Overview of Week 2:
There are times when your students think they know better than their authorities. They are tempted to argue, talk back, and act out to show their defiance. Today weʼll communicate that authority is not about what; itʼs about who. In 1 Samuel 24:5–7, David looks back on a moment when he could have killed Saul and almost did, but he cut the corner of his robe instead. David might have been a better choice for king, but the point we want students to get is that God placed Saul in authority over David and everyone else. Because of that, Saul deserved respect. It didnʼt matter what David thought was better; it only mattered that Saul was the authority God put in place. Again, authority is not about what, but who.
“Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe. He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.” With these words David sharply rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.” – 1 Samuel 24:5-7