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David and Goliath

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Salvation belongs to the Lord

“All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands” 
1 Samuel 17:47

(Open the bible and read to your child 1 Samuel 17) God had left Saul because Saul did not want to follow the plan that God had for him and Israel. He constantly did the opposite of God’s plans, so David, the youngest son of Jesse was chosen by God to eventually become King. In one instance, Saul was terrified of the Philistines and their war hero Goliath. Saul no longer had confidence since he knew he was no longer in God’s favor. David however knew that Goliath was an enemy to God’s people, not just the king. He knew he could win because God was with him. David defeated the large man Goliath and he began to prosper ever since.

The Jesus Connection:
Read 1 Samuel 17:47.
Who are you most like in this story: Goliath, Saul and the men of Israel, or David? We all would like to think we are like David, but when trials come to us, we can struggle to trust God like the men of Israel did. The truth is that we are more like the men of Israel than we realize. We all have a giant in our lives—sin. We can’t conquer that giant by ourselves. Like Israel, we need a Savior who will fight and conquer our giant for us. David was the man God sent to save Israel from the enemy, Goliath; and Jesus is the man God sent to save us from our enemy, sin. David offered to take up Goliath’s challenge to come forward and represent Israel. If he won, Israel would win; if he lost, all of Israel would become servants of the Philistines. Like David, Jesus stood in our place. Now everyone who trusts in him shares in his victory over sin.