David and Jonathan Lesson Set by Jenks Church, Jenks, OK

David and Jonathan

Kingdom Adventures
Jenks Church Children’s Ministry

Lessons in this set:

  • Art: Make friendship bracelets to give away.
  • Storytelling: Hear a short melodrama with simple audience participation.
  • Science: Experiments demonstrating cohesion. (Make a water dome, float a needle, "run-away pepper")
  • Sports: Shoot REAL bows outside on the lawn.

Scripture Reference:

1 Samuel 17-20

Memory Verse:

1 John 4:7
(Dear friends,) let us love one another, for love comes from God. (Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.)

Younger students can memorize the section outside the parentheses. Older students should memorize the entire verse.

Study Notes and Background for Teacher:
Slight modification of article from:
http://www.thercg.org/youth/ar...s/0201-jadatalf.html

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David and Jonathan

Art Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Children practice loving each other by making a friendship bracelet to give away to a friend.

For scripture, see above.

Lesson Objectives:

  • Children know that David and Jonathan loved each other.
  • Children know that Jonathan expressed his love for David by giving him gifts.
  • Children know the memory verse: 1 John 4:7 

Supplies for elementary-age children:

  • Thread: Embroidery floss is the most common type of thread used for making friendship bracelets. Other thread such as hemp or yarn could be used.
    • Gold thread, cut into 28 inch pieces (2 per child)
    • Purple thread, cut into 28 inch pieces (2 per child)
    • White thread, cut into 28 inch pieces (2 per child)
  • Binder clips (one per child) for holding thread in place. Clipboards could be used instead of binder clips.
  • Fabric glue for an added touch of security for the loose ends.
  • Scissors. These need to be fairly sharp to cut the embroidery thread. 

Supplies for preschool-age children:

  • Yarn
    • Gold purple or white yarn, cut into 24 inch lengths (1 per child) (Yarn should easily slip over child’s head when tied.)
  • Binder clips (one per child) for holding yarn in place. Clipboards could be used instead of binder clips.
  • Scissors. These need to be fairly sharp to cut the embroidery thread.
  • Cereal with holes such as Cheerios, Fruit Loops, etc.


Room Set-up:
Table and chairs. No special decoration needed.

Leader Preparation:

  • Gather the materials.
  • Read the scripture ahead of time.


Presentation

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

Open with a prayer.

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Story Review:

After David killed Goliath, he was brought to King Saul. Saul was happy that David had defeated the Israelites’ enemy. From that day on, Saul had David live with him in the palace, and did not let him return to his father's house. Saul’s son, Jonathan became very best friends with David. The Bible says he loved David like he loved himself. They were like brothers. Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him so much. Jonathan wanted to be best friends with David for his whole life, so Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.

David became a great warrior. But as he grew more and more respected and loved by the people, Jonathan’s father, King Saul began to hate David. Saul determined to kill David and secure the throne for Jonathan. Several times Saul tried to kill David, but Jonathan talked him out of it. For a while there was peace, but Saul’s anger and jealousy flared again, and he determined again to kill David.

This time Jonathan could not talk his father out of wanting to harm David. Jonathan knew that his father intended to kill David. The Bible says Jonathan got up from the table in fierce anger; on that second day of the month he did not eat, because he was so upset at his father's treatment of David.

He took his bow and arrow and warned David. When it became clear that David had to go into hiding and that they might never see each other again, Jonathan said, "Go in peace! We have vowed friendship in GOD's name, saying, 'GOD will be the bond between us, and between my children and your children forever!'"

Discussion:

David and Jonathan could have been enemies and rivals, yet they set aside jealousy, resentment, bitterness and competition, choosing instead to become the closest of friends. They were real men, able to show the love of a brotherly friendship, willing to lay down their lives for one another.

We learn a great lesson in friendship from the story of David and Jonathan. They were loyal friends throughout their lives.

Are you a true friend? Do you take up for your friend if someone starts saying bad things about him or her? Do you come to their defense?

What are some special things you have done for a friend?

Have you ever given a friend a gift? Today we are going to make a gift you can give to a friend.

Friendship Bracelet Activity:

Choose your design based on student age before class and have all children use one design. Even though there are samples, it is best to make one yourself beforehand so you can guide the children. (Refer to instructions for the type of bracelet you are making.)

Note:  Preschoolers will be making necklaces.

We are making friendship bracelets. 

