Sunday, June 26, 2011

David annointed (deeds of David day 5)

1 Samuel 16:1-14 followed up on God's promise to replace Saul as King over Israel. Samuel was sent to the home of Jesse to anoint one of his sons as King. Samuel thought the older, stronger brothers would surely be King, but God tells Samuel "man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." God chose David, the youngest in the family, because God could see David's heart for God.

This is another lesson so relevant to our children. The world may value appearance, power, fame, etc. God values what is on the inside of us. Do we desire to follow God, or to have our own way? We did two activities to help get the point across. The outside doesn't always reflect the inside. I first took a needle and sliced a banana through tiny holes along the peel. With only 3 tiny needle pricks, we were able to have the banana cut into 4 pieces. So, when the kids peeled the banana, it was already cut up!

The second activity we did was to play a modified "old maid" game with a regular deck of cards. I took the aces, Kings, Queens, and Jacks out of the deck. I added one joker. Therefore we had pairs for all the numbered cards but not for the joker. We passed out all the cards and each player took out the pairs in their hand. The object of the game was to take turns choosing a card from another players hand (without looking) in an effort to make pairs out of all the cards. However, if you unknowingly draw the joker, you will not be able to make it into a pair. But just as we don't always see the hearts of people, we are not able to see their cards either :)

the point: man looks on the outward appearance but the Lord looks on the heart

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