This month we are learning about God, God’s son Jesus and Jesus’ earthly family.
The man we will learn about it today is named Saul. His story can be found in 1 Samuel (chapters 9/10 for today) and our full lesson can be found here.
The people of Israel were now living in the land God promised them and they wanted a king! They wanted somebody to be in charge (they had forgotten that GOD was really in charge). So they asked for a king and Samuel said God had picked a man named Saul.
Saul wasn’t super strong, or important…but God picked Him. He ended up doing some great things as king…and some not-so-good things. Did you know that even KINGS make mistakes sometimes?!
The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians that God doesn’t always choose the “fanciest” or “best.” If He chose the most important people, then everyone would think THEY had done great things, not God.
Everyone thinks a king should have fancy clothes and a fancy throne and be very very big and important. God is in charge of ALL things. He can do ALL things and He is over ALL things, but He also loves us, takes care of us and is more like a helper than a very fancy sit-on-his throne-and-yell-at-people-all-day-King. (Zecariah 9:9, Phil 2:6-7, Matt 20:28).
So when baby Jesus (God’s son…He was a man but still God too), came to us, He wasn’t born in a fancy castle. All the people thought an earthly king was coming and that He would be strong and fancy and important. And instead, God came as a tiny baby, in a barn. He was and is the BEST King we could ever hope for. (But we’ll learn more about that in the winter months and through Easter.)
His mommy wrapped him up and there was no crib in the barn, so she put him in a manger. (Which is a feeder where the animals would get their food). The animals would eat from the manger and the Bible tells us that the words of Jesus are like food for us! They help us grow and be strong!
It wasn’t what everyone thought would happen, but it was just the way God wanted it to happen. Little baby Jesus came to love.
Bible story: King Saul
Attribute of God: our King
Jesus’ birth story: Manger
Side one of our ornament is a crown. (You can decorate it anyway you’d like).
Our text reads: King Saul was Israel’s first king. 1 Sam 9/10, God is our King. Zec 9:9
Side two of our ornament is a manger made from cutting out a manger shape and gluing on some cereal to look like hay.
Our text reads: King Jesus slept in a manger. Luke 2
Thanks for joining us. Love to you all!