  1. Pass out gold thread. Remember, Jonathan said, “'GOD will be the bond between us.” So we will use gold thread to remind us of God.
  2. Pass out purple thread. Jonathan was a prince. He was royalty. So we will use purple thread to remind us of Jonathan.
  3. Pass out gold thread. David was a shepherd, so we will use white thread to remind us of David.

See instructions below for making bracelets and necklaces.


Klutz_Friendship

Older Elementary:

 Use the striped friendship bracelet instructions.

 friendship bracelet instructions: http://www.makingfriends.com/j...y/bracelet_klutz.htm

 

 

 

Make-a-4-Strand-Braided-Bracelet

 Younger children (ages 5-7):

a twist or braid is easiest. Use a thick yarn as the stands will be easier to control.

braid instructions: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-...and-Braided-Bracelet

 

 

  Fruit Loop NecklacePreschoolers:

 thread cereal with a hole (such as Fruity Cheerios or Fruit Loops) onto yarn to make an “Edible Friendship Necklace.”

 Have them make two – one for them, one to give away. http://www.repeatcrafterme.com...-loop-necklaces.html

 

Closing:

End with a prayer and have the children assist with the cleanup.


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David and Jonathan

Storytelling Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activity: 
Children will watch a short drama (acted out by adults) with simple audience participation.

 

Moderator Notes:  With older children you could make copies of the script and have them act it out having the congregation do the audience participation.  It would make a good presentation in front of the congregation the last Sunday of your rotation.

 

For scripture, see above.


Supplies List:

  • Bible-times costumes for adults
    • King Saul: Royal-looking robe and crown
    • David: Slingshot, regular robes
    • Jonathan: Royal robes, bow and arrow (does not need to be a real one that can shoot. A small, toy one would be funny)
  • Three chairs
  • Large rock or stone (prop - could be made from posterboard)
  • Poster board for making audience participation signs
  • Markers for making audience participation signs
  • Pencils for journaling
  • Outdoor backdrop
  • Place greenery, rock, etc. on one side of stage area. This should be large enough for David to almost hide behind
  • Place three chairs on opposite side of stage from greenery
  • Audience participation signs:
    • David: Hip, hip, Hooray!
    • Jonathan: Z-z-z-ing!
    • King Saul: Boo-oo-oo!!

Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture and storytelling/drama script ahead of time.
  • Gather the materials.
  • Find adult actors.


 

Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Open with a prayer.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:


Story/Lesson/Activity:

(Have the children sit near a friend on the floor in front of the stage.)

 

Talk about what it means to be a friend.

Ask who their best friends are. Discuss how we treat friends. How do we show love for our friends? How does God show his love for us? Can Jesus be our friend?

 

[Transition to the start of the melodrama.]

Today we have been talking about friends.

 

In the Bible we can read about two very best friends. I think I see one of them now!

[David comes on stage.] David was a wonderful hero. People threw parades for him and cheered for him, so we are going to say “hip-hip-hooray!” when we see David, OK? Let’s practice. Hip-hip-hooray!

(When they have it down, Jonathan comes on stage.)
This is David’s very best friend, Jonathan. He is really good with a bow and arrow, so when we see him we’ll say z-z-zing to sound like an arrow. Do the motions, too. Let’s practice that one now.
(When they have it down, King Saul comes on stage.) This is Jonathan’s dad, King Saul. He started out a really good guy, but became a bad guy, so we’ll say boo-oo when we see him, ok? Great!

 

Can you remember what we say when we see each of them? I have some signs to help you. (Hold up signs and let them practice. (Practice until they do all three correctly. Then all three leave the stage.) See you guys later!

(To audience,) Who wants to hear the story of David, Jonathan and King Saul?

[Read Melodrama]

(Thank actors.)

Review how the melodrama script is different from the real Bible story. Make sure the kids know that Bible story is true.

Journal: Have children draw their best friend and write something kind they could say about that person.

 

Closing:

End with a prayer.

Special Notes/Tips:
Be sensitive to children who may feel they have no friends. Help the children make new friends so that everyone in the class has a friend.


Storytelling/Drama Script

 

Narrator: A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there was a young man of God named David. [David comes out on stage doing “victory poses.”]

All: Hip-hip-hooray!

Narrator: David was the son of Jesse who had recently been anointed to be king of Israel. He defeated Goliath and the Philistines. After that, David was invited to live at the palace with King Saul. Yes, everything was going groovy for David. He even had a best friend named Jonathon who was the son of King Saul. [Jonathan comes out on stage and high-fives David.]

All: Z-z-z-zing!

