Friday, December 11, 2015

Jesse Tree: Day 15, King David

Scripture: 2 Samuel 5:1-5 

Symbol: Crown

Reading: Although David was chosen by God to be king when he was a boy, he didn't become king until he was thirty years old. David was a good king because God guided him and because David listened to God. David served as king for forty years.
Being a king is an important job. Kings must be wise and strong; they must do what is good for the people of their land. Sometimes they must fight wars, but whenever possible they need to try to keep peace. Kings protect their people like shepherds protect their sheep.
David had been a shepherd, and then he became a king. God trusted him to take care of the people of Israel.

Talk about: Whom is God trusting you to take care of? 

Prayer: Watch over us and protect us, Holy God.

Activity: Make a crown for each child. (cut from paper and let them decorate, or use heavy paper and wrap in tinfoil) Let them wear the crowns and ask, “if you were King or Queen, what would you do?” Ask them, “would it be easy to be King or Queen?”and “Is there anyone you could ask for help?”  Share that King David often prayed to God for help. Ask them, “If you need God’s wisdom, how would you seek it?” Discuss how you as a parent seek God’s wisdom in your life. Tell your kids that it was through the line of David that the Savior of the world was born. In fact, Jesus was called “the Son of David.”

*The symbol and devotions are from The Reformed Church of America and you can use this link to find what I have used and more at their advent site. 

A copy of the directions to make your own Jesse Tree are here and the patterns for the symbols are here

To find a list of all the linked Jesse Tree posts click here

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