The text for this lesson is Judges 16:1–16:31.
- Jesus, the greater and perfect Samson, repeats and completes Samson’s deeds of deliverance for us and for our salvation. When we are weak, then He is strong!
- Sin weakens me, making me a target for the devil’s temptations and bringing me guilt and destruction. God loves me, a sin-weakened wretch, and puts on me Christ’s strength and victory over sin, death, and the devil.
- Law: No man has only one chink in his armor, a single Achilles’ heel. Bull’s-eyes for the devil are painted all over us. Satan knows every one of those weaknesses, as he did Samson’s. Whether it be vanity, pride, bigotry, laziness, or all these plus more, the tempter is well-aware. Gleefully he uses them to his advantage and our guilt and destruction.
- Gospel: Enslaved, eyeless, and mocked though he be, Samson is nevertheless loved by God. This man is more than a tool that Christ uses and disposes. Warts and all, he is a beloved child of heaven. The Father hears his prayers, as He hears ours, for we too are the apple of His eye, chosen in Jesus to be forever His.
Discussion Points and Questions
- Read about the birth of Samson in Judges 13:1–7. How does God set Samson apart for His service? How does Samson’s birth foreshadow Jesus’ birth?
- Read Judges 14:1–4.
- Why is Samson’s father opposed to this marriage? See Deuteronomy 7:3–4. What does this episode tell us about Samson’s character? What purpose does the Lord have for Samson’s desire?
- Read Judges 16:1–3. How do the Philistines attempt to trap him? What does this episode teach us about Samson?
- Read Judges 16:4–22. What mistakes does Samson make in his relationship with Delilah that lead to his downfall? What mistakes does Samson make in his relationship with God?
- Read Judges 16:23–31. How has Samson’s attitude toward the Lord changed?
- In the story of Samson, how does God use both his strengths and weaknesses? Read Romans 8:28. What does this teach us about God?
Comparison: Samson and Jesus
|Birth announced by Angel of the Lord||Birth announced by the angel Gabriel|
|Born to a barren woman||Born to a virgin|
|Called to deliver Israel from the Philistines||Sent to deliver the world from sin|
|Chose to love a faithless woman||Chose to love a faithless world|
|Captured by his enemies and publicly humiliated||Captured by His enemies and publicly humiliated|
|Prayed for vengeance upon his enemies||Prayed for forgiveness for His enemies|
|Sacrificed himself in the act of saving Israel||Sacrificed Himself in the act of saving the world|
|Buried by his family||Rose from the dead|
|Saved Israel from the Philistines temporarily||Saved us from our enemies eternally|
Thank you for joining us for this week’s Sunday School podcast. We hope you will continue to listen as we work our way through the Growing in Christ lessons for this quarter, and please join us next week as we discuss the book and story of Ruth.
Additional CPH Resources
|Arch Books: Samson
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|Heroes of the Faith: Intrepid Heroes of the Faith
Intrepid Heroes of the Faith will introduce you to the cultural setting and life story of biblical characters, examine the joys and challenges they faced, and show how God forgave, sustained, and empowered them to serve Him.Heroes included in this study:
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|People’s Bible Commentary: Judges/Ruth (12-8208)
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