SDA Sabbath School Lessons
June 15, 1996

#11 Strong and Weak

Read for this week's study: Judges 15:20-16:31.

Memory text: Judges 16:20, KJV

Key thought:

Samson was physically strong but morally weak. By surrendering his special relationship to God, he lost God's power, the secret of his success.
The Weakest Point. The Great Wall of China, stretching for thousands of miles across northern China, is the longest structure built by human beings. It stands about 25 feet high and has thousands of watchtowers. Construction of the wall, done entirely by hand, took centuries and required hundreds of thousands of laborers, working under tremendous hardship, with the loss of many lives.

According to Chinese historical sources, the wall was begun by Shih-huang-ti, a ruler of the Ch'in dynasty, who ruled from 221-210 B.C. His intention was to defend China's border against warlike tribesmen who lived in the Mongolian plains to the north. But there have been many occasions when the wall has failed to protect China. The northern enemies have simply found the weakest, most lightly guarded points, and poured through. Because some of China's governments were weak and corrupt, the massive walls were not always well defended. China's northern enemies were often able to surmount them.

A wall, a chain, or a person is only as strong as the weakest point. Physically, Samson was the strongest man who ever lived, as far as we know. But he had a weak point. Once his enemies found it, he soon became history.