The God of Israel Cannot be Captured (1 Samuel 4-6)

Sunday with your kids

Lesson summary: God's presence is not a good luck charm that can be manipulated for our benefit.

In our bible story we learned:
    1.   Power lies not in object but in God
    2.  God demonstrates His victory in the midst of Israel's defeat
    3.  God brings the ark home

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Where is Jesus?

How does today's Bible story fit into God's greater plan of redemption?

Read 1 Samuel 7:1-11

Samuel’s offering of a lamb (1 Samuel 7:9) was a picture of Jesus, the Lamb of God, who died on the cross to save us from our sins. While Samuel was sacrificing the lamb, the Philistines were marching against Israel to attack. But because Israel confessed their sins and offered up a lamb, God remembered his promises to Israel and turned against the Philistines and defeated them.

Every time we see a lamb sacrificed for sinners in the Bible, it should remind us of God’s plan to send Jesus to die on the cross in our place.

Family Discipleship - "Time" in the Home

We are on week 53 which starts on page 352 in the Long Story Short devotional. Here are some questions you'll encounter as you go through this week's devotionals:

  • Why were the Philistines afraid? Who did not go to battle with Israel? Is this why they lost? (day 1)
  • Why did God knock down Dagon and break off his arms and legs? Why did God punish the Philistines with tumors? (day 2)
  • Why were the people so excited to see the ark back in Israel? (day 3)
  • What did Samuel say the people of Israel needed to do? Who was the lamb that Samuel offered up meant to remind us of? (day 4)
  • How was God going to save His people through Jesus? (day 5)

Pray about it! Thank God for returning to Israel and keeping his promises even though the Israelites sinned against him.

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Scripture memory in July

Check out the highlighted portion below to see what verses we will recite in our Gathering Sunday August 5th.

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Aaron Cotton