“Lesson 22: ‘The Lord Looketh on the Heart’” Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual (2001), 101–6
“Lesson 22,” Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, 101–6
To encourage class members to trust in the Lord rather than their own understanding.
Prayerfully study the following scriptures:
1 Samuel 9–11. Saul seeks guidance from the prophet Samuel (9:1–14, 18–24). The Lord reveals to Samuel that Saul is to be king (9:15–17). Samuel counsels Saul and anoints him as Israel’s first king (1 Samuel 9:25–27; 10:1–8). Saul is spiritually reborn, and he prophesies (10:9–13). Samuel presents Saul to the people (10:17–27). Saul leads Israel to victory in a battle with the Ammonites (11:1–11). He refuses to punish the men who had doubted his ability to lead the people (11:12–15).
1 Samuel 13:1–14. Saul offers a burnt offering without the proper authority.
1 Samuel 15. Saul is commanded to destroy the Amalekites and all their possessions, but he saves some of their animals for a sacrifice (15:1–9). The Lord rejects Saul as king, and Samuel tells Saul that obedience is better than sacrifice (15:10–35).
1 Samuel 16. The Lord chooses David, a young shepherd boy, to succeed Saul as king (16:1–13). The Holy Spirit departs from Saul, and an evil spirit takes possession of him (16:14–16; note that the Joseph Smith Translation corrects these verses to show that the evil spirit was not from God). Saul chooses David to play the harp for him and to be his armor bearer (16:17–23).
1 Samuel 17. David slays Goliath in the strength of the Lord.
You may want to ask one class member to prepare to summarize the account of the Lord choosing David as king (1 Samuel 16:1–13) and another class member to prepare to summarize the account of David slaying Goliath (1 Samuel 17:1–54).
If you use either of the attention activities, write the following scripture on the chalkboard or on a poster: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5–6). If you use the first attention activity, select a word from the Bible Dictionary that may be unfamiliar to class members, such as diaspora, hyssop, or laver. Write this word on the chalkboard or on a poster.
If the following audiovisual materials are available, you may want to use them as part of the lesson:
“‘The Lord … Will Deliver Me,’” a four-minute segment about David from Old Testament Video Presentations (53224).
The picture David Slays Goliath (62073; Gospel Art Picture Kit 112).
The following material supplements the suggested lesson outline. You may want to use one or more of these ideas as part of the lesson.