David: Series Review

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We’ve been learning about a person called David.

We’ll be going through these topics again today to see how much you can remember :-)

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David & Mephibosheth (2 Sam 9)

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1. STORY: David & Mephibosheth (2 Sam 9)

  • We’ve been learning about a person called David
  • Who was David’s best friend? Jonathan, King Saul’s son
  • What did David and Jonathan do? They made a covenant/promise with each other — My life is yours; your life is mine
  • What happened to Jonathan? Killed in battle with his father, King Saul
  • Even after David became king, he 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)
  • Ziba, one of the servants who used to work in Saul’s household, replied: “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet.”
  • When Jonathan and Saul died, the nurse carried Jonathan’s 5yo son up and ran away to hide (because she was afraid that the new king will kill all of the former king’s family). However, as she was running, the boy fell down and became disabled. His name was Mephibosheth (2 Sam 4:4)
  • Mephibhosheth
    • Son of Jonathan
    • Name means “a thing of shame”
    • Crippled in both feet; orphaned; scorned and living in fear; a “dead dog”
    • So King David summoned for Mephibhosheth to be brought to him.
      • How do you think Mephibhosheth felt? Scared for his life
      • Fell on his face. “Here is your servant.”
      • But King David surprised him completely. He said to him:
        •  Do not fear
        •  for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake  (covenant promise)
        • 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)
        • Wow! In one day, Mephibhosheth went from a nobody, “a thing of shame”, to someone who will dine in the King’s palace daily. It was unbelievable! In fact, he couldn’t believe it himself. He asked, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”
          • But David went on to assign Ziba and his household to work Mephibhosheth’s fields and provide for him all the days of his life. Talk about favour! Talk about grace!

 

2. LESSON:

  • Why did David do all that for the grandson of his enemy?
    Because of the covenant he made with Jonathan — “for Jonathan your father’s sake”
    David did not make the covenant with Mephibhosheth, but because Mephibhosheth was Jonathan’s son, he was able to enjoy all the benefits of the covenant between David and Jonathan. 
  • Because of his covenant with Jonathan, David gave Mephibhosheth:
    • New Life — no more a “dead dog”
    • Restoration — of all the land his grandfather owned
    • Provision — Ziba and family to work the land for him
    • A Place at the King’s table (mentioned 3x in the chapter!)
    • Sonship — as “one of the King’s sons”
  • On the cross, God cut a Covenant with Jesus. If we are in Jesus, we are God’s children, and we get to enjoy all the benefits of this New Covenant!
    • 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
    • Provision (Phil 4:19)
    • A Place at the King’s table (John 6:53) — can participate in the Communion
    • Sonship (John 1:12, Gal 3:26)

 

3. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS:

  • Memory Verse: Galatians 3:26  For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.                   

David & God’s Ark

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1. STORY: David & God’s Ark (2 Sam 6)

