Tuesday 28th July
Main Lesson Plan
Summary of Yesterday's Story
In your main lesson book (large blue or purple book), draw a picture of yesterday's story.
Elkanah had two wives; Peninna and Hannah. Peninna had children, but Hannah had none. Whenever Elkanah offered a sacrifice to God, he gave many portions of the offering to his wife Peninna and to this sons and daughters, but only one portion to Hannah, since she had no children and even though he loved her. Every year this happened and every year Peninna mocked Hannah, until Hannah would cry and refuse to eat. Hannah cried and prayed to God and seeing her in this state, the priest Eli, who could not hear what she was praying about thought she was drunk and tried to chase her away. However, when he learned that she was grief stricken, he gave her his blessing.
That year, Hannah had a son, Samuel. She did not go to make the yearly sacrifice, for she said that she would wait until Samuel no longer needed her breast-milk. After this, she would give him to the temple, for she felt that he belonged to God. Samuel spent his days performing the duties of a priest and each year, his mother would bring him a new robe. For this offering, Hannah and Elkanah were blessed with 3 more sons and 2 daughters. The sons of Eli the priest were wicked, but Samuel earned the favour of both God and his father.
One day, God called upon Samuel, but as Samuel had never received a message before, he mistook God for Eli three times. Finally, he received God’s message that he would punish Eli’s family, for the sons had committed evil and were not stopped. Samuel was afraid to tell Eli, but when he finally did, Eli said, “It is God; let him do what seems good to him.”
The Israelites were defeated in battle by the Philistines. They decided to bring the golden Ark of the Covenant so that God would make them victorious over their enemies. The Philistines were fearful when they heard that the God of the Israelites had come, still they faced them bravely and the Israelites were forced to retreat to their tents.
The sons of Eli died and the Ark of the Covenant was captured. When Eli learnt this, he fell and as he was old and heavy, he died. The Ark of the Covenant was taken by the Philistines to the temple of the god Dagon. The statue of the god Dagon, fell and broke before the ark and God punished the people with boils. Seeing this, the people wished to send the Ark of the Covenant away, fearing the punishment of God. Yet wherever it was sent, those people were also punished with boils. Eventually, priests advised that the Ark of the Covenant be returned to the people of Israel with offerings to appease the anger of God. The ark was sent with five golden mice and five golden images of the illness and the cart drawing the ark was carried by two cows whose calves were left behind at home. If the ark went to Bethshemesh, then the Philistines would know that all was the work of God and not an accident. The cows brought the ark to the field of Joshua in Bethshemesh and were sacrificed to God.
Create a quiet space to listen to this story. Make sure that there is nothing in your hands and that you are comfortable. Play the music or you can sing if you remember the song as you light your candle.
(Arranged by Catherine Delanoy)