After Jephthah judged Israel, 3 more minor judges ruled: Ibzan, Elon, and Abdon. The Bible doesn’t tell us much other than they led the people. Then there was a period of about 40 years when the Philistines took over. After this, the Angel of the Lord appeared to a childless woman, who was the wife of Manoah. The angel told her that she was going to have a special son and she needed to be careful what she ate. The boy would need to follow a special diet and special rules (like not cutting his hair). These things would be to show a special commitment to God, called a Nazirite vow. The boy would begin to deliver the people from the Philistines.
The woman excitedly went and told her husband. Manoah prayed for the angel to come back and teach everything they should do to raise the child. The angel appeared to the woman out in the field. She ran and got her husband and he too talked to the angel. Then they made a sacrifice to God and the angel returned to God in the flame on the altar.
Eventually Manoah and his wife had their son and named him Samson. The Bible tells us that he grew up and the Spirit of the Lord began to move in him. Even before Samson was born, God had a plan! God know exactly what he wanted Samson and his parents to do to help save their people. God has a plan and a purpose for you too!!
Act out the story. Let the kids imagine what it was like to talk to an angel and have it tell them the future!