This week your kids learned about a covenant that God made with David. We’ve talked about other covenants that God had made with people earlier in our trek through The Gospel Project for Kids. God made a covenant with Noah, promising never again to flood the entire earth with water. God made a covenant with Abraham, promising to give him a land where God’s chosen people would live. God made a covenant with Moses, promising to be the God of the Israelites if they followed His commands and laws.
David, the little shepherd boy anointed by Samuel to one day be king, had now become the king of Israel. When David assumed the throne of Israel, God had given the nation peace from its enemies. David ruled as a man after God’s own heart. David was concerned, however, that the ark of the covenant still dwelt in a tent and did not have a permanent home. David desired to build a permanent structure to house the ark and the elements of the tabernacle, since Israel now had a solid place to call their own. Nathan the prophet told David to do what was in his heart.
Nathan received another word from God which said God did not want David to build a permanent structure because God had not asked anyone to build a permanent place for the ark to reside. God shared with Nathan that David’s son would be the one to build the temple and not David himself. God also delivered this message: David’s family would always have someone to rule the nation sitting on the throne. David’s son would be the next king, and one of his sons would rule after that, and so forth. David went to the tabernacle and praised God for the things He had done and for the things He had promised for the future. God kept His promise to David by sending His Son, Jesus, our King who will never die.
This week in The Gospel Project for Kids, your kids learned that David and Jonathan became friends. David, as he played the harp for Saul, met Saul’s son Jonathan. David and Jonathan became great friends. Jonathan gave David several gifts. He gave him a robe, a military tunic, a sword, a bow, and a belt. God gave David success in everything he did.
Saul, unlike Jonathan, did not like David. As a matter of fact, Saul tried on several occasions to kill David. Jonathan warned David of Saul’s rage and suggested that David go hide himself until Jonathan could talk to Saul. In Jonathan’s meeting with his father, it was obvious that Jonathan knew he would not be the next king in his father’s place—but David would be, and Saul was intent on killing David.
Jonathan and David devised a plan to determine the extent of Saul’s hatred. Once Saul’s full intent was brought out, and he tried to kill his own son, Jonathan went to warn David that he needed to flee. Jonathan took a servant and went to a field to shoot three arrows. By giving David a signal, David knew he would have to leave and would likely never see his friend Jonathan again. David and Jonathan said their goodbyes, and David left.
Jonathan and David were true friends. Jonathan serves to give us a picture of what Jesus does for us. Jesus is the mighty friend of sinners. In John 15:15 Jesus calls us friends. Jesus willingly gave up His place in heaven to come to earth and die for our sins, and now intercedes for us before God in heaven.
Today’s story is a pretty familiar one, but do you really know what this story teaches us about God? The story your kids heard today is the story of David being anointed as the next king of Israel and his little battle with a very tall man, Goliath. David was the youngest of eight sons. After God had rejected Saul as king, God sent Samuel to find the next king of Israel. God directed Samuel where to find him and when Samuel came to the family of Jesse, he looked on the eldest son and thought surely this was God’s anointed one. God directed Samuel in the right way and soon it was revealed that David—the shepherd boy out in the field with the sheep—would be the next king.
David was anointed by Samuel, and soon Saul was being tormented by a spirit that could only be calmed by music. It so happened that David was skilled at playing the harp, and he was ushered into the king’s presence to calm his spirit with the harp music. David got to serve in the court of Saul as a young man, and learn the ropes of running a kingdom. Soon David was taking food to his brothers and ran across a battle line with a giant named Goliath. David heard Goliath disrespecting God and decided to battle the giant himself. Saul, who had all but given up on Israel, agreed to let David fight the battle. David took five smooth stones—and the power of the one and only God—and defeated the giant in the name of the Lord!
Goliath, the champion of the Philistines, was quite a formidable opponent. The Philistines had oppressed the Israelites from way back when the judges were leading the nation. (Remember Samson?) God gave David the power to kill the giant and free the Israelites from the Philistine oppression. David is a reminder to us of Jesus, who came to save us from our greatest enemies: sin and death. Jesus provides not only salvation, but also grants us eternal life.
Saul continued his pattern of sin. This week in The Gospel Project, your kids heard a story of how God responded to Saul’s continued failure. God had placed Saul in the position of king, but due to Saul’s folly and failure, God commanded that he would only rule for a short time until another was given his throne. Samuel delivered God’s message to Saul and then never saw him again.
God’s desire is for people to obey Him, completely. When sin creeps into our lives, God desires that we seek His forgiveness instead of continuing in the sin we are committing. God ultimately would give the people a better King, His Son, Jesus. Jesus’ kingdom, unlike Saul’s, would have no end. Jesus will reign for all eternity.
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