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JOURNEY LAND
Curriculum Guide
GOD’S PLAN: the LAW
KINGS OF ISRAEL…
SAUL
© 2009 Memorial Road Church of Christ
JOURNEY LAND
“GOD’S PLAN: the LAW
Kings of Israel…Saul”
Curriculum Guide
Table of Contents
Overview………………………………………...1
Theater Workshop……………………………...6
Storytelling Workshop…………………..……...8
Games Workshop……………………………...15
Art/Creativity/Science Workshop……….…...22
Music & Memory Workshop………………....28
Geography/Culture Workshop……………….38
Patterns/Index/Resources……………………..49
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JOURNEY LAND
GOD’S PLAN: the LAW – Kings of Israel…Saul
Copyright 2009 by Memorial Road Church of Christ
Oklahoma City, OK
All rights reserved.
Permission is granted to reproduce Journey Land curriculum for use by your church only.
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Ministry at 1-405-478-0166.
Editorial Staff:
Editor: Judi Lashley
Contributing Editors:
Sharon Ackerman
Judy Branch
Alissa Crawford
Sheree Franks
Scott Franks
Kathy Loomis
Michelle Lynn
Beverly North
JoAnne North
Delise Williams
Music Director: Bob Lashley
Designer: Aubrie Ross
Illustrator: Lucas Ross
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, Life Application Study Bible: New International
Version. Copyright Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Used by permission, all rights
reserved.
Printed in the United States of America
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If we love God, we will obey Him. If we obey God, we show our love for Him.
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Mark 12:29-31, “The most important one,”
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‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God
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I Samuel 15:22b, “To obey is better than! sacrifice…”
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STORY SEGMENTS:
1. Saul becomes king of Israel (I Samuel 8-11) – GAMES;
MUSIC/MEMORY
2. Saul the warrior (I Samuel 11-15; 17; 28; 31) – GEOGRAPHY
3. Saul is disobedient (I Samuel 13:1-15; 15) – ART; GAMES
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Saul’s jealousy and downfall (I Samuel 18-24; 26) – THEATER
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Application –STORYTELLING
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OBJECTIVES:
Objectives are written with the following principles in mind: the
student will gain KNOWLEDGE of the FACTS, PRINCIPLES and
CONCEPTS of the stories and themes, the student will be able to APPLY
those principles to his life, and the student will understand GOD’S PLAN of
salvation for mankind throughout the Bible
1. The student will recall and locate the two divisions of the Bible (Old and
New Testaments), books of the O.T., and know that Moses wrote the first
five books of the Bible. (Knowledge, Comprehension)
2. The student will recall the 12 Tribes of Israel. (Knowledge)
3. The student will be able to recall selected memory verses and explain each
one’s meaning and application to his life. (Knowledge, Analysis,
Comprehension, Application)
4. The student will be able to locate key sites on a map, identify the time
period of the kings of Israel, be able to give examples of geographic and
cultural features of the ancient civilization and lifestyle of ancient Canaan,
and explain and locate the division of Canaan among the 12 Tribes.
(Knowledge, Comprehension)
5. The student will be able to describe with understanding the concept that
God’s Plan set Israel apart from all other nations – holding His people
up as a unique, guiding light. (Comprehension, Analysis, Elaboration)
*GOD’S PLAN OF SALVATION
6. The student will be able to demonstrate his understanding that if we love
God, we will obey Him. If we obey God, we show our love for Him.
(Comprehension, Application, Analysis)
*APPLICATION TO LIFE
7. The student will create, design, implement, and participate in various
projects/products to show concrete application of the principles of the
curriculum. (Synthesis, Application, Originality, Creativity, Evaluation)
8. The student will be given the opportunity and encouragement to connect
with God’s Word by developing the habit of daily Bible reading.
(Application, Synthesis)
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FOCUS:
Obedience implies choice. God has given us free will to choose to obey –
or not. Obedience to rules, instructions, laws can be prompted by fear, duty,
respect, obligation, love. God wants our obedience to Him to be prompted by
devotion.
Obedience implies faith. The magnitude of God’s wisdom is often beyond
our limited understanding. We have faith that all God’s commands of us – even
when we do not understand His reasons – are because of His boundless love for
us. This faith that God always acts in our very best interests gives us peace and
confidence. Faith is imperative.
Obedience implies submission. Godly submission is, by its very nature, an
act of humble, trusting yielding to the control of another. Arrogant confidence
in our own judgment can lead us to into foolish mistakes. Humble submission
to God leads to wisdom.
Saul was a mixture of humility and arrogance. Despite being chosen by God
Himself to unite His people into a kingdom, Saul felt doubtful and unworthy.
He even hid in the baggage when he was announced as the king! Unlike Moses,
however, who also felt unworthy as God’s choice to lead His people, Saul didn’t
turn his insecurity and weaknesses over to be used by God. His efforts to
“prove” himself led him to depend on his own judgment instead of God. Moses
gave credit to God for his successes – Saul built a monument in honor of
himself!
Gradually, Saul’s insecurity caused him to impulsively make foolish
decisions. Even when the life of his son Jonathan was at stake, Saul’s foolish
arrogance made him more concerned about being right than being wise. Saul
never developed an humble, submissive, loving relationship with the Lord.
Saul’s spiral into petty jealousy and animosity could have been avoided by his
reliance on His loving Father. When outwardly “obeying” God by offering
sacrifices after battle, his true motivation was gaining the esteem of others
instead of devotion to God.
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FOCUS:
For God, “to obey is better than sacrifice”. An outward “sacrifice” (or
“act” of worship) can be done without an inward commitment. God’s creation
of His children was an expression of His love for us – and He requests that we
love Him in return. God asks that our work, worship, and lives be motivated by
genuine commitment to Him. True obedience – a wholehearted giving of our
very selves to the Lord – is the ultimate expression of submissive devotion.
Saul began his reign with such promise: courageous, humble, and strong.
But his insecurity and arrogance led to the disobedience that God could not –
would not – tolerate.
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HISTORICAL OVERVIEW:
Because the Israelites failed to follow through on God’s directive to completely
rid Canaan of its idolatrous inhabitants, they continually tormented God’s people. The
Israelites lost their spiritual commitment and motivation, compromising their
convictions and gradually adopting the customs of their idolatrous neighbors.
Time after time, God’s children repeated their cycle of selfish disobedience.
Because they neglected to trust only in Him, God repeatedly allowed the Israelites to
be overrun and taken captive by the very peoples whom they had refused to run out of
Canaan. Each time, after repenting and desperately begging for His deliverance, a
loving, merciful God raised up a courageous judge to guide and deliver His people.
For a time, there would be prosperity and peace as His people were led back to God.
Then complacency and sin would gradually creep back in, and the cycle would begin
again. Fourteen judges provided heroic leadership to a fractious, divided people.
In Saul’s day, 300 years after the Israelites had received their allocated
inheritances of land, the pagan peoples of Canaan kept the Israelite tribes in subjection
through constant raids to carry off their families and property. The Israelites could do
little to defend themselves. One of the major tribes, the Philistines, had a monopoly on
the iron trade that restricted the Israelites from owning weapons! In fact, if an Israelite
simply wanted to sharpen his farming tools, he had to pay a Philistine blacksmith.
