Term 1 – Week 1
Big Idea – The Israelites rejected God as their king when they demanded a king to rule over them.
1 Samuel 8
- The children will know that Saul is the people’s king, chosen by the people for the people.
- The children will understand that the Israelites demanded a king to rule over them to be like all the other nations.
- The children will appreciate God’s sovereignty over his people, despite their rejection of him as King.
- Belief (Head / Heart) – Sin is the rejection of God as King. All people sin therefore all people reject God’s rule. But God is always sovereign over everything even when people reject him.
- Behaviour (Hands) – God is king, have you rejected him as the Israelites did, or have you submitted it his rule and trust that he knows best?
‘We want to be like the other nations!’ This was the cry of the Israelites as they asked Samuel for a King. The Israelites assessed their current circumstances and discerned that Samuel’s days were numbered. They recognised that his sons, Joel & Abijah had turned to dishonesty and against the ways of their father and predicted that they would soon have no one to lead them, thus something must be done. So, the elders of Israel demanded that Samuel appoint a new king who would judge them ‘the same as all the other nations (1 Sam 8:5). They thought they knew what was best. Yet, they had a king already – the Lord God! They had a king who loved them, rescued them from Egypt, provided for them in the wilderness, gave them the land of Canaan, and led them against their enemies, the Philistines. He was their king and he knew what was best. The Israelites were God people, in God’s land but in this chapter, we see them reject His rule.
Yet, God would not be thwarted by the Israelites request. Nothing could interfere with his sovereign rule over them. Although the Israelites asked for a king for all the wrong reasons, God granted their request and eventually showed them the folly of their request by placing them under the poor leadership of Saul. The Israelites would experience just what Samuel warned them of in 1 Samuel 8:11-18.
As we will see in the next few weeks, Saul is the people’s king – chosen by the people for the people. He was not God’s chosen king. God would bring about his purposes through King David who was the Lord’s king – chosen by God for God and ultimately through David’s descendent – Jesus, the great King & Saviour. The message of God’s sovereignty over the lives of his people is a great comfort, as well as a great challenge. How wonderful to know that our foolishness cannot stop God’s purposes being achieved in our lives! How amazing to know that the sinfulness and failure of God’s people cannot stop God achieving his plans for them. How challenging for us to continue to place our trust in God’s sovereignty, even when things seem to go wrong around us.
No memory verse this week.
God’s People in God’s Place (Awesome Cutlery) – YouTube
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