Explore the Bible at Home - Week of November 11

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Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Guardians,

On Sunday, November 11 kids began studying the Book of 2 Samuel. David wanted to build a house for God, but God had a different plan. God made a covenant promise to David that was everlasting. Ultimately, Jesus will fulfill this promise made to David when He returns and reigns over all. God’s covenant with David was beyond anything David could have imagined. David immediately went to the tabernacle and praised God for His faithfulness and blessing. As a family, think of times that God blessed you above and beyond what you asked for or thought possible. Continue the discussion throughout the week using the Explore the Bible at Home handout.

Bible Passage: 2 Samuel 7

Younger Kids Text Truth: God made a promise to David that would last forever.

Older Kids Text Truth: God made an everlasting covenant with David. 

God’s Covenant with David

2 Samuel 7

God had chosen David to be the King of Israel. King David fought many battles to bring the Israelites peace. During a time when Israel was at peace with all of its enemies, David spoke to Nathan the prophet. David thought that God should have a nice house just like David did—one that was even better than David’s house.

In response, Nathan told David that God had a different plan for David and his family. It was a plan that was better than David could ever imagine. Later that night, God spoke to Nathan and gave him a message for David.

Nathan returned to King David and told him what God had said: “I have been with Israel since they left Egypt but I have not asked for a house. I picked you from the pasture with the sheep to be the ruler of My people. I have been with you. I have defeated your enemies. I will pick one of your descendants. I will establish his kingdom. He will build a house for My name. I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. My faithful love will never leave him.” Some of God’s promise was about David’s son, Solomon, but some of God’s promise was about Jesus.

David went to the tabernacle to praise God, “You are great, Lord God. There is no one like You. There is no God besides You. You chose Israel and have done great and mighty things for them.” David continued, “Lord, when you keep your promise to David, Your name will be exalted and praised.”

God made a covenant with David. God would keep this special promise forever. David’s kingdom will be established forever when Jesus comes again and reigns as King forever and ever.

- Autumn