Pockets of Canaanites were scattered throughout the Promised Land. Each
fortified, walled city and the surrounding countryside was ruled by its own king. Each
king constantly defended his territory, or tried to add to it by attacking the surrounding
tribes and cities. The loosely organized tribes of Israel felt that a king, in place of their
judges, would provide unity, structure, and military protection. However, “what they
needed was a uniform faith, not a uniform rule.” (Life Application Study Bible)
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likely, why did God later tell Samuel that His people were rejecting Him in their desire
for a king? The Israelites were not satisfied with God as their leader – they did not
want a king who was subordinate to God. God’s plan was to set Israel apart from other
nations – to hold His people up as a unique, guiding light. Israel’s motive in asking for
a king was to be like the nations around them. Their motive in asking – not their
desire – for a king was displeasing to God.
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THEATER !
WORKSHOP
Bible Background:
I Samuel 18-24; 26
Saul’s jealousy and downfall
Focus/!
Through participation in an interactive
reenactment, students will demonstrate
concrete application of the lesson
concepts.
Memory Verses/!
Learning Aids
" Life Application Study Bible
" Student Bibles
" “Dragnet for David” reenactment
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" “The Fugitive” reenactment
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" Biblical-era costumes
" Various props (SEE scripts)
Mark 12:29-31, “The most important
one,” answered Jesus, “is this:
‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the
Lord is one. Love the Lord your God
with all your heart and with all your
soul and with all your mind and with
all your strength. The second is this:
I Samuel 15:22b, “To obey is better than
‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There
sacrifice…”
is no commandment greater than
I John 5:3a, “This is love for God: to obey
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His commands.”
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! ! The student will participate in an interactive reenactment to show concrete application of
the principles of the curriculum.
! The student will be able to describe with understanding the concept that God’s Plan set
Israel apart from all other nations – holding His people up as a unique, guiding light.
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1. WARM-UP… with Journeymen in song, sharing time, prayer requests,
and DAILY BIBLE READERS (10-15 minutes).
2. FOCUS … (NOTE: this Rotation’s reenactment is separated into two
segments; while the two parts of the script will be performed together, each
segment should be introduced and explained separately.) As an introduction
to Part 1 of the reenactment of Saul’s jealousy and downfall, have students
READ I Samuel 18:1-9. Reinforce the concept that Saul’s insecurity and
arrogance aroused his crippling, consuming jealousy and hatred of David.
(SEE FOCUS in Curriculum Guide.)
3. REENACTMENT SCRIPT ...
“DRAGNET FOR DAVID”
! PASS OUT scripts to students; to demonstrate proper voice inflection,
emotion, and movements, the teacher(s) may read through the script for
the students as they follow along.
! As a “practice” have all students READ through the script once, and
WALK through directions.
! ASSIGN parts.
4. FOCUS… to introduce Reenactment Part 2 of Saul’s jealousy towards
David, have students READ I Samuel 22:6-8. Reinforce the concept that
Saul’s jealousy caused him to make foolish, childish decisions.
5. REENACTMENT SCRIPT ...
“THE FUGITIVE”
You Will Need…
DAILY BIBLE
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BOOKMARK
Sample found on p. 49
STUDENT BIBLES
Any Bible version
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- “ Dragnet for
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Gospel Light,
ISBN 0-8307-1916-4
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! PASS OUT scripts to students; to demonstrate proper voice inflection,
emotion, and movements, the teacher(s) may read through the script for
the students as they follow along.
! As a “practice” have all students READ through the script once, and
WALK through directions.
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! PRACTICE both of the scripts, preparing to perform for guests.
6. PRAYER…APPLYING the lesson concepts to the students’ lives makes
learning relevant and lasting. PRAY, asking God to help us rely and trust in
Him to always take care of us.
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Perform the reenactment for an!audience!of parents, friends, and other students.
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Bible Background:
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Student Bibles
Book with a wrong cover
Telephone
Vocabulary cards: patriarch,
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anoint, reign
Betty Luken’s “Saul” flannel
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Application magnets
Henry and Sam book
Variety of books (torn, soiled,
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I Samuel 15:22b, “To obey is better
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I John 5:3a, “This is love for God: to
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! The student will be able to describe with understanding the concept that God’s Plan set
Israel apart from all other nations – holding His people up as a unique, guiding
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meaning and application to his life.
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obey Him. If we obey God, we show our love for Him.
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1. WARM-UP… with Journeymen in song, vocabulary games, sharing time,
prayer requests and DAILY BIBLE READERS. (10-15 minutes)
2. PRAY to begin class time.
3. INTRODUCTION (5 minutes)…
! ASK: Have you ever heard the saying, “You can’t always tell a book by
its cover?” What do you think this means?
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this book, we expect it to be about ________. But look (REMOVE
cover), it’s really about __________.
! SAY: Today we are going to talk about a man who had the appearance of
a mighty leader, but inside, in his heart, he was not a good leader at all.
We are talking about the first king of the united kingdom of Israel: King
Saul.
4. REVIEW…HOW DOES GOD TALK TO US? (15 minutes)…
! SHOW telephone. EXPLAIN: It is very obvious that this is a telephone.
If you were going to explain the purpose of a telephone to a small child,
what would you say? (Allow students to RESPOND.) Of course, we
know that a telephone is for communicating with, or talking to, people.
ASK: Do we use a telephone to talk to God? Of course not! How do we
talk to God? (prayer) How does God talk to us? (Bible)
! SHOW vocabulary card: patriarchs. ASK: How did God speak to
Adam, Noah and Abraham? He spoke directly to the patriarchs, or
fathers.
! SHOW vocabulary card: commandment. ASK: How did God speak to
His people in the time of Moses? He spoke to them through His laws, or
commandments.
! SHOW vocabulary card: prophet. ASK: What is a prophet? Prophets
were specially chosen and trained to teach and talk to the people for God.
God spoke to His people through His prophets during the time of the
judges and kings. Samuel was the main prophet who was chosen to talk
to Saul when he became king. Samuel also gave King David messages
from God. Samuel was very special. He loved God and listened to what
God told him. Do you remember where Samuel grew up? He grew up in
the tabernacle serving the priest Eli and learning about God. Because
Samuel loved God and listened to what He said, the people listened to
Samuel’s messages from God. The Bible tells us that people thought
Samuel was a wise judge and leader. READ I Samuel 3:19, “As
You Will Need…
DAILY BIBLE
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BOOKMARK
Sample found on p. 49
STUDENT BIBLES
Any Bible version
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- Telephone
- Vocabulary cards
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! SHOW vocabulary card: anoint. SAY: Although God did not want
Israel to have a king, He allowed Samuel to anoint Saul as king (poured
oil on his head). ASK: Why do you think God was reluctant to give
Israel a king? (Allow student responses.) GUIDE students to the
understanding that the Israelites wanted to be like all of the other
kingdoms around them. All of the other kingdoms had kings to rule them,
so the Israelites wanted a king too. God wanted His people to follow Him
instead of a man.
! SHOW vocabulary card: reign. SAY: Samuel also tried to give Saul
advice, instructions, and guidance during Saul’s reign (time of rule).
5. LESSONS FROM THE LIFE OF SAUL (20-30 minutes)…
! SAY: God wants us to learn from the stories that He’s put in the Bible.
There are many lessons from the life of Saul that can help us be better
people and better Christians. Do you remember the book that I showed
you that was different on the inside than what was said on its cover? Well,
Saul was tall, handsome, and looked like a leader.
