Then were there brought unto Him little children, that He should put His hands on them and pray. (Matthew 19:13)
Samson was a special baby. His parents had been told by an angel that he must not drink wine or cut his hair. He was to be a deliverer for God and would have great strength. As Samson grew God blessed him. He was to be a judge in Israel for twenty years. Samson used his strength against God's enemies the Philistines. Once he killed a lion with his bear hands. On another occasion he caught 300 foxes, tied them together and destroyed the Philistines grain. When he was tied up with new rope he broke free and defeated 1000 Philistines soldiers single handed with a jawbone. In one city when the soldiers tried to get him he just picked up the gates of the city and ran off.
Samson made many mistakes. He fell in love with a woman called Delilah. The Philistines told Delilah that if she found out where his strength came from they would each give her 1100 pieces of silver. Samson would not tell her the truth, but eventually gave in and explained that his hair had never been cut and if his hair was cut his strength would leave him. Delilah lulled him to sleep and cut all his hair and called the Philistines.
Samson was captured. They put his eyes out and set him to work in the prison grinding flour, however in the prison his hair slowly grew back.
The Philistines had a great feast to worship their god Dagon. They called for Samson so they could laugh at their blind prisoner. Samson asked a young lad to take him to the pillars that held up the Temple. There he prayed. "Lord God, remember me, I pray and give strength this last time." Samson pushed with all his might and the temple came down.
God is merciful and even when we do wrong, God can forgive us.
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