"Heroes of the Bible” – Before the Israelites had any kings, they had a number of judges to rule them. One of the greatest of the judges was Samuel, who was also a prophet and a priest.
Today’s Lesson - “Samuel – The Child Who Listened”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJOju5Dw0V0 (The Bible Project – Book of Samuel – for adults and older children)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiYumdP4C6k (Teaching Kids About Jesus – Samuel’s mother)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ezi4-vHouQ (Superbook – Life of Samuel)
Today’s Hero – Samuel (1 Samuel)
Samuel’s story begins with that of his mother’s. She was one of two wives of a man named Elkanah. He loved her more than his other wife, but she couldn’t have any children. The other wife, Penninah, made fun of Hannah and she became miserable. One year on a visit to the Tabernacle, Hannah prayed that God would give her a son; she promised God that if He answered her prayer, she would give the boy to God to work in the Tabernacle.
Well, she did have a son, Samuel, who grew up in the Tabernacle and worked for the high priest Eli. One night, when Samuel slept, he was awakened by someone calling him. He ran to Eli to ask him what he wanted, but Eli hadn’t called him and told Samuel to go back to sleep. This happened twice more and Eli realized that it was God calling to Samuel, so told him to say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”
God did speak to Samuel and told him some bad news for Eli, his sons and for the nation of Israel…and it all came true. When Samuel grew up, people trusted him because he listened to God and obeyed him. Samuel was a good judge, a prophet and priest, but as he got older the people asked that he would give them a king instead. This upset Samuel, but when he asked God about it, God told him to anoint a king for the people. The first king God chose was someone that the people would like, and they did, but he wasn’t a good king. Then God had Samuel anoint a new king, one whom He knew would do a much better job…and David did. Samuel died before David became king, but he was happy to know that God had chosen someone who would listen to God just like he had.
• Hannah couldn’t have a baby so she prayed to God for one. What did she promise God if she had a little boy?
• Samuel grew up in the Tabernacle, helping the priests with their work. What do you think this might have been like for Samuel?
• One night as Samuel was sleeping he heard a voice calling to him. Who did he hear? And what did he want?
• Samuel was a good judge, but when he got older, the people wanted a king. Why did God tell Samuel not to be upset?
1 Samuel 1:27-28, NIV - “’I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD.’ And he worshiped the LORD there.”
Prayer – Dear God, thank you for taking care of Samuel even as a young boy. Help me to listen to you like he did and obey what you tell me.
~ Pastor Jane
In addition to being a church minister, Pastor Jane is also a trained teacher and has many years of experience working with children in churches, camps, daycares and schools. Parents' Corner is provided to give parents and caregivers support especially as pertains to mental health and related topics.
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