! READ I Samuel 9:2, “He had a son named Saul, an impressive young
man without equal among the Israelites – a head taller than any of the
You Will Need…
STUDENT BIBLES
Any Bible version
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REVIEW
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LESSONS FROM
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others..!!SAY: Saul was a brave warrior and a good soldier. He was
chosen to be king when he was only 30 years old. On the outside, he
seemed perfect for the job. Saul ruled Israel for 42 years. Although he
had some very good characteristics, he made some big mistakes that
caused him and Israel a lot of problems.
! ASK: Why does God want us to obey Him? (Allow student responses.)
GUIDE students to the understanding that if we love God, we will obey
Him. If we obey God, we show our love for Him. Saul’s biggest mistake
was in failing to obey God. It is very hard to understand how Saul could
have failed to obey God. Why? Because Saul was a mighty soldier who
had fought in many battles, and good soldiers are trained to obey!
! Using the Betty Lukens’ flannel graph set on Saul, TELL the story of
Saul’s failure to obey God’s command to totally destroy the Amelekites.
(I Samuel 15)
! APPLY: What can we learn from the life of Saul?
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give the message to Saul that he was to totally destroy the Amelekites.
What did God mean by totally? He meant everything: camels, sheep,
donkeys, and people. But Saul disobeyed God in a big way by saving
the best animals and the king. What did Samuel remind Saul of after
he tried to make excuses to God? READ I Samuel 15:22, “But
Samuel replied, ‘Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and
sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better
than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams01!.
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% We learn that although God tells us to share our blessings with others,
He’s not happy if we give a million dollars to church but don’t obey
Him. Because Saul disobeyed Him, God told Samuel to tell Saul that
he was no longer the king.
% We learn that God wants us to stand firm in obedience. What does
“stand firm” mean? It means that we are unmovable in our love for,
and obedience to, God. “Standing firm” means that we must not only
look like Christians or say we are Christians, but we must have the
hearts and actions of Christians. We must be Christians on the inside
as well as on the outside. It is not always easy to stand firm, is it?
Sometimes our friends or other people try to get us to disobey.
DISCUSS ways that help us to stand firm.
! RECITE and DISCUSS memory verses: Mark 12:29-31, “The most
important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God,
You Will Need…
STUDENT BIBLES
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LESSONS…
- Application
Magnets, pg. 14
the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all
your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second
is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment
greater than these.”
I Samuel 15:22b, “To obey is better than sacrifice…”
I John 5:3a, “This is love for God: to obey His commands.”
! Send home Application Magnets; FOCUS on the BIG PICTURE:
% The crown is a reminder that God wants us to ACT like Christians
– not just LOOK like Christians! (Remember: King Saul just looked
like a king – he didn’t act like one!)
% The ram is to remind us that to obey God shows our love for Him.
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1. READING YOUR LIFE (20-30 minutes; ADAPT for Primaries)…
! ASK: Did you know that people “read” our lives? They can tell what
kind of people we are by our actions.
% Someone who paints a picture is an _________. (artist)
% Someone who builds a house is a ________. (carpenter/builder)
% A person in uniform with a gun and badge is a ___ (policeman)
This is the same way people watch our lives. If we say we are Christians,
that means we are trying to be Christ-like. When others look at us, they
should see Christ. You are the only Bible many people will ever “read”.
Let’s look at these books and see if you are like any of them:
! SHOW TORN BOOK: This book reminds us of people who are careless
and sloppy. They don’t bother to say thank you or please. They are rude.
They don’t obey their parents or teachers. Is this attitude Christ-like?
! SHOW SOILED BOOK: This book is stained and spotted with dirt and
food, just like a person who is not clean. Do we mean dirty hands and
face? No, dirty on the inside. This person may use bad language or tell
and laugh at dirty jokes. The Bible tells us to keep our minds clean and
pure. If someone is “reading” this person’s life, they will not see what a
Christian should be like. READ Philippians 4:8.
! SHOW JOKE BOOK: People should be able to “read” the happiness of
our Christian lives. Laughter and joking are fun! We certainly want to
laugh and share happy times with each other. Don’t we all like boys and
girls who are friendly, willing to help at home and school, polite, happy,
and a good example? Christians should be loving and kind every day.
People should look at us and “read” the joy that is in our lives as
Christians. But there are times when we must be serious about God. Our
purpose in life is to glorify God and to show this part of our lives to others.
We should never make fun of God or use His name in a disrespectful way.
! SHOW BOOK WITH WRONG COVER: What is this title? But look
inside – the inside of the book doesn’t agree with the cover. Some boys
and girls claim to be living for Christ. They attend church, Bible class,
sing, pray and even listen. Then, they go home or to school and forget
about Jesus. Maybe they lie to their parents, cheat on their schoolwork,
are bad sports, or say ugly things about their friends. Just like the book
with a wrong cover, we can fool people for a while but God knows what
we’re like inside, doesn’t He?
! SHOW DICTIONARY: If we need to know the meaning of something
or how to spell a word, we can go to the dictionary. It is dependable,
because it will always give us the right answer. I am glad that many
young Christians show this quality in their lives. Their lives are “read” as
trustworthy, dependable and truthful.
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STUDENT BIBLES
Any Bible version
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READING YOUR
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- Soiled book
- Joke book
- Book with wrong
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! SHOW BIBLE: The most important book that has ever been written,
which tells us how to be like Jesus, is the Bible. If we read the Bible, will
we be perfect? No, we’ll still make many mistakes, but God will always
forgive us if we ask Him. People can see that we are trying to live a good
life. Let’s be the right kind of “book” so that the world can “read” us and
know Christ through us!
2. REINFORCEMENT (10-20 minutes)…READ The Secret of Henry and
Sam to reinforce lesson concepts.
You Will Need…
STUDENT BIBLES
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READING YOUR
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REINFORCEMENT
- The Secret of Henry
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Publishing
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faith; be men of courage; be strong”.
1 Samuel 15:22, “But Samuel replied: ‘Does the LORD delight in
burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the
voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed
is better than the fat of rams.
The CROWN is to remind you that God wants you to ACT like a Christian –
not just look like one! (Remember King Saul – he only LOOKED like a king.)
The RAM is to remind you that to OBEY God is better than to give gifts.
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WORKSHOP
Bible Background:
I Samuel 8-11
Saul becomes king of Israel
I Samuel 13:1-15; 15
Saul is disobedient
Focus/!
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reinforcement of the life of Saul.
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Mark 12:29-31, “The most important
one,” answered Jesus, “is this:
‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the
Lord is one. Love the Lord your God
with all your heart and with all your
soul and with all your mind and with
all your strength. The second is this:
I Samuel 15:22b, “To obey is better
‘Love your neighbor as
than sacrifice…”
yourself.’ There is no commandment
I John 5:3a, “This is love for God: to
greater than these.”
obey His commands.”
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! The student will be able to recall key facts about, and events of, Saul’s life.
! The student will be able to recall selected memory verses and explain each one’s meaning
and application to his life.
! The student will be able to describe with understanding the concept that God’s Plan set
Israel apart from all other nations – holding His people up as a unique, guiding light.
! The student will be able to demonstrate his understanding that if we love God, we will
obey Him. If we obey God, we show our love for Him.
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1. WARM-UP… with Journeymen in song, active games on memory verses,
books of the Bible, sharing time, prayer requests and DAILY BIBLE
READERS. (10-15 minutes)
2. PRAY to begin class time.
3. FOCUS… of the Games Workshop is review and reinforcement of the
life of Saul and other key Old Testament characters and events through
interactive participation in games.
