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The KJV Commentary International Sunday school Lesson, Outline

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June 25
Lesson 4 (KJV)
Samson
Devotional Reading: Judges 13:19–23
Background Scripture: Judges 13–16
Judges 13:1–7, 24, 25
1 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord; the Lord delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.
2 And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not.
3 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto the woman and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.
4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing:
5 For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.
6 Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name:
7 But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.
24 And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him.
25 And the Spirit of the Lord began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.

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Key Verse
For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.
Judges 13:5
God’s Urgent Call
Unit 1: Called to Be Strong
Lessons 1–4
Lesson Aims
After participating in this lesson, each learner will be able to:
1. List factors and conditions intended to shape Samson’s spiritual development.
2. Evaluate how expectations may have shaped Samson’s attitudes and actions as he grew up.
3. Describe a parental or community expectation that has shaped his or her life in a positive way.
Lesson Outline
Introduction
A. Childhood Memories
B. Lesson Background
I. Childless Couple (Judges 13:1–3)
A. Dark Days (v. 1)
Embracing Evil … Again?!
B. Brighter Tomorrow (vv. 2, 3)
II. Conditions Given (Judges 13:4–7)
A. Child Set Apart (vv. 4, 5)
Self-Denial or Self-Indulgence?
B. Parents United (vv. 6, 7)
III. Blessings Bestowed (Judges 13:24, 25)
A. For Manoah’s Wife (v. 24)
B. For Israel (v. 25)
Conclusion
A. Parenting Manual
B. Prayer
C. Thought to Remember
HOW TO SAY IT
Aegean

Uh-jee-un.

Ammonites

Am-un-ites.

Canaan

Kay-nun.

Eli

Ee-lye.

Ephraimites

Ee-fray-im-ites.

Esau

Ee-saw.

Eshtaol

Esh-tuh-oll.

Gaza

Gay-zuh.

Gileadites

Gil-ee-uhd-ites (G as in get).

Isaac

Eye-zuk.

Jephthah

Jef-thuh (th as in thin).

Mahanehdan

May-hah-neh-dan.

Manoah

Muh-no-uh.

Mediterranean

Med-uh-tuh-ray-nee-un.

Nazarite

Naz-uh-rite.

Othniel

Oth-ni-el.

Philistines

Fuh-liss-teenz



or Fill-us-teenz.

Shamgar

Sham-gar.

Zacharias

Zack-uh-rye-us.

Zorah

Zo-ruh.


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What Do You Think?
What are some things we can do to resist joining the larger culture in its pursuit of evil?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
In terms of accountability practices
In terms of environments, we put ourselves in
In terms of which Scripture passages to memorize for instant guidance
Other
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What Do You Think?
How should you respond if a fellow believer claims to have received an angelic visitation?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
Regarding the purpose of the claimed visitation
Regarding witnesses to the claimed visitation
In light of Hebrews 1:1, 2
Other
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What Do You Think?
Under what circumstances should we seek the input of others on spiritual matters? Why?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
Circumstances when input of family members is wise or not wise
Circumstances when input of nonfamily members is wise or not wise
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What Do You Think?
What indicators should make us confident that a leader of a ministry project has God’s approval?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
Regarding indicators established in Scripture
Regarding indicators not established in Scripture
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What Do You Think?
What practices can help us remember the divine source of all our strength today?
Talking Points for Your Discussion
Considering aids offered by technology
Considering interpersonal accountability
Other
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Pelfrey, Lloyd M., Charles R. Boatman, et al. “Samson.” The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2016–2017. Ed. Ronald L. Nickelson, Jim Eichenberger, and Margaret K. Williams. Vol. 64. Colorado Springs, CO: Standard Publishing, 2017. 375. Print.











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