Year 2, Winter: Lesson 7
This week's memory verse
What we learned today
Big Idea: God is love
David and Jonathan’s friendship: 1 Samuel 19–20; 31v1–2; 2 Samuel 9v1–7. Jonathan and David show God’s love through their friendship with each other. Jonathan protects David from Jonathan’s father, King Saul, and David vows to care for Jonathan’s family when David becomes king.
Where we're headed next time
Big Idea: God is our shepherd and King
David crowned King: 2 Samuel 5, Psalm 23. God works through the reign of King David to illustrate that He is our true Shepherd and King.
Did you know?
Share these facts to get the conversation started:
Israel’s lack of unity grieved God. The tribes couldn’t agree, and there were separate kings ruling over them. God had a plan to bring His chosen people back together. He chose David, a shepherd king, who would rule Israel following God’s command.
“And the Lord said to you, ‘You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler’” (2 Samuel 5v2b). The word “shepherd” used here is the Hebrew word ra’ah, which means “to tend or feed a flock.” Through David’s guidance, Israel’s focus was pointed toward God once more.
Scripture refers to God as the King of Kings, the ultimate King, ruling over all people – both the common and the kingly.
Connect as a family
Before dinner, have your children go into various areas of your home. Call them to the table by their full names. Once seated, talk about a shepherd’s job. He knows each of his sheep by name and cares for them by keeping them safe from harm. Tell them you’re going to read a part of The Big God Story where God chose a shepherd to be king. After reading 2 Samuel 5v1–5, ask why they think a shepherd would make a good king. Then share that God is the King of all kings— greater than any other king. Explain that God is also our Shepherd and He knows each of us by name.
After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:
Why do you think God chose David to be king?
Who is our Shepherd and King?
How does God care for you as your Shepherd?
These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how God is our shepherd and King into your everyday life as a family.
A blessing can be a spoken prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words of encouragement and guidance over your child.
A blessing to pray over your child: (Child’s name), the Lord is your shepherd. May you follow Him always. The Lord is your King. May you praise His holy name.