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Samson (Discussion Questions)


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  • Birth
    • What was unusual about Samson's birth? (Judges 13:3)
    • What did the angel tell his mother? (Judges 13:3-5)
    • What instructions did the angel give Samson's mother? (Judges 13:6-7)
    • What are the vows of a Nazarite? (see above: no strong drink, no eating of unclean food, and no hair cuts)
    • Did Manoah believe his wife?
    • Why do you think he insisted he hear the message from the angel?
    • What was unusual about Samson? (strength) Who was Samson's father? (Judges 13:8-9)
  • Marriage
    • Who did Samson want to marry? (Judges 14: 2)
    • Why didn't this please his parents? (Judges 14:3)
    • Do you have any rules about who you can date?
    • What did Samson do to the lion? (Judges 14:5-6)
    • What is Samson's riddle? (Judges 14:12-14)
    • Is this a fair riddle? Why or why not?
    • If you are the only one who can possibly know the answer, is it fair?
    • What do the Philistines promise to do to Samson's wife if they don't get the answer to the riddle? (Judges 14:15)
    • What does Samson's wife do? (she gets Samson to tell her and then she tells the Philistines)
    • What does Samson do in his anger? (Judges 14:19)
    • How does this affect his wife? (Judges 14:20)
    • What rules did Samson break? (he ate unclean food, honey from the lion, he drank strong drink at the feast, he killed people unnecessarily)
    • What happens when we break rules?
    • When Samson tries to win back his wife, what happens?
    • What does he do when his wife's father offers someone else?(Judges 15:3-5)
    • How many foxes did he catch? (300)
    • What do the Philistines do after Samson burns their crops? (Judges 15:6)
    • How does Samson avenge this act? (Judges 15:7-8)
    • What is revenge?
    • What happens when people resort to revenge?
    • What do we learn from Samson's experience about revenge? o
    • How many men did Samson kill with the jaw bone of a donkey? (Judges 15:15)
    • After this carnage, he judged Israel for how many years?(Judges 15:20)
  • Failure of Samson
    • Who did the Philistines use to entice Samson? (Judges 16:1-2 )
    • What does Samson do with the massive gate to the city?
    • Why do you think he did that?
    • What was the name of the woman Samson loved in the valley of Sorek? (Judges 16:4)
    • What was Delilah's motivation? (money)
    • Did she love Samson?
    • What mistake did Samson make with Delilah that he made with his wife? (told his secret)
    • Do you keep secrets?
    • What have you noticed when you tell someone a secret?
    • Who do you trust to tell a secret? Why?
    • How much money did the Philistines promise Delilah if she found the source of Samson's strength? (Judges 16:5)
    • How many times did Samson lie to Delilah before telling her that his hair was the source of his strength? (three times)
    • What four things did Samson tell Delilah would weaken him? (green withs, new ropes, weaving seven of his locks with the web, and a razor on his hair)
    • What do the Philistines do to Samson after they cut his hair?
    • What is Samson's final act?
    • What do we learn from Samson's life?
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