David wanted to build a temple for the ark of the Lord to stay, but God reminded David that since He had brought the Israelites out of Egypt, that the ark of the Lord had been in a tent. God promised to make a house for David: a dynasty of his descendants and an everlasting kingdom through the sending of God’s Son, Jesus. 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 promised that Jesus would come from David’s family.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from 2 Samuel 7. This story can be found on page 82 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:
God chose David to be king of Israel, and God gave His people a time of peace. One day, David was talking with Nathan the prophet. “I live in a palace of nice wood,” David pointed out. “But the ark of God sits inside a tent! Shouldn’t God have a nicer house than I do?” David wanted to build a temple for the ark of God. He told Nathan his plans.
“God is with you. Do what you want!” Nathan said. But God did not want David to do whatever he wanted. God wanted David to do what God wanted. That night, God gave Nathan a message for David.
“David, are you going to build a house for Me to live in? Think about what I have done for My people. I brought them out of Egypt. I gave them leaders to guide them. The entire time I have been with them, My house has been a tent. Did I ever ask anyone to build a temple for Me?”
“You used to be a shepherd, David. But I made you a king. I helped you defeat your enemies, and My people now live peacefully in their own land. I promise you, David, that you and your descendants will be kings. When you die, one of your sons will be king. He will build a house for Me. The king will always be someone in your family.”
Nathan told David everything God said. David went into the tent he had set up for the ark of the Lord. He sat down and prayed.
“Lord God, I don’t deserve anything You have done for me, and You promise to do so much more! God, You are so great! There is no one like You! You chose the Israelites to be Your own people. You rescued them from slavery in Egypt. God, please keep Your promises to me and my descendants. I am confident You will keep Your promises because You are trustworthy.”
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- What did David want to do for God? (build a temple)
- To whom did God give a message for David? (Nathan)
- Whom did God say would build Him a temple? (David’s son)
- What did God promise David? (the king would always be from his family)
- Did David build a temple for God? (no, he obeyed God and did not)
- True or false: David and the people of Israel were in a time of war. (false, God had given His people peace)
- What did David want to do for God? (build Him a temple)
- True or false: Nathan told David he could build God a temple. (both! Nathan said David could do what was on his heart, but God told Nathan to tell David a different message)
- Who would build God a temple? (David’s son)
- How did David respond to God’s promise? (he went to the tabernacle and prayed)
- How did God keep His promise? (God sent Jesus as a descendant of David to be King forever)
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 promised David that every king of Israel would come from David’s family. God kept His promise. God sent His Son, Jesus to be part of David’s family. Jesus is our King. Jesus is alive, and He will be King over God’s people forever.
God promised David that every future king of Israel would come from David’s family, and David’s kingdom would last forever. God kept His promise by sending His Son, Jesus, to be one of David’s descendants. Jesus is our King who will rule over God’s people forever.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
Pray and thank God that He always keeps His promises, and that He kept His promise to David by sending Jesus as one of David’s descendants. Ask God to give us more trust in Him and His promises. Thank God for inviting us to be a part of His family, like how Jesus was part of David’s family.