1. God chooses David to be king (1 Samuel 16) (2023)



Main point:God uses people who have hearts that trust in Him.

verso clave: The man watches as someone appears outside. But I look at what is in the heart.- 1 Samuel 16:7b

Accessories: a handful of dollar bills; a silver cup or bowl; Photo of your children (if applicable).

Background/Flashback (1 Samuel 8 - 9)

Questions:Are there still kings in the world today? You may not know their names, but what do you think they are? how do you think they liveSay:Let's look at some modern kings. Belgium has King Albert II, the King of Spain is Juan Carlos, and the King of Jordan is King Abdallah II.


Say:Now you know the names and faces of some modern kings.Questions:Are these kings good or bad?Listen to the answers.Say:We cannot tell if a person is good or bad by their appearance. Only what is in a person's heart tells us who they really are.

Say:Well, think about the moment when God called Abraham. God told Abraham to leave his homeland and go to a new land. God told Abraham that he would make a great nation out of him.Questions:Who remembers what nation Abraham's descendants became?Say:They became the nation of Israel or the Israelites. Later these people became known as Hebrews or Jews. The Israelites trusted the one true God as their leader. GOD Himself was KING over the nation of Israel, and Israel was blessed because they did not need a human king like other nations. God provided everything his people could want, and he provided it perfectly because He is a perfect God.

Israel did not need a king, but they heard other nations speak of their human kings. The Israelites wanted to be like other nations; they also wanted a human king (1 Samuel 8:5). The people wanted a human ruler, even if he wasn't perfect and made a lot of mistakes. They rejected the all-perfect, all-knowing, and powerful God as their King! (1 Samuel 8:7)

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application:How could God's people not be more pleased with God? Because they had forgotten the wonders He had done for them (1 Samuel 8:8). They stopped trusting him. They listened to other people instead of God. Can this happen to us today?Of course!We need to stay with God, stay with Him and think about Him every day, to remember who He is and what He has done. We need to hear it, not the people around us (including TV and movies).

Say:God wanted to be the sole ruler of the Israelites. He knew this was best for them and warned them of the dangers of having a human king (1 Samuel 8:11-18):

  • You would have to pay taxes. Professor:Give the dollar bills to an adult leader.
  • They would have to serve the king.Hold a silver cup.If the king wanted to polish his silver goblets, they had to polish them; if he wanted his carriage washed, they had to wash it; If he wanted weapons, they had to make them.
  • In addition, the king could take whatever he wanted: your land, your belongings and your animals.
  • And your sons and daughters would beslavesKing.(If you have children, show a picture of your children and describe how you would never leave your child as a slave.)Say: Can you imagine that your parents would leave you as a slave to a king?

God clearly warned the people.Questions:Do you think they listened to God?no Say:Even after God warned the people, they insisted that they wanted a king.

application:Have you ever insisted on doing things your way despite being warned? Life gets harder and harder when you choose your own path. Choosing a path other than God's issin! It doesn't take long for sin to ruin everything.

Say:God gave the Israelites what they asked for, but it was NOT what God wanted for his people, and many trials and tribulations would come. God gave them a human king. His name was Saul. Saul was the first king of Israel.

The godly prophet Samuel anointed Saul as king. Saul went into hiding when he learned that Samuel wanted to make him king of Israel (1 Samuel 10:22). The leaders of Israel had to persuade him to take the job! He began his "career" as king very modestly, even though he was the most handsome man in all of Israel. But he soon became proud and disobedient to God. He messed everything up!Saul became a man who would NOT listen to God!

Shortly after Saul was crowned king, he sinned. Although he was tall, his character was SMALL. (Character is who you REALLY are when no one else is looking.)NOListen to God and see what happened:

1. God had strict rules about his priests and animal sacrifices. Samuel was a pious priest and he was supposed to offer a sacrifice to God. Saul waited and waited for Samuel, but then he grew impatient and decided to make the sacrifice himself. He wasNoSaul's place to offer the sacrifice. God gave that job to Samuel, not Saul. Saul disobeyed (1 Samuel 13:12).

2. On another occasion, Saul DID NOT OBEY God directly, lied to cover up his sin, and ACCUSED OTHER PEOPLE (1 Samuel 15).

3. God rejected Saul as king because he did not listen to and obey God.

4. Saul was angry, fearful, and jealous. (Sin ruins everything!)

(Video) 1 Samuel 16 David Chosen as King

Questions:Would you like to live in a country with a king like Saul?no Say:Not the people of Israel. Remember, it was never God's plan for the Israelites to have an imperfect, human king. The insistence on doing things your way and not God's way messed everything up. The Bible says:

And the Lord was very sorry that he had made Saul king over Israel. - 1 Samuel 15:35b

God chooses David (1 Samuel 16:1-13)

Say:Because Saul disobeyed God, God rejected him as king. The prophet Samuel was very sad for Saul, but God had a new task for Samuel.

The Lord said to Samuel, "How long will you grieve for Saul? I refused to make you king over Israel. Fill your beast's horn with oil and go on. I am sending you Jesse in Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons. be king." – 1 Samuel 16:1

Say:When Samuel went to Jesse's house, he must have wondered what the new king would be like. Jesse had several children. When Samuel saw Jesse's older son, he thought it must be him.

