May 19

The Humiliation of the Proud
(Samson)

Judges 13-16

Preschool

Bible Story Summary:

  • God said Samson should never cut his hair.

  • God made Samson strong.

  • Delilah helped the Philistines cut Samson’s hair to make him weak.

  • God used Samson to defeat the Philistines.

Key Passage:
1 John 1:9a

Christ Connection:
Samson died because of his sin, but God used Samson’s death to help His people. Samson reminds us of Jesus. Jesus never sinned, but He died for our sin. Jesus died and rose again to rescue God’s people from sin and give them life with God forever.

Big Picture Question:
What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus.

Story Point:
God made Samson strong.

Big Ideas:

  • God made Samson strong to help God’s people.

  • Samson made wrong choices, but nothing could stop God’s plan.

  • God sent Jesus to be our Judge.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • How did God use Samson’s death to help His people?

  • How does God use Jesus’ death to help us?

  • How is Jesus better than Samson?

Family Activities:

  • Organize a neighborhood field day. Enjoy seeing everyone’s feats of strength. Serve refreshments and tell the Bible story.

  • Reflect back as a family about how God used poor decisions or unfair situations and turned them for good.


Younger Kids

Bible Story Summary:

  • God’s people turned from Him and were defeated by the Philistines.

  • An angel told Samson’s parents that Samson would be set apart to rescue God’s people.

  • Samson lived foolishly, but God still used him.

  • God gave Samson strength to defeat the Philistines.

Key Passage:
1 John 1:9

Story Point:
God showed Gideon that victory comes from Him.

Big Picture Question:
What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus.

Christ Connection:
Samson’s sin led to his own death, but God used his death to save the Israelites from their enemies. Samson’s story reminds us of Jesus. Jesus never sinned, but God sent Him to die on the cross and rise again to rescue people from sin and give them eternal life.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • What are some of the ways Samson lived foolishly?

  • Why does God use us even when we sin?

  • Who else died to save people?

  • How is Jesus better than Samson?

Family Activity:

Give members of your family a chance to make their craziest hairdo. Vote on which is the funniest, the most creative, and so forth. Discuss the true source of Samson’s strength. (God)


Older Kids

Key Passage:
1 John 1:9

Story Point:
God showed Gideon that victory comes from Him.

Big Picture Question:
What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus.

Christ Connection:
Samson’s sin led to his own death, but God used his death to save the Israelites from their enemies. Samson’s story reminds us of Jesus. Jesus never sinned, but God sent Him to die on the cross and rise again to rescue people from sin and give them eternal life.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Share an area in which you are weak and need to depend on God to help you. Ask other family members to share too.

  • Tell about a time your actions impacted others for good or bad.

  • Talk about a time you disobeyed. What were the consequences?