Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hannah Sunday School Lesson - Hannah Gives Samuel to God

Use this Hannah Sunday School lesson to teach children the story of Samuel's birth.

Needed: Bibles or a volunteer to play Hannah (you can read the Hannah script if you want rather than getting a volunteer)

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.)

Ask students, What is the one thing that you want most in the whole world? If you could have anything, what would it be?

Okay, now I want you all to close your eyes and imagine that you got that thing, whatever it is that you wanted, and think about how happy you would be. Now imagine how you would feel if God asked you to give that thing to Him instead of keeping it for yourself.

In the Bible, there was a woman who got exactly what she wanted, but then gave it back to God.

(Read 1 Samuel 1 with your students or read the following script as a summary.)

Hannah: Hi, everyone! My name is Hannah. It’s great to see all of you here today. I just love kids. In fact, that’s why I’m here. I want you to tell you about my little boy.

You see, I always loved children, but for a long time, I couldn’t have a baby. I was married to a very nice man named Elkanah, but my body couldn’t make children. My husband’s other wife, Penninah, had lots of children and she would always make fun of me because I didn’t have any. Yes, I said my husband, Elkanah, had another wife. Penninah and I were both his wives. A long time ago, men were allowed to have more than one wife, but now God said they’re not.

Anyway, I was so sad that I couldn’t have any children. Elkanah told me I shouldn’t be sad because he loved me so much, but I was sad. I loved Elkanah, but I also wanted children.

Whenever we went to church, I would pray for God to give me a baby. One time, I was sitting by myself and I was praying and crying and I said, “Mighty Lord, please look at how sad I am and give me a baby. If you will give me a baby, I will give him back to You so that he can serve You for his whole life.” I was praying and crying so hard that Eli, the priest, didn’t know what was wrong with me. He thought I was drunk and told me to not drink so much beer.

I told him I wasn’t bad like that and that I hadn’t been drinking. I was just so sad that I couldn’t have a baby. Then he said, “Go ahead and go home and God will give you a baby.”

A few days later, God did help me to get pregnant! I had a baby boy named Samuel, and when he was old enough, I did what I said I would do. I knew that God had given me a baby like I asked, so I gave him back to God. I brought my little boy to the church and gave him to Eli the priest so that Eli could teach Samuel how to serve God for his whole life.

Review questions: What was the thing that Hannah wanted most in the whole world (A baby.)

When Hannah had a baby, what did she name him? (Samuel.)

And what did Hannah did with Samuel when he was old enough? (She gave him to Eli the priest.)

Why did Hannah give Samuel to Eli instead of keeping him for herself? (She made a promise to God to give Samuel back to Him.)

As Christians and as believers in God, we believe that God owns everything. God owns your clothes and your toys and your bed and your house and everything. God even owns you. When we get something, we know that it’s not really ours. It’s God’s, but He’s letting us use it. That’s why Hannah gave Samuel back to God. She knew that God gave Samuel to her, but that God still owned Samuel, just like He still owns all of us. When she gave Samuel back to God, she was thanking God for letting her have Samuel for a little while and was showing that she believed that Samuel really still belonged to God.

That’s why if God ever tells you to give something to Him, you have to give it Him, even if it’s your most favorite thing. Because God owns everything. He gives us the things we have and lets us use them for a little while, but really, everything still belongs to Him. When we give our offerings in church, we’re thanking God for the things He’s given us, but if God ever tells us to give everything back to Him, then we have to be willing to do that since it was His in the first place and He’s just letting us use it.

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