One Year Study Thru The Bible For Children – March 19, 1 Samuel 17

David defeats Goliath

This one year study thru the Bible for kids is designed to hit the highlights and provide practical application. I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (1 Samuel 17) while we focus in on just a few verses.

Background: The first king of the nation of Israel was named Saul.  Saul was prideful and when he disobeyed God, God rejected him as king.  God then secretly selected a young man named David to be king.  He was a man who trusted God and served Him with his whole heart.  At that time Saul was still acting as king and his whole army was arrayed to fight the Philistines.  The Philistines had a giant warrior named Goliath who twice a day for 40 days came out and challenged Israel’s army to send someone out to fight him.  The Israelites were all afraid except the shepherd boy David. 

Ask the children…

Why wasn’t David afraid?

“The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!”  (1 Samuel 17:37)

What did David tell Goliath would happen to him and who would do it? 

“Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals,.’” (1 Samuel 17:46)

What would everyone know as a result?

“and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! 47 And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!” (1 Samuel 17:46, 47)

When we do brave things it is hard not to take the credit for it.  We want to be recognized.  But the Lord is the one who has given us the ability to do it and God wants the praise to go to Him so people will recognize the kind of God we serve. 

Ask your children what was a brave or difficult thing they have done recently?  Who got the recognition for it? If it wasn’t God then have a little celebration with them honoring God for what He gave them the ability to do. 

Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.

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