|Wednesday:||Stolen Sheep: Saul and the Spoils|
|Story Passage:||1st Samuel 15:1-23|
|Other Passages:||1st Samuel 9:15-19, 10:1, 10:24, 15:26-28, 15:35-16:1, James 1:22, Exodus 17:8-16|
|Objective:||Children should learn that they should obey God's instruction.|
|Memory Verse:||1st Samuel 15:22 |
To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
- Samuel, Saul, Agag, bleating sheep
[Samuel and Saul at palace]
This is what God wants me to tell you.
I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel. They attacked my people when they were leaving Egypt. So, go attack the Amalekites and completely destroy them and all their stuff. Don't leave anything. Kill all their animals and destroy all their stuff.
Okay, I'll get my army ready.
[Samuel and Saul exit the stage]
[enter bleating sheep and Saul and Agag]
[Agag stands quietly by sheep and looks like a defeated king]
- Bleating sheep
baaa, baa baa[Continue bleating in the background.]
I did what God wanted done.
What's this bleeting of sheep in my ears?
The soldiers brought them. They kept the best sheep and cattle to offer as a sacrafice to God. But, we completely destroyed everything else.
Stop! Let me tell you what the Lord told me last night.
God made you king, and sent you on a mission to destroy the wicked Amalakites and wipe them out. Why didn't you obey God? Why did you keep the sheep and cattle and do evil in God's eyes? You disobeyed!
But I did obey God, I went on the mission and brought back their king, Agag. It was the soldiers who took the sheep and cattle.
Do you think God would rather have you sin and offer a sacrifice or have you obey him in the first place? Since you disobeyed God, he has rejected you as king, you will be replaced.
- [on knees]
I have sinned. I didn't follow God's directions. I was afraid of my soldiers and gave into them. Forgive my sin let me worship the Lord.
No, it's too late you rejected God, and he has already rejected you as king over Israel.
[Samuel turn to leave Saul grab hem of garment and tear a piece off.]
The Lord has torn Israel from you today, and given it to a better man.
[exit Samuel and Saul]
[exit sheep and Agag]
Transition: God's Reasons
Did you enjoy the skit? Who can tell me what the skit was about? [accept answers] This was not a made up skit. It is a story from the Bible found in I Samuel, part of the Old Testament. Saul was the first king of Israel. So, he was a pretty important man. Why was God upset with Saul? Why was God replacing him with a different king? [accept answers] [Saul didn't obey God. He knew he did not get rid of all the sheep and cattle and things and he knew that the king God wanted killed was still alive. It wasn't up to Saul to decide what to do. If God wanted the king dead, that was Saul's job, but he didn't do it. He chose to disobey.] On Monday we learned that we all have sinned. Just like Saul we choose to disobey sometimes too. Instead of disobeying, which is sin, we need to choose to obey. God left us the choice and sometimes it's hard to obey. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we are telling him that we want to obey him and follow him. I hope all of you have made this decision and that you try your best.
Invite any children who want to obey God to stay after the lesson and discuss it further.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.