Chapel of the Cross Faith & Family
Family Bible time for the week of April 25-May 1
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David and Jonathan
What makes a good friend?
After David’s defeat of Goliath, King Saul took David into his service. David played harp to ease Saul’s tormented mind and then became a general in Saul’s army. David and Jonathan, Saul’s son, became close friends, like brothers. Understanding that it was God’s will for David to become king, Jonathan gave his robe and armor to David—a selfless act of faith and humility—symbolically handing over the rights of the throne to David. In contrast, Saul was fiercely jealous of David and looked for ways to get rid of him. Jonathan suspected Saul’s evil motives and decided to find out if Saul really did want to kill David. Soon Saul confirmed his intent to kill
David with an angry outburst against Jonathan, and Jonathan told David of his father’s plans. David and Jonathan renewed their covenant of friendship as they parted ways, promising to be faithful to each other and to each other’s households.
Dear God, You have given us an example of perfect friendship in Your sacrificial love for us. Thank You! In Your name we pray. Amen.
Bible Lesson: David and Jonathan
- Open your family Bible or a Children's Bible storybook and read this account together OR
- Read this account using an online Bible (Biblegateway.com) 1 Samuel 18:1–9; 20:18–42
- Listen to the Bible account being read using the video below.
Talk about it
- What did Jonathan give his friend David? What did Jonathan do for David?
- How did Jonathan and David show their love for God and for one another?
- How can you share Jesus with your friends who don’t know Him?
Jonathan gave David gifts of a sword, a belt, a bow with arrows, and a beautiful coat. More important, he gave David his friendship. Jonathan warned David that Saul wanted to kill him.
Since Jonathan was Saul’s son, that made him a prince. He would have been the next king. But Jonathan knew that God wanted David to be the next king. He loved God and David so much that he willingly gave up his birthright to go along with God’s plan.
Jesus comes from the line of David. By preserving David’s life, God was preserving His plan of salvation.
God loves us even more than Jonathan loved David. God loves us so much, in fact, that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die on the cross to save us from our sins.
A friend loves at all times. Proverbs 17:17
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The Lord's Prayer
Dear Jesus, thank You for being our divine faithful friend. As we go about our week, please help us be a good friend to others. In Your name we pray, Jesus. Amen.
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