Sunday School Lesson 313 Samson Dies in the House of the Philistines

Lesson: 313
Lesson Name: The Death of Samson
Theme: Sin's Danger and Consequences

Reading: Judges 16:4-31; Galatians 6:7

Memory Verse: Proverbs 13:15
Memory Verse Text: The way of transgressors is hard.

Attention Getter: Have you ever heard the saying, "The bigger you are, the harder you fall?"  Here's a story that teaches the truth of that saying loud and clear!

Talking Points:

  1. Point 1: No matter how strong a person is, they still have enough weak points to bring them down.  Samson did many mighty acts against the enemies of the Lord's people in Judges 15: The foxes and the fire as well as he killed 1,000 enemies using a beast's jawbone.  (Notice, he was touching dead things again!)  Even though Samson must have known that it was God who gave him that power, and provided for his thirst (Judges 15:19), he still thought that he could do anything he wanted to, go anywhere he desired, and have whatever he wanted, no matter what it was.  Samson was a very self-seeking man.
  2. Point 2: Samson once again saw a woman that he wanted; so one day while with her, the enemy found out and closed and guarded the gates, planning to capture him when he tried to leave.  However, Samson got up at midnight and took the gate doors, posts, and all with him 20-25 miles away.  Even though Samson was a tremendously weak man, he had tremendous physical power because God allowed it and gave him the strength.
  3. Point 3: Yet again, Samson was attracted to another woman named Delilah, a Philistine.  The fact that she was of the Lord's enemies does not seem to concern him.  Samson's enemies used Delilah to try and catch him; however, he fooled her and the other Philistines.  Samson should have had wisdom from his previous experience in Judges 14; yet again, his weak point caused him to tell Delilah that his strength came from "the sign of his Nazariteness."  As a result, he lost his hair and all his strength.  When he woke up, poor Samson thought that nothing had changed; he didn't know that the Lord had departed from him.  His waiting enemies blinded him and later mocked as he ground their corn.
  4. Point 4: Samson's hair began to grow again and his enemies quickly forgot what had made him strong.  One day while they were in the house of their god Dagon, they brought Samson in order to mock him.  However, after praying to God, he died with them all.  Samson slew more people in his death than he did during his lifetime.

Notes: God allowed Samson to act as he did even though He did not approve of his sin and lust.  In preparing to teach this class, it would be good to remind your own soul of Proverbs 6:20-26 and Galatians 5:16-25.