Key Passage: 1 Kings 8:61 “Let your heart be completely devoted to the Lord our God.”

Big Picture Question: What did King Solomon ask from God? King Solomon asked God for wisdom.

Christ Connection: King Solomon asked God to give him wisdom. He wanted to be a good leader for God’s people and do what was best for them. God wants people to do His plan. Jesus trusted God and wanted to do His plan. Jesus did God’s plan when He died on the cross for our sin.

Dear Parents,

Moving on from David, this week our journey in The Gospel Project for Kids takes us to David’s son Solomon. Solomon was the second son of Bathsheba and the next king of Israel. Remember God made a covenant with David in which his sons would always rule on the throne. David was very old and Solomon had become the king. David encouraged his son to always follow God and to walk in His ways.

Once David died, Solomon had a dream in which God told him to ask for anything he wanted. Solomon told God that he was a young man and that what he wanted most of all was the wisdom needed to be a good leader for the people of Israel. God was pleased with Solomon’s request and granted it. God told Solomon he would have more wisdom than any person yet to live. Because he had not asked for selfish desires, God also granted that Solomon would be rich, live a long life, and receive honor from others. God told Solomon that he would be greater than any other king who had ever lived.

Solomon could have asked for anything, but he chose to ask for wisdom to accomplish God’s will. God created people to do His will. Jesus provided for us the perfect example of doing God’s will when He willingly died on the cross for our sins.

Family Activity: Find a playdough recipe online. Make enough for each family member to create something. Talk about how each person’s creation is her own, and she can do with it what she likes: give it away, keep it, or smash it. Read together Proverbs 9:10. Talk about the meaning of “fear” in this verse (honor, obey, respect). To fear God, we must know who He is and what He is like. Knowing a lot about a lot of things is not the same as being wise. Being wise begins with knowing who created the world and what He is like.

Go further: Make up hand motions for your favorite proverb from scripture.

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

Big Picture Question: What happened when David sinned? God punished David, but He forgave David.

Christ Connection: God forgave David for his sins, but sin always has a price. God let David live, but David’s son died. When we sin, God forgives us because Jesus died for our sins. Jesus paid the price for our sins.

Dear Parents,

In this week’s story from The Gospel Project for Kids, your kids heard about sin and its consequences. David sinned against God, but even through that, God, in His grace, restored David when he repented. It was spring and the king usually went out to war with his troops. This spring however, David stayed at home in the palace and sent the army out under the leadership of Joab. One night David was on the roof of the palace and saw Bathsheba, bathing. He called for her and the result was that she became pregnant. David now had a serious situation to deal with.

Instead of choosing honesty, David tried in vain to get Bathsheba’s husband to come home and be with his wife, but Uriah, one of David’s soldiers, refused. In a desperate attempt to cover his sin, David ordered Joab to place Uriah in the hottest part of the battle and then leave him alone so he would be killed. Joab followed David’s order and Uriah died during the battle. David married Bathsheba and she soon gave birth to a son. God considered David’s actions to be evil!

The prophet Nathan paid David a visit and told him a story about a man who had great riches and many animals. The rich man was visited by a traveler, but instead of offering one of his own lambs to feed the traveler, he took the only lamb from a poor man and prepared that for his guest. The story infuriated David and he demanded that the rich man be killed for this atrocity. Nathan revealed that David was that man. David took something that didn’t belong to him. David knew he deserved to die, but God relented and instead the baby Bathsheba gave birth to died.

In response to this sin, David wrote a beautiful prayer of repentance. Read Psalm 51 and feel along with David the remorse of sin. After David’s sin and repentance, God forgave him, but sin always comes with a price. God spared David, but instead the son Bathsheba bore died. When we sin, we can receive God’s forgiveness because God sent His Son Jesus to pay the price for our sin. Jesus died the death we deserve so that we could be made right with God.

