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....no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazarite....
Judges 13:5


. . . learning from the men, women and children of Bible times
            Samson,  a judge of Israel and a Nazarite                                                                This is a true story!
 
                                                                    Ring The Bell Quiz
No. #1 lesson to learn from Samson:
          Don't depend on your own strength to get through each day;
          depend on God.   He is the supplier of all good things.

No. #2 lesson to learn from Samson:
    Revenge never ends, so don't even start!

This is the story of Samson; his family was from the tribe of Dan.

An angel came to Manoah's wife to tell her that she would have a baby and he would deliver God's people from the Philistines.

Manoah was not present when the angel talked to his wife, so he asked God to send the angel back so he could talk to him.

Then the angel appeared again to Manoah's wife; she ran to get her husband so they could receive instruction.  Samson's mother was to eat and drink only certain things and they were told never to cut Samson's hair.

It is interesting that Samson's father, Manoah did not realize that it was an angel that told them about Samson.  Not until the angel ascended up into heaven in the flame of the altar did they realize that this person was not just a man.


One day, a roaring lion came toward Samson and he was able to kill the lion with his bare hands.  Some time later as Samson walked to Timnah to get his Philistine wife, he noticed that there was a nest of bees with honey in the carcass of the lion.

So at the wedding feast he posed a riddle to the 30 men there:
     "Out of the eater came something to eat
     And out of the strong came something sweet"

The people at the wedding feast were Philistines and the Philistines didn't like Samson because he was an Israelite.  Samson told them that if they solved the riddle, then he would get for them 30 changes of clothes; but if they could not, then they had to give Samson 30 changes of clothes.

The men asked the woman that Samson was to marry what the answer was; but she didn't know.  They told her that she better find out and tell them or they would burn her house down.  So she continually begged Samson to tell her the answer.  Finally, Samson got tired of her asking, so he told her that the eater was a lion and the sweet was honey.

Samson killed 30 men of Ashkelon in order to get the 30 changes of clothes for the 30 men at the marriage feast.  But now, Samson was mad!

Samson burned the fields and vineyards of the Philistines and in revenge, the Philistines burned the house of the woman and her family that Samson was to marry.
 


God gave Samson great strength
A Nazarite is someone who is wholly dedicated to God as a child by a promise or a vow.
Samuel and John the Baptist were also Nazarites

Samson was a judge
over Israel
for 20 years

No one could bind Samson because of his great strength.  Many times he got away when a group tried to hold him. 

Once there were 3000 men of Judah who wanted to deliver Samson to the Philistines.  They did not understand that Samson was killing the Philistines in order to help the Israelites.  But because the more trouble that Samson caused for the Philistines, the more trouble the Philistines caused for the Israelites.

When the 3000 men of Judah tied Samson with a new rope and took him to the Philistines, Samson broke out of the rope, picked up the jawbone of a donkey and killed 1000 of the Philistines.

Another time, men from Gaza tied Samson to the city gate; but Samson just pulled the gate post out of the ground, put the gate and posts upon his shoulders and walked off.


The most famous story about Samson is the one where he falls in love with Delilah.  The Philistines are going to pay her a lot of money if she could find out what causes Samson's great strength.  She begs Samson to tell her.  He lies to her the first two times and she even has men there to bind Samson and take him away; but he does eventually tell her that if he cuts his hair, his strength will be gone.

No! No! Samson! Don't tell Delilah!  Don't you know by now what she is up to?
it is hard for us to understand why Samson would do this - did he get so confident in his strength that he thought it would always be there, even if he didn't obey God - did he love this woman so much that he wanted her to have her way?

In this quiz, if you miss a question, the quiz starts all over again.  There are 8 questions.
Are you strong enough to ring the bell?

Samson fell asleep on Delilah's lap after telling her his secret and Delilah had someone shave his hair from his head.  The Philistines bound him and gouged out his eyes and Samson could not free himself as he had done before because God was not with him.

The Philistines took Samson to prison to be a grinder.  Samson's hair began to grow again.  One day at a great feast, they wanted Samson to entertain for them.  There were over 3000 people at the feast. 

Samson pretended like he was going to faint and that he needed to lean upon something, so he asked the lad that was leading him to let him feel the pillars that held up the building.

Then Samson prayed to God to help him be avenged one last time.  Samson pushed the pillars with all his might so that the building fell down and killed all the people there.  Samson died, also.

 

The Bible says that Samson killed more people at his death then he killed during all his life.

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