Scripture: Judges 13: 1-5, 24, Judges 14: 1-20, Judges 15:1-20, Judges 16:4 – 31 or pages 202 – 209 in The Golden Children’s Bible
Target Age Group: 1st through 6th grade
Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.
Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.
How does a person get strong? lift weights, take vitamins with iron, eat protein, etc.
Today’s lesson is about someone who was super-strong. Let’s find out how he got such strong muscles, and if there are other ways to be strong…
Have the children open their Bibles to Judges 13 or page 202 in The Golden Children’s Bible.
(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)
- Why did the Lord allow the Israelites to be conquered by the Philistines? They again did evil in the eyes of the Lord.
- Who did God send this time to deliver them? Samson
- Samson was a Nazarite. What did it mean to be a Nazarite? He was dedicated to God before he was born. He wasn’t to cut his hair, nor drink wine, or eat anything unclean.
- Samson was so strong that he killed what animal with his bare hands? a lion
- Later he came back to look at he carcass of the lion, and what did he find inside? A swarm of bees had made it’s nest in the lion and there was honey in the honeycomb.
- Samson told a riddle about he lion and the honey comb at his wedding feast. When the people couldn’t solve the riddle, what did they do? They threatened Samson’s wife with death.
- Why did Samson tell his wife the answer to the riddle? She cried to him about it for 7 days.
- In his anger, what did Samson do? He killed 30 men for their clothes to pay for the bet. Then he tied together the tails of foxes with torches and let them run into the fields of the Philistines so that their crops burned.
- With what did Samson kill 1,000 men? a donkey’s jaw bone
- How long did Samson lead Israel? 20 years
- Who did Samson eventually fall in love with? Delilah
- With what did the Philistines enticed her to betray him? 1,100 shekels of silver from each one of them.
- Why do you think that Samson finally told her about his hair? She kept nagging him until he couldn’t take it anymore. He thought he would still be strong without God’s help. (vs. 20 He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him.)
- Do you think that Samson was spiritually strong? No
- Have you ever followed bad advice from friends? Sometimes we give in to temptations because we get tired of resisting. Or we start to think that we are exempt from the consequences of our actions. For example some young people smoke because they think that lung disease won’t happen to them.
- How can we stay strong spiritually? Read the Bible, go to church, pray, etc.
- When the Philisitines captured Samson, what did they do to him? They gouged out his eyes and they made him to grind grain in the prison.
- Why did the Philistines bring Samson to the temple? To make fun of him and celebrate their god’s victory over him.
- But, what did Samson do? He prayed to God to give him his strength back and then he pushed the pillars down – which collapsed the temple on all the people.
- Samson had some big character flaws, didn’t he. So, why do you think that God used him to lead the people? Because He loved Israel and was faithful to his promise to the nation. He uses imperfect people to show his power and to fulfill his plan.
- Let’s pray and ask the Lord to help us to stay spiritually strong and to resist the temptations that we face. And let’s ask him to use us in his plan for the salvation of others…
During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…
Memorize the verse.
Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Color page #1 , and color page #2 from Raising Our Kids. Color page #3 from Bible Printables. An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles. The pages are reproducible.
Share this great Children’s Sermon from Sunday Childrens’ Focus.
Show a video of this story.
Video #1 from Moody
Have the children make a Samson craft from Auntie’s Bible Lessons.
Have the children make this Samson collage from New Church Vineyard.
Play a file folder board game featuring Samson from the catholic blogger. Create a life-sized board by placing colored paper squares on the floor around the room. Have the children themselves be the tokens.
This is a great lesson for older kids from Kids Club 4 Jesus.
Sing “Workmanship” or “A-Wanna Be Like Jesus” by Mary Rice Hopkins. Or sing “My Body Is a Temple of the Holy Spirit” or “Live a Pure Life” by the Donut Man. Older kids will enjoy “Every Move I Make” by the Shout to the Lord Kids. Get them on itunes.
Evaluate what the children have learned. While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.
Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.