Narrator: David and Jonathon hung out all the time and did everything together. [David and Jonathan act out what the narrator says.] They played video games together, played football together, and even took kung foo classes together! They were the best of friends! There was only one problem in David’s life and it was a BIG one.
[King Saul comes out on stage, eyes David and Jonathan then snarls at David.]

All: Boo-oo!

Narrator: Jonathon’s father, King Saul, became jealous of David and hated him because he did not want David to become the next king of Israel. Saul had done some very bad things and knew that the people liked David more than they did him and that made him angry.

[King Saul huffs and sulks off stage shaking his fist at David.]

Narrator: One day David came to Jonathon and told him that Saul wanted to kill him. Jonathon was very upset to hear this. He did not know that his father didn’t like David. He said to David

Jonathan: Surely this can’t be true!

Narrator: But David replied,

David: I know this to be true, and don’t call me surely!

Narrator: Then David said,

David: Tomorrow is a big party and I am expected to be at the palace, but I’m going to go hide and when Saul asks where I am, you should tell him I went to my family’s house for a party there and you said it would be fine. Then, if he gets angry, we’ll know he wants to kill me.

Narrator: Jonathon agreed to the plan and said,
Jonathan: After the big party I’ll go out to where you’re hiding with my servant and I’ll shoot three arrows in your area. Then, if it’s safe for you to return, I’ll tell my servant to bring back the arrows. But if it’s not safe I’ll tell him the arrows are beyond him.”

Narrator: This sounded like a pretty good plan to both of them, so they sealed it with their secret handshake and then went their separate ways so Jonathon could get ready for the big party.

[They do a ‘secret handshake’ which can be either a very simple one pump regular hand shake or an extremely complicated one with lots of moves. Both exit.]

[After a short pause, Jonathan comes on stage and sits down.]

All: Z-z-z-zing!

[King Saul comes on stage and sit down.]

All: Boo-oo!

Narrator: When it came time for the festival, Saul was there in his seat and Jonathon was in his proper seat but David was not in his seat. Saul was curious but didn’t say anything about it. The next day of the festival came and still David was not in his assigned seat so Saul asked,

King Saul: Where is the son of Jesse?

Narrator: Jonathon explained the situation to him and then said

Jonathan: Would you permit me to go down there and hang out with him?

Narrator: Saul got very angry and said,

King Saul: I know what you are up to and you are putting the entire family to shame. I do not want you siding with that son of Jesse. As long as he lives on this earth you will not rule your kingdom and I will surely bring him to his death. [King Saul leaves stage.]

Narrator: This made Jonathon very angry so he got up and ran out to the place where David was hiding. [Jonathan goes to other side of the stage. David goes to ‘hide’ behind the bushes.] He brought his servant and his bow and arrows. He shot the arrows out around where David was hiding and then sent his servant out to get them and called out saying,

Jonathan: Those arrows are beyond you. Why don’t you just go back home?

Narrator: So, Jonathon’s servant went back home and David came out to say goodbye to Jonathon because now he had to go into some serious hiding.

[David comes out from behind the bushes.]

All: Hip-hip-hooray!

Narrator: He thanked Jonathon for all his help and then they did the secret handshake and left. Eventually David became king, not Jonathan. They loved each other for their whole lives.


 

A lesson written by Jeff Johns from: Jenks Church

 

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David and Jonathan

Science Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

As they hear the story friendship is demonstrated using a number of experiments.

For scripture, see above.


Supplies List:

Requires one per student

  • David and Jonathan Picture
  • Bottle caps
  • Pennies (must be clean and dry)
  • Water droppers
  • Bowls
  • Clean dry needles threaded with about 2 inches of thread

Other

  • Clothes Sticker page (printed on sticker paper) - one per every two students
  • Water pitcher (with water) for each table
  • Hand towels, paper towels
  • Scissors, several per table
  • Toilet tissue, one square per child, cut into fourths.
  • Salt and pepper (several shakers per table)
  • Dishwashing detergent in small cup or bowl (one or two per table)

Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time. 
  • Try the experiments.
  • Gather the materials.
  • Create David & Jonathan Picture and Clothes Stickers:
    I made sticker pages from paper dolls at www.makingfriends.com. I used the Bible Friends pages. I made two friends, dressed them in Bible-times-looking undergarments, and copied them onto a page together. I copied clothes onto sticker paper for David and Jonathan. (I made a bow and arrow to go with the clothes.) I pre-cut the sticker pieces and placed in baggies for the children. Email me for more information.