4. FORMAT of Games Workshop…
! Primary (Grades 1, 2)…due to shorter attention spans, younger students
enjoy and participate more effectively in a variety of short games. Two or
three short games can be formatted either in a “centers” approach, where
students rotate in small groups to different games supervised by the
teachers and journeymen, or the entire group can participate in a variety of
teacher-led games.
! Middlers (Grades 3-5) do not need as wide a variety of games as do the
younger students. Generally, a “warm-up” game and then a longer game
that covers the current objectives of the curriculum are suggested.
5. “Frozen Statues” (20-30 minutes; directions included; ADAPT as
necessary for Primaries)…PLAY the game “Frozen Statues” to explore how
Samuel anointed Saul as king.
6. “Listen and Obey” (15-20 minutes; directions included)…PLAY
the game “Listen and Obey” to reinforce the story of Saul’s disobedience to
God’s commands.
7. ENRICHMENT/REINFORCEMENT Games…
! Clue …
! Straw Verse Relay…
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“FROZEN STATUES”
GAME
(Adapted from Act it Out, Randy L. Ritz, Standard Publishing Company, 1999)
MATERIALS:
$ Basket/bucket
$ “Saul” A Beka Flash-a-Cards Learning Pictures (optional)
$ Characters/Situations note cards:
1. elder(s) of Israel/begging for a king (I Samuel 8:19-22)
2. Saul/a leader taller than all others (I Samuel 9:1, 2)
3. donkey(s)/Saul’s father donkeys are lost (I Samuel 9:3)
4. Samuel/anointing Saul (I Samuel 10:1)
5. Saul/hiding in the luggage (I Samuel 10:20-22)
6. Israelite(s)/cheering for Saul as the new king (I Samuel 10:23, 24)
7. Troublemaker(s)/selfishly not giving Saul gifts (I Samuel 10:26,27)!
8. Israelite(s)/offering sacrifices honoring Saul as king (I Samuel 11:15)
9. Other Characters/Situations as desired…
PREPARATION:
1. WRITE Character/situations onto 3 x 5 note cards and PLACE into a bag or basket.
INSTRUCTIONS:
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1. READ/SUMMARIZE highlights of the story segment (Saul becomes king of
Israel; I Samuel 8-11); use Flash-a-Cards if desired.
2. Divide children into pairs; one child is the “sculptor” and one is the “frozen
statue”. (ADAPTATION for Primaries: teacher can be the “sculptor” and
students are “statues”.)
3. As practice, DEMONSTRATE how the “sculptor” picks a character from the
basket, then “molds” the “frozen statue” into the given situation.
4. Have each pair of students SELECT a character/situation from basket.
5. Give each group 1-2 minutes to think about how they can demonstrate their
chosen character/situation.
6. The clay should be silent while being sculpted. The sculptor will POSE the
“statue” in an appropriate pose. For example: If the character/situation is Saul’s
anointment, the “sculptor” will pose the “statue” kneeling, while oil is mimed
being poured over his head. The clay may move to show an action, but then must
freeze at the end and wait for the audience to GUESS who and what part of the
story is being dramatized.
7. Have each group take turns dramatizing all the characters and situations.
8. Pause to briefly DISCUSS each situation/scripture after its dramatization.
9. When all the situations have been dramatized, have the children SEQUENCE the
character/situation cards in order.
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Copy paper (1-2 pieces per student)
Pencils
Various patterns
INSTRUCTIONS:
1. READ or SUMMARIZE I Samuel 15, which tells the story of Saul’s
disobedience to God’s command to completely destroy the Amalekites.
2. EXPLAIN that although Saul didn’t understand God’s reason for
commanding him to completely destroy this nation, he should have
listened to and obeyed God anyway! We may not always understand
God’s advice, but we obey because God always knows what is best for
us! FOCUS
on the understanding
that ifCARD
we love God, we will obey
EXAMPLE
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Him; if we obey God, we show our love for Him.
3. DIRECT 2-3 volunteers to come to the white board. INSTRUCT the
volunteers to listen closely to, and obey, the instructions given to try
and DRAW the pattern that the teacher will describe.
4. DISTRIBUTE copies of one of the provided patterns to remaining
students, being careful to not let students at the white board see the
pattern.
5. DESCRIBE the pattern for students to draw; SHOW students at the
white board the pattern after they are finished. DISCUSS how hard it
is to give good directions, and to follow directions when we can’t
understand what we’re drawing (or doing!) FOCUS on the idea that
God always gives us good instructions. His guidance can always be
trusted!
6. REPEAT play by giving all students a sheet of copy paper and
instructions to a different diagram.
Option: allow students to develop their own patterns to describe to the
volunteers at the white board.
EXAMPLE PATTERN:
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“CLUE”
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MATERIALS:
$ 3 x 5 note cards; put clues to a character/event on each card
$ White board and markers
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1. Divide students into teams of 3-5. (Primaries may play individually.)
2. Give each student a “Clue” card, which describes a character, object or
event. Students should ONLY look at their individual “Clue” card.
(ADAPT for Primaries: teachers may give the clues.)
3. Taking turns, each student will SAY the first of 1-3 clues on their card to
the next team, in sequence.
4. If that team (who may discuss the answers together), gets the correct
CARD
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FIRST clue,
that team receives 5 points.
If they must hear the SECOND clue, they receive 3 points with a correct
answer. If the team needs to hear the THIRD clue, they will receive only
1 point with a correct answer. (FIRST clue needs to be the hardest clue!)
5. If, after hearing all three clues, no correct answer is given, the next team
may BID to hear ALL THREE clues. If a correct answer is given, that
team receives 1 point.
6. BONUS “Clue” cards are cards with ONLY one clue, and are worth 10
points for a correct answer.
7. Points are deducted for incorrect answers on a team that BIDS for a card
after the previous team has missed all three clues (-1 point), or one clue,
in the case of a BONUS “Clue” card (-10).
*OPTION for Primaries: Do not keep score, just play for fun!
EXAMPLE OF A “CLUE” CARD
MOSES
Clues:
1. God gave him the 10 Commandments.
2. Led the Israelites out of Egypt.
3. Adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter, who found him in the Nile.
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GAME continued…
CLUE CHARACTERS/EVENTS
1. Adam
2. Eve
3. Creation
4. Noah
5. Flood
6. Babel
7. Abraham
8. Sarah
9. Isaac
10. Jacob
11. Esau
12. Joseph
13. Moses
14. Plagues
15. 10 Commandments
16. Wilderness wandering
17. Rahab
18. Joshua
19. Gideon
20. Samson
21. Samuel
22. Saul
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“STRAW VERSE RELAY”
GAME
(Grades 3-5; adapted from The Big Book of Bible Games, Gospel Light, 1996.)
MATERIALS:
$ Note cards (one card per word of verse)
$ Markers
$ Straws (one per student)
$ Baskets – 2
PREPARATION:
1. PLACE 2 baskets on the floor at one end of the classroom.
2. COPY memory verses onto note cards (one word of verse on each card).
3. MAKE two sets of verse cards.
INSTRUCTIONS:
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1. DIVIDE students into two teams.
2. SHUFFLE each set of memory verse cards so that they are mixed up. Place one
set of cards in each of the baskets.
