This week, God used a sinner, Samson. Even after Samson sinned, God forgave Samson and used him to rescue the Israelites. Follow along with this devotion, which you can walk through with your family in 10-15 minutes one night this week or review it in 3-5 minutes over the course of the week.
KEY VERSE – DAY ONE:
Review the key verses and hand motions for this unit with your children.
“Then Jesus spoke to them again, ‘I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.’” – John 8:12 (Backyard Kids Club Cave Quest Key Verse)
“For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our King. He will save us.” – Isaiah 33:22
BIG PICTURE QUESTION – DAY ONE:
Ask your children the Big Picture Question for this unit: How does God accomplish His plan? God uses people for His glory and our good.
MAIN POINT – DAY ONE:
Share with your children that this week’s main point is: God gave Samson power.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from Judges 13-16. This story can be found on page 66 of the Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
The Israelites disobeyed God, so God let their enemies, the Philistines, rule over them. One day, the Angel of the Lord appeared to two of God’s people: Manoah and his wife. He told them they would have a son who would save the Israelites from the Philistines. God had special instructions for their son: He should never cut his hair.
Manoah’s wife had a baby, and she named him Samson. God blessed Samson and made his strong. When Samson grew up, he saw a Philistine woman he wanted to marry. He went with his parents to meet the woman. On their journey, a young lion jumped out at Samson. Samson killed the lion, but he did not tell his parents what he had done.
When Samson and his parents returned for the wedding, Samson found the lion. Some bees had made honey in the lion’s body. Samson scooped up some honey and gave it to his parents.
Some Philistine men came to help Samson prepare the wedding feast. Samson told the men a riddle: Out of the eater came something to eat, and out of the strong came something sweet.
The riddle was about the lion and the honey, but the men could not figure it out. They asked Samson’s new wife for help. Samson told his wife the answer to the riddle, and she told the men. Samson had been tricked! He was angry, and he left his wife. When he went back to get her, she was gone. Samson was so upset that he burned the Philistines’ fields. This made the Philistines angry. They wanted to kill Samson.
Samson escaped to another city, where he fell in love with a woman named Delilah. The Philistines offered Delilah money if she would find out why Samson was so strong. Samson gave Delilah reasons for his strength, but none of them were true. Delilah tested his explanations, but Samson was still strong.
Finally, Samson told Delilah the truth. “If you cut my hair, I will not have my strength,” he said. So when Samson was sleeping, the Philistines cut his hair. Delilah shouted, “Samson! Wake up! The Philistines are here to kill you!” But Samson wasn’t strong anymore. The Philistines grabbed him and made him blind. They took him away in chains.
Samson’s hair began to grow back. One day, the Philistines made Samson stand between two pillars in their temple. Samson cried out to God, “Lord, please remember me. Strengthen me once more.” So God strengthened Samson. Samson pushed on the pillars and collapsed the temple. Samson and everyone in the temple died.
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- What did the Israelites do again? (they disobeyed God)
- Who ruled over the Israelites? (the Philistines)
- Where did God give Samson his strength? (in his hair)
- Who told the Philistines about cutting Samson’s hair to make him weak? (Delilah)
- How did Samson rescue the Israelites from the Philistines? (he prayed to God for strength, pushed the pillars in the temple and the Philistines died)
1st-5th grades (Answer “good” or “bad” about what’s happening):
- Israel disobeyed the Lord. (bad)
- God promised a couple that their son would set Israel free from the Philistines. (good)
- Samson was born. (good)
- Delilah tried to find out what made Samson strong. (bad)
- Delilah tried to make Samson weak. (bad)
- Samson told Delilah the secret to his strength. (bad)
- A Philistine man cut off Samson’s hair. (bad)
- The Philistines made Samson blind and made him a prisoner. (bad)
- Samson’s hair started to grow back. (good)
- The Philistines brought Samson to the temple of their false god. (bad)
- Samson prayed, and God made him strong again. (good)
WORSHIP – DAY FOUR:
CHRIST CONNECTION – DAY FIVE:
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
Samson sinned, but God used his death to save the Israelites. Jesus never sinned, but he still died on the cross to save us from our sin and give us eternal life.
Samson’s sin led to his own death, but God used his death to deliver 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 believers from sin and give them eternal life.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
Confess to God that you have sinned. Thank Him for sending Jesus to die on the cross and rise from death to save us from our sin. Ask Him to use us to help Him in His perfect plan.