God Chooses a New King (1 Samuel 16:1-13)

Sunday with your kids

Lesson summary: Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.

In our bible story we learned:
    1.   God rejects Saul
    2.  Samuel fears Saul's reaction to a new king
    3.  Samuel learns that God looks at the heart

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Where is Jesus?

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

Read Isaiah 53:2b.

God did not choose David because of his outward appearance, but because he had a heart for God. David was a handsome young boy but not tall in stature.

Isaiah tells us of another king who “had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him” (Isaiah 53:2). God’s choice of David to replace Saul as king over Israel should make us think of another king, King Jesus. Jesus would have a perfect heart for God and die on the cross so that he could extend to us his righteousness.

Through Christ, God takes our heart of stone and gives us a heart of flesh. Then God does something truly remarkable, he moves us to obey him by his Spirit (Ezekiel 36:27).


Family Discipleship - "Time" in the Home

We are on week 56 which starts on page 373 in the Long Story Short devotional. Here are some questions you'll encounter as you go through this week's devotionals:

  • Why didn't Samuel need to be afraid to anoint a new king? (day 1)
  • Which should we be more concerned about, our outward appearance or our heart for God? (day 2)
  • What are some ways David was like Jesus? What did God give David to help him from the day he was chosen? (day 3)
  • What special role did Saul give David? (day 4)
  • How can Psalm 95:1-3 cheer someone up? (day 5)

Pray about it! Ask God to help you to be more concerned about what is in your heart than what you look like on the outside.


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Aaron Cotton