Toddler Lesson - Week 32


Concepts Children Learn:
Main Concept: God delighted in David, and he delights in me too!
Other Concepts: If I seek God with all my heart, he promises I'll find him!
God sees me on the inside, in my heart.

Prep: Have a Bible marked with today's Bible verses to read during the lesson and Circle Talk Time: 1 Samuel 16:7; Psalm 18:19; Jeremiah 29:13; Psalm 22:9; Psalm 71:17. Crafts: Make the Lift-the-flap Craft (1 and 1a). Fuzzy Lamb Picture 5: Tear apart cotton balls, and glue a little on the lamb's heads for picture 5, to use during story time. Directions are on the Craft Page. Print the story pages 1bw, 1color, 1a, 2bw, 2color, 3bw, 4bw, 5bw or 5 color, 6bw, 6color, 7bw, 7color. The numbers in parentheses tell you what craft sample or picture to hold up for that part of the story. Only read words in bold. Ignore the words on the actual story pages. They are for use on the crafts. The words in parentheses tell you what actions you do.

LESSON: Time: About 3 minutes + actions.

Have your Bible or a children's Bible marked with these verses to read during the lesson: 1 Samuel 16:7; Psalm 18:19; Jeremiah 29:13; Psalm 22:9; Psalm 71:17. Other scriptures referenced for lesson: 1 Samuel 16:1-13, 1 Samuel 17:35; Psalm 119:11; Psalm 16:11.

(1) Look at the children in this picture. This little girl wants a friend to come over to her house. She decides she will pick a friend who looks like her. She has dark hair and brown eyes. If she were to look at all the kids in this classroom, who do you think she would pick? (Let them pick a child who fits the description. Have that child come and stand by you). Look at this little boy. He wants someone big and tall to help him build a doghouse for his dog. If he had to choose someone from our classroom who do you think he would pick? (Let them pick a child who fits the description. Have that child come and stand by you). So, you two are the ones who were picked! Thank you for helping me with the lesson. (Have children take their seats). Today, our friends _____ and _____ (insert children's names) were picked because of things that we saw on the outside. But, when we look at the outside of someone, can we tell what kind of a person they are on the inside? Can we tell if they are nice? Can we tell if they love God? No. Because we can't see what they look like on the inside. We don't know what is in their heart. (Make circles with your thumb and index finger and place over eyes). But, did you know that God does see what we look like on the inside. He can look into our hearts and see if good or bad is there. (Point to your heart). He knows all of our thoughts and feelings. And, he knows why we do things. In our story today we are going to see that God picked somebody because of his heart, not because of what he looked like on the outside.

(2) Do you remember Samuel from last week? One day God told Samuel to go to Jesse's house. God had picked someone who would be the new king, and he wanted Samuel to pour oil on him. In Bible Times, oil was poured on someone's head to show that they would be the next king! It was a way to set them apart to the Lord for their new special job. When Samuel got there, he asked Jesse, "Bring your sons and come with me to sacrifice to the Lord". A sacrifice was a special celebration of worship to the Lord. So Jesse and his sons came to the celebration.

(3) When Samuel saw Jesse's sons, he did not know which one the Lord picked to be the new king. Eliab was the first son that Samuel saw. (Point to Eliab) When Samuel saw how tall he was, he thought, "He must be the one!" (Read 1 Samuel 16:7) Then Abinadab walked in front of Samuel. (Point to him) Samuel told Jesse that the Lord did not pick him either. (Shake head no). Next it was Shammah's turn. (Point to him). No. He was not chosen either. (Shake head no). (4) Four more of Jesse's sons walked by Samuel, and each time Samuel told Jesse, "" (Point to each one as you say no each time). The Lord did not choose any of these either. So Samuel asked Jesse, Do you have any other sons? Jesse answered, "The youngest one, David, is not here. He is taking care of the sheep". David was just a boy, so his family didn't think he was important enough to invite him to the special celebration. But, Samuel thought David was important. Samuel asked if they could go get David, and bring him in. Samuel told everybody, "Stay where you are. Let's wait for David".

Let's all pretend we are running to go get David. We can pat our hands on our laps to make it sound like running. Are you ready? (Show children how to pat their hands rapidly on their laps). Faster, faster, let's go as fast as we can! We don't want David to miss the celebration. Everybody is waiting for David! You are all such fast runners! (5) Now we come to David. See him taking care of the sheep? (If you used the cotton on the story page, say:) Let's feel the fuzzy sheep. (Give the children time to touch the fuzzy sheep). Even though David was just a boy, he had a big job to do. He had to make sure the sheep had enough to eat and drink. And, he protected them from wild animals like lions and bears! Can you show me what a bear sounds like? (Growl like a bear and lift your hands like claws). Very good. You all make good bears. Bears are scary, aren't they? But David wasn't afraid of the bears. David depended on God, and God made him brave. David was sure of God's love. He trusted in God's promises. He knew God would protect him. David's heart was full of love for God. To show his love for God, David would make up his own songs of praise. He would play his harp and sing to God. He loved to worship God! And, David loved to read the Bible. If David wasn't sure what to do, David just prayed and asked God. He wanted to be sure to please God. They had a very special friendship.

Now we know all about David. But, we better hurry and take David back to his family. We have to run fast because they are all waiting for us! (Pat your hands rapidly on your lap). Hurry, hurry, run faster! Whew! We made it! Now we can rest. When David got there, Samuel saw that he was a very handsome boy! (6) Then the Lord told Samuel, pour oil on his head to set him apart for me. He is the one! I pick him to be the new king!" And, from that day on God was with David!

Transition: Let's have snack. Then we will talk some more about the story.

CIRCLE TIME: (What does this mean for me?)

(5 again) In our story, even though David was the youngest one of the family, God picked him. His family didn't even think he was important enough to join in the family celebrations. But God thought David was very special and very important. God thinks each one of you is special and important too. Do you know why God picked David to be the king? Well, we already know that God looks on the inside. God sees a person's heart. So, let's see what our Bible tells us about David's heart. Psalm 22:9 tells us this: (Read Psalm 22:9). David trusted God ever since he was a little boy. And even as a young child, David looked to God to teach him. This is what David wrote about God one time: (Read Psalm 71:17). David spent lots of time with God. He read the Bible a lot, and prayed to God often. He wanted to know God's heart. More than anything, David wanted to know God better. Did you know that God promises that we will find him if we seek him with all of our heart? Listen to this verse: (Read Jeremiah 29:13). We also learn from other Bible verses that David trusted in the Lord to keep him safe. David had a very close friendship with God. He was always praising God and talking about the wonderful things that God was doing.

So, how can we seek God? Do we look for him behind every tree and bush? (Place thumbs and index fingers together to make circles, and place over eyes). No. We cannot see God with our eyes. Its like this: We can't see the wind, but we still know it is there. And, we can't see God, but we know he is there too. (7) We can seek God by spending a lot of time with him. Then we will get to know him better. We can pray often too, like David, and ask someone to read the Bible to us - one that we can understand. God delighted in David. (Read Psalm 18:19). That means that God was happy when David spent time with God. Did you know that God delights in you too? He loves when you want to know him better. God loves it when you spend time with him. He loves hearing you sing praises to him. He loves when you talk to him; and when you pay attention to his words that are written down for us in the Bible. He loves having a close friendship with his special little children. And, each of you is his special little child!

PRAYER: Allow children to take turns praying after you or a helper prays.
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