Saul’s Disobedience

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Scripture: 1 Samuel 15: 1 – 3, 7 – 14, 20 – 31, 34 – 35 or pages 226 – 227 in The Children’s Golden Bible.

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to 1 Samuel 15 or page 226 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • What instructions did God have Samuel give to Saul?  To attack the Amalekites and to utterly destroy them – all of the people and all of the animals.
  • Why did God want them to be totally destroyed?  Because they would have influence the Israelites to worship idols and fall away from God.
  • Did Saul obey?  No.  They defeated the Amalekites, but they kept the king and the best of the animals alive.
  • How did Samuel know that Saul had disobeyed?  He heard the sheep and the cattle.
  • Did Saul repent of his sin and ask forgiveness?  No he made excuses for himself.
  • What excuse did Saul give?  We saved the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the Lord.
  • What was Samuel’s answer?  “to obey is better than to sacrifice” , God has rejected you as king.
  • Have you ever made excuses for your disobedience?  (“He started it…” , or “My dog ate my paper…” , etc.)
  • What was Saul’s next excuse?  I disobeyed because I feared the people and obeyed their voice.
  • Did Samuel accept this excuse?  No.
  • Have you ever done something because your friend or you brother or sister pressured you into doing it?  Does that excuse you from the blame?  No.  You are still responsible for your own actions.
  • When Samuel turned to leave what did Saul do?  He grabbed his robe and it tore.
  • How did Samuel respond to that?  “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today, and has given it to a neighbor  of yours who is better than you.”
  • Let’s pray and ask God to help us to always obey his instructions, and let’s ask for his forgiveness for times when we haven’t been obedient…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

1 Samuel 15: 22 b “To obey is better than sacrifice”

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.  Color page #1 from Rachael Carman.  An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Share a video:

Video #1

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Share this object lesson about obedience from sermons 4 kids, or this one from Sunday Children’s Focus.

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Try one of these great activity ideas from sermons4kids.

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Have the children fill out these worksheets from Calvary Curriculum.

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This lesson from Mission Bible Class has a great introduction idea.

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This lesson from free sunday school curriculum also has some worksheets, as well as this lesson from Church of God Sunday School.

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This lesson from Kids Church has some great ideas.

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This is a great lesson from Gloria  Seekamp 

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Sing “Live a Pure Life” by the Donut Man.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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Saul’s Disobedience Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about Saul’s Disobedience from 1 Samuel 15: 1 – 3, 7 – 14, 20 – 31, 34 – 35.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

1 Samuel 15: 22 b “To obey is better than sacrifice” 

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This article has some great ideas of how to get your kids to accept responsibility and not blame others for their actions. http://www.thrivingfamily.com/Features/Magazine/2012/curbing-the-blame-game-getting-rid-of-excuses.aspx

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Sing “Live a Pure Life” by the Donut Man.  You can get it at itunes.

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson. https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/sauls-disobedience-2/

Saul Becomes King

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Scripture: 1 Samuel 8:1 – 22, 9:1-24, 10: 9 – 24  or pages 220 – 224 in the Children’s Golden Bible.

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to 1 Samuel 8 or page 220 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • What did the Israelites ask Samuel to do?  to give them a king like all the other nations had.
  • Was Samuel pleased by this? No.
  • Why?  They had rejected God as their king.
  • What did God tell him to do? Let them have a king because they have rejected God as their king.  But, he was to warn them what kind of a king would rule over them.
  • What did Samuel tell them the king would do?  He would take their children to be his servants and he will take their crops and their animals as taxes.
  • Would the people be happy with this king?  No.  They would complain and mourn.
  • Would God listen to their complaints? No.
  • Did the people listen to Samuel and give up on the idea of having a king?  No. They still wanted to have a king like the other nations.
  • Have you ever begged your parents for something because everybody else had it? (Let them tell you of things that they have wanted.)
  • Do you think that because everybody else has it is a good reason to want anything? No. Sometimes it can be something harmful to us.  (Give examples.)
  • Who did God tell Samuel to anoint as king? Saul.
  • What did Saul look like?  He was handsome and tall.
  • How did God Samuel meet Saul?  Saul couldn’t find his father’s donkeys, so he came to Samuel to ask him where they were.
  • Do you think that their meeting was just an accident?  No.  God caused the donkeys to be lost and for Saul to come to Samuel.
  • Do you think that things that happen to you are just an accident?  No. Everything that happens to us is according to God’s plan.
  • What did Samuel do to anoint Saul?  He poured a vial of oil on his head.
  • What happened to Saul when he went home? The Spirit of God came upon him and he prophesied.
  • Samuel assembled the tribes, scolded them, and then drew lots to find the king.  (Remember that they found Achan the same way.) Do you think that the lots were drawn by chance?  No God was in control of that, too, so that Saul would be chosen.
  • When they got down to Saul’s family, where did they find Saul?  Among the baggage.
  • What did the people say? “God save the king.”
  • How can we make Jesus the King of our lives?  We can ask him to be our King. We should pray and read the Bible and do what God tells us to do.
  • Let’s pray and ask the Lord to be the king of our lives and to guide us every day to do what He wants us to do…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

Proverbs 8:15a “By me kings reign.”

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.  Color page #1   An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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This lesson from children.cccm.com has a great craft idea.

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Share a video:

Video #1

Video #2

Video #3   (second half of video)

Video #4

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This lesson from Ministry to Children has a great object lesson.

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Have the kids fill out these worksheets from Calvary Curriculum   Or have the kids fill out this worksheet from Sharon’s Place.

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Make this review game from Hands On Bible Teacher and use it to review the lesson.  And she has some more great ideas here.

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Have the children make a King Saul crown. Or have them make this one  or this one from Ministry to Children.

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And here is another great lesson from Ministry to Children.  And this one is from Sunday School Sources .

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Sing “Who’s the King of the Jungle?” by Celebrate Jesus! You can get it at itunes.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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Saul Becomes King Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about how Saul became king from 1 Samuel 8:1 – 22, 9:1-24, 10: 9 – 24.  Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

Proverbs 8:15a “By me kings reign.”

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Tell your child the story using this slide show from mission bible class http://missionbibleclass.org/old-testament-stories/old-testament-part-2/united-kingdom/saul-becomes-israels-first-king/  (scroll down)

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Teach your child to sing “Who’s the King of the Jungle?” by Celebrate Jesus! You can get it at itunes.

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson. https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/saul-becomes-king/