Parents' Corner | October 6, 2019
Following David’s slaying of Goliath, the Philistine warrior, King Saul’s son Jonathan dedicated himself to David. He loved David as much as he loved himself. Jonathan’s gifts to David—his own robe, tunic, sword, bow, and belt— indicated that Jonathan recognized David as God’s choice for the next king, a position Jonathan could have rightly expected as Saul’s son.
David got a lot of attention for striking down Goliath, and King Saul was jealous. Saul unsuccessfully attempted to kill David. Saul instructed his servants and his son Jonathan to kill David. But Jonathan loved David, and he pleaded with his father not to kill him.
“As surely as the Lord lives, David will not be killed,” Saul told Jonathan. With this promise, David returned to serving King Saul. But it wasn’t long before Saul was again troubled and attempted to kill David. This time, David fled.
In 1 Samuel 20, David came to Jonathan in a desperate situation. “What have I done? What did I do wrong? How have I sinned against your father that he wants to take my life?” David asked.
Jonathan had a hard time believing his father would want to kill David, so Jonathan and David came up with a plan to determine Saul’s intentions. Through his interactions with Saul at the festival of the New Moon, Jonathan determined Saul did want to kill David. He relayed the information to David, and the two friends departed with great sadness.
As you teach the story of David and Jonathan, help preschoolers recognize what Jonathan did for David. He laid down his rights as king, interceded on his behalf, and ultimately laid down his life. Jonathan’s life gives us a glimpse of Jesus, the mighty friend of sinners. Jesus left His position in heaven to come down to us. He gave up His life to save us, and intercedes for us before God.
Family Ministry Pastor
The Well Community Church
Family Starting Points
October 6, 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: David and Jonathan Became Friends (1 Samuel 18:1-12; 19:1-10; 20:1-42)
- David and Jonathan became friends.
- King Saul wanted to hurt David.
- Jonathan warned David and helped keep him safe.
Family Discussion Starters:
- Describe what you think makes someone a good friend.
- Who is your best friend? Why?
- Why do you think God gives us friends?
- Write thank-you notes or draw thank-you pictures to mail to friends as a thank you for their friendship.
- Call or send a message to a friend asking how you can pray for him or her. Pray for each request as a family.
- Plan a family outing with friends to play in a park, have a picnic, or go to the zoo.