  • We’ve been learning about a person called David.
    • What have we learnt about him so far?
      • David was a shepherd.
      • David was anointed king.
      • David killed Goliath
      • David + Jonathan made a covenant
      • David married Michal (Saul’s daughter)
      • Saul was jealous of him.
      • Saul wanted to kill him.
      • David ran away, and God protected him from all harm.
    • Fast forward to our story today — Saul and Jonathan were both killed in battle. So David was then made king of Judah, then all of Israel.
  • David loved the Lord. He loved to sing and write songs of worship.
  • One of the first things David did as king was to bring the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem.
  • What is the Ark of the Covenant?
    • The Ark is made of gold; represented God’s presence among the Israelites.
    • Carried through the desert for 40 years when Israelites left Egypt
    • The priests carried the Ark into the River Jordan, causing the water to stop, so the Israelites could cross.
    • Lost in battle and captured by the Philistines, but they returned it to the Israelites. (1 Samuel 5-7:1).
    • Stayed in a place called Kirjath-jearim for 20 years.
  • David wanted to bring the Ark back to Jerusalem:
    • To remind Israel that God is the real King
    • Because David loved God’s presence
  • David’s 1st attempt: <can skip for younger classes>
    • Bring in the Ark on a cart, carried by oxen. Uzzah, one of the men accompanying the ark reached out to touch it to prevent the ark from falling. And he died!
    • The Ark represented God’s holy presence, and according to God’s law, The Ark could ONLY be carried on the shoulders of the Levite priests. Not anybody, even David, could just touch the Ark.
    • Why? Because of SIN. Sin is serious. Sin separates us from a holy God. Whether we have good intentions or try our best, we still fall short of God’s holy standards.
  • David’s 2nd attempt:
    • So King David tried again, this time, the right way. On the shoulders of the Levite priests.
    • There were burnt sacrifices of oxen and sheep à death for the forgiveness of sin
    • Picture of the gospel: There had to be a sacrifice for sin so that we can be holy and enter the presence of the Holy God.
    • Heb 10:10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
    • And what a big celebration it was! There were trumpets and singing and dancing and shouting. All Israel came to see the procession bringing the Ark into the city of Jerusalem. It was a huge celebration.
  • David Dancing:
    • And right in front of it all was David. Yes, the king of Israel was dancing with all his might! And not just dancing, but dancing almost naked! David had taken off his crown, his majestic robes and fine clothes. He only wore a linen ephod.
    • Can you imagine our country’s king dancing on the streets at our national day parade? Or the king of any country dancing … naked? It was unheard of. Some may say embarrassing or humiliating for the great king. But David didn’t care. He was so happy that he could bring the Ark back to Jerusalem, and he was worshipping God. He was leaping and dancing.
      [suggestion: can show this video of David dancing]
    • The ark was brought into a tabernacle that David had prepared. David sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings to the Lord. Then he blessed the people and gave them gifts of bread and cakes. And all the people went home after that.
    • Now, not everybody was as happy as King David. In fact, his own wife, Michal, Saul’s daughter, was not enjoying the celebrations with everyone else. She was looking out her window, and she didn’t like what she saw. The Bible says she despised David in her heart.
    • When David returned home, Michal came to him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”
    • But David told his wife, “In God’s presence, I’ll dance all I want! He chose me over your father and the rest of our family and made me prince over God’s people, over Israel. Oh yes, I’ll dance to God’s glory — more recklessly even than this. And as far as I’m concerned … I’ll gladly look like a fool!”
    • David celebrated the way he did because he knew that it was God who chose him to be king and he wanted to give God all the glory.

 

2. LESSON:

  • Jesus died to make us holy
    • Sin separates us from the holy God.
    • Jesus’ death makes us holy so we can be with our holy God
  • Jesus is our Ark
    • Today, we don’t need the Ark of the Covenant to have God’s presence. (no Ark = no presence of God in the Old Covenant)
    • Jesus is our Ark — God’s spirit/presence is in us forever.
  • Jesus is our reason to celebrate
    • Just as David and the city of Jerusalem were in celebration when the Ark was brought into Jerusalem, there were huge celebrations when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey. People lined the streets and danced and cheered, waving palm branches.
    • Of course now we know Jesus came to Jerusalem to die for all of us. He loved us so much, He wanted to give His life for us so that our sins can be forgiven and we can be together with God forever and ever.
    • Now … isn’t that reason for us to dance and celebrate? We can worship and celebrate God’s goodness, greatness and holiness! So when we come together every Sunday, let’s not fold out arms, or do our own things. Instead, let us sing dance with all our heart like David did, because we worship such as wonderful Saviour, Jesus!

 

3. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS:

  • Memory Verse: 2 Sam 6:21, ““In God’s presence, I’ll dance all I want to His glory!” (MSG)
  • Song and dance: The Spirit of the Lord is within my heart
    (The original song lyrics state, “When the spirit of the Lord comes upon my heart.”  It is good to remind kids that God’s Spirit is already in us, today. Hence we should sing this song as “The Spirit of the Lord is within my heart, I will dance like David danced.”)

