2 samuel 6-7
God’s Covenant with David – II Samuel 6 & 7
This passage provides beautiful insight into the relationship between the Lord and David. Look at all the emotions David felt towards God in these two chapters: adoration, love, fear, and anger. David was so responsive and honest towards God, and God responded by blessing and honoring David. The passage also reminds us that when we live “wide open” for God, we will probably encounter opposition – maybe even from our own families. David didn’t let that opposition dampen his enthusiasm for God at all. Maybe that’s one of the reasons God called him, “a man after my own heart.”
David spent time thinking about what he could do to honor God. He moved the ark of God to be closer to himself – twice! He persevered when his first attempt ended in tragedy. How often do you and I spend time thinking of ways we can be closer to God?
When David thought of building a permanent “house” (temple) for God, the Lord ultimately told him, “No.” This reminds us that God has a specific plan for each of our lives. We can encourage our kids that God has created each of them specifically to do the tasks He’s created for them. We must each learn to listen to God’s leading in our lives. Prov. 19:21 – “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
Because of His faithfulness to God, the Lord revealed to David that He would establish David’s family as rulers forever. They wouldn’t be perfect rulers, but this wouldn’t change God’s love for them. Because of His great love, God would discipline them. God does the same for us; He loves us in spite of our disobedience, and He punishes us out of His love for us, too. God’s promise to David’s family was ultimately fulfilled in Jesus, a descendant of David’s, who is our forever, perfect King.
Game – Proper Order Race – have kids race to put sets in order: number cards, alphabet cards, months of the year cards. Discuss:
- • Each of these sets of cards has a beginning and an end and all the other cards in the middle follow each other in a particular order.
- • The Bible tells us that God made a promise to Adam and Eve about sending Someone who could defeat Satan (Gen. 3:15). Then God made a promise to Abraham about using his family to bless everyone, and that promise went down the line from person to person in a particular order all the way to David’s family. Using a children’s Bible with pictures, note the order of people who led up to the coming of Jesus.
- • Today we heard about a promise to David that would pass down through David’s family line. The promise was that David’s family would have a king who would reign forever. Do you know who that King was? It was Jesus. God has been planning for Jesus to come to earth and fulfill His promises since the beginning of the Bible – since the beginning of time.
- • The main event God told people about all through the Bible and throughout history is that His Son was coming. He planned all along that His Son would defeat sin and death.
- • Now Jesus’ kingdom has come to this earth through all people who love and follow Him. That includes me. Does it include you?? When Jesus was alive, He often said, ”The kingdom of God is at hand.” That means it’s near. Jesus wants His followers to live and love in such a way that people notice that they’re different; they’re following the King of kings. It’s as if another kingdom has come.
- • The Bible tells us that one day Jesus will return to earth to fix everything in the world and completely get rid of all sin. Then, Jesus will rule for all time.
What did you like about this story?
What didn’t you like?
What did you learn about God/Jesus?
- • God is a just God, so He MUST punish sin, even unintentional sin.
- • God gives us specific rules to protect us. When we ignore the rules, we put ourselves at risk.
- • God deserves to be praised.
- • God chooses to dwell near His people.
- • God chooses who will become ruler and for how long.
- • God punishes those He loves.
What did you learn about people?
- • People sometimes ignore God’s rules and suffer the consequences.
- • People can learn from their mistakes and correct their misbehavior.
- • People can praise God with all their beings.
- • People can feel many things towards God: joy, awe, love, fear, anger.
- • When people worship God with all their hearts, others may mock them.
- • People should give to the Lord as they are able.
What did you learn about yourself?
- • I want to worship the Lord with all my heart.
- • I want to fulfill God’s purpose for my life.