David and Jonathan were great friends. In fact, Jonathan even saved David’s life! These two friends are a great example of the type of friends we should be, but also how great of a friend Jesus is for us. Follow along with this devotion, which you can walk through with your family in 10-15 minutes one night this week or review it in 3-5 minutes over the course of the week.
KEY VERSE – DAY ONE:
Review the key verses and hand motions for this unit with your children.
“Then Jesus spoke to them again, ‘I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.’” – John 8:12 (Backyard Kids Club Cave Quest Key Verse)
“Sing a song of wisdom, for God is King of all the earth. God reigns over the nations; God is seated on His holy throne.” – Psalm 47:7-8
BIG PICTURE QUESTION – DAY ONE:
Ask your children the Big Picture Question for this unit: Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever, and He rules over the world.
MAIN POINT – DAY ONE:
Share with your children that this week’s main point is:
Preschool/Kindergarten: God gave David a friend.
1st-5th grades: God used Jonathan to save David’s life.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from 1 Samuel 18:1-12; 19:1-10; 20:1-42. This story can be found on page 80 of the Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
David lived at the king’s palace. King Saul’s son Jonathan became best friends with David. Jonathan gave gifts to David: his robe, military tunic, sword, bow, and belt.
Saul was jealous of David’s success, and he wanted to kill David. Jonathan warned David, “My father wants to kill you. Go hide in a safe place until I can talk to him.”
The next morning, Jonathan asked Saul, “Why would you want to kill David? He has done nothing but help you.” Saul promised not to kill David. Jonathan told David the good news, and David returned to serve Saul as he had done before.
But King Saul did not keep his promise long. One day when David was playing the harp for Saul, Saul threw a spear at David. David escaped and told Jonathan what had happened. “How can I help?” Jonathan asked.
David came up with a plan. “I am supposed to go to a special meal tomorrow,” David explained, “but I’m not going to go. If Saul asks where I am, tell him I asked for your permission to go to Bethlehem. If he gets angry, you will know he wants to kill me.”
Jonathan went to the special meal with his father. When Saul sat down to eat, he asked, “Where’s David?”
“David is in Bethlehem. I gave him permission to go,” Jonathan said.
Saul became angry. “David deserves to die!” he yelled.
Jonathan went to the field where David was hiding. He shot three arrows and sent his servant to retrieve them.
“The arrow is beyond you!” Jonathan shouted. That was Jonathan’s sign to David that Saul wanted to kill him. David came out of hiding. David and Jonathan cried and said their goodbyes.
“Take care of yourself,” Jonathan said. The two men parted ways knowing that no matter what, they would always be friends.
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- Who were the two friends in the story? (David and Jonathan)
- Why was Saul jealous of David? (because the people liked him so much)
- Was Saul happy that David was not at the special meal? (no, he was angry)
- How did Jonathan tell David that Saul wanted to kill him? (he gave David a signal)
- What did David and Jonathan do when they said goodbye? (cried)
- Name two things that Jonathan gave David to show their friendship. (robe, tunic, sword, bow, belt)
- Why was Saul jealous of David? (David was successful at everything he did because God was with him)
- What did Saul throw at David to try to kill him? (a spear)
- What secret signal did Jonathan use to get the message to David? (shooting arrows)
- Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever and He rules over the world.
WORSHIP – DAY FOUR:
CHRIST CONNECTION – DAY FIVE:
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
David and Jonathan were very good friends. Jesus calls us to be friends. Jesus is a greater friend than anyone. He showed His love for us by giving up His life to rescue us from sin.
David and Jonathan were true friends. Their friendship points to an even greater friendship – our friendship with Jesus. Jesus calls us friends, and He showed His love by dying to save us from sin.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
As you pray, thank God for all of the friends He has given you. Pray specifically for your friends. Ask God to remind us more and more of how much He loves us. Thank God for sending His Son, Jesus, to rescue us from sin.