Room Set-up:

  • 1-2 round tables with chairs. (We are using round tables so each group can see group activities and each person has room for their own work as well.)

Presentation

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself

Open with a prayer.

Divide children into two groups. If you have a multi-age class, be sure older children are at both tables. Have kids sit at tables and turn so they can see you.

(You will tell the Bible story as you go through the experiments. Warn the children not to get ahead in the story or the experiments.)

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Right after David killed Goliath he was brought to King Saul. Saul was pretty happy with David because he had defeated a giant that no one else in his whole army would face. Saul invited David to live at the palace with him. David also married Saul’s daughter. He became like part of the family. Saul’s son, Jonathan became VERY BEST friends with David. In fact, they even made a covenant with each other, promising to be friends forever.

A covenant is like a contract. It is a solemn promise to do something. Sometimes we say, “I promise” and we don’t really mean it, but it was a very serious thing for David and Jonathan. They promised to be friends and love each other for their whole life.

Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt. That is how close they were.

Science Activity #1:  Stickers - Cohesion (Jonathan gives David his clothes)

Bible Doll Outfit(Pass out David and Jonathan pages.) When they made the agreement, Jonathan was a prince. David was a poor shepherd. Jonathan gave David his robe, tunic, sword and bow and arrows. Let’s place the clothes on David. They are stickers, so just peel them and stick them on the David picture. (Wait for children to finish.)

A covenant is like the stickers: it can’t really be undone. The clothes stick on the picture because of the sticky stuff called adhesive. We call this Cohesion. Cohesion results from the attraction that atoms and molecules have for one another. It is the force that holds material together. Cohesion also occurs on common everyday objects without glue and all kinds of everyday situations - rain sticks to a car's windows, dust to the ceiling fan, chewing gum on Mom's carpet.

And it’s a good way to describe David and Jonathan’s friendship – they were stuck together. They were both great military men. But David became such a great military leader that people sang songs about him. They sang: "Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands."

Saul was very jealous when he heard this song. You see, he was all about getting the glory for himself. He also knew this was not good news for his son, Jonathan. Saul wanted Jonathan to be king after he died, not David.

Instead of seeing and doing God’s will, Saul tried to have David killed, but Jonathan intervened.

Jonathan spoke to his father about David and reminded him that David had not done anything wrong, and that what David had done had benefited both Saul AND the kingdom. Saul listened and promised not to kill David. Jonathan thought everything was over, but as soon as Saul sent David out to war again, he was jealous all over again. Over and over Saul and David had conflict because of Saul’s jealousy. Finally, David went to Jonathan and asked, "What have I done? What is my crime? How have I wronged your father, that he is trying to take my life?"
"Never!" Jonathan replied. "My father doesn't do anything without confiding in me. It's not so!"
But David said, "Your father knows we are best friends. He will not tell you. But Jonathan said to David, "Whatever you want me to do, I'll do for you." So they came up with a plan to figure out what Saul was up to.

David was right. Saul wasn’t telling Jonathan his plans because Saul knew they were too close. Saul also knew he wasn’t going to break their bond of friendship because it was backed by God.

Science Activity #2:  Pennies - Water Domes (Bond of Friendship)

Special Notes/Tips:
Start with a clean, dry penny. Traces of moisture may cohesively attract the dome to spill over the edge too soon.
A bottle cap raises the penny above water that spills during repeated trials.
Students will naturally compete to see who can heap the most water on their pennies. Drops should free fall onto the dome for counting accuracy.
A penny typically holds 20 drops of water (1 mL) or more before spilling over the side.
If the competition takes too much time, just have the children put 18-20 drops on their penny.

(Pass out bowls, bottle caps, pennies and water droppers.) Let’s see who how many drops of water your penny will hold.

Turn your bowl upside down. Set your dry penny on a dry bottle cap on top of the upside down bowl.Penny Water Dome

Very carefully drop one droplet at a time onto your penny. Count each one. How many drops will the penny hold?

(Children will probably take two or three tries to build a water dome on top of the penny.)

Now, what do you think would happen if you very carefully poked it with a needle? (Let children answer.) Saul was trying to break the bond of friendship between David and Jonathan. (Pass out the needles.) Very slowly poke your water dome. What happens? (Children SHOULD be able to poke the dome without spilling it. Have children put needles on the table in front of them. Pick up any needle that is being played with so no one gets hurt.)

Saul could not break the bond of friendship just like the pin did not break the water dome.

