This lesson was taught at WEPC Kids Club on March 11, 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 13-16:14
Recap from last week
The great Shepherd King David committed some really horrible acts of sin. He repented and God forgave him. So what now…
Well… Part of the word of God that Nathan told David was this…
Because you sinned so greatly…11b ‘I am going to bring trouble on you. It will come from your own family… 12 You committed your sins in secret. But I will make sure that the man commits his sin in the middle of the day. Everyone in Israel will see it.'”
In other words, God forgave David. But there were still consequences to his sin.
Did you know that there are CONSEQUENCES to sin? What does that mean?
It means that when you do something, there is a result.
You may be forgiven, but there are results that may still happen.
And from the verse I just read, where is the consequence going to come from? David’s “own family.”
Let’s go to the box!
Into the Box
Every week, we look in the box to discover what we are learning about this week.
Pull out board that says AMNON and ABSALOM
Have you ever heard of these guys?
We don’t tell this story in Sunday School because it is bad people doing bad things.
I don’t like talking about it.
But Amnon does something very horrible (Leaders, FYI: he rapes his sister, Tamar. This is not appropriate to talk to the kids about.)
21 King David heard about everything that had happened. So he became very angry.
But he didn’t do anything about it.
Friends, this is bad parenting.
When your parents discipline you when you do something bad – that is proving that they love you.
Remember the story of Fat Eli and his terrible sons Hophni and Phinehas? This is very similar.
So… David has another son, Absalom, who takes matters into his own hands. Absalom kills Amnon!
Who is this Absalom guy? What was he like?
14 25 In the whole land of Israel there wasn’t any man as handsome as Absalom was. That’s why everyone praised him. From the top of his head to the bottom of his feet he didn’t have any flaws. 26 He used to cut his hair once a year when it became too heavy for him. Then he would weigh it. It weighed five pounds in keeping with the standard weights used in the palace.
Who does this sound like? SAUL!
He was very handsome. And he was a schemer…
15 1 Absalom got a chariot and horses for himself. He also got 50 men to run in front of him.
5 Sometimes people would approach Absalom and bow down to him. Then he would reach out his hand. He would take hold of them and kiss them.
2 He would get up early. He would stand by the side of the road that led to the city gate. Sometimes a person would come with a case for the king to decide… 3 Absalom would say, “Look, your claims are based on the law. So you have every right to make them. But the king doesn’t have anyone here who can listen to your case.” 4 Absalom would continue, “I wish I were appointed judge in the land! Then anyone who has a case or a claim could come to me. I would make sure they are treated fairly.”
What is Absalom doing?
He is the ultimate politician. Working the people and making people think he would be a great king, but he hasn’t proven it in any way. The only thing we know he is good at is: (1) being good-looking, (2) being a schemer, and (3) taking revenge on people. Does that sound like a good king?
But many people liked him.
6b the hearts of the people were turned toward him.
12b The number of people who followed Absalom kept growing.
Finally, Absalom declares himself king. The people love Absalom. They no longer love David.
So David flees.
The great kingdom that David had built had come crashing down!
- The anointing – seems to go to Absalom (although it doesn’t really)
- The city of Jerusalem – Absalom took it
- The palace – Absalom took it
- Defeating of the enemies…
- And the friends…
These last two are still holding David strong, because as David flees from Jerusalem he encounters all of these cities and countries. Most of them know David as the true king of Israel and they help him escape his son.
David has friends and they help him in his time of need.
Do you have friends that will help you when you are in true need?
Not just fair weather friends, but friends when you are in trouble.
You should find friends like that.
Friendship is what, from an earthly perspective, saved David’s life.
But David’s sin brought his kingdom crashing down.
And even more than that… David’s sin and terrible parenting led to two really horrible sons in Amnon and Absalom.
Tonight’s story ends with Absalom as the pretend king in Jerusalem. And David laying in the dirt, trying to rest. (16:14)
I wonder what will happen next! That’s next week.
Point to Jesus
- Sin has consequences.
But more important than that…
- Even if we end up laying in dirt, losing everything, we still have the promise of God. And what is that promise?
Psalm 3 was written “when he ran away from his son Absalom.”
And as David lay in the dirt, running away from his son, he prayed this:
1 Lord, I have so many enemies!
So many people are rising up against me!
2 Many are saying about me,
“God will not save him.”
3 Lord, you are like a shield that keeps me safe.
You bring me honor. You help me win the battle.
4 I call out to the Lord.
He answers me from his holy mountain.
5 I lie down and sleep.
I wake up again, because the Lord takes care of me.
6 I won’t be afraid even though tens of thousands
attack me on every side.
Jesus takes care of you. No matter what.
Broken in the Box
What did we learn about today? AMNON AND ABSALOM
- The sons of David were no good. We will find out more about Absalom next week. But no matter what…
Break the AMNON AND ABSALOM 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 tried to be friends with someone because they looked like someone important? Judged people on the outside?
- What is more important: character or power?
- Do you have friends that are loyal to you?
- Are you a friend who is loyal?