This lesson was taught at WEPC Kids Club on October 23, 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 7:15-9:27
Into the Box
Every week, we look in the box to discover what we are learning about this week.
Pull out board that says KING
I wonder what this means? Maybe we are about to meet David!? Let’s see…
From Last Week – a reminder of where Samuel has been
Samuel reenters the story in 7:3. He is not 30-ish years old. And what does he do?
He gathers the Israelites together and reminds them of something important:
Who are you for? The True God, or your own false gods?
Well… If you are returning to the LORD with all your heart, then put away (your sin) and direct your heart to the LORD and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.”
4 So the people of Israel put away the Baals and the Ashtaroth, and they served the LORD only.
15 Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life. 16 And he went on a circuit year by year to Bethel, Gilgal, and Mizpah. And he judged Israel in all these places. 17 Then he would return to Ramah, for his home was there, and there also he judged Israel. And he built there an altar to the LORD.
Samuel reminded the Israelites of two very important things that I remind you of:
- Turn to God / Repent
- True repentance means to run away from your sin.
We need to see the weight of God’s glory.
We need to see the extent of God’s love for us in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We need worship our true God.
But they want a king
Samuel is great, isn’t he?
Faithful to God and a great leader to the Israelites.
Nothing can go wrong. Right!?
Samuel gets old – he appoints his sons – but his sons do not walk in the ways of God (8:3).
The people ask for a king.
8 4 So all the elders of Israel gathered together. They came to Samuel at Ramah. 5 They said to him, “You are old. Your sons don’t live as you do. So appoint a king to lead us. We want a king just like the kings all the other nations have.”
The people look around at the Philistines and others and say – “we want to be like them!”
Implicitly, they are saying “we don’t want to be like God.”
“HOLY” – means distinct, set apart, or even unlike.
They are supposed to be holy – be like God. But instead – they look at others and say – we want to be like them!
Does that ever happen to you?
You see someone that you want to be like. Or there is a group that you want to be friends with, so much so that you are willing to do something bad just to be liked by them.
We all do it. We reject God to be like the world. The Israelites are doing it here. And you and I do it daily. When we sin willfully, this is what we are doing.
How would you choose a king? What kind of characteristics would you look for?
So they get a king
8:22b: Then Samuel said to the Israelites, “Each of you go back to your own town.”
9:1 There was a man named Kish from the tribe of Benjamin. Kish was a very important person…
2 Kish had a son… (He) was a handsome young man. He was more handsome than anyone in Israel. And he was a head taller than anyone else.
This sounds like a king, doesn’t it?
His name? SAUL!
And in chapter 9, we see Saul be obedient to his father (unlike Eli and Hophni and Phineas).
This obedience is him going to look for lost donkeys.
9:21 – he is humble!
9:25-10:1 – Samuel anoints Saul as the king of Israel.
But I want us to look at a small scene in this:
Saul has been looking for his donkeys.
He enters the district of Zuph (8:5).
Saul wants to go back because his dad might start worrying about him instead of the donkeys!
His servant says, WAIT – Samuel lives here. Let’s go ask him!
They end up with Samuel in Samuel’s house. And this is what happened… (9:22-24):
22 Then Samuel brought Saul and his servant into the room where they would be eating. He seated them at the head table. About 30 people had been invited. 23 Samuel said to the cook, “Bring the piece of meat I gave you. It’s the one I told you to put to one side.”
24 So the cook went and got a choice piece of thigh. He set it in front of Saul. Samuel said, “Here is what has been kept for you. Eat it. It was put to one side for you for this special occasion. We’ve saved it for you ever since I invited the guests.” And Saul ate with Samuel that day.
This is a FEAST! Do you know what a feast is? It’s a party with lots of good food!
The way God looks at it – KINGS are like HUSBANDS at a wedding – marrying his BRIDE (the people).
Saul is marrying the people of Israel as their new king.
He has certain rights and responsibilities that come with that. The people do too.
Any king does…
Point to Jesus
And who is our real King? JESUS!
Jesus is the better king! (Eph. 5:25-27).
When is our wedding feast with Jesus?
It’s both at the end of days, but also regularly with the Lord’s Supper. We eat in the presence of God.
What about you?
Saul isn’t your king. And even David isn’t your king.
Jesus is your king – like a marriage. He cares for you and all of His people.
Stop trying to be like the world, and look to Jesus.
Broken in the Box:
- Broken in the Box:
- What did we learn about today? KING
- And we learned that Saul looks like he will be a good king. Do looks ever lead one astray?
- So even a king doesn’t really solve our problem.
- Break the KING board
- 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!
- At the end of the year, the first letters of each of the boards will scramble to spell: “King David Shows Us Jesus!”
DEEPER INTO THE SCRIPTURE & INTO THE LIVES OF THE KIDS
- • In what ways do you want to be like the world instead of God?
• If you had to choose between (1) being loved by God but being hated by your whole school, or (2) being loved by your whole school and being hated by God, which would you choose? This is just hypothetical! God does not hate you, nor is it likely that you would be hated by your whole school.
• Does Saul sound like he will be a good king?
• How is Jesus the best king?