Kids Club, King David

King David Shows Us Jesus! #2 (Samuel)

This lesson was taught at WEPC Kids Club on October 9, 2019.
Main Theme of whole year: “King David shows us Jesus!”  He does it by showing us what a good king looks like!  He does it also by showing us that even good people do terrible things and we need Jesus!  God rescues good people and God rescues bad people.

An Elementary School Lesson on 1 Samuel 2:11 – 4:1

Into the Box

Every week, we look in the box to discover what we are learning about this week.

Pull out board that says SAMUEL

Hannah’s son from last week. Let’s see what happens with him this week…

Samuel

2:21a: “The Lord was gracious to Hannah. Over a period of years she had three more sons and two daughters.”

God blessed Hannah!

And Samuel? 2:21b: “During that whole time the boy Samuel grew up serving the Lord.”

2:11: “the boy Samuel served the Lord under the direction of Eli the priest.”

2:18: “But the boy Samuel served the Lord. He wore a sacred linen apron.”

This is what priests wore!

3:1: “The boy Samuel served the Lord under the direction of Eli.”

Is Samuel doing what he should be doing? YES!

How was Samuel honoring God? Serving the Lord. But as a child, this probably meant – doing chores, obeying Eli, cleaning, learning, reading, loving, helping, serving…

How do you honor the Lord? doing chores, obeying your parents and teachers, cleaning, learning, reading, loving, helping, serving.

Hophni and Phineas

But meanwhile… there were two other guys… Eli’s sons: Hophni and Phineas.

2:12, 17: “Eli’s sons were good for nothing. They didn’t honor the Lord… (the) sin of Eli’s sons was very great in the Lord’s sight.”

They didn’t do the job of priests, but were wolves in sheep’s clothing.

They would steal food that belonged to God and eat it themselves.

Do you know people like this? They pretend to be good on the outside, but are bad on the inside?   Does that ever describe you?

Eli

What about Eli?

Eli to his sons:

What does he do when he hears about the sins of his sons?!

2:22: “Eli was very old. He kept hearing about everything his sons were doing to all the Israelites…  So Eli said to his sons, ‘Why are you doing these things? All the people are telling me about the evil things you are doing.’ …  In spite of what their father Eli said, his sons didn’t pay any attention to his warning.”

The dad, Eli, should have stepped in and stopped his sons from committing such horrible acts. He just spoke to them – which was good. But he stopped there. He needed to step up and stop them from their sin that would destroy them!

Eli to Samuel:

2:26: “The boy Samuel continued to grow stronger. He also became more and more pleasing to the Lord and to people.”

3:2 – Eli is lying down, weak and nearly blind. Eli was in his house.

Meanwhile, 3:3: “Samuel was lying down in the Lord’s house. That’s where the ark of God was kept. The lamp of God was still burning.”

Samuel wants to be close to God.

Samuel is close to the Ark of God – the presence of God among his people

Samuel is where the light/lamp is, while Eli is blind. Do you see a difference?

3:4: “The Lord called out to Samuel.” !!

Samuel – ran to Eli – Here I am! Eli – Stop bothering me, go back to sleep.

Happened a second time – The Lord: “SAMUEL!”

Samuel – ran to Eli – Here I am! Eli – Stop bothering me, go back to sleep.

Happened a third time – The Lord: “SAMUEL!”

Samuel – ran to Eli – Here I am!

2:8b-9: “Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down. If someone calls out to you again, say, ‘Speak, Lord. I’m listening.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.”

This time – the LORD came and STOOD among Samuel and said: “SAMUEL! SAMUEL!”

Samuel: “Speak. I’m listening.”

The LORD told him some sad news. He told Samuel what is going to happen to Eli and his sons. That’s for next week.

But chapter 3 ends with this statement (vv. 19-21):

“19 As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him. He made everything Samuel said come true. 20 So all the Israelites recognized that Samuel really was a prophet of the Lord. Everyone from Dan all the way to Beersheba knew it. 21 The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh. There he made himself known to Samuel through the messages he gave him.”

What about you?

We need to listen to God. How do we hear God’s Word today?

  1. The Bible!
  2. Prayer
  3. Sermons, Bible studies, the Holy Spirit-inspired text of the Bible.

You see – they had Samuel back then.  We don’t have Samuel anymore.  We have something better!!

Hebrews 1:1-2: “In the past, God spoke to our people through the prophets. He spoke at many times. He spoke in different ways. 2 But in these last days, he has spoken to us through his Son.”

God spoke to Samuel in a special way because Samuel is a unique prophet of God.

But God speaks to you and me today in a more direct way. The Word of God, and the fact that the Holy Spirit lives inside of us!

God is speaking today! When you wake up in the morning, you can be assured that God is speaking! He is not silent.

You just need to listen.

Broken in the Box:

  • Broken in the Box:
    • What did we learn about today? SAMUEL
    • And we learned that Samuel listens to God’s Word – and shows us that we too can listen to God through His Son, Jesus.
    • But it doesn’t really solve our problem.
      • Break the SAMUEL board so just the S remains
      • While breaking it, say: “We need something else.”
    • We need Jesus and the power He gives His people. Power to forgive, to love, to boldly move forward in life!
    • Throw the S back in the box to be put together at the end of the year to spell:
      • King David Shows Us Jesus!

DEEPER INTO THE SCRIPTURE & INTO THE LIVES OF THE KIDS

  • Are there things that you do that make it look like you love God, but in fact, your heart is far from God?
  • When, and why, are you tempted to lose confidence in the power of God’s word?
  • What reasons do you have for not listening to God through His word?
  • How does God’s speaking to Samuel encourage you and challenge you?

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