Israel Demands a King (1 Samuel 8-12)

Sunday with your kids

Lesson summary: Desiring anything more than God, even if it's a good thing, is evil.

In our bible story we learned:
    1.   Israel rejects God and demands a king
    2.  Saul is chosen to be king
    3.  It was always God's plan for Israel to have a king

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Where is Jesus?

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

Read Revelation 19:13-16

Israel requested a king to rule them like the rest of the nations had (1 Samuel 8:5). So, God answered their desires and gave them a man who was large in stature—a great king from the world’s perspective. But God had another kind of king in mind, a king after God’s own heart. God is not interested in the outward appearance but is interested in the heart. David eventually is selected by God, but ultimately God would send Jesus to be an eternal king.

Jesus would perfectly reflect the heart of God by becoming obedient to death, even death on the cross. In Philippians, God the Father promises that he is going to give Jesus the highest place of all and that every knee will bow before him. Why? Because he is the greatest King! It was always God’s desire that his people be ruled, not by an earthly man, but by God as King.

Family Discipleship - "Time" in the Home

We are on week 54 which starts on page 359 in the Long Story Short devotional. Here are some questions you'll encounter as you go through this week's devotionals:

  • Why did the people of Israel want a king? By asking for a king to lead them, who was Israel rejecting? (day 1)
  • Describe what God's providence means. Where do you see God's providence in our story today? (day 2)
  • What does it mean to anoint someone? Who is called "God's Anointed?" (day 3)
  • We don't cast lots to guide our choices today. What do we use? (day 4)
  • What did Jesus do to put an end to sin? Daniel 9:26 says that the Anointed One is "cut off." How was Jesus cut off?

Pray about it! Thank and praise God for his providence (for how he controls all things and makes them work according to His plan).

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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