Lesson 68: Samson and The Philistines
The Philistines were wicked people. They did not learn about God. They did not have a love for people in the way that God has told us. (Matthew 22:37-40) The Philistines were cruel to the children of Israel and most of the Israelites were afraid of them. Now Samson, who was strong and brave, with God's help was punishing the Philistines.
One time Samson wanted to punish the Philistines so he caught 300 foxes and tied firebrands onto their tails and sent the foxes into the corn fields which belonged to the Philistines. This burned up all the Philistines' corn and made them very angry. The Philistines went after Samson, but he was too strong for them and Samson chased them away.
Another time the Philistines went to the Israelites and told them to tie Samson up and give him to them. The Israelites were so afraid of the Philistines that Samson let them tie him up in new ropes. Just when the Philistines were going to take Samson from the Israelites, Samson broke the new ropes off from him very easily. The rope was tied all around his body, arms and legs, but Samson was so strong that he broke the rope as if it had been string. Then Samson picked up a bone from an animal and chased the Philistines away.
- Were the Philistines good or wicked people?
- Were the Philistines cruel and mean to the Israelites?
- What is the name of the man who was so strong and brave?
- What happened to the Philistines' corn fields?
- What did Samson do to the new ropes that he was tied in?