David Was Anointed
1 Samuel 16-17
“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; your rule is for all generations.” Psalm 145:13a
Samuel had anointed Saul as king over Israel, but it wasn’t long before Saul’s disobedience led God to reject him as king. God sent Samuel to Bethlehem to meet Jesse—a man in the family line of Judah. God had chosen one of Jesse’s sons to be Israel’s king.
When Samuel saw Jesse’s oldest son, Eliab, he thought, “This must be the one God has chosen!” Eliab was likely tall and good-looking. Why wouldn’t God choose someone like that? But God doesn’t make decisions like people do. Read what God said to Samuel in 1 Samuel 16:7.
Jesse’s sons took turns passing before Samuel, one by one. Samuel was probably eager to hear which son God had chosen to be Israel’s next king! Abinadab? No, not him. Shammah? No. “The Lord hasn’t chosen this one either.”
It seemed Samuel was out of options, but Jesse had one more son; his youngest, David, was out tending the sheep. David came in and God said, “This is the one.” Samuel anointed David, and the Spirit of the Lord was with David.
David did not become king right away. Saul was still on the throne, and David was still young. One day, David found himself at the battle where the Philistines had gathered to fight the Israelites. The story of David and Goliath is one of the most well-known accounts in the Old Testament. When the Israelites cowered in fear, David—with God’s power—stepped up and defeated the enemy with just a sling and a stone.
David did not look like a king or a mighty warrior, but God chose him to be king over Israel and gave him victory over Goliath. The Israelites were too weak and afraid to face Goliath; they needed David to fight on their behalf. In a similar way, though Jesus did not look like a warrior or king, we need Him to fight for us. Jesus gives us victory over sin and death.
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BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
- God’s people wanted a king like the people around them.
- God chose Saul to be king.
- King Saul disobeyed God.
- God decided to make someone else king.
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
- God told Samuel one of Jesse’s sons would be the next king of Israel.
- God chose David to be king.
- None of the Israelite soldiers would fight the great Philistine warrior Goliath.
- God helped David defeat Goliath with just a sling and a stone.
KEY PASSAGE: Psalm 145:13a
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- How is Jesus the perfect King? Jesus perfectly rules over everything.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- Read 1 Samuel 16:7. What is the difference between how God sees people and how we see people?
- Why was David not afraid to fight Goliath?
- How did Jesus defeat sin for us?
- Give the youngest child in your family a special privilege for a day. Talk about how God chose Jesse’s youngest son, David, to be king.
- Invite another family to join yours on a walk along a stream or river Search for smooth stones like David used to defeat Goliath.