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.
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.