Israel wanted a new king, and the Lord answered their prayers by choosing David as king. But David was not only chosen as king of Israel. But he also defeated Goliath, with God’s power. 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 gave David power to defeat Goliath.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from 1 Samuel 16-17. This story can be found on page 78 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:
Saul was the king of Israel, but he disobeyed God. So God was going to give Israel a new king. God told Samuel to visit a man in Bethlehem named Jesse. God said one of Jesse’s sons would be Israel’s next king.
Jesse’s oldest son was tall and handsome. “Samuel, he’s not the one,” God said. “Do not pay attention to what he looks like. You look at what you can see on the outside, but I see the heart.”
One by one, Jesse’s sons approached Samuel, but God had not chosen them. “Do you have any more sons?” Samuel asked.
“Yes,” Jesse said. “My youngest son, David, is in the field taking care of the sheep.” Jesse sent for David. When David arrived, God told Samuel, “He’s the one!”
Samuel poured oil on David’s head to show God had chosen him to be the king.
At this time, the Philistines – enemies of Israel – got ready for war. King Saul got his army ready to fight. The Philistines had a great warrior named Goliath. Goliath shouted at the Israelites, “Send me your best man, and we will fight one-on-one.” But none of the Israelites wanted to fight Goliath.
David’s brothers were in Israel’s army, and David brought them food. David saw Goliath and watched the Israelites run away in fear. So David volunteered to fight.
“God will keep me safe,” David said.
David chose five smooth stones from a nearby stream. David was armed with only the stones and a slingshot.
“You come to fight with a spear and sword,” David replied, “but I come to fight in the name of God! God always wins His battles!”
David ran toward Goliath. He slung a rock and hit Goliath in the forehead. Goliath fell facedown, and David killed him.
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- Which of Jesse’s sons did God choose to be the new king? (David)
- What was David doing when Samuel came? (taking care of the sheep)
- Who was the very tall Philistine warrior? (Goliath)
- What did David use to fight Goliath? (a stone and a slingshot)
- Who helped David defeat Goliath? (God)
- How many sons did Jesse have? (eight)
- How did Samuel show that God had chosen David to be king after all? (Samuel poured oil on David’s head)
- Why did David visit his brothers in the army? (to bring them food)
- How many stones did David pick up to fight Goliath? (five)
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 did not look like someone who could be a giant. But David trusted God, and God gave David power. Jesus did not look like someone who could save people either. But when Jesus died and came back to life, He showed His power to rescue people from sin.
David was not a big or strong warrior, but he trusted God. God gave David power. When God sent His Son to earth, Jesus did not look like a strong warrior either. But by dying on the cross and coming back to life, Jesus showed His power to save sinners.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
As you pray, praise God for how mighty He is. Thank Him for using weak people in His plan. Ask Him to give us power in moments where we feel weak. Thank Him for sending Jesus to rescue weak people like us from our sin.