Use this Samson Sunday School lesson to teach kids what it means to be holy.
Needed: a bunch of ordinary things and then something special (I used ordinary pencils and then a really decorative, sparkly pencil.)
Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.)
(Summarize Judges 13, asking questions as you read.)
The people of Israel sinned against God again.
How do you feel when someone does something wrong to you? Does it make you mad? Does it make you sad when someone does something wrong to you?
It makes God feel sad and angry when we do wrong things.
So because the Israelites sinned against God, God punished the Israelites by letting the Philistines conquer them for forty years.
Now during that time, an Israelite man named Manoah married an Israelite woman, but the woman couldn’t have any children. Her body couldn’t make babies.
Do you think it would be sad for the woman if she couldn’t have babies? She was probably sad about it.
Until one day, God sent an angel to come talk to the woman. The angel said, “You could never have children before, but now you will have a son and he will grow up to defeat the Philistines who are ruling over Israel. Just make sure you don’t drink wine, or eat bad foods, or cut your son’s hair when he is born, because your son is going to be a special follower of God. He’s going to be a Nazirite. He can never drink wine or alcohol. He can never eat bad foods or cut his hair.
The angel said that the new baby was going to be a special follower of God. How was the baby going to be a special follower of God? What was he supposed to do to show that he was special? He was supposed to never drink alcohol, never eat bad foods, and never cut his hair.
Did you know that God wants us to be His special followers too?
God doesn’t care what we eat or if we cut our hair or not, but we can do some things to show that we are God’s special followers. Can you think of some things we can do to be God’s special followers? (suggestions: avoid sinning, do nice things for other people, read our Bibles, pray, go to church, etc.)
Those are all good things we can do to be God’s special followers. I want you to look at these pencils (show pencils). What do you notice about this group of pencils?
They’re all ordinary pencils, except for one. One is special, isn’t it? You know, when God looks at all the people in the world, He loves everyone. But some people are special to God – not because He loves them any more than anyone else – but because they are the ones who follow God and do what He wants them to do. God sees the people who believe in Him and do what He wants as special. So let’s all try to be special followers of God and do what He says, okay?