Scripture: Judges 13-16
Main Point: We need to obey God. When we haven’t obeyed Him, God still has the power to forgive us, just like He forgave Samson!
Quick Overview: The story of Samson is found in Judges 13-16. Chapter 13 begins with the words, “Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord.” After this, they were oppressed by the Philistines for 40 years! Samson—a natural leader in that day because of his strength, was appointed by God to deliver the Israelites from the Philistines. Samson disobeyed God several times, leading to his eventual humiliation in the house of the Philistines. At the end, God forgave Samson for his disobedience, and gave Samson his strength back one last time to defeat the Philistines. The real lesson in this story and the book of Judges is the principle of Godly obedience!
Creative Idea: Line your kids up along a wall, and tell them to push against the wall with all their might! Give them a quick break, and have them do it again! Explain to them the power that God gave Samson, and that God can give us the power to do the impossible for Him too!
Craft: For an easy craft for this lesson, gather some full sheets of construction paper, crayons or makers, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks and some tape. Using the materials, let them re-create the scene with Samson between the two pillars. Don’t forget to have them write down their memory verse!
Memory Verse: Psalm 119:2 “Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart. Give them the chance to repeat the memory verse next week for a prize!
BONUS: This week, I also created a Take-Home sheet for the children to do with their parents. If you would like a copy of the sheet, I would be more than happy to email it to you! Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send it to you.