Samuel spent his life serving God. God spoke to Samuel and Samuel shared God’s plans with the people of Israel. Follow along with this devotion, which you can walk through with your family in 10-15 minutes one night this week or review it in 3-5 minutes over the course of the week.
KEY VERSE – DAY ONE:
Review the key verses and hand motions for this unit with your children.
“Then Jesus spoke to them again, ‘I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.’” – John 8:12 (Backyard Kids Club Cave Quest Key Verse)
“For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our King. He will save us.” – Isaiah 33:22
BIG PICTURE QUESTION – DAY ONE:
Ask your children the Big Picture Question for this unit: How does God accomplish His plan? God uses people for His glory and our good.
MAIN POINT – DAY ONE:
Share with your children that this week’s main point is: God called Samuel to share God’s plan.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from 1 Samuel 1-3. This story can be found on page 70 of the Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
In a hilly country called Ephraim, a man named Elkanah lived with his wife Hannah. Hannah was very sad because she did not have any children. Hannah wanted to have a family.
Every year, Elkanah went to the tabernacle to make sacrifices to God and to worship HIm. Hannah went with hi. Elkanah saw that Hannah was upset. “What’s wrong, hannah?” he asked. “Don’t I make you happy?”
Hannah prayed to God, “Lord, if You give me a son, I will dedicate him to You. He will serve You all of his life.” A priest named Eli was sitting near the doorpost of the tabernacle. Eli watched Hannah pray. He couldn’t hear her, but he saw her lips moving. Eli thought there was something wrong with Hannah. Hannah explained, “I’ve been pouring out my heart before the Lord.” Eli replied, “God in peace. May God answer your prayers.”
Hannah and Elkanah returned home, and God did answer her prayers. AFter some time, Hannah gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel.
When Samuel was no longer a baby, Hannah took him to Eli at the tabernacle. “God answered my prayers!” she said. Hannah pledged Samuel to serve God and she worshiped Him.
Hannah returned home and left Samuel with Eli to serve God. Every year, Hannah returned with a new robe for Samuel, and God gave Hannah many more children.
Eli was getting old, and his sons served as priests in the tabernacle. Eli heard that his sons were sinning against God. Eli asked his sons why they were sinning, but they did not listen to him. Samuel, on the other hand, grew older and found favor with God and with men.
One night, Eli was in his bed and Samuel was lying in the tabernacle when Samuel heard someone speak to him. “Here I am,” Samuel replied. He ran to Eli. “Here I am; you called me.”
God called Samuel three times, and each time Samuel ran to Eli. “Here I am,” he said. Eli finally understood that God was calling to Samuel. HE told Samuel how to respond.
Samuel went back to his place, and God called, “Samuel, Samuel!” “Speak, for Your servant is listening,” Samuel replied. God told Samuel that He was going to judge Eli’s family for their sin.
The next day, Samuel was afraid to tell Eli what God had said. Eli asked Samuel to tell him what God said, so Samuel did.
As Samuel grew, God was with him. Everyone in Israel knew that Samuel was God’s messenger. God used Samuel to share His plan with the nation of Israel.
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- Why was Hannah sad? (she did not have any children)
- What did Hannah promise to do if God gave her a son? (give him to God to serve Him)
- Who called out to Samuel? (God)
- What did Samuel say to God? (speak, for Your servant is listening)
- What did God tell Samuel? (God was going to punish Eli’s family for disobeying Him)
1st-5th grades (Review from all Unit 9 stories):
- Who were the judges? (The judges were people whom God called to rescue the Israelites from their enemies and lead them to worship God.)
- Why did the Israelites need the judges?(They kept forgetting God and turning to worship idols.)
- Name the judges we have learned about over the last few weeks? (Ehud, Othniel, Shamgar, Deborah, Gideon, Samson, Samuel)
- To whom did God give a message through Deborah? (Barak)
- Who gave Samson his power? (God gave Samson power.)
- How did Boaz help Ruth and Naomi? (He was a family redeemer.)
- What did God call Samuel to do? (God called Samuel to share God’s plan.)
- How does God accomplish His plan? (God uses people for His glory and our good.)
WORSHIP – DAY FOUR:
CHRIST CONNECTION – DAY FIVE:
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
Samuel told people what God is like. Jesus came to earth as a human. His life showed the world what God is like.
Samuel used God’s words to tell the people what God is like. John 1:1 says that Jesus is the Word. Jesus showed the world what God is like, and He told people to turn away from their sin. Jesus ultimately freed people from the power of sin by dying on the cross and rising again.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
As you pray, praise God for always being in control of His perfect plan and using people to show the world His glory. Ask God to help us hear Him when He speaks to our hearts and to obey His commands for our lives.