Nature Corner: Spider Webs
Spiders catch bugs in their webs that they will eat. In order to catch a bug, a spider builds a web made of sticky thread. Webs have all kinds of interesting designs. When a bug flies into the web, the spider quickly wraps it up in more thread till the bug cannot move. It later eats it. The Bible says in Proverbs 5:22, "The wicked man...is caught in the cords of his sin." Did you know it is dangerous to play with sin? It's like flying into a spider's web. You may think you can later change, but it gets harder and harder the longer we continue in sin. Next time, you are tempted to do something you know is wrong? Ask God for help to obey and do what is right. He will always help you right away.
Memory Mastery: Creation Week
Our little presentation for the church got postponed another week, so we all have one more week to practice our creation week story. Children who know it can recite it to me individually, and I will give them a Bible gem or mineral to add to their Bible artifact collection.
Mission Mail: Happy and Sad
Dear Patterson Kids,
My name is Alice, and I am 14 years old. I live in Romania.
Sometimes I like to go door to door to sell Bible story books. Visiting people makes me happy, but when people show no interest, I get a little sad.
Last year, I decided to study to get baptized. I thought I wasn't ready, but God showed me that He will finish the good work He starts in me. I just have to give my heart fully to Him.
I hope you decide to get baptized someday.
Bible Story: Samson
References: Judges 13-16; PP 560-568
During the time of the Judges, the Israelites went back and forth between serving God and serving idols. God allowed the Philistines to bother them for many years. The Philistines worshiped idols.
Manoah and his wife were from the tribe of Dan. The Angel of the Lord told Manoah's wife that she would have a special baby who would save the Israelites from their enemies the Philistines. The Angel of the Lord also told her that she should never drink alcohol and to not cut his hair because he would be a Nazarite. The baby's name was Samson.
Samson grew up to be a strong, strong man. But, he was also a weak man. He liked to hang out with the Philistine women. One woman Samson loved was named Delilah. She wanted to trick Samson. She begged him to reveal to her why he was so strong, so the Philistines could defeat Samson. Samson loved Delilah more than he wanted to obey God. He told her his life-long secret of strength. "A razor has never touched my head because I have been dedicated to God since I was born. My hair is the sign of my strength."
That night, Delilah had a man cut off all of Samson's hair. She said, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" But, Samson was not strong anymore. He could not fight the Philistines. They made him their prisoner. Slowly his hair grew back.
One day, the Philistines had a big celebration for their god. They brought Samson out to make fun of him and to show how weak God is. Samson prayed to God, "Please restore my strength just this once, so that I can avenge myself on the Philistines." God accepted Samson's prayer and gave him the strength he needed to bring the whole temple down when he pushed on the two big temple pillars. Many Philistines died with Samson that day.
Our prayer verse is "The wicked man...is caught in the cords of his sin." Proverbs 5:22. Samson liked to hang out with the wicked Philistines, and suffered for it. We must choose our close friends very carefully.
Dear Father God,
Help me obey my parents and choose good friends, so I don't get caught in the cords of sin, like Samson.
In Jesus' Name,
Table Time: Samson Coloring Page