Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33 NLT
Week Two – A Beloved King
Last week, we talked about letting God be king of your heart! The Israelites didn’t want God to be their king anymore; they wanted to be like all the nations they saw around them. So they rejected God and asked the prophet, Samuel, to anoint Saul to be lord over them, even though God warned them he would take from them and mistreat them.
King Saul didn’t work out so well. He chose to believe that he could follow God but continue to do things his way—and it backfired. Because of his rebellion against doing things God’s way, King Saul was stripped of not only his dynasty and lineage but his entire kingdom.
As a result, God sent Samuel out to find a new king, a king that would choose to do life God’s way. More than anything, God was looking for someone “after his own heart.”
So Samuel went out to find a new king, and God pointed him to the sons of a guy named Jesse, who has a bunch of strong sons. However, God chooses the youngest and weakest of the bunch to be the next King of Isreal. His name is David.
1 Samuel 16:8
God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
- [Have a student read 1 Samuel 16:7–8.] What stands out to you about this verse?
- Saul gives us an example of what it looks like when 1) our identity is found in someone or something else other than God, and 2) when these things shift. From the traits below, what can you most relate with?
- Jealousy, Insecurity, Control
- What’s that thing (boyfriend/girlfriend, friend, video game, sports/hobby) that if you lost, you feel you’d lose your status with people?
- David in Hebrew means “beloved.” How would your life change if you saw yourself primarily as ‘beloved? Not judged, not competitor, not outsider, but beloved?