David & Jonathan’s Covenant

Categories: Children's Church

1. ICEBREAKER

  • 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)

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  • 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)

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  • 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. imageGod’s Covenant of Kindness

Because of his covenant with Jonathan, David showed Mephibhosheth kindness and gave him:

  • Assurance: Do not fear
  • New Life
  • Restoration
  • Provision
  • A Place at the King’s table
  • Sonship
  • 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.

imageJesus 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.)

 

D. Conclusion

  • 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)

130915 David and Jonathan Covenant Worksheet

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God was David’s protection

Categories: Children's Church

1. STORY:

  • Who was the shepherd boy who was anointed king of Israel? David
  • Who was the king at that time? Saul
  • God was with David in all he did. And he had great successes. The women of Israel used to welcomed him with singing and dancing. What did they say? “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.”
  • How did this make Saul feel? Very jealous of David. 
  • Saul was anointed king of Israel. But after he disobeyed God, God’s spirit left him. After that, an evil spirit came to disturb Saul. He was very troubled and bothered by this evil spirit. 
  • When he was not at the battlefield, David played the lyre (small harp) for King Saul. David used to play the harp when he was a shepherd taking care of his sheep. That’s when he would sing and worship the Lord and write songs, such as Psalm 23. 
  • Only David’s playing on the harp would make Saul feel better and drive the evil spirit away. 
  • But Saul was becoming more and more jealous of David. And he tried to attack him! 
  • One day, when David as playing his lyre, Saul was being disturbed by an evil spirit. He had a sharp spear in his hand. Suddenly, Saul hurled the spear at David, trying to pin him to the wall! But David escaped. Phew! That was close.
  • What would you do if you were David? Would you stay on in the king’s palace and play for him? Work for him? Most of us would run far, far away. 
  • But David stayed on. God was with David and protected him. God was with David and gave him great successes. He fought battles for Saul. He married his daughter. He made a covenant with Saul’s son, Jonathan. Saul promised not to try to kill David anymore.
  • So David played his lyre for Saul again. And one day (just in the next chapter of 1 Samuel), an evil spirit came on Saul. And once again, Saul tried to pin David to the wall with his spear. And once again, David escaped! God was with David, and He protected him. Talk about déjà vu!
  • David’s wife, Michal, warned David to leave the palace and helped him escape through a window. David went away and went to see Samuel (the prophet who anointed him as king) at Ramah to tell him what Saul did to him.  
  • When Saul found out, he was so angry. He sent men to capture David at Ramah.
  • Saul’s men saw Samuel and a group of prophets prophesying. Suddenly God’s Spirit came on them too and they started prophesying. When Saul heard about it, he sent more men. They also started prophesying. So Saul sent some more men … and … they also started prophesying! 
  • In the end, Saul decided he would go to Ramah himself. And guess what? That’s right. Saul started prophesying too. Not only that, he stripped off his clothes completely and lay naked all day and all night.

 

2. LESSON:

  • What can we learn from these incidences?
  • God is with us. He is our protection.
    • The Bible tells us in Romans 8:31, If God is for us, who can be against us?”
    • Our enemies may try many times to attack us in every way, just as Saul tried to attack David.
    • Many times, he failed. God was with David and protected him. He turned Saul’s attacks to prophecies. He turns attacks against us into blessings.  As Joseph told his brothers who sold him into slavery, You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.” (Gen 50:20)
  •  God is with us. He has plans for me.  
    • God had a plan for David’s life. David was to be king of Israel. And no one could stop it from being accomplished.
    • God also had plans for Jesus’ life here on earth. His plan was for Jesus to come down to earth and live as a man, and then to die and give His life for the whole world. That was the plan. And no one could stop it from being accomplished.
    • Several times people tried to kill Jesus. They tried to throw him off the cliff, but he just walked right through the crowd and went his way. (Luke 4:28-30). They pick up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself and slipped away (John 8:59). His enemies wanted to arrest him. But the Bible tells us in John 8:20, Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.”  
    • When the time did come for Jesus to give His life, He did not resist arrest. He was not killed. He freely laid down His life for all of us.
    • The great news today is, God has plans for your life too. As He told the prophet Jeremiah, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer 29:11) And nobody can derail God’s plans for you and for me.
  •  God’s Spirit is in me. Always.  
    • In those days, before Jesus died, God’s Holy Spirit would come and go as He liked. When people sinned, He would leave.
    • Saul was anointed king, but when he sinned, Saul lost God’s anointing. That opened the way for evil spirits to come and disturb him. When the Spirit came on him again, he could prophesy.
    • But today, Jesus made us clean so the Holy Spirit can stay with us forever. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever” (1 John 14:16)
    • And when the Holy Spirit is in us, no one can touch us. Amen! “Even though someone is pursuing you to take your life, the life of my lord will be bound securely in the bundle of the living by the Lord your God.” (1 Sam 25:29)

 

3. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS:

  • Memory Verse: Romans 8:31, If God is for us, who can be against us?” 
  • Join the dots & Colouring
  • Worksheet

 

God’s Favour gave David Success

Categories: Children's Church

 

