The Gospel Project
Unit 10, Session 1: Israel Demanded a King
This week, we reached 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.
FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
○ Jesus is our King.
○ God’s people wanted a king to lead them.
○ Saul was the first king of Israel.
○ God sent Jesus to be our King.
○ Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever.
○ God chose a king for Israel.
○ Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever, and He rules over the world.
○ God chose Saul as Israel’s first king.
UNIT KEY PASSAGE
● Psalm 47:7-8 (Preschool:: Psalm 47:7)
● “God Rejected Saul as King” (1 Samuel 13:1-14; 15:1-35)
FLYTE (Preteen Curriculum)
Certainly Moses felt alone at times. Sure Aaron was beside him and
the Hebrew elders were behind him, but at the end of the day, Moses
was the one man out in front facing Pharaoh. One fugitive shepherd
standing toe-to-toe with perhaps the most powerful man in the world.
Can you imagine the weight on his shoulders?
Following God is not easy. At times, being a Christian requires
boldly taking a stand against what is popular, even if that means
standing alone. It was true of Moses in Egypt. It was true of Jeremiah
in Judah. It was true of Daniel in Babylon. It was true of Peter at
Pentecost. It was true of Paul in too many cities to count. It is true of
This aspect of following Christ may be quite troubling for preteens.
No one wants to be unpopular and certainly not alone.
This week’s lesson focused on the beginning of Moses’ appeal
to Pharaoh to liberate Israel. Preteens learned that although Moses
had to take a stand, he was never alone. God was always with him.
From this account preteens can have confidence that no matter what
God calls them to do, they will not be alone. God will always be right
there no matter what.
Pray. Pray that each preteen experiences the presence of God in his
or her life this week to such a degree that there is no doubt he or she
is never alone.
God is ever-present, loving them
consistently, nurturing their
confidence, and encouraging
their dependence on Him.