A SHEPHERD BOY MADE KING

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    [1 Samuel:16:1-23].

    Lesson No.: 
    58
    Class: 
    Elementary
    Memory Verse: 

    “Blessed  are  the  meek”  (Matthew 5:5).

    Notes: 

    New King Needed
    The small boy in the Temple had grown to be a man. He was a good man, and was doing God’s work in a way that pleased God. But the king was not good. He had disobeyed God, and God was not pleased with him; and He was going to put in another king who He knew would do what He wanted him to do. God knows who will obey Him and who will not.

    Samuel Obeys God
    God knows where the good people are and where the bad ones are. He knew where a boy was who had a good heart, and who loved Him. God told Samuel to go to a home where there were many boys, and anoint one of them king. The father brought out one of his sons who was tall and fine-looking; but the Lord told Samuel he was not the right one. God said, “Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”

    Then the father called another son; and after seven sons had been looked at, but not chosen, Samuel asked the father if he had more sons. He said that his youngest son was in the field taking care of the sheep. Samuel said to Jesse the father, “Send and fetch him.”

    David Chosen
    David was called, and when Samuel saw this young man he knew that he was the good boy that God had chosen to be king later on.

    Samuel took the oil he had with him in a horn and poured it on David’s head. God blessed David from that very day on.

    David the Musician
    David was a musician -– he played a harp, and he also sang many songs. He praised the Lord by playing and singing the songs he wrote. One song that we all love is taken from a song written by David. “The Lord is My Shepherd.” Perhaps as David wrote this song he looked back to a certain day, when he was out tending the sheep, and was called in before Samuel. That day Samuel anointed David to be the new king. The Lord led and took care of David just as David had led the sheep.

    The bad king did not please God, and he became sick and unhappy. He wanted someone to come and play sweet music for him. He and his friends were talking about it one day. One of them must have heard David play, for he said to the king that he knew a young man who could play very well. So the king sent men to ask David’s father to send David to the king to play for him. David played on his harp for the king, and the king liked him very much and made him his helper. David loved God and God loved David. God blesses those who love Him and obey Him.

    Questions: 

    1. Was the first one of Jesse’s sons chosen to be king? [1 Samuel:16:7].
    2. What was the youngest son doing at this time? [1 Samuel:16:11].
    3. What did the Lord say when David was brought before Samuel? [1 Samuel:16:12].
    4. What did David do for Saul? [1 Samuel:16:21-23].
    5. Does God look only on the outside of man? [1 Samuel:16:7].