David & Jonathan

Categories: Children's Church

1. STORY: David & Jonathan (1 Sam 18-20)

  • Last week we learnt about David & Saul.
  • Who was David? A shepherd boy who was chosen by God to be King
    Who was Saul? The king of Israel whom God rejected; jealous of David; tried to get rid of him
    Lesson?  In everything David did he had great success, because the Lord was with him
  • Today we’re going to learn about someone who became best friends with David. His name was Jonathan. Jonathan was Saul’s son. When Saul died, Jonathan was supposed to be the next king. But instead of being jealous like his father, Jonathan loved David.
  • 1 Sam 18:1, 3-4 Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.
  • Jonathan and David’s Relationship:
    • One in spirit
    • Loved as himself
    • Made a covenant with each other
      (take some time to explain this; can get kids to act out the exchange of belongings etc as illustration)

      • My life is yours; your life is mine
      • Till death do us part
      • Exchanged belongings (robe, tunic) and weapons (bow, sword):
        What is mine is yours
      • A marriage relationship between husband and wife is also a type of covenant — 2 lives becoming one until death; symbolised by the exchanging of rings.

 

2. LESSON

  • Jonathan: A Picture of Jesus
    Jonathan’s life is a picture of the true friendship we have in Jesus — loyal, dedicated, sacrificial

    • Laid aside his position as heir
      • Jonathan was the successor to Saul’s throne; but he recognised that David was God’s chosen one, giving David his robe and weapon
      • 1 Sam 23: 17 “You will be king over Israel, and I will be second to you.”
    • Placed his life on the line (Risked his life) for his friend
      • 1 Sam 20:32-33  And Jonathan answered Saul his father, and said to him, “Why should he be killed? What has he done?” 33 Then Saul cast a spear at him to kill him, by which Jonathan knew that it was determined by his father to kill David.
      • When Jonathan found out his father wanted to kill David, Jonathan protected David and spoke out in defense to his father. This angered Saul so much that Saul also threw a spear at Jonathan.
    • Encouraged his friend in the wilderness
      • 1 Sam 23:15-17 15 While David was at Horesh in the Desert of Ziph, he learned thatSaul had come out to take his life. 16 And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God. 17 “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “My father Saul will not lay a hand on you. You will be king over Israel, and I will be second to you. Even my father Saul knows this.”
      • When David ran away and hid because Saul wanted to kill him, Jonathan went to encourage him and reminded him of God’s promise that he will be king.

 

  • Jesus is our true friend / BFF
    • Jesus made a covenant with us when He died on the cross — He took our sins and exchanged them with His righteousness
    • Jesus laid aside His kingly position so we can become God’s heirs
      • Jesus — Lord of the universe — gave up everything and came to earth as a baby/man so that we can become children of God
    • Jesus laid down His life for his friends
      • John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 
    • Jesus encourages us in our times of need
      • When we are sad or angry or tired, we know that our best friend Jesus is always there to help us. 
  • Memory Verse: John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 

 

3.  ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS

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  • Game with Memory Verse (John 15:13)

David & Saul

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1. LESSON: David & Saul (1 Sam 18)

  • Who was the shepherd boy who was anointed king of Israel? David
  • Who was the king at that time? Saul
  • What does “anointed” mean? Set apart for a special role. Empowered — Holy Spirit comes on that person to give him the power to do the work God prepared for him.
  • With God’s anointing, David became very successful and popular. However, not everyone was happy with David. In fact, King Saul hated David.
  • King Saul:
    • Rejected: King Saul had been anointed by Samuel. But he disobeyed God, so God rejected him, and His spirit/anointing left Saul
      Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with David but had departed from Saul. (vs 12).
      (Under the Old Covenant, God’s Spirit would move from person to person; under New Covenant, God’s Spirit stays in us forever!)
    • Jealous and insecure: After David killed Goliath, David became a hero and had many more successes on the battlefield. The women of Israel would welcome him with dancing and singing: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.” This made Saul very jealous! (vs 7)
      When Saul saw how successful he was, he was afraid of him. (vs 15)
    • Tormented: After God’s Holy Spirit left Saul, Saul would be tormented by an evil spirit — only David’s playing of the lyre (harp) would make him feel better. But even then, the evil spirit made Saul throw a spear at David (not once … but twice!) and try to kill him.
    • Murderous: Besides throwing the spear, Saul also tried to think of other ways to get rid of David — he offered his daughter, Michal’s, to David as his wife in return for killing 100 Philistines — Saul’s plan was to have David fall by the hands of the Philistines. (vs 25)

