In the Old Testament, God chose Israel to be the nation and people through which He would reveal Himself to the world. Israel’s track record of faithfulness to God was mixed, at best, when the people demanded a king to rule over them. Saul proved to be a poor king—a leader who personally and corporately failed to obey God. Then God chose David to be king. David was a man after the Lord’s own heart. Overall, even though he was far from perfect, David demonstrated a consistent loyalty to God and an ability to lead the nation according to God’s laws. David was a man of courage, faith, and capable leadership. The Bible studies in this unit highlight several events that reflect this truth. Even preschoolers can understand the lessons that arise from David’s life. Lessons in this unit are listed below. To purchase this unit for $24.95, simply click the red “Buy Unit” button above. To download a free sample lesson, click here.
Unit Bible Lessons
David is one of the towering personalities of the Old Testament. This is the first of 5 lessons on David’s life and will help children see the young David learning in the fields as a shepherd boy.
God needed His king to be a man after His heart. David was young, small, and from an obscure family and town, but he had learned to be a young man of character. He would be God’s choice to be Israel’s new king.
Children can easily relate to the story of David and Goliath. Here is a boy, too young to even be in the army, going against the champion of the Philistine army. David had learned that he could conquer great enemies in God’s strength. Such was the case with Goliath!
Children are learning to develop healthy friendships, but they need good models. The story of David and Jonathan’s friendship is a great lesson in friendship. It would have been easy for either to forsake the other, but David and Jonathan remained friends through the good times and bad.
In David’s time, kings ruled with absolute power. Such power often corrupts even the strongest of morals. David did, in fact, suffer at times from power’s corrupting influence, but more often than not he continued to demonstrate he was a man after God’s own heart by the way he treated others.