1. STORY: (based on 1 Sam 16, 18)

  • The past 2 months, we’ve been learning Psalm 23. Can you remember it?
  • Who wrote Psalm 23? David
  • Who was David?
    • What was David’s occupation? Shepherd
    • Yes, that’s right. David was a shepherd boy. He was the youngest son in his family. While his brothers went to war as big, strong soldiers, David stayed in the fields to take care of the sheep. Quite unimportant in his family’s eyes.
    • But God had a special purpose for David. He had chosen David to be king of Israel! David had a heart after God. So God sent His prophet, Samuel, to anoint David as king.
    • There was one problem, however. Israel already had a king. Anyone knows his name? King Saul
    • That’s right. King Saul was the first King of Israel, and he would rule Israel for 42 years. 
  •   God’s Favour gave David Success
    • But God was not happy with King Saul. King Saul didn’t listen to God. He wanted to do things his way, instead of God’s way. (Just like Adam and Eve wanted to be like God instead of trusting God.)
    • That’s why God chose David to be the new king. And He gave young David His favour and grace, so that he could do mighty things.
    • For example, do you remember who the big giant David killed with just a stone and a sling was? Goliath
    • Whatever mission Saul sent him on, David was so successful that Saul gave him a high rank in the army. This pleased all the troops, and Saul’s officers as well.
    • In fact, David had so many victories, that Saul was jealous of him. When they came back from battle, the women of Israel would come out singing and dancing. “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.” (1 Sam 18:7) Saul was afraid that David would take away his kingdom from him.
    • Saul thought to himself. “Maybe if I send David to fight all the enemies, he would be killed in battle.
    • So Saul sent David away with a thousand men under him. And David led the troops into battle. “In everything he did he had great success, because the Lord was with him. When Saul saw how successful he was, he was afraid of him. But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he led them in their campaigns.” (1 Sam 18:14-16)
    •  So Saul thought of another plan. He knew his daughter, Michal, was in love with David. So he wanted to use his daughter to trap David. He asked his servants to persuade David to marry his daughter, Michal.
    • David protested, “I’m a poor man. How can I be the king’s son-in-law?”
    • The servants said, “The king doesn’t need a bride price for his daughter. He only wants you to kill 100 Philistines (the king’s enemies).” The king was hoping that the Philistines would overpower  David and kill him instead.
    • So David went out with his men. They killed not 100 Philistines, but 200 of them! Over and above what was required!
    • When he returned, King Saul had no choice but to let him marry Michal.
    • Saul realised that the Lord was with David, and that his daughter Michal loved David; and he became even more afraid of him.
    • Every time the Philistines went out to fight the Israelites, David would go and fight them and win many more battles than the rest of Saul’s officers. And his name became well known.
  •  God’s Favour gives me Success

    • God was with David and granted Him success. 
    • Because Jesus’ died for us, God’s Spirit can live in us forever. And when He’s with us, we have His favour and success too. 
    • Even though our enemies may plot against us or try to cause us to fail, when God is with us, we don’t have to fear. As the Bible says (in Psalm 2), they are merely “plotting in vain”. “In vain” means their efforts will not work! 
    • Like the sheep that follows the shepherd, we will also experience “His goodness and mercies following us all the days of our lives.” (Psalm 23:6) 
    • Jesus is our favour and our success!
 

2. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS

  • Memory Verse: Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life.” (Psalm 23:6)

 

Know our Covenant Benefits — David & Goliath

Categories: Children's Church

1. Story:

  • Tell the story of David & Goliath based on 1 Sam 19.
  • God deals with His people through covenants
    • Covenant = promises between 2 parties to become 1 (e.g. a marriage) — “you = me”; whoever touches you, touches me; till death do us part.
    •  The Israelites were part of the covenant God made with Abraham. They were circumcised — a mark of the covenant. They belonged to God. But sometimes they forgot that.
  •  The Israelites forgot
    • Goliath was a tall, strong man. He was the champion of the Philistines — Israel’s enemy. Day and night, he’d shout threats at the Israelite army. “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.”
    • Every time Goliath roared, the Israelites were terrified. They forgot that they had a bigger Champion on their side — God.
  • David remembered
    • When David heard Goliath’s threats, he said, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
    • Goliath said he was defying the “armies of Israel”, but David knew he was really trying to defy the “armies of the living God”.
    • David told Saul, “Don’t lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him”. David remembered all that God had done for him in the past — when he was faced with the lion and the bear. And he knew that God will go with him to face Goliath.
  • The battle is the Lord’s
    • David didn’t just go into the field with his slingshot and five stones. He went with the Lord, and it was the Lord who gave him the victory.
    • David defeated and killed Goliath. The Philistines turned and ran. The Israelites chased them and plundered their camp .
 
2. Lesson:
  • We are people of the New Covenant
    • When Jesus died, He put an end to the Old Covenant and started the New Covenant.
    •  This covenant was cut between God and Jesus — so it cannot fail.
    • When we put our trust in Jesus, we are included in this covenant.
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  • When we forget who’s on our side, we live in fear; when we remember, we live by faith!
    • When we are afraid or faced with a difficult challenge, always look back to the Cross — when Jesus won the greatest victory of all!
  • Jesus won the victory for us. We are more than conquerors!
    • Just like the Israelites plundered the Philistines because of what David did, we can receive all the benefits of the New Covenant because of what Jesus did on the cross. So we do not need to be afraid and can walk in victory!

 

 
3. Activity Suggestion
  • Pin the stone on the giant
 
  • Memory verse activity:
    • Memory Verse: Romans 8:37 No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.