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5 Minute Devotional: Israel Demanded a King (1 Samuel 8-10)

Josh RobertsComment

Dear Parents,

This week, 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.

(3 minutes) READ 1 Samuel 8-9

Main Point: God called Samuel to share God’s plan.

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.

(1 minute) REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever, and He rules over the world.

Sojourn Kids North Star Catechism: What is the gospel of the kingdom? The good news that we can have life with God under the rule of God.

Memory Verse: Psalm 47:7 For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.

(1 minute) PRAY and thank Jesus for being the perfect king.

Check out the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for more ways to interact with the Bible content each week.