Eli And His Wicked Sons
1 Samuel 2:12-36
1 SAMUEL 2:30
“For those who honor Me I will honor, and those who
despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.”
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
Enough paper plates to have two for each child in your class, glue,
tongue depressors and markers or crayons.
Bags made up before class having small prizes (stickers, erasers,
pencils, etc.) and a basket to hold all the bags.
As you begin your class time give these instructions to the children
in your class. Have each child’s name written on the chalk or
whiteboard in columns. Explain to the children that you are going
to encourage the children to “tell on” each other. The catch is that
they can only report to the teacher the GOOD things they observe
Have the children look for examples of serving others throughout
the class time. Maybe it is an act of kindness, or serving the
teacher by being exceptionally quiet. Allow the children to point
out examples to you as well as noticing a few yourself. When they
tell you or you see someone doing the right thing praise them
aloud by saying something like, “Great Sam!” Then put a star
(chalk or dry erase) beside his or her name.
Explain that how we serve others is very important to the Lord. It’s
not enough to just serve others, but we need to do it in the right
way; in love, etc. Good deeds flow out of a heart that is right with
the Lord. That is what we will be learning about in our lesson
today. At the end of the class you may refer back to some of the
lessons learned from those you caught doing something good. God
wants us to serve others in the right way.
Elkanah and Hannah brought Samuel to Eli the priest to be raised
by him in the ways of the Lord. When his parents went back home,
Eli began Samuel's training. Samuel then "grew in stature and in
favor with the Lord and with men" (vs. 26).
Now although Eli trained Samuel in the ways of the Lord and to be
a godly man, he seemed to have failed in that same area wi