After the Philistines blinded Samson, they bound him with bronze shackles and put him to work in their prison. However verse 22 says “the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaven.” Now you may be saying, “So what? Everyone’s hair grows back.” And that is true, but Samson’s commitment to God was tied to his hair. I think that this is an indication that Samson’s heart was turning from the sin that caused his downfall.
A while after Samson was imprisoned, the Philistines got together to have a big party to celebrate their false god, Dagon. About 3,000 important men and women were gathered together for the festivities in a temple. The leaders decided to bring Samson out to show everyone their success over him. They placed Samson between the 2 pillars that supported the building. Samson asked the boy who led him to help him be positioned so he could feel the pillars. Then Samson prayed for God to remember him and asked to be given his strength back for one final deed.
God heard Samson’s prayer and renewed his strength. Then Samson placed a hand on each pillar and pushed. The 2 pillars collapsed! Samson was crushed by the temple, but the Bible says more Philistines died with him that day than he had destroyed in his whole life. God had allowed Samson one final act of strength, but more importantly God had forgiven Samson’s sin. God uses us when our hearts are right with Him so this is evidence that Samson had turned back to God and God had forgiven him. Like Samson, God always forgives us when we are repentant (sorry with a change)! Aren’t you glad?
Have your kids act out Samson pushing over the pillars. Maybe use stacked boxes or pillows. Remind them that Samson got his strength back because he repented of his sin.