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The Anointing of David
Video Workshop
Summary of Lesson Activities:
In the BibleMax Theater we will watch the anointing of David as the future king of Israel using a video entitled “King David.” (the Hollywood movie version starring Richard Gere). They will place this event in a timeline with other stories we have studied and retell parts of the story using prompts.
Scripture Reference:
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Memory Verse:
1 Samuel 16:7b:
“’ . . . for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’”

  • God chooses ordinary, often marginalized, people to do God’s work in the world.
  • David is identified by God to be the king of Israel, the leader of God’s people.
  • God looks at the heart, not at outward appearances.

Lesson Objective(s):
In this workshop, the learners will watch the anointing of David as the future king of Israel using a video entitled “King David.” They will place this event in a timeline with other stories we have studied and retell parts of the story using prompts.

Supplies List:
  • NRSV Bibles
  • events in the bible written on sentence strips with blue tape to tape them as a timeline
  • video “King David” starring Richard Gere, cued to the scene following the beheading
  • bag with items in it for the game (see step # 7 for description of items)
  • popcorn
  • water
  • cups.

Teacher preparation:
  • Read the Bible passage.
  • Read over the background material included in your teacher packet as you become familiar with the Bible story and the lesson plan.
  • See that popcorn is made.
About the movie (This quote from Neil MacQueen was copied from the web site):
Back in the 80's Paramount produced King David with Richard Gere in the lead role. It is, surprisingly, one of the best Bible movies ever made. It sticks extremely close to the script and has extremely few Hollywood sub-plots. It has some violence in it (as does the biblical story).
You will want to skip a section of Samuel confronting King Saul about the Ammonites (there's a beheading as in Scripture) and when David marries Saul's daughter, her breasts are briefly shown.
But if you can negate/fast forward through these two things, the rest of the movie is MARVELOUS. Gere seems particularly able to capture David's charisma, spirituality and exuberance. The scene where Samuel the prophet goes to Jesse's house is good, though they do put a "prop" in Samuel's hands -- stones that give off a reflection when the chosen boy comes near them. It's a good dramatic scene -- and lasts about ten minutes. Following this scene we see David go to Saul's camp. Sorry -- Richard Gere isn't in the movie yet. They have a young teenage boy portraying David at this point.

Be sure the video is ready to start after the beheading.


