|RESPOND: (5 minutes)
Ask students to turn to 2 Samuel 12:13. Read the verse together.
Ask students to close their eyes and say a silent prayer to God, confessing and repenting for anything in their life they feel they need to repent for.
Ask students to keep their eyes closed as you go around the class, slowly saying each students name, followed by the words The Lord has put away your sin.
End the prayer with your own words, or words similar to this: Lord, thank you for hearing our prayers of repentance. Thank you for the forgiveness granted to us because of your son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
INSIGHTS FROM THE SCRIPTURE
Samuel, the last Judge of the Israelites, is asked by the Israelites to anoint a king over them. He does so and the Lord chooses Saul to be the first king. Saul is a tall and handsome man, but he is very shy and self-conscious. Saul fails the Lord by sinning in some very big ways. His worst sin is not destroying everything in the battle against the Amalekites as the Lord had commanded him to. This is due to a law of Holy War known as the Cherem or The Ban which states that everything must be sacrificed to the Lord since it is the Lord who wins the battle. Another one of Sauls big sins is sacrificing an offering to the Lord in fear, instead of waiting for Samuel to arrive as he had instructed him to. This sin is simply one of disobedience and not having faith that the Lords prophet Samuel will keep his promise.
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