This lesson was taught at WEPC Kids Club on November 6, 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 10:1 – 12:25
Into the Box
Every week, we look in the box to discover what we are learning about this week.
Pull out board that says SACRIFICE
Hmmm… Every other week has been someone’s name!? Oh no! Maybe I pulled out the wrong board. Oh no! Mr. Brown messed up on this one while he is away. Well… no other words in there, so this is it. I wonder what this means!? Let’s find out…
Saul is now older. He has a son who can command troops, Jonathan.
Last week, we learned that Saul is appointed king, and it didn’t seem too bad.
But we are about to see that there is a problem in the heart of Saul: Saul does not trust God.
Do you trust God? Sometimes. But I believe that sometimes you don’t either. Neither do I sometimes!
In this section, there are three examples that prove that Saul does not trust God…
Write “1” on the board
The very first thing we see happening in the beginning of chapter 13 is Jonathan (his adult son) winning a great battle and Saul taking credit for it.
3 Jonathan defeated the garrison of the Philistines that was at Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land, saying, “Let the Hebrews hear.” 4 And all Israel heard it said that Saul had defeated the garrison of the Philistines,
Why do you think Saul took credit for it? He was king, so he thought that if someone under me does something good, then it shows how good I am. Maybe.
But I believe it is because Saul does not trust God, and he must build up his own reputation.
Write “your reputation” on the whiteboard under the “1”
Do you ever feel the need to build up your own reputation?
- If someone says that your friend is good at soccer, do you ever want to say, “that’s true, but I’m also good at soccer!”
- Or if someone says that she got an A on that test, you want to say, “that’s great! But I also got an A!”
- We all want the world to know that we are better than we are. And we will work really hard to make the world see it.
Write “2” on the board
But the war is still raging. The Philistines are still fighting and they are marching.
The people of Israel hear about Saul’s great victory (really, Jonathan’s victory) and many men join Saul at Gilgal (13:4).
Samuel tells Saul to wait seven days before he attacks the Philistines again.
Samuel wants to offer a sacrifice in worship to God before Saul advances in battle.
Saul is KING, but Samuel is the PRIEST.
Saul should trust that God had put this together perfectly. Saul, as king, is the commander-in-chief of the army and should trust God and listen to Samuel. Samuel, as priest, is the spiritual leader of Israel and should trust God, listen to God and speak God’s words to Israel.
Saul waits seven days. (Great job, Saul!)
But after seven days, Samuel still hasn’t shown up.
How do you think Saul felt when Samuel didn’t show up? Worried?
Then some of his soldiers started to desert him.
How do you think Saul felt at this? Worried? Angry?
9 So Saul said, “Bring the burnt offering here to me, and the peace offerings.” And he offered the burnt offering.
Saul offered a SACRIFICE (indicate the board).
This is what Samuel is ordered to do, NOT Saul.
10 As soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came. And Saul went out to meet him and greet him. 11 Samuel said, “What have you done?… 13b You have done foolishly. You have not kept the command of the LORD your God, with which he commanded you.”
Because it is a sacrifice, we think this is a good thing. Saul looks like he is a good worshipper of the true God, but in reality Saul was doing something “religious” to take matters into his own hands. It is once again another example of Saul not trusting God.
God had a plan, and Saul was going to trust it as long as God’s plan had no hiccups. But as soon as Samuel was late and people started to leave, Saul took everything into his own hands.
Write “when things go wrong” on the whiteboard under the “2”
Have you ever felt like you can trust God, but as soon as things start going wrong in your life, you begin to think, “I’m not sure God is paying attention down here.” J
What do you do when things go wrong?
- When things went wrong in Saul’s life, he took matters into his own hand, and did something he is not supposed to do: he offered a false sacrifice.
- When things go wrong in your life, do you take matters into your own hands and do something you shouldn’t do?
- Maybe you steal something from a friend or sibling because having it would make you feel better.
- Maybe you lie because you think the truth would hurt you somehow.
Write “3” on the board
Lastly, after Saul and Jonathan and the army defeat the Philistines, there is another battle (as recorded in Chapter 15). This time against the Amalekites.
God gives him instructions to destroy everything in the battle, including the cows and sheep!
What does Saul do?
He wins the battle but decides to keep the best sheep and cows for himself.
When Samuel confronts him on it, Saul says this:
15 24 I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD and your words.
But Saul’s repentance is not for real. How do we know that? Because the next sentence is this:
I feared the people and obeyed their voice. 25 Now therefore, please pardon my sin and return with me that I may bow before the LORD.”
In other words, Saul said: “I did something wrong! I’m so sad about that. Let’s move on now. Forgive and forget. Forgive me and then let me return to everything as if it never happened.”
Saul said all of the right words, but he didn’t mean them!
Write “false repentance” on the whiteboard under the “2”
Does that sound like you? It sounds like me!
Guys – we all sin, and we all need to own up to it and ask God to forgive us. He will! And not only that – He will give us the Spirit to combat sin and to live a full life!
The real test is if you say the right words (repent), but then change! Not perfectly – but you decide that you shouldn’t have done that sin, asked forgiveness, and asked for the power of God to not do it again!
Conclusion: Saul is removed as king
So what happens?
Samuel says to Saul: “You have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you from being king over Israel… The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you this day and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you.”
We will meet his neighbor next week.
Broken in the Box:
- Broken in the Box:
- What did we learn about today? SACRIFICE
- Saul didn’t trust God. He (1) protected his reputation more than protected his obedience to God. He (2) didn’t trust God when things went wrong. He (3) didn’t have real repentance.
- Break the SACRIFICE 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!
DEEPER INTO THE SCRIPTURE & INTO THE LIVES OF THE KIDS
- How do you protect your reputation, like Saul?
- What do you do when things go wrong? Do you trust God, or trust yourself?
- Have you ever felt sorry about doing something, but probably didn’t have real repentance?