3. LINE UP the children opposite the baskets; give each student a straw.
4. First players on each team must quickly WALK to the basket and using a
straw alone, PICK UP a piece of the verse by SUCKING on the straw. Bring the
verse piece back to the team; the next player in line may go. REPEAT until all the
pieces are retrieved. First team to put the verse in order is the winner.
5. Repeat game with another memory verse.
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ART/CREATIVITY/SCIENCE!
WORKSHOP
Bible Background:
I Samuel 13:1-15; 15
Saul is disobedient
Focus/!!
Interactive participation, creation of
products to reinforce lesson concepts.
Memory Verses/!
Mark 12:29-31, “The most important
one,” answered Jesus, “is this:
‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the
Lord is one. Love the Lord your God
with all your heart and with all your
soul and with all your mind and with
all your strength. The second is this:
‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There
is no commandment greater than
these.”
I Samuel 15:22b, “To obey is better
than sacrifice…”
I John 5:3a, “This is love for God: to
obey His commands.”
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Pictures
Fabric pieces
Chariot wheel
Plastic sword and shield
Crown
Headliner fabric (red, blue, gray)
10” red poster board squares for backing
6” AND 9” paper plates
3” circle die-cuts (red)
Mini-heart die-cuts (gray)
White golf practice balls
Velcro strips, !” wide x 5” long
Black markers
Pre-printed labels
Several hole punchers
14” yarn pieces
Staplers and staples
Double-stick tape and scissors
Waxed paper
Sweetened sugar cookies
Cookies without sugar
Frosting
Sprinkles (optional)
Plastic knives and napkins
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More great ideas about
Saul
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Objective/!
! Student will be able to demonstrate his understanding that if we love God, we will obey
Him. If we obey God, we show our love for Him.
! Student will create, design, implement, and participate in various projects/products to
show concrete application of the principles of the curriculum.
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1. WARM-UP… with Journeymen in song, memory verses, sharing time,
prayer requests, and DAILY BIBLE READERS (10-15 minutes)
2. FOCUS…The story of Saul is about trust and obedience to God. At first,
Saul was a shy and reluctant leader. He was physically powerful and a good
military leader, but he relied on his own strength rather than God’s power.
He was at times afraid, arrogant, and impatient, and he made poor choices.
Saul did not give his whole heart to trusting and following God. God wants
us to learn from Saul’s strengths and weaknesses, obeying Him with all of our
hearts.
3. PRAY, thanking God for His patience with us, asking Him to forgive us
when we sin and for help to trust Him more.
4. “TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE”
! PLACE fabric piece, chariot wheel, shield, sword, King’s crown,
“Saul” A Beka Flash-A-Cards on a nearby table to use while telling the
story.
! SHOW Flash-A-Card of Saul’s anointing by Samuel; EXPLAIN: God
chose Saul to be the first king of His people. Saul was tall and handsome,
“without equal among the Israelites.” He was anointed by Samuel, and
God’s spirit came on him with power. The Philistine people lived in the
area where God’s people lived and caused them a great deal of trouble.
The Philistines were not afraid of King Saul – they had forts, chariots and
iron weapons, and more soldiers than Saul. King Saul had an army of
3,000 soldiers, but no chariots or iron weapons. Saul’s son, Jonathan,
attacked one of the Philistine garrisons, which made them angry. They
gathered their chariots and soldiers, ready to fight Saul’s army.
! SHOW Flash-A-Card of Saul sending out messengers throughout the
land; EXPLAIN: Saul sent out a message to the Israelites, “The
Philistines are marching against us. Let every man come to Saul!” The
people answered his call, but they were afraid! Samuel heard about this
and sent word to Saul that he would come in seven days to offer sacrifices
to God and pray. God would show Samuel what they should do. Saul and
his men waited for Samuel to arrive. While they waited, the Philistine
army got bigger and bigger. Saul’s army was so afraid that they hid in
caves and holes and between rocks. Some even sneaked away. Saul
thought he had to do something to give them courage. He thought if he
didn’t do something quickly, he would have no army left!
You Will Need…
DAILY BIBLE
READER
BOOKMARK
Sample found on p. 49
STUDENT BIBLES
Any Bible version
you have available
will work. Try to
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TO OBEY IS
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! SHOW Flash-A-Card of Saul’s sacrifice; EXPLAIN: Saul became
impatient, not wanting to wait for Samuel to arrive. Because of this, he made
a very poor choice. Saul offered sacrifices even though he knew God had
commanded only the priests and Levites to do this. The sacrifice was still
burning when Samuel arrived. Samuel asked, “Why have you done this?”
Saul made many excuses. He blamed his army, and he blamed Samuel.
Samuel said, “You have been very foolish. You have disobeyed God, and
your family will not continue to rule.” Samuel did not tell Saul what to do
about the Philistines; he just sadly walked away. Saul counted his soldiers;
he had only 600, so he and his soldiers went back home. Even though Saul
had been impatient and disobedient, God was still patient with him, giving
Saul opportunities to trust and obey Him. Over time, Saul made war against
other nations that troubled his people. He had many victories and his army
grew larger and stronger. Saul was doing so well that he seemed to forget
that his success came from God. He felt proud of his many victories. He
began to decide what was right to do instead of obeying God’s commands.
Saul was preparing to do battle with the Amalekites. Samuel told Saul, “God
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will help you win your battle. But you must destroy everything. Don’t
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take anything you find there..!!Saul won the battle, but he took King Agag
as a prisoner, and his men decided to keep the best of the cattle.
SHOW Flash-A-Card of Samuel confronting Saul; EXPLAIN: While
Saul and his men marched back to their homes, God spoke to Samuel. “I am
sorry I ever made Saul king. He does not obey my commandments.”
Samuel was disappointed in Saul, too. He cried all night, and prayed for the
king. The next morning Samuel went to see Saul. Saul said, “May the Lord
bless you. I have done as God commanded.” (Did he?) Samuel looked
straight into the king’s eyes and asked, “What about the bleating of sheep
and lowing of oxen that I hear?” !Saul said, “We brought these back to
sacrifice to the Lord.” !Samuel told Saul how God had spoken to him during
the night. Saul tried to make excuses, and he blamed his soldiers. Samuel
reminded the king, “It is better to obey God than to offer Him sacrifices!
(give Him gifts). Because you no longer obey God, you will not be king.”
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with him to worship God. As Samuel turned away from the king, Saul
grabbed his cloak and it tore. Samuel said, “Just as you have torn my cloak,
God has torn your kingdom away from you and given it to a better man.” !
Samuel left and never saw King Saul again. Samuel was very sad. He knew
God would not lead Israel while Saul was king. Another man was chosen by
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5. THE BIG PICTURE: If we love God, we will obey Him. If we obey
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! EXPLAIN: God chose Saul to be the first king of the Israelites. Saul had good
qualities and bad qualities. But Saul’s bad qualities kept him from being the
good leader God wanted for His people. He was impatient, proud, self-serving
(he did what HE wanted), disobedient to God, and made poor choices. God
wanted Saul to remember that he needed God’s help to be a good king. God
told His people to fully commit their hearts to obeying Him. The Bible tells us
that Saul did not commit his whole heart to God. If we love God, we will obey
Him. If we obey God, we show our love for Him.
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the room. EXPLAIN: We can keep close to God by practicing obedience to
Him. INSTRUCT students:
% If you’ve ever said an unkind word, take a step backward.
