This lesson was taught at WEPC Kids Club on March 4, 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 11-12
Recap from last week
David’s kingdom is being built; God’s eternal kingdom has been promised; and David’s 40 year reign was summarized last time as the great SHEPHERD KING by bringing peace and kindness.
So what do you think happens next?!
Murder and Stealing and Adultery! Oh no!
Let’s see what the board says…
Into the Box
Every week, we look in the box to discover what we are learning about this week.
Pull out board that says URIAH.
I wonder who this guy is. Let’s see what 2 Samuel 11 says…
1 It was spring. It was the time when kings go off to war. So David sent Joab out with the king’s special troops and the whole army of Israel. They destroyed the Ammonites. They marched to the city of Rabbah. They surrounded it and got ready to attack it. But David remained in Jerusalem.
Is there anything wrong with this picture? David is neglecting his duty as king to lead the army.
It all starts by David NOT doing what he should be doing.
Is that ever you?
2 One evening David got up from his bed. He walked around on the roof of his palace. From the roof he saw a woman… She was very beautiful. 3 David sent a messenger to find out who she was. The messenger returned and said, “She is Bathsheba. She’s the daughter of Eliam. She’s the wife of Uriah. He’s a Hittite.”
And he ends up doing something very bad. In the next few verses it tells the story that David ends up doing something really bad with Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife.
Have you ever done something bad? Have you ever sinned? We all have.
But this was a really bad sin. A SCANDAL!
And it’s bad when you and I sin, but when a leader sins, it’s even worse because he could be leading people astray.
This is really bad… but it gets worse!…
6 So David sent a message to Joab. David said, “Send me Uriah, the Hittite.” Joab sent him to David. 7 Uriah came to David. David asked him how Joab and the soldiers were doing.
David tries to cover it up!
He tries to trick Uriah into not realizing that David and Bathsheba did anything bad.
But Uriah is a good, honest, and honorable man. So Uriah is not tricked.
David realizes that pretty soon everyone is going to find out that he did something really bad. So…
If you were about to be found out in your sin, what should you do?
What do you think David does? He decides… to… kill… Uriah.
That’s right – David, the great Shepherd King, the man after God’s own heart, decides to MURDER Uriah!
14 The next morning David wrote a letter to Joab. He sent it along with Uriah. 15 In it he wrote, “Put Uriah out in front. That’s where the fighting is the heaviest. Then pull your men back from him. When you do, the Ammonites will strike him down and kill him.”
16 So Joab attacked the city. He put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest enemy fighters were. 17 The troops came out of the city. They fought against Joab. Some of the men in David’s army were killed. Uriah, the Hittite, also died.
David is a murderer!
He thinks he got away with it, too. Uriah is dead and he makes Bathsheba another wife. (David now has many wives. Is this good? NO!! And the Bible never says it is good.)
Why are we talking about a murderer!?
Well… let’s see what God does…
This is the more important part!!!
What do you think God thinks of David’s actions?
You see, David thought he got away with his sin. But who saw David’s sin? GOD!
In Chapter 12, God sends the prophet Nathan with a STORY.
The prophets of the OT are like the Bible today. David is confronted with the Word of God:
1b “Two men lived in the same town. One was rich. The other was poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle. 3 But all the poor man had was one little female lamb. He had bought it. He raised it. It grew up with him and his children. It shared his food. It drank from his cup. It even slept in his arms. It was just like a daughter to him.
4 “One day a traveler came to the rich man. The rich man wanted to prepare a meal for him. But he didn’t want to kill one of his own sheep or cattle. Instead, he took the little female lamb that belonged to the poor man. Then the rich man cooked it for the traveler who had come to him.”
What does David think of this story?
5 David was very angry with the rich man. He said to Nathan, “The man who did this must die! And that’s just as sure as the Lord is alive. 6 The man must pay back four times as much as that lamb was worth. How could he do such a thing? And he wasn’t even sorry he had done it.”
But why does Nathan tell David this story?
Does this story sound familiar? It’s a parable of what David did to Uriah.
7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! The Lord, the God of Israel, says, ‘I anointed you king over Israel. I saved you from Saul. 8 I gave you everything that belonged to your master Saul… I made you king over all the people of Israel and Judah. And if all of that had not been enough for you, I would have given you even more. 9 Why did you turn your back on what I told you to do? You did what is evil in my sight. You made sure that Uriah, the Hittite, would be killed in battle. You took his wife to be your own. You let the men of Ammon kill him with their swords…
David has been caught in his sin.
Have you ever been caught in your sin?
David’s sin is probably worse than Saul. But there is a big difference between Saul and David. It is REPENTANCE.
That is a big word that means – to turn away from sin and turn back to God.
Everybody turn 180 degrees.
When Saul was confronted with his sin, he made excuses (1 Samuel 15:13-21).
Sometimes, when you are confronted in your sin, you make excuses.
“But I didn’t mean to do it!”
“But she hit me first!”
“But what he did was worse!”
All of these are nothing but excuses. Let’s see what David does…
13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
He didn’t make excuses – he just repented.
And Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin.”
He was forgiven.
What does God do when you sin? He moves toward you! He uses His Word and ohers to offer His grace to you.
This chapter in David’s life is a very sad one.
Uriah was a good man who was killed.
Bathsheba was a good woman who did something bad.
David was a good man who killed and did something bad.
Point to Jesus
But our sin does not define us.
When we sin – and we all do – we need to repent because in Christ, we are forgiven.
He forgives you.
The next time you sin – I hope you get caught.
And if you aren’t caught – God sees you for who you really are – the true you.
And He loves you anyway! He forgives you – and calls you to holy living.
Broken in the Box
What did we learn about today? URIAH
- Uriah died. Bathsheba was in shame. And David was in shame and was a murderer.
- We need something more!
Break the URIAH 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
- Have you ever neglected your duties. Not done something when you should have.
- Have you ever been led into sin because you were lazy or forgetful?
- Have you ever been caught in sin?
- But more importantly – what does God do when you sin?
- Think about a time that you did something bad and no one ever found out. What does God think of that? And how can you apply God’s forgiveness to it?