 

  • Can you imagine what is it like to be David? Having the most powerful man in the land, the King of Israel, trying to destroy you at every turn?
  • But David was the anointed one — God was with him. God was bigger than the giant (Goliath). And God was bigger than Saul.
  • David:
    • Successful: Whatever mission Saul sent him on, David was so successful that Saul gave him a high rank in the army. (vs 5)
      In everything he did he had great success, because the Lord was with him(vs 14)
    • Protected: Twice, Saul threw a spear at David. Twice, David escaped unharmed. Even when Saul sent David to kill 100 Philistines in order to marry his daughter, David managed to kill 200 Philistines in the time frame!
    • Loved: David was loved by:
      • the people of Israel and Judah (vs 16) because he was their hero
      • Jonathan, son of Saul
      • Michal, daughter of Saul
  • Despite all Saul’s evil intentions, he could not harm David.
    When Saul realized that the Lord was with David and that his daughter Michal loved David, Saul became still more afraid of him, and he remained his enemy the rest of his days. (vs 28-29)
  • David was God’s anointed. He was loved, protected and successful in all he did.
    David met with more success than the rest of Saul’s officers, and his name became well known. (vs 30).
  • Because of Jesus, we are also God’s anointed ones. So we don’t have to live like Saul — jealous, insecure, tormented etc. We can live like David — knowing that God loves us, He protects us and will grant us success in what we do. 
  • Memory Verse: 1 Sam 18:14  In everything David did he had great success, because the Lord was with him

 

2. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS:

  • Worksheet

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David & Goliath

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1. STORY: David & Goliath (1 Sam 17)

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  • Tell the story of David & Goliath based on 1 Sam 17
    • Can use DVD or get kids to act it out etc. Make it fun and engage the kids in it
  • The Israelites focused on the Giant
    • 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 focused on God
    • David focused on the size of His God, not Goliath. He knew that God had already given Him the victory.
    • 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.
  • God gives us the victory!
    • 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.
    • 1 Sam 17:47All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the  Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
    • David defeated and killed Goliath. The Philistines turned and ran. The Israelites chased them and plundered their camp .

 

2. LESSON

  • In this story, we are reminded of what Jesus has done for us. Like David, Jesus:
    • Was a Shepherd-King
    • Was our Champion Representative
      (David represented the entire nation of Israel; Jesus represented the whole mankind)
    • Destroyed the enemy
      (David destroyed Goliath using Goliath’s own sword; Jesus destroyed Satan using Satan’s own weapon — death)
    • Has 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 God’s blessings because of what Jesus did on the cross.)
  • Jesus is bigger than our Giants! 
    • What giants are you facing?
      Fear of darkness, sickness, bullies etc.
    • Don’t focus on our giants (problems). Remember, Jesus is bigger than all of the giants in our lives.
    • When we are afraid or faced with a difficult challenge, always look back to the Cross — where Jesus won the greatest victory of all!
    • Illustration idea: Paste some mah-jong paper (or the big brown sheets we have) on the wall and draw a large giant silhouette on it. Write down the “giants” the kids mention (or think of a few yourself). Prepare a large red cross and later stick it over the giant to say that Jesus is bigger than our giants.
  • Memory Verse: 1 Sam 17:47 “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the  Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands

 

3. ACTIVITY SUGGESTION

  • Craft with memory verse

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  • Game: Throw the Stone at the Giant

David

David Anointed

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1. STORY: David Anointed (1 Sam 16:1-13)

  • We’re going to begin a new series looking at the life of someone very special.
  • His name is David. What do you know about David?
    • He was a shepherd boy
    • He became a king of Israel
  • How did a shepherd boy become a king? Let’s follow his story from the beginning.

