This lesson was taught at WEPC Kids Club on January 15, 2020.
Main Theme of whole year: “King David shows us Jesus!” He does it by showing us what a good king looks like! He does it also by showing us that even good people do terrible things and we need Jesus! God rescues good people and God rescues bad people.
An Elementary School Lesson on 2 Samuel 1
We last saw David in EXILE – in Philistine country – in the town of Ziklag. He just fought a battle with the Amalekites.
And last time, what was happening with Israel and their king, Saul? Battle with the Philistines (that David had avoided because of his own battle with the Amalekites). And sadly, King Saul and his son, Jonathan, had died. That’s how 1 Samuel ended. Let’s see where we pick it up from there.
1:1 After the death of Saul, when David had returned from striking down the Amalekites, David remained two days in Ziklag. 2 And on the third day, behold, a man came from Saul’s camp, with his clothes torn and dirt on his head. And when he came to David, he fell to the ground and paid homage. 3 David said to him, “Where do you come from?” And he said to him, “I have escaped from the camp of Israel.” 4 And David said to him, “How did it go? Tell me.” And he answered, “The people fled from the battle, and also many of the people have fallen and are dead, and Saul and his son Jonathan are also dead.”
How do you think David reacted to this news?
This brings us to the WORD OF THE DAY!…
Into the Box
Every week, we look in the box to discover what we are learning about this week.
Pull out board that says INCONSOLABLE.
This is a really big word. It means being so sad that you can’t seem to be comforted. Sometimes we can be sad, but then we can rally. This is usually when we are sad about small things. But when you are sad about really big things, you just stay sad. And you are sad for a long time. Sometimes that is OK.
That is what happened here with David.
11 Then David took hold of his clothes and tore them, and so did all the men who were with him. 12 And they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son and for the people of the LORD and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.
Tearing of clothes is what people did back then to express true sadness and grief.
The clothes represent your soul at that moment. Just imagine yourself so sad that you feel the need to tear your clothes because your soul has been ripped. That is sad, right?
Give everyone a piece of cloth and have them tear it.
It actually feels really good sometimes to tear things when you are sad, doesn’t it?
Did you know that David wrote a lot of Psalms?
Many of them are written as LAMENTS – these are Psalms that are written about suffering and sadness and asks questions to God. These are good to read and sing and pray in times of great sadness. One such lament is written here in 2 Samuel 1:
“Your glory, O Israel, is slain on your high places!
How the mighty have fallen!
20 Tell it not in Gath,
publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon,
lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice,
lest the daughters of the uncircumcised exult.
21 “You mountains of Gilboa,
let there be no dew or rain upon you,
nor fields of offerings!
For there the shield of the mighty was defiled,
the shield of Saul, not anointed with oil.
22 “From the blood of the slain,
from the fat of the mighty,
the bow of Jonathan turned not back,
and the sword of Saul returned not empty.
23 “Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely!
In life and in death they were not divided;
they were swifter than eagles;
they were stronger than lions.
24 “You daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,
who clothed you luxuriously in scarlet,
who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.
25 “How the mighty have fallen
in the midst of the battle!
“Jonathan lies slain on your high places.
26 I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan;
very pleasant have you been to me;
your love to me was extraordinary,
surpassing the love of women.
27 “How the mighty have fallen,
and the weapons of war perished!”
Or the end of Psalm 44:
23 Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord?
Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever!
24 Why do you hide your face?
Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?
25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust;
our belly clings to the ground.
26 Rise up; come to our help!
Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love!
When you are sad, a great thing to do is to go to the Bible, and specifically the Psalms, and pray the words.
And then to remember Psalm 42:11:
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.
Point to Jesus
We can be sad because we know that SADNESS and DEATH and SIN and PAIN does not have the final word.
Jesus has the final word. He proved it on the cross.
HOPE IN GOD.
Hope is expecting the light to come again when it is dark.
We will pick up the story again next week. It’s gonna get hard and dark for a while because we are going to enter another time of war. But even when it is dark, we can have HOPE IN CHRIST.
Broken in the Box:
- What did we learn about today? INCONSOLABLE
- David was inconsolable. Sometimes you and I are inconsolable. But the hope of the Gospel is that we will, in the end, be consoled.
- Break the INCONSOLABLE board
- While breaking it, say: “We need something else.”
- We need Jesus and the power He gives His people. Power to forgive, to love, to boldly move forward in life!
- At the end of the year, the first letters of each of the boards will scramble to spell: “King David Shows Us Jesus!”
DEEPER INTO THE SCRIPTURE & INTO THE LIVES OF THE KIDS
- What makes you sad today? Or in the past?
- What do you like to do when you are sad?
- What should you do?
- (OLDER KIDS) What details of the story did Mr. Brown leave out of the story? (About the specifics of Saul’s death and the fate of the Amalekite messenger.)