That just showed how close David and Jonathan were. Jonathan didn’t care if it meant he would not be king, he still loved David and wanted what was best for him. And David loved Jonathan, too. Jonathan found out that his dad was again trying to kill David.

Science Activity #3:  Floating Arrows - Bowl/Pin/Water/Toilet Tissue (Jonathan warns David with an arrow)

Special Notes/Tips:
If the tissue doesn’t fall away, gently push down on the corners with a pencil.

He warned David with his bow and arrow. So let’s have our needles be our arrows and see if we can get them to float. Cut the string until just a little bit is left, to be the feathers on the arrow.

Next, turn the bowl over and fill with about 1 inch of water. (Pass out toilet tissue.)Floating Needle.jpg

Now, let’s see who can float their arrow. First, gently place a square of tissue on the water. Then gently lay the needle on the tissue. Now wait to see what happens. (Tissue should eventually fall to the bottom leaving the needle afloat. If children touch the needle, or drop the needle too harshly, it may fall. That is why there are extra squares of toilet tissue. Get everyone to the point where their needle is floating.)

When Jonathan warned David, he shot the arrow past where he sent his servant. Gently lift one side of your bowl and let your needle float from side to side.

(You may need to get the kids’ attention at some point. Say something like: We have more to do, so set the bowl down and listen to the next part of the story. Do not proceed until you have their attention. Remind them that they may not get to do all the experiments if they don’t listen.)

David and Jonathan were heartbroken that Saul wanted to kill David. Jonathan knew this was very sad news. The Bible says they cried because they were so sad.

Science Activity #3:  Tears - Salt/Pepper/Dishwashing Soap (David is sad when forced to leave his friendship with Jonathan)

Add some salt to your water and make it like tears. Does it make a difference?

Now sprinkle some pepper on top of the water. When David went away, many men went with him. They followed David because he was a great military leader. Let’s pretend the pepper is David and his men.Pepper and Dishwashing Detergent

Now, take your dropper and get a little dishwashing soap. (wait) Drop several drops of dishwashing detergent in the center of the water. What happens to the pepper?

David ran away and hid from Saul. He knew this meant he had to give up his friendship with Jonathan and that made him very sad. When you drop the detergent into the water, it reduces the cohesiveness between the water and the pepper. And the pepper ran away, just like David.

  • Do you have a friend who is like Jonathan to you?
  • Is there someone in your life who isn’t very nice like King Saul?
  • How does your friendship help you deal with the mean person?

Closing:

End with a prayer.

(Have children help clean up and put things away.)


Note:  This is potentially a long lesson. Skip the salt or other areas if you need. Make sure you have time to discuss the questions at the end.

Be sensitive when asking the questions at the end. Be prepared: children sometimes deal with bullies and real abusive situations.

Modifications/Suggestions for Younger Children:
For preschoolers: They can do the stickers. The teacher could do the experiments for the group while the preschoolers help or do their own. For example preschoolers can use the water droppers, but may not be exact enough to make it work, so have one that is done according to the directions for them to look at.

Resources:


A lesson written by Staci Woodruff from: Jenks Church

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David and Jonathan

Sports Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities: 

Children will be like Jonathan and shoot a real bow.

 

For scripture, see above.

 

Lesson Objective:

  • Children will remember that friends help each other. 

 

Supplies List:

  • Bows and arrows
  • Large boulder or stone (can be a “prop” or just about any kind of large marker)
  • (Safety equipment as determined by Boy Scout Troop.)

Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Gather the materials.

Set-up:

This workshop is outside. The children’s safety is of upmost importance. Set up the shooting area in such a way that the children can easily be kept safe and the arrows can easily be found. There should be plenty of room behind the ‘rock’ for the arrows to fly without possibility of hurting anyone.

 


Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Open with a prayer.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Story Review:

(Read the story taken from 1 Samuel 17 - 20 about David and Jonathan first. The story is long, so practice it a few times so you can keep the children’s attention.)


After David killed Goliath he was brought to King Saul. (David was still holding the Philistine's head.) Saul invited David to live at the palace with him. Saul’s son, Jonathan “became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself”. That means they were VERY BEST friends. In fact, they even made a covenant, or an agreement with each other. Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt. That is how close they were.


In the military, whatever Saul sent him to do, David did it so successfully that Saul gave him a high rank in the army. This pleased all the people, and Saul's officers as well. In fact, when Saul and David and the men were coming home from battles, the people came out to meet them with singing and dancing. As they danced, they sang:
"Saul has slain his thousands,
and David his tens of thousands."