 

  • Story-telling ideas (for younger kids):
    a. K is for David
    b. print the brothers onto a large piece of paper and fold the paper accordion style so that 1 brother on 1 pleat, then unfold the accordion pleat by pleat as you tell the story
    c. have a clothes line and have the kids peg each brother on the line as you tell the story) 
  • Background (for older kids)
    • When God brought the Israelites out from Egypt and the nation was formed, God was their only king.
    • God spoke to the people through prophets, and there were judges to govern the people. One of these judges and prophets was called Samuel.
    • But the Israelites were not happy. They saw the other countries’ kings. And they told Samuel, “We want a (human) king also!”
    • So the people chose a tall, strong, handsome king called Saul.
    • But Saul had NO HEART for God. He wanted to do things his own way and didn’t want to follow God. So God rejected him.
    • Samuel was very sad.
  • God told Samuel to go to Bethlehem to the house of a man called Jesse. God said that He had chosen one of Jesse’s sons, and Samuel was to anoint him as king of Israel — this king will be one who has a WHOLE HEART for God.
  • What is “anoint”? (bring a bottle of oil or a ram’s horn, if you hv, to show the kids)Samuel went to see a man called Jesse. Jesse had 8 sons. One of them would be king. But which one?
    • In Bible times, anointing someone (usually by pouring oil on the head) is a symbolic act for choosing someone to be a leader (king, priest, prophets etc)
    • It’s also a picture of God giving the Holy Spirit to the chosen person
  • Samuel sees Jesse’s first son, Eliab — he was tall and good looking. “Surely this is the king God has chosen,” he thinks. But no. God tells Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
  • Son #2 comes up, Abinadab. God said No.
  • Son #3, Shammah. God said No.
  • Son #4, No. #5, No. #6, No. #7, No, no, no!
  • This was getting a bit frustrating, especially for Samuel. God said he has chosen one of Jesse’s sons to be king, but He had rejected all 7 of them already! Samuel turns to Jesse and asks, “Do you have any more sons?”
  • “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”
  • “Send for him.” Samuel says.
  • And in comes a young boy. David. And God said … “Yes!”
  • So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed David in front of all his brothers, and the Spirit of God came upon him that day.

 

2. LESSON

  • “People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Sam 16:7)
    David’s 7 brothers were all physically strong (soldiers) and good looking; they’d be good potential kings. But God wasn’t interested in how big and strong they were.It’s natural to look at physical appearances — e.g. tall person good for basketball — but God is more interested in the heart — one that wants to follow God’s heart and mind.
  • “There is still the youngest.”
    David’s father didn’t think much about him. He did not mention him by name; he didn’t call him to meet with Samuel. He was just the little kid helping to take care of the sheep.But God knew David by name. He chooses the unlikely people to do His work so that everyone will know that it is God who is doing the work through them.
  • “the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David”
    When Samuel anointed David with the oil, God’s Holy Spirit came and rested on David to mark him as God’s chosen one.When Jesus (a descendent of David) was baptized on earth, the Holy Spirit came upon Him to show that He was God’s chosen one who would be the Forever King for God’s people.When we believe in Jesus, we also are anointed with/have God’s Holy Spirit in us.(In those days, the Holy Spirit came and went from people — God removed His Spirit from Saul — but today, when the Holy Spirit comes on us, He lives in us forever!
  • David was anointed. Jesus is the Anointed One. We are the Anointed Children of the King!


