Saturday, June 28, 2014

Samson and Delilah Sunday School Lesson

Use this Samson and Delilah Sunday School lesson to tell kids the story of Samson and Delilah.

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.)

We’ve been talking about a man named Samson for the last couple of weeks. Remember that before Samson was born, God let the Philistines conquer the people of Israel as a punishment for the Israelites’ sin. The Israelites had been worshipping fake gods and not listening to the real God. But then God did a miracle and let a man named Manoah and his wife, who couldn’t have kids, have a baby, whom they named Samson. God told them that Samson would be the one who would grow up and defeat the Philistines. The only thing was that Manoah and his wife had to raise Samson in a special way. Do you remember what some of the rules were that God gave Samson and his parents to make Samson special?  Samson could never drink alcohol or eat bad foods or cut his hair. 

(Summarize Judges 16, asking questions as you read.)

After Samson had been the leader of Israel for twenty years, he fell in love with a Philistine woman named Delilah. The rulers of the Philistines went to Delilah and said, “See if you can find out the secret of why Samson is so strong. He keeps beating us when we try to kill him. If you can find out and tell us how we can kill him, we’ll give you a lot of money.”

Do you think Delilah will try to help the Philistines kill Samson?

Delilah said to Samson in her nicest, sweetest voice, “Samson, tell me the secret of how you’re so strong and how someone can beat you.”

Samson said, “If someone ties me up with seven new strings, I won’t be strong anymore.”

So one day, when Samson was taking a nap, Delilah tied him up with seven new strings and let some Philistine soldiers into the room. Then she yelled, “Samson, the Philistines are attacking you!”

Samson woke up and broke the strings right off. He was just as strong as always.

A little while later, Delilah said, “You lied to me about the secret of how you’re so strong and how someone can beat you. Now tell me the truth. Tell me the secret of how you’re so strong and how someone can beat you.”

Samson said, “If someone ties me up with new ropes, I won’t be strong anymore.”

So one day, when Samson was taking a nap, Delilah tied him up with new ropes and let some Philistine soldiers into the room. Then she yelled, “Samson, the Philistines are attacking you!”

Samson woke up and broke the ropes right off. He was just as strong as always.

A little while later, Delilah said, “You lied to me about the secret of how you’re so strong and how someone can beat you. Now tell me the truth. Tell me the secret of how you’re so strong and how someone can beat you.”

Samson said, “If someone braids my hair and ties into some cloth, I won’t be strong anymore.”

So one day, when Samson was taking a nap, Delilah braided his hair, tied come cloth into it, and let some Philistine soldiers into the room. Then she yelled, “Samson, the Philistines are attacking you!”

Samson woke up and pulled his hair right out of the cloth. He was just as strong as always.
Then Delilah said, “You don’t really love me, Samson. You won’t even tell me the secret of how you’re so strong and how someone can beat you.” And she kept bugging him day after day to tell her his secret.

Finally, Samson told her the truth. He said, “God gave me some special rules when I was born. He said I was never allowed to drink alcohol or eat bad foods or cut my hair. If I follow God’s rules, I’m strong, but if someone cuts my hair off, I won’t be strong anymore.”

What’s the secret of why Samson is so strong? He’s strong because he follows God’s special rules and God makes him strong. If he breaks God’s special rules, God won’t make him strong.

So one day, when Samson was taking a nap, Delilah cut all his hair off and let some Philistine soldiers into the room. Then she yelled, “Samson, the Philistines are attacking you!”

Samson woke up and was going to fight the Philistines, but this time, he wasn’t strong anymore and the Philistines beat him. They tied him up and cut out his eyes. Then they made him be their slave in prison.

But while Samson was in prison, his hair started to grow back and he started to get stronger again.

Then, when the Philistines were having a holiday to their fake god, Dagon, the Philistine rulers told the jailers to bring Samson out of the prison so that they could make fun of him. Samson stood in their big building where they were having the celebration and he leaned up against the building’s pillars. The pillars are the poles that hold the roof up. Samson prayed, “Lord God, give me the strength to do just one more thing.” Then God made Samson strong and Samson pushed on the pillars and knocked them over. The roof of the big building crashed down and killed Samson and three thousand Philistines who were at the celebration.

How did Samson get strong again? His hair started growing again. He was obeying God’s special rules not to cut his hair and so God made him strong again.

Samson was strong and was able to defeat the Philistines because he listened to God’s special rules. If we will listen to the rules that God gives us – the rules He gives us in the Bible – then we will be strong in our spirits and we will be able to defeat the temptations that the devil throws at us, just like Samson defeated the Philistines. Follow God’s rules and He will make you strong in your spirit.

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