David sinned against God and thought God wouldn’t notice. When God did notice and David found out, he was afraid. He knew making sacrifices would not be enough to please God and pay for his sin. David repented of his sin and God forgave him. God wanted David’s heart to change so he would not sin again. 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 God forgave David when he repented of his sin.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from 2 Samuel 11:1-12:14; Psalm 51. This story can be found on page 84 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 was the king of Israel. As king, David’s responsibilities included leading the army. One spring, David sent out the army. David stayed in Jerusalem.
One evening, David looked out from the roof of his palace and saw a beautiful woman named Bathsheba. Bathsheba was the wife of Uriah, one of the best warriors in David’s army. David sent his messengers to get Bathsheba, and she came to David’s house. Later, Bathsheba told David that she was going to have a baby; the baby would be David’s.
David knew what he had done was wrong. David called Uriah home from the battle and told him to go spend time with his wife. But Uriah didn’t think it was fair for him to relax at home while the other men were at war. He slept on David’s doorstep and refused to see his wife.
David’s plan was not working, so he instructed Joab, who was leading the army, to send Uriah into the hardest part of the battle so he would be killed. So Joab sent Uriah to the most dangerous part of the battle, and Uriah was killed.
God knew what David had done, and He was not happy with David. God sent Nathan the prophet to talk to David. Nathan told David a story about a rich man who had many animals. When a traveler came, the rich man did not offer his own animal. Instead, he took a poor man’s lamb – the only lamb he had – and gave it to the traveler to eat.
David was angry. “The rich man should die!” he said.
“You are the man!” Nathan said. God had given David a position of great power, but David killed Uriah to take his wife. David realized he had sinned against God. David deserved to die. “You won’t die for this,” Nathan assured David, “but God will punish you. Your son will die instead.”
David confessed his sin and prayed, “God, create a clean heart for me.” David realized he could try to please God with sacrifices, but that wouldn’t be enough to pay for his sin. God wanted David’s heart to change so that he would not want to sin again.
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- Whose wife was Bathsheba? (Uriah)
- Who told David a story about a man who took something that did not belong to him? (Nathan)
- Whom was Nathan’s story really about? (David)
- What did David ask God to do? (forgive him)
- Did God forgive David? (yes, God forgave David)
- Where was David at the beginning of the story? (Jerusalem)
- Who was Bathsheba? (Uriah’s wife)
- How did Uriah die? (David ordered Joab to send Uriah to the hardest part of the battle)
- Whom did God send to talk to David? (Nathan)
- When did God forgive David? (God forgave David when he repented of his sin)
- 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.
God forgave David for his sins, but sin always has consequences. When we sin, God forgives us because Jesus faced the consequences for our sins when He died on the cross.
When David sinned against God, God forgave him, but sin always comes with a price. God spared David’s life, but David’s son died. When we sin, we can receive God’s forgiveness because God sent His son, Jesus, to pay the price for our sin. Jesus died the death we deserve so that we could be made right with God.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
As you pray, thank God that He is faithful even when we are not. Thank God for His grace He gives us. Pray and ask God to forgive you for the sins you have committed this week. Thank God for sending Jesus to pay the price for our sins. Ask God to give you a clean heart.