This lesson was taught at WEPC Kids Club on November 13, 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 DAVID
Yay! Are we going to finally meet King David tonight!? Let’s see…
From Last Week
We learned last week that God has removed Saul as king.
Saul had sinned big time by NOT TRUSTING GOD. So now God says Saul will no longer be king.
But… he is still king! What’s up with that?
God tells Samuel to go (in secret) to the family of a man named JESSE because God says, “I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” (16:1b)
What do you think Saul would think or do if he found out that Samuel was going to find another king?
4 Samuel did what the LORD commanded and came to Bethlehem.
Have you ever heard of this town? J Bethlehem is the City of David! But we are getting ahead of ourselves.
The elders of the city came to meet him trembling and said, “Do you come peaceably?”
With Saul as king, things are not peaceful right now. And people had probably heard the rumors that God has removed Saul as king, although Saul still sits the throne. Samuel may not be a safe person right now. So the elders might be worried that Samuel is bringing trouble to their town.
5 And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Consecrate yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
God has told Samuel to go to Jesse’s family and say that he has come to offer a sacrifice to the LORD.
6 When they came, he looked on Eliab…
Eliab is Jesse’s oldest son. Eliab is TALL and HANDSOME.
What do you think Samuel thought when he saw Eliab?
… and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed is before him.”
He looks like a KING!
7a But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him.'”
God said Eliab is NOT the king. It must be another son of Jesse.
And in a scene that is kind of like that scene in Cinderella when the Prince comes with the glass slipper and the Wicked Stepmother brings out her two evil daughters, Anastasia and Drizella,… Jesse brings forth all of his sons one by one.
As each son stood before Samuel, God speaks to Samuel and Samuel says: “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.”
How do you think Samuel is feeling as each son is brought before him?
How do you think Jesse (the dad) is feeling?
How about each son?
Finally, after 7 or 8 sons are brought before Samuel and then rejected, Samuel says to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?”
Jesse says, “There is another one. He’s the youngest. But he is taking care of the sheep right now.” (The author does not name this child yet.)
In other words, “Yeah. There is another one. But he isn’t the one you are looking for. He’s small, young, and he is really only good at being a shepherd. He’s not strong like my other boys here.”
Samuel commands that Jesse brings his youngest son (still no name. I wonder who it is!?)
As soon as Samuel sees this young shepherd boy, the Lord says to Samuel, “Get up and anoint him. This is the one.”
13 So Samuel got the animal horn that was filled with olive oil. He anointed David in front of his brothers. From that day on, the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully on David. Samuel went back to Ramah.
This is the very first time we read the name DAVID in the Bible (indicate the board).
David has entered our story and is now anointed king!
Except no one really knows it except David, his brothers and father, and Samuel. I wonder how Saul is going to take this news? J
Look on the heart – Point to Jesus
But before we leave this story, I want you to see something important.
Back when Samuel first came to Bethlehem and met Jesse and his oldest son, Eliab, God had rejected Eliab as the appointed king. God says something very important that I skipped over. It is in fact, a very important verse in all of the Bible, but especially related to the story of David… and the Gospel story of Jesus! Are you ready to hear it?
“7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider how handsome or tall he is. I have not chosen him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outside of a person. But the Lord looks at what is in the heart.'”
You and I look at outward things all of the time. It’s kind of hard not to, isn’t it?
We see that person in a wheelchair and we wonder if we could actually be friends with them because they are different.
We see someone at school who seems good-looking and funny and loud and we kind of want to be with them.
When it comes to school SCA elections, it is a popularity contest, isn’t it?
And then we are tempted to make our outside look really good.
We seem to care about our appearance and clothes and behavior more than anything else.
But I want you to hear something:
“The Lord looks at what is in the heart.”
Who do you love? Who do you trust? Who do you turn to?
Our hearts (our desires and loves and hopes and trusts) reveal the REAL ME!
And the bad news (or good news) is that when you really look at your heart, you realize how sinful you truly are. J But if you find that you have a sinful heart – join the club!
We need Jesus to change our hearts!
Great news! If you turn to Jesus, repent and trust and believe, Jesus changes our hearts and makes us beautiful on the inside. And as we learn from this story, the inside is the most important.
Finally, David was a little shepherd boy.
This reveals to us what kind of king Jesus is – Jesus is a Shepherd King as well!
He gathers us together like lost sheep. He cares for us. (Psalm 23)
Broken in the Box:
- Broken in the Box:
- What did we learn about today? DAVID
- The Spirit of the LORD came upon David and David is going to do marvelous and wonderful things. But sadly David is also going to do some terrible things as we will see in the coming weeks. Because David is great, but he is still a sinner. We need someone better!
- Break the DAVID 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 does David as a shepherd help you see Jesus as a shepherd to you?
- What does it look like to your life that Jesus is your shepherd?
- What are some ways that you look to the outside more than the inside?