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.
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.)
- 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…
During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…
Memorize the verse.
Proverbs 8:15a “By me kings reign.”
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.
This lesson from children.cccm.com has a great craft idea.
Share a video:
Video #3 (second half of video)
This lesson from Ministry to Children has a great object lesson.
Sing “Who’s the King of the Jungle?” by Celebrate Jesus! You can get it at itunes.
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.