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EXPLAIN: A little at a time, we can become far away from God. But when
we practice obedience to God, through our actions, you can keep close to God.
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% If you come to worship and Bible class, take a step forward.
% If you have prayed for someone, take a step forward.
% If you have done something to help someone, take a step forward.
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STUDENT BIBLES
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7. ENRICHMENT…THE SWEET TASTE OF OBEYING GOD…
! Before class, FROST an unsweetened cookie. Leave the sweetened
cookie unfrosted.
! SHOW the two cookies to the class. SAY: “I have two cookies here. One
is decorated and one is plain. They are making me hungry! I would like to
give these cookies to two students.” CHOOSE two students to each select and
taste one of the cookies.
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taste of each cookie.
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outside, but on the inside, his heart did not have the sweet taste of obeying
God. Each person must make the choice to obey God. We all have to make
choices every day. Sometimes it’s hard to make the right choice, isn’t it? God
will help you if you ask Him. Think of something you haven’t been doing at
home, but that you know you should be doing. Do it this week, even if it
doesn’t seem like much fun at the time. (Examples: being nice to a sibling,
cleaning your room, doing your homework without being asked, not
complaining, or studying your Bible.)
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1. CUT a 9” square of blue fabric and a 6” square of gray fabric for each student.
CUT a red 3” circle die-cut for each student.
CUT a gray mini-heart die-cut for each student.
PREPARE pre-printed labels for each student (SEE example).
CUT a 14” yarn piece and two Velcro strips (1/4” wide x 5” long) for
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2. CUT out, then STACK the circles.
3. TAPE the heart to the small red circle.
4. STAPLE the red circle (left and right) to the gray circle; STAPLE the
gray circle to the blue circle (top and bottom); STAPLE the blue circle
to the red poster board (all four sides).
5. PUNCH two hole punches in the top corners and TIE the yarn piece
through each hole to make a hanger (keep the yarn taut).
6. WRITE LOVE, TRUST, OBEY, and GOD, on the circles (in the order
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7. ATTACH a direction label to the back of the poster board.
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To play, toss the ball, hitting all four circles in order.
To play with a friend, each person can take 3 turns,
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Bible Background:
I Samuel 8-11
Saul becomes king of Israel
Memory objectives
Focus/!
Using music, games and a variety of interactive
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Memory Verses/!
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‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no
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! The student will be able to recall the memory verses, and explain each one’s meaning and
application to his life.
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1. WARM-UP… with Journeymen in song, memory verses, sharing time,
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2. PRAYER… begin class with prayer, asking God to accept our songs of praise,
adoration and thanksgiving.
3. GOD’S PLAN (5 minutes)… as a “frame” for our “lesson in song”,
REFLECT with students on God’s Plan for us.
! READ I John 5:3a, “This is love for God: to obey His commands.”!
! ASK: Why does John, one of Jesus’ apostles, tell us obeying God
shows that we love Him? (Allow student responses.) !
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knows what is best for us, He asks that we trust and love Him enough to
obey Him. True obedience is giving our whole lives to the Lord. (SEE
Curriculum Guide FOCUS for more explanation.)
4. LESSON in SONG (20-30 minutes)…Using the Journey Land Music
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Rotation. (ADAPT as necessary for Primaries and Middlers.)
! FOCUS…God was the leader of his chosen nation Israel. He led them
out of Egypt and provided for all their needs as they wandered in the
wilderness. When Israel disobeyed God, He sent judges and prophets to
remind the Israelites that they needed to love and obey Him. This was
not enough for the Israelites. They wanted a!king because “everyone else
had one”. They asked Samuel for an earthly king. Samuel tried to
convince them that an earthly king would not have their best interests at
heart. In fact, Samuel warned the Israelites that a king would make
some of them slaves and would take some of their land, crops, and
livestock and give them to his attendants.
Although Samuel tried to convince them that they should look to God as
their king, the Israelites rejected Samuel’s advice. God told Samuel that
it wasn’t really Samuel they were rejecting, but!Him. It was not exactly
wrong for Israel to want a King but God knew that it would make it
easier for the Israelites to forget that God was their leader if they had an
earthly leader. Their request for a leader showed their lack of trust in
God as their king. They wanted someone to make laws, lead an army,
and run the nation through human strength. They rejected the strength of
God to lead them through the many battles that lay ahead of them in
Canaan.!!Israel was called to be a holy nation, different and “set apart”
from everyone else. READ Leviticus 20:260!!The Israelites’ motive
You Will Need…
DAILY BIBLE
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Sample found on p. 49
STUDENT BIBLES
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in asking for a king was to be like - not “different or set apart” from - the
nations around them. It was not so much their desire to have a king that
was disobedient to God but their reason for wanting a king. Just like
God wanted the Israelites to be different from those around them, He
also tells us in the New Testament that we should be different from the
world around us. READ Romans 12:2; DISCUSS.
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Israel, he loved and obeyed God. Saul got into trouble when he forgot
that God was the true leader in control of the Israel nation. When Saul
quit depending on God’s guidance, he stopped listening to, obeying, and
loving God. How does God know that we love Him? God knows we
love Him when we obey His commands. God doesn’t just want us to
love Him a little bit; He wants us to love Him with everything we’ve got
– heart, mind, soul, and strength. If we love Him completely we will
obey Him. SING “Hear, O Israel” (Mark 12:28-31). Divide class into
two groups for echo parts.
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characters and stories of God’s Word. FOCUS on the concept that to
love and obey God, we must know Him. And the way that we know Him
is by studying about Him in His Holy Word, the Bible.
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% “Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho”
5. MUSICAL VERSES game (15 minutes)…PLAY “Musical Verses”
game to review and reinforce current and past memory verses and Old
Testament books.
You Will Need…
JOURNEY LAND
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Available for
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LESSON IN SONG
- “Hear, O Israel”
lyrics on pg. 31
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- “12 Tribes of Israel”
lyrics on pg. 33
- “Go Down Moses”
lyrics on pg. 34
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“HEAR, O ISRAEL”
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Hear, O Israel,
The Lord thy God is one God.
REFRAIN:
And thou shalt love the Lord, thy God, with all of thy heart,
(And thou shalt love the Lord, thy God, with all of thy heart.)
And thou shalt love the Lord, thy God, with all of thy soul,
(And thou shalt love the Lord, thy God, with all of thy soul.)
And thou shalt love the Lord, thy God, with all of thy strength,
(And thou shalt love the Lord, thy God, with all of thy strength.)
And thou shalt love the Lord, thy God, with all of thy mind,
(And thou shalt love the Lord, thy God, with all of thy mind.)
Hear, O Israel,
Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
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“OLD TESTAMENT BOOKS”
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Oh, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus,
Numbers, Deuteronomy,
Joshua, Judges, Ruth,
First and Second Samuel.
First and Second Kings,
First and Second Chronicles
Ezra, Nehemiah.
Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs,
Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon.
Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel
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“12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL”
SONG CENTER
(Music and Arr. by Kathy Thompson; available for download at www.mrcc.org)
Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah
Issachar, Zebulun, Gad, Asher,
Dan, Naphtali,
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“GO DOWN, MOSES”
SONG CENTER
(Traditional; available for download at www.mrcc.org)
When Israel was in Egypt’s land,
Let my people go!
Oppressed so hard they could not stand,
Let my people go!