Opening- Welcome and introductions:
Greet the children and introduce yourself. Remember that you are interacting with a different group of students each week—some may not know you. Wear your nametag and make sure that the children are wearing theirs.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Lesson Plan:
1. Have the students sit where you would like them to during the reading of the story from the Bible. Hand out popcorn and remind them to pick up any pieces they drop. Hand out Bibles.
2. Ask the children what they know about David. Let them tell the story of his anointing as they remember it. (All classes should have had at least one workshop before this one.)
3. See if the children can guess where the anointing of David takes place in biblical history. For the Beginner class and the Primary class, tape the events on the wall as the Timeline in their correct order as you name them, leaving out the David event. Let them place the David event in the correct spot. For the Junior class, show the events and let the children decide in what order to place them. You may need to help them a little by discussing the event and other events around it. Explain that these are stories we have studied and this will give them an idea of where all of this fits in history.
The following are the events in the correct order:
  • Creation
  • Noah
  • Abraham and Sarah (about 2100 years BC)
  • Jacob and Esau (about 2000 years BC)
  • Jacobs flight
  • Jacobs Return to his family
  • Joseph and his coat of many colors (about 1900 years BC
  • Joseph in Egypt
  • Moses and The Exodus (about 1500 years BC)
  • David (about 1000 years BC)
  • The Prophets (about 700 years BC)
  • Jesus
  • Today (about 2000 years AD)
4. Read the story from the NRSV Bible in 1 Samuel 16:1-13. Tell them that we are going to watch a part of a movie that tells this same story.
5. Show the movie. You might want to identify characters as they appear. You might pause on the reflection stones Samuel has in his hand and explain them. You might also pause at the moment of anointing to explain anointing as the way they showed God's selection of their leaders.
6. Stop the movie after the scene of the anointing ends. Compare the movie with the Bible story by asking the following: 
  • What is the same?
  • What is different?
  • Why do you think the things that are different are done that way in the movie?
  • Did the characters look like you expected them to? If not, how were they different?
7. Now we are going to play a game with the story. Divide the group into two teams, using something visible like clothing color or shoe type, but making sure the teams are equal in number. (Be sure you don’t use characteristics that might embarrass, like wearing braces or glasses.) Decide who goes first. The first person from the first team will select an item from the bag. They must tell how it fits in or relates to the story. They may get help from their team but be sure that one person on each side does not dominate that team. The other group will say if they agree or don’t agree. If the judges (the shepherd and teacher) decide that the reasoning for how that fits in was correct the team gets a point. If the other team said that the answer was not right and it was, that team will lose a point. For example (you might use this as an example for the class):
  • Team 1 pulls out a pencil, and says that it fits into the story because David was a poet, and poems are written with pencils. Team 2 says that is not right because there were no pencils in the biblical times. If the judges decide that that was a logical way it would fit the story, Team 1 gets a point and Team 2 is minus a point. If it is determined that they are both right they both get a point. If Team 2 is correct they get the point and team 1 is minus a point. (Most things will relate to the story). There is no prize so the winner will not matter but you do not have to tell the children that. 
Suggested objects are: 
Animal horn or picture of one (held the oil for anointing)
Baby doll or small child figure (indicating that David was the youngest)
Binoculars (Samuel's search for the new king)
Crown (Kings wear crowns - David was anointed king)
Dirty sock (David didn't have time to clean up before coming inside)
Family picture with lots of children (Eight would be perfect - for brothers)
Heart (God looks on the heart)
Index card with "Holy Spirit" written on it (Holy Spirit came upon David when he was anointed)
Index card with “Old Testament” written on it (where this story is found), or index card with Scripture reference (where story is found - for older children) 
Picture of a shepherd or small shepherd's crook (David was a shepherd)
Small bottle of oil (Samuel anointed David with oil)
Small stuffed sheep (David cared for his father's sheep)
Praying hands (Samuel prayed to God)
Other objects that have no obvious relation to the story, so there will be some with no connection.

Remind the class that God chose David to be king of Israel. His anointing was an outward sign that he was to be king, but it also meant he would need to prepare himself for the job ahead. The anointing was just the beginning of David’s adventures. You will learn more about him in the next two months.
How are WE chosen by God? What is God calling us to become?
How can we, like David, "become "a man (or woman) after God's own heart?"

Closing prayer:
Close the class with a prayer of your own, or use the following:
Loving God, thank you for always being there when we need you. Help us to rely on you to help us with whatever we are facing and may we never forget that even though things may not always be the way we expect, you are always there for us and we can count on that. Amen.

Journal Time:
Help the shepherd pass out the journals. Have them answer the following:
What is one way David could have prepared to be King of Israel. (Share their answers if there is time.)

Have the children help you tidy up the workshop space. Dismiss them with instructions about where they are to go. If you complete the lesson with quite a bit of time left, you may allow the children to visit the Ewing McGee Children’s Library, being quiet so as not to disturb classes still in session.

Movie Pre-K Adaptation: Show movie as written, but game afterward should have objects in bag that tell the story. You will probably have to tell the kids what the objects represent. After they are all out of the bag, have the kids tell you what each item represents, then go back and tell the story again, holding up each item, then passing it around the circle.

A lesson posted by Jan Marshall from: Brenthaven Cumberland Pres.
Brentwood, TN

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Anointing of David

Video Workshop


Summary of Lesson Activities:

We'll be viewing the anointing section in first half of "David and Goliath" from the Nest Series.