He thought, "This must be the one the Lord wants me to anoint."

But the Lord told Samuel, "Don't think about how handsome or tall he is. I didn't choose him. I don't look at the things that people look at.The man watches as someone appears outside. But I look at what is in the heart.- 1 Samuel 16:6b-7

Questions:What do people look at when judging people?The external appearance.What does God look at when he judges someone?what is in the heart

application:If we're being honest, we'd probably all say that we judge someone based on their appearance. We must pray to God to help us see things as He sees them: never judge someone from the outside, but want to know the inside of a person.

Say:So Jesse raised her second child. But Samuel said, "Neither did the Lord choose him." One by one, Jesse brought out seven of his sons, but Samuel said that none of them were right.

So he asked Jesse, "Are these the only children you have?"

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"No," Jesse replied. "My youngest son takes care of the sheep."

Samuel said, "Send for him. We won't sit down to eat until he comes."

So Jesse sent for his son and ordered them to bring him. His skin was tanned. He had a handsome appearance and handsome features.

Then the Lord said, “Rise up and anoint him.

So Samuel filled the animal's horn with oil. He anointed David before his brothers. From that day on, the Spirit of the Lord came upon David with power. - 1 Samuel 16:11-13a

It was VERY important for Samuel to listen carefully to God as he proclaimed the new king of Israel. Otherwise, he would have made the wrong decision. He would have chosen the king for appearance. Remember that King Saul was handsome on the outside but proud and disobedient on the inside.

David was neither the greatest nor the strongest of Jesse's sons, but he had what God was looking for. God said that David wasa man after God's own heart(1 Samuel 13:14). David loved God; he wanted to listen and obey him. This does not mean that David never sinned. No man is perfect and unfortunately David sinned. But David trusted God. He had a desire to follow and obey God (1 Kings 14:8). In the years to come, God would make David a great king to rule his people.

David serving Saul (1 Samuel 16:14-23)

Say:Well, God did not immediately make David king of Israel. The anointing with oil was thatpromisethat one day David would be king. (God ALWAYS keeps his promises!) However, it was at this time that God set the events in motion that would help make David king of Israel at the right time.

The Spirit of the Lord left Saul, and God sent Saul a spirit that made him sad and sad.

scared. His servants decided to find someone who could play the harp for Saul. They thought that the beautiful music would calm Saul's spirit and make him feel better.Questions:Can anyone guess who it will be?

Say:One of the servants said, "I saw someone playing the harp. He is the son of Jesse of Bethlehem. He is a brave man. He would make a good soldier. He is a good speaker. He is very handsome. And the Lord is with him."

(Video) 01) 1 Samuel 16 - Why Did God Choose David?

Then Saul sent messengers to Issai. He said: "Send me your son David, the one who cares for your sheep." - 1 Samuel 16:18-19

Then David came to play his harp for Saul, and that calmed Saul down. Saul was very pleased with David. He asked Jesse to let David stay with him and wait on him. David became one of the men who wore Saul's armor. Think about it: By serving Saul in this way, David was brought before the king, where he was able to learn how the king ruled the nation of Israel.

God had BIG plans for young David! God used David because David had a heart for God. All David did was love and trust God. God would do the rest! We have already seen that God filled David with the Holy Spirit from him and then placed this young shepherd boy in the presence of the king to give him real experiences.

application:God has big plans for you too! God will always give you what you need to serve him (Philippians 1:6). All he asks of us is to love and trust him! (Mark 12:30, Proverbs 3:5)

PPT-CUE: key versions

verso clave: The man watches as someone appears outside. But I look at what's in the heart."- 1 Samuel 16:7b

PPT CUE: main point

Main point:God uses people who have hearts that trust in Him.

Note to teachers:Turning his attention from Saul to David, the author of 1 Samuel calls us to consider a man who is a type of our Lord Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, Saul is remarkably similar to Satan. Saul is given authority to rule under God, but instead his rule and his rule become more important to him than God's rule and rule. And so he is set aside. David is the one destined to take his place and rule justly over God's people. Like Saul, Satan was rejected by God. Our Lord defeated Satan on the cross of Calvary. But he is still free to defy God, though his future restraint and punishment are certain. During this transition period, Jesus Christ was designated King of God. He not only proclaimed the kingdom of God, but achieved it through his death, burial, and resurrection. All who submit to him as king will enter his kingdom and reign with him for all eternity. The question for you and me today is, "Who do we serve?" Who will rule us? What kingdom will we submit to? By nature, all humans are born into the realm of Satan. Only through rebirth, through trust in the work of Jesus Christ on the cross of Golgotha, people are transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light, from the kingdom of Satan to the kingdom of God. -Bob Deffinbaugh, the appointment of David as king (1 Samuel 16:1-23)©1996-2006 Biblical Studies Press, reprinted with permissionwww.bibel.org.

In 1 Samuel 25:28-31 we see a man and a woman with very different perspectives. Nabal refuses to give his allegiance to the man whom God has appointed and in whom the Spirit of God dwells. He clings to the one he physically rules. But his wife confesses that David is the true king, appointed by God. His allegiance will be transferred to the man of God who will ascend the throne in God's perfect timing.

Now we live in the meanwhile. Satan is allowed to rule this world, but in God's perfect timing, Satan will be defeated and Jesus will come to rule for all eternity.

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