 3. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS:

  • Craft: Paper Crown with Heart and words “God looks at the heart”

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  • Memory Verse: Large picture of ram’s horn with memory verse on it. Cut it out, hide it around the room (optional), get kids to arrange pieces together to form the memory verse and read together.
  • Game: Duck, Duck, Goose, Variation
    Kids sit in a circle. One kid (A) holds a red heart with a sticky tape behind (get some spare sticky tape in case it loses stickiness). A walks outside the circle (can get him to recite memory verse as part of the challenge) and has to stick the heart behind one of the kids (B) in the circle. The one who has been “chosen”, B, will have to chase A round the circle and try to tag him before he sits down in the empty space.

 

 

David & Jonathan’s Covenant

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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)

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Close in prayer

God promises David a Forever Kingdom

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1. LESSON:

  • HOOK: God keeps His promises 
    • Write out some Scriptures of God’s promises (see appendix) and hide them around the room. (Can fold them into origami or in envelopes or behind cards, e.g. flower shapes etc. Or can be played as “pass the parcel” with a promise and a gift at each layer.)
    • Kids have to go hunt for the “treasure”. Then get them to come together and read out each of the promises one by one.
    • Conclusion: God has given us many promises, and He keeps all of them. Today we’re going to learn about a BIG promise God made to King David. It’s a promise that you and I can enjoy too!

 

 

  • STORY: (2 Samuel 7:1-15)
    • God gave David rest from his enemies. One day when he was sitting in his grand palace, he said to Nathan, the prophet: “I live in a grand house of cedar. But the Ark of God remains in a tent. Perhaps God would have me build Him a house.”
    • Although David wanted to build a temple for God, God said to Nathan, “I will make David a house; and his house, his kingdom, and his throne shall be established forever. I took David from tending the sheep to be the ruler over my people, over Israel; and was with him wherever he went, cut off his enemies, and made his name great.”
    • God also said, “When David’s days are over, I will set up his seed, or children, after him and I will establish his son’s kingdom and throne, and David’s son shall build a house for my name. 
    • What did God mean when He said to David, “I will set up your throne and your kingdom forever”? How long is forever? 
    • Now here is something very interesting so listen carefully and you will understand.
      • God said if David’s family would obey Him, their kingdom would continue.
      • He also said if they disobeyed, He would punish them.
    • Before David died, he told his son, Solomon, about the promise God gave him: “If you and your descendants watch how they live and walk faithfully before me with all their heart soul, you will never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.”(1 Kings 2:4) 
    • Some kings were good kings. But many were not. One by one would keep disobeying God by worshipping idols. Over and over again.
    • And each time God would punish them for their sin.
    • Eventually, the nation of Israel was divided into two — the northern and the southern kingdom. Enemy nations marched in and conquered them. The Assyrians drove out the northern kingdom and scattered the people all over. The Babylonians invaded the southern kingdom, and all of the people were captured and taken away out of the land, including their king. 
    • The amazing thing is how God protected David’s line through it all. For example, there was one time when the entire family was almost wiped out, but Joash was hidden by his aunt (2 Kings 11).
    • However, when the Israelites returned from Babylon, they no longer had a king on the throne. 
    • So what about God’s forever promise? Did God fail to keep his word?
    • Well, here is something wonderfully exciting!
    • About 400 years later, God sent an angel to bring a message to a young woman named Mary: “You shall give birth to a son. You shall call his name Jesus. He shall be great and shall be called “the Son of the Highest.” Now listen to these words! “And the Lord God shall give Jesus the throne of his father David. … He shall be king over the house of Israel forever.” (Luke 1:26-33) 
    • You see, Mary, the mother of the Lord Jesus, was from the family of David. David was one of her great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great … grandfather. So that made Jesus the great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great … grandson of King David.
    • Think for a moment, was the Lord Jesus ever crowned king by Pilate in Jerusalem? No. The only crown he wore was a crown of thorns. The Lord Jesus Christ, God’s only Son was nailed to a cross where He died. His body was placed in a garden tomb. So what about God’s “forever promise”?
    • Did the Lord Jesus remain in the grave? No! Up from the grave He arose, and He is living today in Heaven as the King of kings. By His death on the cross, He has conquered death and sin. And His rule will never end. (Luke 1:33, Phil. 2:11)
    • This is God’s forever promise to David come true. Truly He who promised is faithful. God keeps His promises always!