CHORUS:
Go down, Moses,
‘Way down in Egypt’s land.
Tell old Pharaoh,
Let my people go!
“Thus saith the Lord,” bold Moses said,
Let my people go!
“If not, I’ll smite your firstborn dead,”
Let my people go!
CHORUS
“No more shall they in bondage toil,”
Let my people go!
“Let them come out with Egypt’s spoil.”
Let my people go!
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“Your foes shall not before you stand,”
Let my people go!
“And you’ll possess fair Canaan’s land.”
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“JOSHUA FOUGHT THE BATTLE OF JERICHO”
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You may talk about your kings of
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You may talk about your men of Saul,
There’s none like good old Joshua
At the battle of Jericho!
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He marched with spear in hand.
“go blow those ram horns,” Joshua cried,
‘cause the battle is in my hand!”
Then the lam ‘ram, sheep horns
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Trumpets began to sound,
Joshua commanded the children to shout,
And the walls came tumblin’ down!
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Joshua fought the battle of Jericho,
Jericho, Jericho,
Joshua fought the battle of Jericho,
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MUSICAL VERSES
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MATERIALS:
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$ CD player
$ Several (5 or 6) colors of construction paper (1 piece per child)
PREPARATION:
1. PLACE alternating colors of construction paper squares on the floor in a
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chair with the colored paper goes to the board and TAPES an index card over (or
erases) one word of the memory verse (SEE below).
3. All of the students then RECITE the verse together. Continue to PLAY until each
word of the verse has been covered (or erased) and students are able to SAY it all
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flannel graph
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Color sheet of David and Saul
“Tell Me About Saul” review game
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civilization and lifestyle of ancient Canaan, and explain and locate the division of Canaan
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2. PRAY to begin class time.
3. WHERE IN THE WORLD WAS…CANAAN? (5 minutes)… our
study today takes place in the “Promised Land”: Canaan. On the
Ancient Middle East and World Maps, LOCATE Canaan.
4. CHRONOLOGY (10-15 minutes)… using the Time Line, review and
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! Moses’ birth (ca. 1526 B.C.)
! Israelite bondage in Egypt (from around 1850-1446 B.C)
! Exodus out of Egypt (1446 B.C.)
! Entry into the Promised Land after 40 years of wandering the desert.
Most historians agree that the Israelites entered Canaan ca.1406 B.C.
! Judges, many whose terms overlapped, ruled and guided the Israelites for
around 300 years, from ca. 1375 B.C. to 1050 B.C. Important note:
Judges ruled over individual tribes, not ALL of Israel, so some judges
ruled different tribes during the same time period.
! Saul, the first king of Israel, was anointed by Samuel around 1050 B.C.,
around 300 years after Joshua led the Israelites into the Promised Land.
5. WEAPONS and WARFARE in SAUL’S DAY (30-40 minutes;
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6. ENRICHMENT/REINFORCEMENT…reinforce knowledge of the
life of Saul.
! Primaries (Grades 1, 2)…PLAY “Tell Me About Saul” game
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Sample found on p. 49
STUDENT BIBLES
Any Bible version
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WHERE IN THE
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CHRONOLOGY
- Timeline: Big
Picture Bible
Timeline, Gospel
Light Publishers.
ISBN: 0-8307-1472-3
(Can be ordered from
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- “Saul” A Beka
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- Time line
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- “Tell Me About Saul”
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% WATCH selected portion of “David and Goliath” video pertinent to
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% Sling shot…students may CONSTRUCT and PRACTICE “slinging”
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"War will continue until the end…. wrote the ancient Biblical prophet. Warfare – fighting
over food supplies, territory, for power or glory – has existed since the beginning of mankind and
will continue until the end of time.
POINT OUT 1000 B.C. on Time Line: In Saul’s day, around 1000 B.C., the Israelites had
been settled back in their promised land, Canaan, for around 300 years. LOCATE Canaan (present
day Israel) on World map and Ancient Middle East map.
Because the Israelites failed to follow through on God’s directive to completely rid Canaan of
its idolatrous inhabitants, God’s people were continually tormented by them. The pagan peoples of
Canaan kept the Israelite tribes in subjection through constant raids to carry off their families and
property. The Israelites could do little to defend themselves. One of the major tribes, the Philistines,
had a monopoly on the iron trade that restricted the Israelites from owning weapons! In fact, if an
Israelite simply wanted to sharpen his farming tools, he had to pay a Philistine blacksmith. The
Israelites asked God for a king to protect and unite them: they would have been protected and united
by God if only they had obeyed Him in the first place and gotten rid of all of the Canaanites!
Under siege…
Pockets of Canaanites were scattered throughout the Promised Land. Each fortified, walled
city and the surrounding countryside was ruled by its own king. Each king was constantly either
defending his territory, or trying to add to it by attacking the surrounding tribes and cities.
When an enemy army surrounds a city or castle and waits until the people inside surrender –
after running out of food, water or weapons – they have put those people “under siege”. READ
I Samuel 11:1-3, which tells us about this common ancient practice. Because Israel’s tribes were
loosely organized, Nahash was betting that no one would come to the city’s aid. Since sieges could
last for months, he was hoping to take the city without a battle. A strong, well-stocked city could
withstand a siege if the besiegers ran out of food. Saul’s decisive attack on Nahash helped unify
Israel and proved to the Israelites that he was a worthy military leader. The defenders of the city
were high up on the thick, stonewalls, protected by barriers, looking down on their attackers.
Archeologists excavating Jericho found that it had towers and walls 20 feet thick and 25 feet high in
some places (SHOW Teaching Picture of Jericho), while the ancient city of Ninevah had walls 120
feet high and 30 feet thick! Ancient cities’ gates were thick wood, often covered in iron so that they
would not catch fire or be battered down. Attackers who came close to the walls with ladders or
grapnel hooks (a hook attached to a length of rope that could be climbed when thrown over a wall)
were in danger of being picked off by sniper archers on the city walls. Defenders often poured
boiling oil or water on their attackers, or threw rocks down on them.
Since ancient cities had such high, thick walls, how could attackers capture a city? They
could tunnel under the walls of the city, or use different “siege machines” to attack the walls. The
ancient Babylonians and Assyrians developed several effective siege engines. The “siege tower”
was a tall, multi-story structure on wheels that could be pushed close to the city walls. (SHOW
Teaching Picture of siege tower) Attacking soldiers on the siege tower would then jump over onto
the walls. It was covered with wet animal hides to deflect burning arrows. A battering
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ropes or chains from a timber frame, it was swung and rammed against the city walls or gate to make
a hole. (SHOW Teaching Picture of battering ram)
Chariot and Infantry Warfare…
Most armies in Saul’s day fought on foot – infantry. They might be armed with bows, slings,
spears, or clubs – common weapons of his era. Once chariots were invented around 2500 B.C. by
the Mesopotamians, however, warfare changed forever.
Until horses were tamed, chariots were pulled by wild donkeys. Most chariots were twowheeled wooden platforms with open backs. (SHOW Teaching Picture of chariot) Chariots were
very fragile. The long pole to which the horses were harnessed was easily damaged. Although two
horses usually pulled chariots, sometimes three or four horses were used. Most chariots held two
people: the driver and the archer or spearman. With the driver to handle the horses, the archer was
free to concentrate on firing at the enemy. Sometimes sharp blades were fastened to the wheel axles
so that when the chariots were driven through the enemy ranks, their soldiers were sliced up.
