ST MATTHEW IN THE WORD DURING LENT
Lent is a time of preparation and reflection as we head toward the remembrance of Jesus’ death on the cross for us on Good Friday and His resurrection from the Grave on Easter. Throughout the six weeks leading up to Easter you can make your time in St Matthew in the Word reflective of the season.
One way you can do that is with candles. Take 6 candles of any size and shape and arrange them in the shape of a cross (if you have one of the cross candleholders from St Matthew a few years back, you can use it, but it’s not necessary). Then, each week during Lent light one less candle (all six the first week, then five the next, etc.) symbolizing the darkness that covered the world when Jesus, the Light of the world, died on Good Friday. Then on Easter, light them all! Jesus is risen!
Use the Triple Play as you read with your family, your small group, or even in your personal devotion times!
Highs and Lows: Start by sharing at least one high and one low from the day. Don’t skip this step!
Daily Dig: As you read the text of the week, customize your experience with resources found here to help you grow!
Pray: Take time to pray about the highs and lows and what you’ve read. Give thanks for the highs, ask for help in the lows, and pray for God’s Word to be alive in you each week!
Daily Dig Resources
Everyone learns differently, so we have lots of ways that you can make your time in the Word your own.
These videos and resources will help you dig in and understand the passage.
Other Helpful Resources
Ideas for activities and things to do to apply the text.
The People Wanted a King
In this week’s video, you met King Saul who was chosen despite the warnings of what a king could mean for the people. The Israelites, like us all too often, wanted what others had. Many times in your life you’ll have the opportunity to choose “Your Way” or “God’s Way”. Sometimes God’s desires are our desires too but many times our selfish choices or wants lead us to some negative consequences too.
This week, you are going to be making the same crown King Saul wore in his video. To do this at home:
- Cut out the crown. Glue or staple all the pieces together.
- Write, “People want a king” in the middle of the crown.
- Decorate your crown. Make sure you make it look important and royal. You can color it and use the jewels and stickers provided.
- Have an adult help you size the crown for your head and staple it to your size.
- Take a photo of yourself in the best mad or disappointing face you can and have your parents send it to Mrs. Wieneke. This reminds us Saul wasn’t the best choice. (Mrs. Wieneke apologizes that her “mad/disappointing” face has some serious duck lips going on).:)
Dive a little deeper this week with these extras:
- We talked about “God’s Way vs. My Way” this week. Can you think of the past lesson on the 10 commandments? What are God’s commands and desires for our life? Play a version of Simon Says but only do the action if the leader prefaces the command with the words “God’s Way”.
- Discuss some “What If” questions around the dinner table as a family. Think about this week’s lesson on following “God’s Way” vs. “My Way” and what could happen based on how you answer. Sometimes, like this lesson on wanting a king, there might be many different answers that have many different outcomes too.
- Your little brother asks if he can play with you on the playground.
- You’re at a friend’s house. She turns on a movie you are not allowed to watch at home.
- You’re hurrying because you are late to school. You pass a friend in the hall just as they drop their lunchbox spilling everything all over the floor.
- A friend has the new L.O.L. doll you wanted so you took it.
- Your mom asks you to pick up your room as you are about to play outside.
Written by people you worship with at St Matthew.
Samuel anoints David as King of Israel
By David Wassilak
1 Samuel 16 is the story of David being chosen and anointed to be the next king of Israel, and how David gets to be a personal servant of King Saul. We are told in 1 Samuel 9 that Saul was one of the most handsome men in Israel and about a head taller than anyone else. So he’s big and good-looking. While Saul had some of the qualities of a leader, he did not have the quality the Lord was looking for.
In the previous chapter, Saul was commanded to destroy all of the Amalekites and their possessions (the Amalekites were not friendly to the children of Israel while they were wandering in the desert). Saul and his men did not obey the command. The Amalekite king was captured and the best of the livestock was not destroyed, but kept so it could be sacrificed. While the rationale may sound good, what our Lord desires is obedience.
Samuel is aware of Saul’s disobedience and tells Saul he is not fit to be King of Israel if he does not obey the Lord. Saul understands and begs for forgiveness, but the Lord is looking for a King whose heart is in the right place. Samuel is sort of caught in the middle. He is paralyzed with mourning because of Saul’s tragic disobedience, but God was not paralyzed; God had a plan, and He uses imperfect people to carry out His plan.
Samuel is a perfect example of this. He is mourning Saul’s failures, paralyzed with what to do next, and he’s still getting messages from the Lord. When God tells Samuel that he should go anoint another to be king, Samuel is afraid for his own life. Samuel is concerned Saul will hear about the new king and kill Samuel. God gives Samuel a plan on how to carry out His plan. Surely Satan wanted Samuel to be paralyzed by fear and mourning, however, God tells Samuel to move on. Satan still wants you and I to be in fear, but God will be with us as His plan is carried out.
We don’t have to fear for the future when we know God has provided for Himself leaders. In some unlikely places, God is raising up leaders for His people. He may keep them obscure and hidden until the right time, but He will raise them up. God will always provide for Himself leaders.
Samuel goes to Jesse (the grandson of Ruth and Boaz, Ruth has her own book!) as one of Jesse’s sons will be the next King. The Lord informs Samuel, The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. While looking at the sons of Jesse, Samuel thinks the older sons are the obvious choice, seemingly forgetting what God just told him.
Finally, David is presented to Samuel and Samuel is told to anoint him on the spot. David, the humble, meek shepherd is a man after God’s own heart. We see that Saul is tormented by evil spirits, but God puts David and his musical talent in Saul’s court to soothe Saul. God has put David in the place where He can see how the new king operates.
When God wants people in certain places, He will get the people who do His will and carry out His plan. It is not known if David had being a king on his to-do list, but God knew David’s heart.
And David’s heart had the qualities of a king.