 

2. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS:

  • Memory Verse: 2 Sam 7:15-16, “But my love will never be taken away from him. Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.’” 
  • for younger classes:  Your house and your kingdom will continue before me for all time, and your throne will be secure forever.” (NLT)
  • Close in prayer

 

APPENDIX: Examples of God’s Promises

  • God Promised to be with us always
    Joshua 1:9  Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
  • God Promised to Protect Us
    2 Thessalonians 3:3  But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you and keep you from evil.
  • Jesus Promised Us Rest
    Matthew 11:29 
    Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls.
  • Jesus Promised He will come again for us
    John 14:2-3
      There are many rooms in my Father’s home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.
  • God Promised No More Condemnation
    Rom 8:1
      So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
  • God Promised to Help Us
    Isaiah 41:10  Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. I will strengthen you. I will help you.
  • Jesus Promised Us Peace
    John 14:27 
    I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
  • God Promised Us Healing
    Isaiah 53:5  
    By His stripes we are healed.
  • God Promised to Provide Us all we need
    2 Cor 9:8
      And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
  • God Promised us Life
    John 3:16  For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

David messed up — Redeemed by Grace

Categories: Children's Church

1. STORY: (based on 2 Sam 11-12)

  • HOOK: Cover up
    • Materials: Pile of dust/dirt, tissue paper/paper napkin, small dustpan/brush
    • Put a pile of dust/dirt in the middle of a table.
    • Kids, look, there’s a mess here. It’s really dirty. What should we do?
    • How about we try to cover it up? I know, let’s use this napkin. If we put it over the dirt, no one will see it. <cover the dirt with the napkin>
    • There. Does that work? <no>  
    • Oh dear. What do you think we should do? I know. I’ll clean it up and throw away the dirt. <get a kid to help sweep away the dirt>
    • See … clean and as good as new now!
    • Sometimes in life, we will mess up and make mistakes. But covering the mess will not work because the mess is still there. So the only way to get rid of the mess is to clean it up nicely.
  • Today, we’re going to learn about someone who messed up big time.
  • Last week, we learnt that David became king and he celebrated by bringing the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem. David was a good king. A man after God’s heart. He loved God and loved to worship Him. God gave him much success and favour in whatever he did.  
  • But even a great man like David made mistakes. And boy, did David mess up big time!
  • One spring day, when kings normally go to war, King David sent his army out with General Joab to conquer the city of Rabbah. David decided that he wanted to stay in Jerusalem instead.  
  • One evening, David got up from his nap and walked around the flat roof of his palace and saw a very beautiful woman bathing. David found out that her name was Bathsheba. She was married, to Uriah, a soldier in David’s army.
  • Now, marriage is very precious in God’s eyes; it is a covenant between one man and one woman.
  • But David wanted Bathsheba for himself. So he sent his servants to bring Bathsheba to him and slept with her — something only a husband can do with his wife. That was a wrong thing David did. He took what belonged to someone else. He messed up!
  • And for a while, David thought no one would know about what he did. But then Bathsheba got pregnant! David knew people would find out that he did something with Bathsheba that he wasn’t supposed to. He was busted!
  • Cover-up Plan A
    • Instead of admitting his wrong, David decided to try to cover up his mistake. He sent for Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband, to come back from the battlefield, hoping he would go home to his wife. But Uriah didn’t. He slept at the entrance of the king’s palace instead.
  • Cover-up Plan B
    • David’s cover-up plan didn’t work. So time for Plan B. David wrote a letter to his general, Joab. “Put Uriah on the front battle line, then pull back from him so that Uriah will be wounded and die.” Joab did as David instructed. And in the battle, Uriah died.
    • After David found out the news, he brought Bathsheba back to his palace and married her. They had a baby boy. Phew! David thought his Cover-up Plan B worked as he intended. Now no one will ever know!
  • Busted!
    • But God knew. And God was angry. Not only did David sleep with another man’s wife, he also killed an innocent man./span>
    • God sent the prophet Nathan to tell David a story: 
      • Once there lived a rich and poor man. The rich man has lots of cattle and sheep; but the poor man has only one lamb.  The lamb is the pet of the poor man and his children. The poor man let the lamb eat from his plate, drink from his cup, and sleep on his lap. The lamb became like one of his children. One day, the rich man had a guest that came visiting him. The rich man doesn’t want to slaughter his own cattle and lamb to serve meal for the guest. Instead, he went and stole the lamb from the poor man. He slaughtered it and serves it as a meal instead to the guest.
    • David grew angry and said to the prophet, Nathan, “Who is this rich man? I swear I would have him killed now!”
    • Nathan replied, “The rich man in the story is you. God has given you everything, all the money and power and wives. Yet you murdered Uriah so that you could take his wife, Bathsheba for yourself.”
  • David cries out to God
    • David realised he couldn’t hide anymore. “I have sinned against the Lord.”
    • Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.”
    • But the consequences of David’s actions resulted in his son with Bathsheba becoming very sick and died.
    • After his son died, David (who had been praying and fasting) got up, combed his hair, got dressed and worshipped the Lord. Then David comforted Bathsheba, and they had another son, Solomon.
    • The prophet Nathan came to tell David that God loves Solomon very much and to call him “Jedidiah” (God’s beloved).

