This lesson was taught at WEPC Kids Club on February 19, 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 8-10
Recap from last week
David’s kingdom is being built and the most important chapter was last week – 2 Samuel 7 – God’s covenant with David that there will come a son from David who will have a forever kingdom – Jesus!
2 Samuel 8:1: “In the days that followed,”
In other words, the next couple of chapters describe the kingdom of David.
Tonight – I want us to look at the kind of king that David was during his reign as the undisputed king of Israel and Judah. Which brings us to…
Into the Box
Every week, we look in the box to discover what we are learning about this week.
Pull out board that says SHEPHERD
CHAPTER 8: David brings PEACE
8:6, 14: “God gave victory to David wherever he marched.”
2 Samuel 8 describes victories to the west (v.1), east (v.2), north (vv.3-5), and south (vv. 13-18). In other words, David rules the four corners of the world.
This isn’t about war. This is about peace.
David ruled, brought victor, and brought the people of God PEACE.
Do you want peace?
That’s what a shepherd does. Psalm 23
A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd. He gives me everything I need.
2 He lets me lie down in fields of green grass.
He leads me beside quiet waters.
3 He gives me new strength.
He guides me in the right paths
for the honor of his name.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid.
You are with me.
Your shepherd’s rod and staff
5 You prepare a feast for me
right in front of my enemies.
You pour oil on my head.
My cup runs over.
6 I am sure that your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life.
And I will live in the house of the Lord
A shepherd who brings peace is one who brings kindness.
CHAPTER 9: David brings KINDNESS – Mephibosheth responds with faith
The disabled son of Jonathan, Mephibosheth
David says to Meph.: “Don’t be afraid,” David told him. “You can be sure that I will be kind to you because of your father Jonathan. I’ll give back to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul. And I’ll always provide what you need.”
Mephibosheth bowed down to David to show him respect.
CHAPTER 10: David brings KINDNESS – Ammonites respond with fear
1 The king of Ammon died. His son Hanun became the next king after him. 2 David thought, “I’m going to be kind to Hanun. His father Nahash was kind to me.” So David sent messengers to Hanun. He wanted them to tell Hanun how sad he was that Hanun’s father had died.
But they were afraid that David was coming to secretly take their kingdom, so they fought David. Long story short, David won! And they were destroyed.
These chapters reveal to use a few of the years of David the shepherd king.
Point to Jesus
Much like the great Psalm 23 – David was Israel’s shepherd king, but we have a better shepherd king – God Himself – His Son, Jesus.
Game – Psalm 23 Olympics
- To start the race, say, (arms in the air)
The LORD is my shepherd. I shall not be in want
- Roll down on the floor, end up by a bucket/pan of water
He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.
- Walk the ‘straight and narrow’ on a 2×4 board laid on the ground
He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
- Crawl under/through a black sheet, blanket, or tarp.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,
- Pick up a staff together and hold it high.
For you are with me, your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
- Sit at a ‘table’ (piano bench, footstool…) and eat 2 crackers.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
- Fill cup until it overflows – set large cup on metal chair. Have bucket 6 ft. away with water in it. Fill large cup by bringing water in Dixie cups, dumping in the large cup, till full/overflowing (If inside – place large cup in a 9x13pan, use 8 oz cups filled no more that half full – marked with a marker) Have a towel available.
You anoint my head with oil; My cup overflows.
- At the finish line, sit in a chair labeled “God’s house.”
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
- The racers end the Olympics by saying, “God is good” followed by a huge sigh of relief.
Broken in the Box
What did we learn about today? SHEPHERD
- David was the great SHEPHERD king over Israel. But…
Break the SHEPHERD 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
- Do you want peace?
- What is a time in your life that you found most peaceful?
- How about a time that it was NOT peaceful?
- How has Jesus been kind to you?
- When have you responded to Jesus’ kindness with fear or faith?