Parents' Corner | October 13, 2019
Things were not looking up for David. Saul had tried multiple times to kill him, and he had to flee for his life, leaving behind his good friend Jonathan. But God had appointed David to be king, and God was faithful. Leading up to 2 Samuel 7, Jonathan was killed in battle against the Philistines. Saul fell on his own sword, and David became king of Israel. Then David moved the ark of God to Jerusalem.
David settled into his palace, and God gave him peace from his enemies. When David looked around, something didn’t seem right. He was living in a majestic palace while the ark of God was in a tent! David determined to build God a temple. That night, God gave the prophet, Nathan, a message for David. “Have I ever asked you to build Me a house?” God said. “Since I brought the Israelites out of Egypt, I have dwelled in a tent.”
God reminded David that he used to be a shepherd, but God had made him a king! God promised to give the Israelites a place to stay so they wouldn’t need to move around anymore. God promised to give them rest from their enemies so they could stop fighting.
Though God denied David’s desire to build God a house, God promised to make a house for David: a dynasty of his descendants and an everlasting kingdom.
As you teach your kids about God’s covenant to David, help them understand the significance of David’s everlasting kingdom. God’s promise to David was ultimately fulfilled by his most significant descendant, Jesus Christ: “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end” (Luke 1:32-33).
Family Ministry Pastor
The Well Community Church
Family Starting Points
October 13, 2019
Scripture Memory: Colossians 1:16-17
“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
Big Picture Question:
Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever, and He rules over the world.
Bible Story: God Made a Covenant with David (2 Samuel 7)
- David wanted to build a temple for God.
- God said David’s son would build Him a temple, not David.
- God said Jesus would be part of David’s family.
Family Discussion Starters:
- God reminded David of what He had done for David. Remind each other of things God has done for your family.
- God promised David that every king would be from His family. What are some things God promises us in the Bible?
- Spend time with members of your extended family. Invite older family members to share family stories from years ago.
- Arrange for some special one-on-one time between one parent and one child.