Memory Verse:

1 Samuel 16:7


Leader Preparation:

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

Supplies List:

  • "David and Goliath" from the Nest series.
  • Brown paper bag filled with chocolate coins
  • Fancy box filled with small toys, clothes, spools, clothes pins, etc.

Advanced Preparation Requirements:

  • Have the video ready to go when the kids arrive.




Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Welcome the children and their guide to the workshop, introduce yourself, and begin in prayer. Please try to start on time and end on time, and focus your attention on the children.

Guides do the attendance, and they can help with the workshop activities and the discussion questions. They should help students with journaling and with the closing prayer circle.

Review the memory verse, I Samuel 16:7, “…Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” Also review the bonus verse, Psalm 139:1,3, “LORD, you have searched me and you know me…you are familiar with all my ways.”


Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Before showing the video about Samuel anointing David, prepare the children for a different kind of snack today. Prepare two containers, one a fancy wrapped box and the other wrinkled, battered paper bag. Ask a volunteer to choose which one has the snack. Inside the fancy wrapped box there should be some odds and ends of small toys, clothes, spools, clothes pins, etc. Inside the scruffy paper bag there should be chocolate candy gold coins; all these items will be part of a game that takes place after the video. Teach the lesson that goes with the memory verse: that we look at the fancy, pretty outside of a person, but God looks on what is inside of a person.


Prepare the students for the video by describing the characters, Bible timeline, etc. Ask them to look for the reason why God chose David to be the next king/


Show the video, David and Goliath (Animated Stories: Old Testament, by Nest Entertainment, 1993) while the children enjoy their snacks. The video starts with Samuel confronting King Saul over his failure to obey God in destroying the Amalekites and King Agag, and includes a good section on Samuel anointing David in the first part of the video, about the first 15 minutes.


Stop after David is anointed King if you don’t want to include David and Goliath.
After the video, review what they think they've seen and ask questions.


1. Why did God choose David?  How did he choose David?

2. Do you think God knows what we do best? (ANS: Yes; God made us. And our BONUS verse says that God searches us and knows us and is familiar with all our ways.)

2. What special purpose did God design each of us for? (God has a plan for each of us in His Kingdom. Read I Corinthians 12:27, “…you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” and explain that just like the parts of a body have different functions and uses, so God has given us difference gifts to use in His Kingdom.)


3. What are some of the special jobs God needs done in his Kingdom?    Note: God has already called each of us, generally speaking. A specific call is also issued.  It can come when we're young, like David. God calls us to be his ambassadors wherever we are, at whatever situation and age we find ourselves.


4.  How do you prepare yourself to accept God's choosing of you? (ANS: First, it’s important to believe God’s Word, the Bible, and to know that Jesus, God’s Son, has forgiven your sins. Then it’s important to pray and obey God as you learn His will and ways.)

Play Game:
Have the children number off, “1,2,3” so that all the 1s will be on one team, all the 2s on another team, and all the 3s on another team. Find a space for each team to gather. One person on each team must volunteer to wear a blindfold. Then, after dividing the “odds and ends” equally among the three teams, arrange the items on a line for each team, with the items about 3 feet apart and a bag of gold coins at the end of each line. Tell the teams they must try to tell the blindfolded person how to walk this blind obstacle course without stepping on any of the items in order to reach the bag of gold at the end of the line. The blindfolded person must listen very carefully, just like Samuel had to listen to God carefully. If the blindfolded person steps on an item, he/she must give up their turn to another child.
When each team completes its obstacle course and obtains the bag of gold candy coins, the children get to enjoy their candy reward.



Close with a circle of prayer, and invite children to return next week with their Bible and a friend for the next rotation lesson.


A lesson posted by member "Learner".


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Below is a video containing a brief object lesson and an animated version of the story from 1 Samuel 16:1-13. There is also a short video based guessing game. Enjoy!

Bible images copyright Kirsty McAllister from Lamp Bible Pictures used with permission:

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