Explore the Bible at Home - Week of January 21
As parents, the story of the Israelites asking for a king probably doesn’t come as a surprise. Children often look around at what others have and decide they need the same things. Israel looked at other nations around them and decided that they, too, needed a human king. God, who had chosen and set them apart from every other nation and people, was rejected. He gave them a king and warned them of the consequences that would come from having a human king. Despite their rejection, God deeply loved His people and longed for them to turn to Him. This week share with your family a time you made a choice that you knew wasn’t God’s plan for you. What happened? What did you learn?
Bible Passage: 1 Samuel 9:1–10:25
Memory Verse: 1 Samuel 12:24a
Younger Kids Text Truth: Even when they didn’t want God to be their leader, God loved His people.
Older Kids Text Truth: Even when Israel rejected Him, God loved and provided for His people.
Passage: Saul Became King | 1 Samuel 9:1–10:25
Saul was an admirable man. One day, the donkeys belonging to Saul’s father wandered away. Saul and his helper searched for the animals. They could not find them. Saul was ready to give up, but the servant suggested they ask the man of God for help.
The two men went into the city to find Samuel. The day before, God had told Samuel that he would meet a man the next day that he should pick as the new king.
When Samuel saw Saul, the Lord told Samuel, “This is the one I told you about. He will be the king.”
The next day, Saul and his helper prepared to leave. The helper went on, but Saul stayed with Samuel a little while.
Samuel took a container of oil and poured it on Saul’s head. Then he told Saul that God had picked him to be the king of Israel.
Later, Samuel gathered all of the people together. He told the Israelites, “This is what God says, ‘I have brought you from Egypt. I rescued you. But today you have rejected Me—the one who saves you from your troubles.’ ”
Samuel had the twelve tribes of Israel come forward. He selected the tribe of Benjamin. Then he selected the family of Saul. Finally, he selected Saul to be the next king. But Saul was missing. They couldn’t find him.
God told Samuel that Saul was hiding in the supplies. When Saul came and stood among the people, they were happy. They said, “Long live the king!”
Samuel officially made Saul the king and sent the people home.