushed on the pillars of the Philistine temple and it collapsed.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- Do you think Samson loved God like he should have? How do we fail to love God at times?
- What are you good at? How can you use that talent to give glory to God?
- Conduct a family olympics or feats of strength competition.
- Go further: Take bottled water or sports drinks to a local park where people run/exercise and give them away for free.
NEXT WEEK “Ruth and Boaz” (Ruth 1–4)