Wednesday 29th 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.
Kish had a tall, handsome son named Saul. One day, the asses which belonged to Kish went missing and so Kish asked his son Saul to look for them with a servant. They searched in many lands when eventually Saul said they should return, else his father would think that they had gone missing. The servant however, spoke of a man of God who might be able to help them and who was nearby. As an offering, they decided to give this man of God a quarter of a silver shekel.
Samuel, the wise man was told by God that he would meet Saul and that he should anoint him to be a prince over the people of Israel. Saul met Samuel in the town and dined with him. When Samuel told Saul that all of Israel belonged to him, Saul found this difficult to believe as he came from a small and humble family.
After spending the night, the next morning, Samuel asked Saul to send his servant ahead of him so that he could pass on a message from God. Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him and told him that God had anointed him as a prince of Israel. He told Saul that he would deliver the people of Israel from their enemies. Samuel then told him that he would meet two men at Rachel’s tomb who would tell him about his father’s lost asses and that they have been found. From there, he would come to the oak of Tabor where he would meet three men; one carrying three kids, one carrying three loaves of bread and the other carrying a skin of wine. Two loaves of bread would be given to him and then he would go to the city of Gibeah. There he would met a band of prophets coming down from a high place with a lyre, tambourine, flute and harp before them while they made prophecies. The spirit of God would then enter him and he would make prophecies too and in that moment; Saul would become a different man. Samuel told Saul that when these signs came, he should do whatever he can, for God would be with him.
The Israelites were besieged by Nahash, the Ammonite and they pleaded to make terms and serve him. Nahash however was cruel and said that the only terms he would make would be to gauge out the right eye of all the Israelites and bring disgrace upon all of Israel. The Israelites asked for seven days to find someone who might save them and so they went to Saul. Upon hearing their troubles, the spirit of God filled Saul and Saul killed two oxen and had them sent throughout all of Israel saying that whoever did not come out after Saul and Samuel would meet the same fate.
Saul sent a message that tomorrow, by the time the sun is hot, help shall be given. Early the next morning, Saul divided the people into three divisions to fight against the Ammonites. The Ammonites became so scattered that not two of them were left together. After this victory, Saul was made the ruler of Israel by the Israelites.
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)