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.
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.