Israel Demanded a King
1 Samuel 8-10
“Sing a song of wisdom, for God is King of all the earth.” Psalm 47:7
This week, we will reach an important juncture in the big story of the Bible. The people of Israel had been led by a series of judges, but now they looked around and saw how the other nations had kings, so they too wanted a king. So the people went to the last judge, the prophet Samuel and demanded a king. Samuel resisted, but God told him to do as the people asked. However, God told Samuel to warn the people about the consequences of having a king.
Samuel tried to warn the people that a king would place a heavy burden on them. He would take young men to fight in wars. He would tax the people. He would make them work hard. But the people refused to listen so God appointed a man named Saul to be Israel’s king. From a human perspective, Saul was the perfect choice, but as we will see next week, he was far from being the perfect king God had in mind.
Help your kids understand that Jesus is our King and that He is the perfect, wise, and loving King. Encourage your kids to follow Jesus as the absolute leader of their lives.
KEY PASSAGE: Psalm 47:7
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever.
BIBLE STORY: ISRAEL DEMANDED A KING
- The Israelites wanted a king like other nations.
- Samuel warned the people that a king would make them do what he wanted.
- God chose Saul as king.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- How did wanting a king show that the Israelites did not trust God?
- Have you ever wanted something someone else had?
- Have you ever gotten something you wanted and it did not turn out to be a great as you expected?
- Play “Simon Says” as a family. Remind preschoolers that the Israelites would have to do whatever their new king said.
- Find pictures of national leaders online. Remind children that human leaders make mistakes, but God is a perfect King.
“God Rejected Saul as King” (1 Samuel 13:1-14; 15:1-35)