Christian Maturity Abingdon Classic

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The David, The King unit uses the Bible story from 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 10 and 6:1-5, 14-15, 18-19. After the death of Saul, Israel’s first king, the people from the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and made a covenant to the Lord, declaring that David should be king of all Israel. David had already been King of Judah for seven and a half years. Now all the tribes were united.

David consolidated the two kingdoms of Judah and Israel and established the capital in Jerusalem. It was called the “City of David,” In addition to this being a political capital, David made Jerusalem a religious center by bringing the ark of the covenant to the city.

The story of King David is a story of humanity. There are victories and defeats, great courage and devastating sin. Throughout the story we see how David turned to God in both praise and confession. God blessed him and guided him as he led his people.

Children will recognize:

the stories of King David come from the Old Testament of the Bible;
the Old Testament tells us about ordinary men and women who did extraordinary things with God’s help;
King David is the same person as the harp-playing shepherd boy anointed by Samuel;
David brought the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem as a symbol of God’s presence with the new nation;
David trusted God and asked God to help him know how to lead the people of Israel;
like King David, we need to ask for and follow God’s guidance;
David made many mistakes. When he asked for forgiveness, God forgave him and continued to use David for God’s purposes;
God forgives us and uses us, in spite of our mistakes, for God’s purposes;
God is with us all the time.

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