Key Passage: Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

Big Picture Question: Who gave David power to defeat Goliath? God gave David power to defeat Goliath.

Christ Connection: The men in Israel’s army were afraid of Goliath, the mighty Philistine warrior. Nobody would fight him. But God gave David power to beat Goliath. David reminds us of Jesus. Jesus came to save us from our biggest enemies: sin and death. Jesus is the hero who saves us so we can live with Him forever.

Dear Parents,
Today’s story is a pretty familiar one, but do you really know what this story teaches us about God? The story your kids heard today is the story of David being anointed as the next king of Israel and his little battle with a very tall man, Goliath. David was the youngest of eight sons. After God had rejected Saul as king, God sent Samuel to find the next king of Israel. God directed Samuel where to find him and when Samuel came to the family of Jesse, he looked on the eldest son and thought surely this was God’s anointed one. God directed Samuel in the right way and soon it was revealed that David—the shepherd boy out in the field with the sheep—would be the next king.

David was anointed by Samuel, and soon Saul was being tormented by a spirit that could only be calmed by music. It so happened that David was skilled at playing the harp, and he was ushered into the king’s presence to calm his spirit with the harp music. David got to serve in the court of Saul as a young man, and learn the ropes of running a kingdom. Soon David was taking food to his brothers and ran across a battle line with a giant named Goliath. David heard Goliath disrespecting God and decided to battle the giant himself. Saul, who had all but given up on Israel, agreed to let David fight the battle. David took five smooth stones—and the power of the one and only God—and defeated the giant in the name of the Lord!

Goliath, the champion of the Philistines, was quite a formidable opponent. The Philistines had oppressed the Israelites from way back when the judges were leading the nation. (Remember Samson?) God gave David the power to kill the giant and free the Israelites from the Philistine oppression. David is a reminder to us of Jesus, who came to save us from our greatest enemies: sin and death. Jesus provides not only salvation, but also grants us eternal life.

Family Activity: Go online to find instruction to make a slingshot or sling. Talk to your kids about how David points us to Jesus.

Go Further: Plan a game night for a family Olympics. Choose several easy games (limbo, thumb wrestling, race around the house, long jump, and so forth). You can also use card or board games, but make sure the games are kid friendly. Allow each family member to talk about a game that seemed hard or even impossible to win. Talk about how sin is impossible for us to defeat, but Jesus defeated it for us through His death and resurrection.

Key Passage: Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

Big Picture Question: Who is our perfect King? Jesus is our perfect King.

Christ Connection: God told Saul to obey Him and everything would go well. But Saul did not obey God. God rejected Saul as king. God would give His people a better king. Jesus is God’s Son, and He is our perfect King. He will rule over His people forever.

Dear Parents,

Saul continued his pattern of sin. This week in The Gospel Project, your kids heard a story of how God responded to Saul’s continued failure. God had placed Saul in the position of king, but due to Saul’s folly and failure, God commanded that he would only rule for a short time until another was given his throne. Samuel delivered God’s message to Saul and then never saw him again.

God’s desire is for people to obey Him, completely. When sin creeps into our lives, God desires that we seek His forgiveness instead of continuing in the sin we are committing. God ultimately would give the people a better King, His Son, Jesus. Jesus’ kingdom, unlike Saul’s, would have no end. Jesus will reign for all eternity.

Family Activity: Play “king of the Hill” with your kids. Talk to them about how God decided to replace Saul with an obedient king.

Go Further: Play chore swap for the week. If each family member has regular chores, swap them up. If not, give each family member a chore to complete by the end of the week. Then share how you felt when you completed the chore or didn’t complete the chore. How well did each member complete his or her chore? Let family members tell what they would have done differently if God had asked them to do the chore.

Key Passage: Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

Big Picture Question: Who was Israel’s first king? Saul was Israel’s first king.

Christ Connection: The Israelites wanted a king. They did not trust God. God gave the Israelites a king, but He had a plan to send His Son, Jesus, to be king over the whole world. Jesus would be the perfect King. Jesus would bring peace and save people from sin.

Dear Parents,

After the death of Eli’s sons due to their sin, the nation of Israel lived under the rule of their last judge, Samuel. Samuel was the last of the judges because the people of the nation rebelled against God and demanded that a king like other nations. Samuel was upset, but at God’s insistence Samuel anointed Saul as the first king of Israel. God assured Samuel that the people had not rejected Samuel, but they had rejected God instead.

God’s desire and intention was that the people would be presided over by a heavenly king—Himself— and that no earthly king was needed. God gave them their earthly king but warned them of the laws this king could enact and the many rules the people would now have to follow. The Israelites didn’t trust God and so they willingly placed themselves under the rule of the earthly king.

Saul was not interested in leading God’s people and from the very beginning tried to hide during his public revealing. Saul’s attitude would change little, and by willfully ignoring God’s commands for leading His nation, Saul ultimately would be rejected by God. God’s intent was to rule the people as their heavenly King, but the Israelites didn’t trust that plan. God had a better plan waiting, a plan to send His Son, Jesus. Jesus would be the perfect King who would bring peace and salvation to the world.

Family Activity: Cut a crown out of construction paper. Encourage family members to put on the crown one at a time and name three things they would do if allowed to be king or queen for the day. Talk about Jesus as King, and what He did by giving His life for us and our sin.