 

2. LESSON:

  • Every one messes up
    • King David was a great man. But even he made mistakes. David realised that not only did he take another man’s wife and life, he sinned against God.
    • You and I make mistakes too. We mess up. We sin against God.
    • Mistakes have consequences. The Bible tells us, “For the wages of sin is death.” (Rom 6:23)
    • In David’s time, under the Old Covenant, there was no remedy or sacrifice for David’s sins — adultery and murder. The offender, David, should die.
  • God’s grace is bigger than our sin
    • But David turned to God. He looked forward to a time when God would not only take away his sin, but wash him and make him “whiter than snow.”(Psalm 51:7). David did not deserve it, but God forgave him. Because of God’s grace, David lived and was blessed with another child, Solomon.
    • “The Case of the Missing Story”: God’s forgiveness is so complete that when the life of David is retold in the book of 1 Chronicles, there is no mention of the story of David and Bathsheba (1 Chronicles 20:1). God’s redemption is complete —there is no trace of the failure left over when the blood of Jesus is applied.
    • The time that David looked forward to was when Jesus died on the cross, for you, for me, and for King David.
    • Jesus is “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29) Jesus’ blood can wash us clean. Hebrews 10:17 tells us, under the New Covenant, “Their sins and iniquities will I remember no more”.
  • Let’s trust in Jesus
    • On the cross, Jesus took all the punishment for the wrongs we did. He paid for the sins we committed. Three days later, He rose from the dead, and we now can have His life in us.
    • If we believe in Jesus and trust Him, He will clean out all the messes and mistakes and forgive us. By receiving His grace, we can experience freedom, forgiveness and life.
    • Children, how many of you have trusted and believed in Jesus? Do you know that Jesus has cleaned you of all your sins? He has made you brand new, so that you can enjoy the life and love that He has for you.
    • How many of have not believed in Jesus before? Would you like to trust in Jesus? If you do, please pray together with me:Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross and taking all the punishment for my wrong. You paid for all King David’s sins. You paid for my sins. I believe in You, and I want to trust in You and accept Your gift of grace and eternal life. I believe that you make me clean and I have your life and Spirit in me always. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

3. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS:

  • Memory Verse: Hebrews 10:17“Their sins and iniquities will I remember no more”.