Jesse Tree - Day 10

Day 10 – Samson’s Bad Hair Day

Bible Ref: Judges 16, Ornament: Scissors

The Israelites had turned away from God again, even after He had saved them out of so many troubles; now the Philistines ruled them.

At that time, there was an Israelite lady who couldn’t have a baby, although she really wanted one. She was married to a man called Manoah. He loved God very much.

One day an angel appeared to the lady and told her that she was going to have a baby boy. He was going to be a very special baby who would grow up to save them all from the Philistines, but he must never cut his hair.

When the baby was born they called him Samson. As he and his father were going out one day, a young lion came roaring towards him. God gave Samson so much power that he killed the lion with his bare hands and saved his father.

The Philistines didn’t like Samson because he was so strong – they wanted to find out why he was stronger than anyone else. No one knew that it was because his hair had never been cut, just as God had said.

Samson became a leader in Israel although they were ruled by the Philistines.  But the Philistines hated him.

The Philistines decided to trap Samson and sent a woman called Delilah to him to discover the secret of his great strength. Samson fell in love with Delilah and eventually, she persuaded him to tell her his secret; if he ever cut off his hair then all his strength would leave him.

While he was asleep one night, she called some Philistine men and they cut all of his hair off! When he woke up he didn’t know that his strength had left him.

The Philistines captured him and threw him in jail. But soon his hair began to grow again.

One evening, the Philistines called him to come and perform for them. They wanted to laugh at him, and tease him because they knew his great strength had gone.  The servants brought him to their temple. There were about 3000 men and women in there watching Samson. Then Samson prayed to God, saying, “Please strengthen me once more so that I can kill all these Philistine rulers to free my people from them and because of what they did to me.” So God gave his strength back to him.

Samson put his hands out and reached the great pillars of the temple on each side of him.  He pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on top of the Philistine rulers and all the people.

So it was that Samson saved the Israelites from the Philistines. He had led the Israelites for 20 years.