Saul was very jealous when he heard this song. "They have credited David with tens of thousands," he thought, "but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?"
Saul told his son Jonathan and some other people to kill David. But Jonathan was David’s friend, and warned him.


Then Jonathan spoke to Saul about David and reminded him that David had not done anything wrong, and that what David had done had benefited Saul and the kingdom.
Saul listened to Jonathan and took this oath: "As surely as the LORD lives, David will not be put to death."


So Jonathan called David and told him the whole conversation and David and Saul were friends again.


Saul again sent David out to war. David did great, but that just made Saul even more jealous. Over and over Saul and David had conflict because of Saul’s jealousy. Saul would threaten to kill him and David would run away. Finally, David went to Jonathan and asked, "What have I done? What is my crime? How have I wronged your father, that he is trying to take my life?"
"Never!" Jonathan replied. "You are not going to die! Look, my father doesn't do anything, without confiding in me. It's not so!"


But David said, "Your father knows we are best friends. He will not tell you. But as surely as the LORD lives and as you live, there is only a step between me and death."
Jonathan said to David, "Whatever you want me to do, I'll do for you."


So David said, "Look, tomorrow is the New Moon festival, and I am supposed to be there. Let me go and hide in the field until after the festival. If your father misses me at all, tell him, 'David earnestly asked my permission to hurry to Bethlehem.' If he says, 'Very well,' then I am safe. But if he loses his temper, you can be sure that he is determined to harm me.”
So Jonathan agreed to sound out his father. Then Jonathan said to David: "Tomorrow is the New Moon festival. You will be missed, because your seat will be empty. The day after tomorrow, toward evening, go to the place where you hid when this trouble began, and wait by the stone. I will shoot three arrows to the side of it, as though I were shooting at a target. Then I will send a boy and say, 'Go, find the arrows.' If I say to him, 'Look, the arrows are on this side of you; bring them here,' then come, because, as surely as the LORD lives, you are safe; there is no danger. But if I say to the boy, 'Look, the arrows are beyond you,' then you must go, because the LORD has sent you away.”


So David hid in the field and Jonathan went home. When the New Moon festival came, the king sat down to eat. He sat in his customary place by the wall, opposite Jonathan, but David's place was empty. The next day, David's place was empty again. Then Saul said to his son Jonathan, "Why hasn't David come to the meal, either yesterday or today?"
Jonathan answered, "David asked me for permission to go to Bethlehem. That is why he has not come to the king's table."


Saul's anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, "Don't I know that you have sided with David! Shame on you! As long as David lives on this earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established. Now send and bring him to me, for he must die!" Then Jonathan knew that his father intended to kill David.


Jonathan got up from the table in fierce anger; and he did not eat, because he was grieved at his father's shameful treatment of David.
In the morning Jonathan went out to the field for his meeting with David. He had a small boy with him, and he said to the boy, "Run and find the arrows I shoot." As the boy ran, Jonathan called out after him, "Isn't the arrow beyond you?" Then he shouted, "Hurry! Go quickly! Don't stop!" The boy picked up the arrow and returned to his master. Then Jonathan gave his weapons to the boy and said, "Go, carry them back to town."


After the boy had gone, David got up from beside of the stone and bowed down before Jonathan. Then they kissed each other and wept together—but David wept the most.
Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the LORD forever.” Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town.

 

Discussion:


(Discuss the story, especially the part when Jonathan shoots the arrows and that message to David. You may use questions like these.

  • Why did David fear Saul?
  • Why was Saul jealous of David?
  • Why did Saul want to kill David?
  • How did Jonathan find out Saul wanted to kill David?
  • How did Jonathan warn David?
  • Now, who wants to shoot a bow and warn David?

Activity - Arrow Shooting:


(Explain how to shoot bows. Explain the safety rules. Allow each child to shoot an arrow. After they shoot, have them say, “Isn’t the arrow beyond you?” to warn David.)

 

Closing:

 

End with a prayer.

Special Notes/Tips:
Be sensitive to children who may feel they have no friends. Help the children make new friends so that everyone in the class has a friend.

Teacher Notes:

For this we want the children to reenact the part of the story where Jonathan shoots the arrow and warns David. We were hoping a Boy Scout pack would lead it for us, but they may just 'consult' with us on safety and instructions on proper techniques. The details are a little sketchy because I don't know exactly what procedures we need to do.


A lesson written by Staci Woodruff from: Jenks Church. 

 

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