Family Activity: At the beginning of the week, give every family member a dollar bill. Invite them to spend that dollar on anything or any number of things they want, but they can’t add anymore money to it when they spend it. At the end of the week, let family members share how they spent the dollar. Talk about how anything you buy has a price. Explain that sin has a price too, but Jesus paid that price.

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

Big Picture Question: What did God promise David? God promised that Jesus would be part of David’s family.

Christ Connection: God made a promise to David. God told David that every king of Israel would come from David’s family. God kept His promise. God sent His Son, Jesus, to be part of David’s family. Jesus is our King. Jesus is alive, and he will be King over God’s people forever.

Dear Parents,

This week your kids learned about a covenant that God made with David. We’ve talked about other covenants that God had made with people earlier in our trek through The Gospel Project for Kids. God made a covenant with Noah, promising never again to flood the entire earth with water. God made a covenant with Abraham, promising to give him a land where God’s chosen people would live. God made a covenant with Moses, promising to be the God of the Israelites if they followed His commands and laws.

David, the little shepherd boy anointed by Samuel to one day be king, had now become the king of Israel. When David assumed the throne of Israel, God had given the nation peace from its enemies. David ruled as a man after God’s own heart. David was concerned, however, that the ark of the covenant still dwelt in a tent and did not have a permanent home. David desired to build a permanent structure to house the ark and the elements of the tabernacle, since Israel now had a solid place to call their own. Nathan the prophet told David to do what was in his heart.

Nathan received another word from God which said God did not want David to build a permanent structure because God had not asked anyone to build a permanent place for the ark to reside. God shared with Nathan that David’s son would be the one to build the temple and not David himself. God also delivered this message: David’s family would always have someone to rule the nation sitting on the throne. David’s son would be the next king, and one of his sons would rule after that, and so forth. David went to the tabernacle and praised God for the things He had done and for the things He had promised for the future. God kept His promise to David by sending His Son, Jesus, our King who will never die.

Family Activity: Locate some old family photos of past generations. Share with your kids stories about the relatives that you’ve heard or witnessed. Explain their relationship to you and your kids. Talk about God’s promise that Jesus would be part of David’s family just like those relatives are part of yours.

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 friend? Jesus is our friend.

Christ Connection: Jonathan was a very good friend to David. He reminds us that Jesus is the friend of sinners. Jesus showed His friendship to us by leaving heaven to come to earth. Jesus died to save us, and He talks to God for us.

Dear Parents,

This week in The Gospel Project for Kids, your kids learned that David and Jonathan became friends. David, as he played the harp for Saul, met Saul’s son Jonathan. David and Jonathan became great friends. Jonathan gave David several gifts. He gave him a robe, a military tunic, a sword, a bow, and a belt. God gave David success in everything he did.

Saul, unlike Jonathan, did not like David. As a matter of fact, Saul tried on several occasions to kill David. Jonathan warned David of Saul’s rage and suggested that David go hide himself until Jonathan could talk to Saul. In Jonathan’s meeting with his father, it was obvious that Jonathan knew he would not be the next king in his father’s place—but David would be, and Saul was intent on killing David.

Jonathan and David devised a plan to determine the extent of Saul’s hatred. Once Saul’s full intent was brought out, and he tried to kill his own son, Jonathan went to warn David that he needed to flee. Jonathan took a servant and went to a field to shoot three arrows. By giving David a signal, David knew he would have to leave and would likely never see his friend Jonathan again. David and Jonathan said their goodbyes, and David left.

Jonathan and David were true friends. Jonathan serves to give us a picture of what Jesus does for us. Jesus is the mighty friend of sinners. In John 15:15 Jesus calls us friends. Jesus willingly gave up His place in heaven to come to earth and die for our sins, and now intercedes for us before God in heaven.

Family Activity: Encourage each family member to spend time with a friend during the week. Consider allowing your kids to invite a friend over for a game or to spend the night. Talk about these experiences together. What makes a friend a good friend? End by talking about why Jesus is the best friend of all.