Chariots were an elite striking force of highly trained horses and their crews. Lines of chariots
would race into the ranks of the opposing infantry, most who wore no armor. With the chariots’
crews throwing spears or shooting arrows, there were heavy casualties among the tightly packed
infantry. READ I Samuel 13:5, 7b, which describes Saul’s troops as “quaking with fear” when
they learned that “The Philistines assembled to fight Israel, with three thousand chariots, six
thousand charioteers, and soldiers as numerous as the sand on the seashore.” It’s no wonder that the
Israelite army was petrified with fear: not only were they facing the terrifying chariot force of the
Philistines, but only Saul and his son Jonathan had any iron weapons!
Battle Strategy…
Battles in ancient times were often short – it was exhausting to fight with a heavy sword or
spear! Armies set up camp on opposite sides of a valley or ravine, and waited on each other to attack
first. (SHOW Teaching Picture of Israelite and Philistine armies facing each other across
ravine) Since it is better battle strategy to fire down upon attackers than to try to take the offensive,
whoever would rush down the valley and up the steep cliffs toward the opposing army would be at a
great disadvantage and suffer great casualties. Battles were generally fought during the day, so a
night raid or an ambush took the enemy by surprise.
READ I Samuel 17:2, 3, 16. An army often avoided the high cost of battle by pitting its
strongest warrior against the strongest warrior of the enemy. The winner of the fight was considered
the winner of the entire battle. Goliath was “representing” the Philistine army – although the
Israelites had no one brave enough to fight him! After a battle, defeated warriors fled, trying to
escape by throwing away their heavy weapons and equipment.
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! READ!I Samuel 17:4-7. Armor, as well as weapons, in Saul’s day were generally made of
bronze, a combination of copper and tin.
! PLACE armor flannel piece on soldier’s chest. Soldiers wore armor to protect the head,
neck and chest. Saul and Goliath wore scale armor. The Assyrians devised scale armor, made
of very small, overlapping bronze metal plates sewn onto a heavily padded tunic. This type of
armor gave warriors great mobility in battle. Goliath’s armor weighed 125 pounds!
! PLACE greaves (shin pads) flannel piece on soldier’s shins.
! PLACE helmet flannel piece on soldier’s head. Helmets were often just round bronze hats
without a mask or face protector.
! PLACE shield flannel piece on soldier’s left arm. A shield, usually carried or strapped to the
left arm, offered protection and left the right arm free to hold a weapon. Kings or important
warriors used a shield bearer to carry their shields into battle for them.
SHOW Teaching Picture of Goliath with his shield bearer.
! PLACE spear flannel piece on soldier’s right hand. The process of “casting” (heating and
shaping) iron was newly discovered around 1000 B.C. Iron was much stronger and harder
than bronze and was highly valued. The iron point of Goliath’s spear weighed 15 pounds!
Other common weapons of Saul’s day included javelins, clubs, swords, battle-axes, slingshots
and maces (a club with a spiked end).
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that David was overwhelmed! David’s confidence in fighting Goliath wasn’t from armor or
weapons. He used his expertise in a simple slingshot and his confidence in his Lord to defeat
the mightiest warrior of the Philistine army!
! SHOW sling. The sling was made of two long strips of leather or sinew attached to a pouch,
which would hold stones. When one strip of the sling was released after spinning it in an
underhanded motion, much like a fast-pitch softball throw, the slung stone would have great
momentum. (DEMONSTRATE throw with a sling) An expert slinger could hurl his missile
up to 1500 feet. The Bible tells us that when David’s stone – guided by God – hit Goliath,
“the stone sank into his forehead”. SHOW Teaching Picture of David hurling sling at
Goliath. The force of the stone knocked Goliath out and David was able to use Goliath’s own
sword to kill and behead him.
The Big Picture…APPLYING the lesson concepts to the students’ lives makes learning relevant and
lasting.
Saul was an awesome warrior. Saul’s courage and military prowess united the Israelite tribes
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3. ASK students in Team 1 a review question. (All team members may
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4. If question is answered correctly, PLACE a piece of armor on “Saul”.
(Or, place a flannel piece of armor on flannel graph “Saul”.)
5. Continue play. First team to completely dress “Saul” is the winner.
6. Optional: award treats for cooperation and participation to all teams!
Option: Student who places card over a word of the memory recites verse individually.
*IMPORTANT: The goal of “Tell Me About Saul” game is positive, encouraging review and
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2. PLACE helmet sticker on the answer to: “When an enemy army surrounds a city or castle
and waits until the people surrender, it is called a _____________.” (Answer: SIEGE)
3. Using the red crayon, DRAW a circle around the answer to: “A huge tree trunk that is swung
and rammed against high city walls or its gates to create a hole, is called a ____________.”
(Answer: BATTERING RAM)
4. Using the green crayon, DRAW a star by the answer to: “Most ancient armies fought on
foot”. (Answer: INFANTRY)
5. PLACE the appropriate sticker on the answer to: “The type of armor that protects the lower
legs.” (Answer: GREAVES)
6. Using the blue crayon, DRAW a line under the answer to: “In the ancient Middle East, these
were NOT ridden into battle.” (Answer: HORSES)
7. PLACE the armor sticker on the answer to: “Whom did God choose to be Israel’s first
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8. Using the yellow crayon, DRAW a “sad face” by the answer to: “The Israelites had no
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DIRECTIONS:
Listen carefully to the CLUES given, and mark the correct ANSWER below.
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2. Divide students into small teams of 3-4 students per team. Number or name
each team; WRITE team names (or numbers) on the white board for score
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3. Allow each team to CHOOSE a question from select category and point value.
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TIME LINE…
100 – Whose birth is the starting point of all dates on our calendar? (Jesus)
200 – What does “B.C.” in a date mean? (“before Christ”)
300 – How many years did the Israelites wander in the desert before entering
the Promised Land? (40 years)
400 – How many years passed after the Israelites entered Canaan before God
allowed them to have their first king? (300 years)
The FIRST KING…
100 – How many Israelite families or “tribes” were there? (12)
200 – The Israelites asked God for a king that would protect and unite
them. Who was Israel’s first king? (Saul)
300 – The first king’s son was also a great warrior. Who was this son?
(Jonathan)
400 – Why were Saul and his son the only Israelites with iron weapons?
(Iron weapons were too expensive and rare for everyone else, since
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WARFARE in Saul’s Day…
100 – Armies in Saul’s day did not ride what into battle? (horses)
200 – What were most weapons and armor made of in Israel in Saul’s day? (bronze)
300 – When an army surrounds a city or castle and waits until the people
inside surrender, they have put those people under _______. (siege)
400 – How could attackers capture a city with thick walls? (tunnels, towers)
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100 – David was an expert using what weapon? (slingshot)
200 – How much did Goliath’s armor weigh? (125 pounds)
300 – Goliath was a champion warrior from what Canaanite tribe or nation?
(Philistines)
400 – How was David able to defeat Goliath? (with God’s help, he knocked
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EXAMPLE PATTERN
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Daily Bible Readers Bookmark
Daily Bible
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WEEK 1
Sunday
Genesis 1:1-5
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Genesis 1:6-8
$ Tuesday
Genesis 1:9-13
$ Wednesday
Genesis 1:14-19
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Genesis 1:20-23
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Genesis 1:24-27
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Genesis 1:28-31
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“In the beginning, God created
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