Background: As wise and brave as King David was, apparently he wasn’t the greatest father. His son Absalom won over the hearts of the people and rebelled against David and David had to flee to the wilderness. But David wasn’t alone, some of his faithful army went with him. One of those faithful men was named Ittai.
Ask the children…
Who was Ittai and why was David so surprised that Ittai would follow him and support him?
“Then the king turned and said to Ittai, a leader of the men from Gath, ‘Why are you coming with us? Go on back to King Absalom, for you are a guest in Israel, a foreigner in exile. 20 You arrived only recently, and should I force you today to wander with us?’” (2 Samuel 15:19, 20)
How did Ittai display his faithfulness and freindship?
“But Ittai said to the king, ‘I vow by the Lord and by your own life that I will go wherever my lord the king goes, no matter what happens—whether it means life or death.'” (2 Samuel 15:21)
When I was a young pastor I had two faithful men who supported me consistently. One of them I named Ittai the Gittite. He was a new believer and looked a little rough around the edges but he had a wonderful heart for God and we walked through many difficult things together.
Ittai was like that for King David. He had apparently just arrived but was absolutely devoted to God and King David. We all need these kinds of faithful friends to stand by us through thick and thin.
Ask your children who their faithful friends are? What do they most appreciate about these friends? Encourage them to share this passage with their friend(s) and tell them how much they appreciate the friendship.
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