Family Home Evening Lesson on Samson
Israel was once under the rule of the Philistines. At that time there lived a couple with a special son named Samson. Samson’s parents had never cut Samson’s hair as a sign that he belonged to God. They knew God had a special plan for Samson to begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines. As long as Samson obeyed God he was very strong. One day Samson was walking through a field when he heard a strange sound. “What is that?” he wondered. Then suddenly, from out of nowhere, a great big lion came running at him. Samson had no weapons at all, but the Spirit of the Lord came upon him. He became stronger than the strongest man. When the lion was on him, Samson threw him off and killed him. Many years later, Samson fell in love with a woman named Delilah. She was a bad woman. She made a deal with the Philistines that she would trick Samson and hand him over to his enemies. If she did this, they would give her a lot of silver pieces. Over and over again she asked Samson, “Why are you so strong? What is your secret?” Samson told her, “Tie me with seven cords.” So that night she tied him with seven cords. When Samson woke up he snapped them right off. Delilah kept asking and bugging Samson until finally he said, “The secret of my strength is the Lord. He makes me strong as long as my hair is uncut. Ever since I was a baby my parents knew God had a plan for me.” That night Delilah called the Philistines again. She made Samson sleep on her lap. She made sure he would not wake up as the Philistines crept in. A man cut his hair and when Samson woke up it was too late. Samson was too weak to fight the Philistines. They took Samson prisoner and paid Delilah her money. But God still helped Samson win. It happened when the Philistines were having a party in a big house. They took Samson with them to the party to laugh at him. There were over 3000 people there. Samson asked the person who led him to let him feel the pillars in the middle of the hall in the house. These pillars were what held the big house up. When Samson felt the pillars of stone, he called unto the Lord to give him back his strength that he might help set the Lord’s people free. The Lord heard Samson and when Samson pushed the pillars with all of his might, the house fell on top of all the enemies. God had saved his people again.