A Great Nation Under King David ~ 1 Samuel 16-2 Samuel 11 (Object Lesson)

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Materials: Candy box filled with yucky treats (onions, stinky socks…); yummy treats (optional)


Geography: Israel, David’s kingdom

The people of Israel told Samuel that they wanted a king so they could be like “all of the other nations.” Saul, who was literally a head taller than everyone else, had been given the keys to a kingdom. He had the opportunity to lead the people of God and help Israel become a great nation. Instead he would have the kingdom ripped from his grasp. He made selfish, disobedient decisions, and Samuel told Saul that God had rejected him as king.

Main Events of 1 Samuel 16-2 Samuel 11:

[Show the candy container.] I brought with me some YUMMY chocolate!! Oh, I am excited! I can’t wait to open it up and taste that sweet, yummy, chocolatey chocolate! [Open up the container and show the yucky items inside.] Oooooo….yuck! I am so disappointed!! I was SO hoping for yummy chocolate. Instead I got this. But the package looked so nice. And the words told me what should have been in it. Everything about the outside tells me the inside should be good…but it wasn’t. And this is what happens in our story today.

Saul knew that God would take the kingdom away from him eventually. Saul became suspicious and unruly. The scriptures say at some point that an evil spirit entered into Saul.

So Samuel was sent by God to anoint the new king. Samuel, who was scared of King Saul, followed God’s directions and took a heifer with him to Bethlehem in order to sacrifice there. He asked Jessie, of Bethlehem, the tribe of Judah, to sacrifice with him. [Jessie’s grandmother was Ruth!!] Samuel began to look through all of Jessie’s sons. “Surely THIS is the one, God?” Samuel would pray. The first son was handsome, strong, and looked like a king! “No. Do not look at his appearance or physical stature…the Lord does not see as man sees-the Lord looks at the heart,” answered God. Samuel sent for Jessie’s youngest son, David. Samuel anointed David as king. David was a young shepherd boy…and he probably went right back into the fields after being anointed!

David and Saul

David and Saul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fifteen years pass. During this time David fought Goliath; he played the harp for Saul; Saul tried to kill him and David was on the run…eventually Saul, and his son Jonathan, died in battle.

David, King Over All Israel, as in 2 Samuel 5:...

David, King Over All Israel, as in 2 Samuel 5:1-12, illustration from a Bible card published 1896 by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

David was king of Judah for 7.5 years, then he became king of Israel for 33.5 years. During his reign, Jerusalem became the capital and Israel became a GREAT NATION. The tabernacle was brought to Jerusalem, as well as, the ark of the covenant. During his reign, David realized that He had a grand palace in which he lived, but that the Lord only had a tent. He wanted to build a temple to the Lord, but was stopped and told, “No.” David was told by God that his son would build a temple BUT David’s throne would be established forever.

David’s kingdom grew. “David became greater and greater because the Lord of hosts was with him.” (2 Samuel 5:10) David had “victory everywhere he went.” (2 Samuel 8:14)

Life Application of 1 Samuel 16-2 Samuel 11:
What did God see in David? A willingness to trust the Lord and to please God. David was completely committed to God and repentant when wrong. Is the Bible a realistic book? Absolutely. The Bible is honest about the sin men can create and it shows how God uses imperfect people to bring about His perfect plans. David was not perfect. He committed many sins, including murder. But every time God pointed out his sin, David was humble, he repented, and he accepted the punishment and consequences for his actions.

What Truth did you learn from this lesson?



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