“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” I Corinthians 2:9
Read the Key Verse with your class. Children may have a hard time understanding today’s memory verse. Ask them what David did for his father when he lived at home (he was a shepherd, tending his father’s sheep). When God sent an evil spirit to trouble King Saul, who did he want to kill? (David) Do you remember why? (Saul knew that David would be the next king.) Do you think David was ever afraid? (yes.) Do you think he ever wondered if he would ever become the king as God had told him? (probably.) Last week, we saw that David was crowned as the king of Israel. David probably never knew that he would be such a great king that the kings that followed him would be compared to him (II Kings 14:3; 18:3; II Chronicles 29:2, etc.) Today, we see how great of a king David was. Most importantly, we see that God was most important to David, and David became known as a man after God’s own heart.
Summary: Today we continue in the life of David. We see that God is important to David. We then see that David is important to God. When David kept God first in his life, we see that God established him as a conquering king. He not only brought the enemies into subjection, but David was also revealed as a compassionate king. He found a living relative of the former king, Saul, and brought him to his home and restored his land.
Because of David’s faithfulness, God made him a promise: II Samuel 7:12 & 16: “12. And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. 16. And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.” We will learn today that this is a promise not only of his son, Solomon, who became the next king, but a promise that God’s son, Jesus, would one day be King of Kings.
Encourage your students to bring their Bibles and use them!
Emphasis: We see Matthew 6:33 lived out in David’s life, long before it was even written: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” We must live a life seeking God first, just as David did, and then we can see God bless our lives.
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Ideas for children:
Stickers always work well with children. Often times I watch Wal-Mart or Oriental Trading Company for specials or deals on things I can use for crafts for Sunday School (i.e. foam sheets, Bible Story scene stickers, crowns, stick on jewels, construction paper, etc.). I keep a stash and when I need something, I go search in my stash! Pinterest always has great ideas!
You could have a coloring sheet that goes with the lesson.
One idea for today’s lesson: (See picture below). For today’s lesson I found a foam castle kit and modified it to fit today’s lesson. In the doorway we glued the verses II Samuel 7:11b-12, 16. In the crown sticker, we wrote the name Jesus to remind us that the promise extended past the immediate future into the very distant future when Jesus would finally be born.
Refer to the wall in your classroom that has become a mural.
By now your class should be in a groove as to the direction and areas in which they need to focus and work on to improve their Christian lives. Use this knowledge to help you address specific areas in each lesson that your class can discuss and share as you add new things to your mural. Continue to watch as your class grows in their knowledge of not only God’s Word, but areas in their lives that can be corrected, drawing them closer to the Lord.
Have them each add anything else they may have brought to add to the wall. Encourage everyone to participate.