Tigers Christian Club -- Lesson for Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Adapted from “What does your heart look like?” from Kids Honor Club from Biblical Parenting
Intro and follow-up questions:
Can we start with a song? “He’s got the whole world in his hands” -- go around in a circle and say kids names in groups of twos.
Let’s start by reviewing what we talked about last week. We’ve been talking about honor. Anyone remember the three parts of honor?
-Treating people as special
-Doing more than what’s expected
-Having a good attitude
Then last week we talked about what to do when we have a problem with obeying right away. When we have a problem we can be wise like owls and talk our parents and to God in an honoring way and work together to find an answer.
Today we’re doing to talk about how important it is to have good hearts and that it’s our good hearts that will help us solve problems in an honoring way.
Today’s story is about the prophet Samuel and how God told him to go choose the next king of Israel. In a minute I’d love some volunteers for a skit, but first, I want to show you the crown that Samuel is going to use. “If you saw someone with a crown what would you think about that person? Do you think that person would be a good person or a bad person?”
And I want to ask you another question. I have these two presents here. They look like this (one small, wrapped in a newspaper; one large, wrapped in nice Christmas paper). Which do you wish you could have? Why? What might be inside?
But you know what? Just like you can’t tell what’s inside the present by looking at the outside, you can’t see what’s inside a king just be looking at the outside.
Story and skit:
1 Samuel 16:1-13, told in paraphrase (quotes are from the Kids Honor Club curriculum):
*For the skit need: 1 Samuel, 1 Jesse, 8 children of Jesse (David is out in the fields with his sheep), crown
Today’s story comes from the Old Testament, the book of 1 Samuel, chapter 16, verses 1-13.
The King of Israel at that time was King Saul. “He was tall and handsome and the people liked him, but he wasn’t very good at following instructions…” from God. “Sometimes when God gave Saul a job to do, Saul didn’t obey. He would just do whatever he wanted to do…. That means that he wasn’t a very good leader, so God decided to replace him as king. Now it was Samuel’s job to find someone else. Who would it be this time?”
God told Samuel to choose a son from the family of Jesse. Samuel brought an animal sacrifice to offer to God and invited Jesse’s family to a special meal with him. There Samuel got to meet Jesse’s sons. One by one Jesse introduced each of his sons to Samuel who wondered, “Is this the one that God wants to be king?”
The first was the oldest. He looked good and he was tall. But God said he wasn’t the one. God said,
“Do not consider his appearance or his height…. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Samuel went down the line looking at each son. “Samuel knew God was looking for someone very special to lead the nation, someone who had the right heart. Samuel came to the end of line and asked, “Are these all the sons you have?””
“Jesse did have one other son but he was just a kid and was out taking care of the sheep.”
“Send for him,” Samuel said. And they waited until the youngest came to them. (call youngest child over from where his is “tending sheep”)
“Then the last boy came. He was young but God told Samuel that he was the right one. His name was David. He had the right heart. God knew that David would listen to him and follow directions.”
What did God see in David’s heart? Let’s find out. (Hang signs around David’s head one by one). He saw: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The Bible calls these things the fruit of God’s spirit.
“That’s why God gave David the most important job in the whole nation. God chose David to be king.” (Place crown on his head)
Thank you -- let’s give everyone a round of applause.
The other night at home we were talking about what kinds of job the kids might have when they grow up, and we named many jobs that would be wonderful. I don’t know what jobs you will have when you grow up, but the most important thing you can do to get ready for any job is to have the right kind of heart. “God knows what’s in your heart. He knows when you try to follow directions, show kindness to others, and when you want to do the right thing.”
The Bible doesn’t tell us what happened to these other sons, but it does say God has a plan for us. I like to hope that these sons also learned to turn their hearts to God and show kindness, etc to others. (Place signs around the other sons’ necks.)
The Bible says: “The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7.
So let’s look at our two presents again. Which one of them should we open first? (Nicely wrapped box has shredded newspaper inside. Small box has Smarties candy in it -- distribute to the kids.)
What did we learn? “It’s not so much what it looks like on the outside but what’s on the inside that counts.”
Dear God, “show us the things in our hearts that need to change. Help us to love you with all of our hearts and teach us how to follow directions and do what’s right. We love you and want to serve you. Amen.”
Today we’re going to make people filled with the fruit of God’s spirit in order to remember what God wants us to put in our hearts. (Distribute packets of body parts labeled with the fruit of the Spirit, with brads. Have crayons to decorate.) Activity copied from p.28 of the Kids Honor Club workbook.