Psalm 51.3 and Judges 13 to 16
Purpose of the meeting:
Teach teenagers that sin keeps us away from God.
"For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me." (Psalm 51.3)
Initiating the meeting:
Start by asking: in your opinion, how may a parent feel knowing that his son, whom he advised so much, is taking the wrong attitudes that may affect his future? (Allow the children to participate). He will be very disappointed, right? We will learn today an example of a biblical young man that had everything to have a promising future, but he decided to follow the desires of his heart. (Begin the message).
Message that edifies:
The consequences of sin
During forty years the people of Israel lived away from God. Because they did what was wrong, they suffered persecution from the Philistines. One day, an Angel from God appeared to a sterile woman, the wife of Manoah. The angel announced that she would have a Nazarene son, consecrated to the Lord from her womb and he would never cut his hair. He should keep himself pure because he was chosen by God to free his people. The child was born and was called Samson. He became a young man and had extraordinary physical strength (supernatural). Through the years he started to free his people from the hands of the Philistines becoming judge for the people of God.
Manoah, Samson’s father, always advised him to choose a wife from among the youth of his people, but as young people have desires that in most cases become a trap to distract them from God, Samson was also delivered to these feelings. Young people, we who know Jesus understand that everything we want or wish for something, it must be according to God’s will. Samson was a youth from God but he needed to leave his own will and avoid the aspect of evil.
The Philistines were looking for a way to kill him and to defeat the Israelites. To the unhappiness of all, the Philistines discovered that Samson was in love with a Philistine woman called Delilah. Samson couldn’t imagine the danger he was in, for that seductive ad beautiful woman had received a lot of money to discover where his strength was.
Samson distracted Delilah three times with false clues regarding his strength but she didn’t give up and kept insisting. Samson didn’t resist and revealed the secret of his strength. Samson was seduced and deceived thereby breaking his vow to God. Delilah, knowing about the true secret of Samson, told to his enemies immediately and they did what they were trying to do in a long time. The Philistines cut his hair while he was sleeping and his supernatural strength (divine) left him at that moment. Weak, defeated and without any strength, the Philistines made Samson a slave and even hurt his eyes.
Many things in this world today want us to break our vow with God, leaving us weak and without strength against sin; they want to damage our spiritual eyes so we cannot have God’s vision, but be slaves. Maybe you are thinking to yourself: I have done lots of wrong things and nothing bad happens to me; but continuing in this way will lead you to not so good places; escape from mistakes before it is too late. “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour…” (1 Peter 5.8). Think about it!
Activity for the 5th Meeting
1- Samson had a weakness; he was always carried away by the feelings of the heart and the lust of the eyes. What are your weakness? What has been catching your eye? Report below.
2-Read carefully Judges 16.4 and imagine yourself in Samson’s place, then write down what would you do if you were him.