The David, The Boy unit uses the Bible story from 1 Samuel 16:1-23, 17:20; 2 Samuel 5:1-12; and Psalm 23. The prophet Samuel anointed Saul as the first king of Israel and, for a time, Saul was a good king. While Saul was still serving as King, God told Samuel to anoint a new king from Jesse’s family in Bethlehem. God surprised everyone by choosing the youngest of Jesse’s eight sons, for David was a simple shepherd boy. As David grew he became known for his bravery, strength, and musical abilities. He was even asked to play his instrument for King Saul, who suffered from either physical or mental illnesses. Saul was so pleased with David that he appointed him an armor-bearer.
The Philistines were a powerful tribe who were almost continually engaged in battle against the Hebrews. One day they brought out a courageous warrior, Goliath. Goliath challenged Saul’s army: “Send one soldier from among you to fight me!” The Hebrew soldiers were afraid of this man, and their army froze before him. David, who was bringing food to his brothers in the army, was shocked to learn that no one would face Goliath. He believed God would be with him, and volunteered to take on this powerful man. They did not have armor small enough for David, so he faced Goliath unprotected. After choosing five small stones from the stream, he met Goliath with only his slingshot. With only one stone, he defeated the Philistine, and became a hero to his people.
Children will have the opportunity to:
- learn and retell the boyhood stories of David;
- recognize that the stories of David are found in the book of 1 Samuel in the Old Testament;
- realize that God saw something in David that no one else could see;
- identify stories from David's childhood that reveal the characteristics that helped him become a great king;
- discover that everyone has God-given gifts, and that God cares more about what is on the inside than how we appear on the outside;
- study ways God uses ordinary men and women to accomplish God's work in the world.
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