David and Goliath

Hi again!

Welcome back. This month we are learning stories from the Bible, from the books of 1 Samuel-Esther. These stories are aimed at small children 2-6ish years old.

Today’s story comes from 1 Samuel 17.

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Once again the Philistines and the Israelites (God’s chosen people) were fighting.

Many of the Israelites went to fight (including some brothers from Bethlehem.) Their younger brother stayed home to care for the sheep and their dad Jesse would send David to check on the boys and bring them food sometimes.

The Philistines had a big fighter, named Goliath. He was very tall and very strong. Every day he would come out and say “Bring me your best warrior. I will fight him and whoever wins, their whole country wins.”

But all of the Israelites were too scared to fight that big Goliath.

One day, when David was bringing food to his brothers, he heard Goliath making fun of God and his people and he wondered why no one stood up to fight.

“Have you SEEN him?!” they all answered.

“But we have GOD! We can do anything with God’s help! I will go fight Goliath!”

David went to king Saul and said HE would fight Goliath. “I have to protect my father’s sheep from lions and bears and i know God will help me.”

So King Saul put David in his best armor…but it was too big and David said, “no thank you. I’d rather just fight in what fits me.”

Next David went to a nearby stream and he gather 5 smooth rocks. He put them into his bag and went to meet Goliath.”

Goliath laughed at David. He was so little?! How could he possibly defeat the great Goliath?!

David answered, “You come at me with big weapons, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel. Everybody here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give all of you into our hands.”

David took one of the rocks and put it into his slingshot. He whipped it around, threw it at Goliath and the great big man fell down with his face in the ground. Then David killed Goliath and so the Israelites won.

David wasn’t the biggest or strongest, but he trusted God and God helped him defeat the Philistines.

Even though you might be small, God can help you do big things too, if you trust in Him.

We watched the veggie tales “Dave and the Giant Pickle” (free instant video with amazon prime)

Craft ideas: For this one you can make a slingshot from a toilet paper roll and a rubber band and shoot soft pom pons to re-enact the story. You could also just cut out a slingshot from paper and glue on some beans to be the rocks.

This is a fun story for kids to act out though, so take turns being David or Goliath. Remember it was God who gave David the victory.

Posted by Praise in Motion Music this is the David and Goliath song. (The cheesy factor is great with this one, but it’s a cute song that helps tell the story.)

This video posted by Teaching Kids About Jesus is a nice short summary of yesterday and today’s stories. (I don’t love HOW gigantic they made Goliath in this video…but…overall it does tell the story fairly well).

Thanks for joining us today. Love to you all!

God Rejects Saul (The Importance of Obedience)

Hi again! Today’s story is from 1 Samuel 15.

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God had made Saul king over the Israelites. He ruled over them and led them into many battles. BUT, Saul kind of forgot about God and made some statues to celebrate how wonderful he was and what a good job he had done defeating their enemies.

Finally, one time, God told Saul to go fight the Amalekites and to destroy every person and every thing. So Saul took his army and they went and defeated the Amalekites and they destroyed *most* of the people and *most* of the things. But is that what God told them to do?

Nope.

God sent Samuel to talk to Saul.

When Samuel got there, Saul said, “Look! We defeated the Amalekites, just like God said!”

But Samuel said, “You didn’t obey God?! You didn’t defeat every person and you kept some of their animals and money and things!”

Saul said, “Well…we were going to make sacrifices and offerings to God with all the stuff!” (That means they were going to give the stuff to God).

But Samuel said, “Does God want gifts as much as He wants you to obey? You disobeyed God, so you rejected Him and so now God has rejected you as king.”

God was going to bring someone else to be king now, because Saul didn’t listen to God.

What matters most to God isn’t that we go to church, pray, read the Bible, or tell other people about Him. Those are all really good things…but what God really wants is for us to obey all He’s told us. To obey God we need to love Him and love others. In the book of Luke 11:28, Jesus told some listeners, “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

And in James 1:22 of the Bible it says, “Don’t just listen to the God’s word. You have to do what it says or else you’re just pretending.” If we really love God, we will do what He says.

God told Saul exactly what He wanted him to do, but Saul only half-way obeyed. When we really trust God, we can always obey Him all the way, because we know He knows what is best for us.

Thanks for joining us today. Love to you all!

Saul Becomes King

Welcome back!

We took a few days off for illness, but we’re back to the kings of the old testament. This story comes from the book of 1 Samuel, in chapters 8-11.

Remember little Samuel who was living with Eli and learning all about God and how to serve Him?

As Samuel grew up, the people in Israel started complaining (again). This time they wanted a king. Samuel told them that was not a good idea. But the people didn’t want to follow God anymore, they wanted a king who was a man.

God told Samuel that He would let him know which man should be king.

Meanwhile, a man from the family of Benjamin (remember there were 12 big families in Israel) was out looking for some lost donkeys. His dad had lost some donkeys, so Saul, his son and Saul’s servant went out looking for the donkeys. They looked and looked and looked, but they couldn’t find them. Then they remembered that God sometimes talked to people through Samuel…so they decided to ask Samuel.

When they got to Samuel he said, “The donkeys are already back home. But you should come eat with me.”

Samuel told Saul that God had picked HIM to be king.

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“Me?! I’m just a regular guy, from the smallest tribe (family) of Benjamin?!”

Saul went home and Samuel announced that a king had been chosen. He called all the families together and they picked the family of Benjamin. Then from all the people in Benjamin he called for Saul. And do you know what Saul was doing?! He was hiding!

They brought Saul out and Samuel said he would be king. (But a lot of the people didn’t like that idea so they didn’t really call him king yet.)

Saul went back to his regular life until one day the Philistines came to attack the Israelites (AGAIN!).

God’s spirit came to Saul and he led the people against the Philistines and they won! THEN everyone really decided to follow Saul and make him king.

Once again, God didn’t pick the most important person to be in charge. And Saul didn’t become king by his own power or strength…it was all God.

We’ll learn more about Saul next time.

For our craft today, we cut out crowns and decorated them. (Today we used do-a-dot markers, but your could decorate them any way you want.)

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Thanks for joining us. Love to you all!