Year 2, Winter: Lesson 8
This week's memory verse
What we learned today
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.
Where we're headed next time
Big Idea: God blesses us with His presence
The Ark Brought to Jerusalem: 2 Samuel 6, Psalm 132. Years after the Philistines return the ark of the covenant, it’s finally brought to the city of Jerusalem.
Did you know?
Share these facts to get the conversation started:
During a dramatic battle against the Philistines, the ark of the covenant, the physical reminder of God’s presence with His people, was captured and taken. Devastated, the Israelites mourned. But as long as their enemy had possession of the ark, God plagued them with disease and death.
After seven months, the terrified Philistines returned the ark to the Israelites at Kiriath Jearim, where it stayed for about 20 years. But God wanted another city to be its resting place.
The Lord chose Zion, another name for Jerusalem, as the place where the ark would dwell. David, God’s chosen and anointed king, vowed to bring the ark to Jerusalem.
Connect as a family
Bring out your favorite worship music and encourage your family to join you in a dance party. After the first song, stop and read 2 Samuel 6v12–15 and 17–19. In the Old Testament, the ark of the covenant reminded people that God was with them. Discuss David’s reaction when the Israelites brought the ark to Jerusalem. Explain that because of Jesus, God’s Spirit lives inside of us when we decide to follow Him. God is with us all the time. Celebrate some more! Turn the music back on and continue your dance party.
After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:
What did David do when he brought the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem?
Why do you think David celebrated with food and dance?
How does it make you feel to know that God is with us all the time?
These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how God Blesses Us with His Presence 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), may you be blessed with God’s presence each day, and remember that He loves you very much.