- Play any simple game between 2 teams. Tell them that the winning team will decide the forfeit for the losing team.
- After the game, get the winning team to show kindness to the losing team by giving them a prize, even though they do not deserve it.
2. LESSON: David & Jonathan’s Covenant
A. David & Jonathan (1 Sam 18:3-4)
- Covenant between friends: What’s yours is mine; what’s mine is yours
- The Exchange of robes: Putting on each other’s identity
- Jesus took the form of man so He could die for us. When we receive Jesus, we put on His identity (Gal 3:26-27) so we can be children of God.
B. Mephibhosheth (2 Sam 4:4; 2 Sam 9:1,3, 5-7, 9-13)
- Son of Jonathan
- Name means “a thing of shame”
- Crippled in both feet; orphaned; scorned and living in fear; a “dead dog”
- David remembered his covenant with Jonathan: “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” (2 Sam 9:1)
- Mephibosheth: How do you think he felt? Fell on his face. “Here is your servant.”
- David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually.” (2 Sam 9:7)
- “He shall eat at my table like one of the king’s sons.” (2 Sam 9:11)
C. God’s Covenant of Kindness
Because of his covenant with Jonathan, David showed Mephibhosheth kindness and gave him:
- Assurance: Do not fear
- New Life
- A Place at the King’s table
- Because of the New Covenant, we receive the kindness of God!
- Ephesians 2:4-9 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages, He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
Jesus gives us:
- Assurance: No fear
- New Life (Eph 2:4-5)
- Restoration —Jesus came to restore us to the Father and all the Adam lost in the garden of Eden (Joel 2:25)
- Provision (Phil 4:19)
- A Place at the King’s table (John 6:53)
- Sonship (Galatians 3:26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.)
- WHO ARE WE? We are the Sons of the King
- WHERE DO WE DWELL? In the Land of the King
- WHAT DO WE CONSUME? The bread of the King
- In Christ, with Christ, through Christ, the Covenant of God’s Kindness is shown!
3. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS
- Memory Verse Activity: Galatians 3:26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
- Worksheet (click for PDF)
Close in prayer