Lesson 75: David becomes King
Saul, the King of Israel, soon forgot God's commands. So God was not going to let Saul be king very long (1 Samuel 13:13-14). God was not pleased with Saul. If we want to please God and make him happy, we must try to obey Him.
All the people of Israel loved David. They knew he was kind and very brave. David had saved them from the Philistines. But Saul did not love David, in fact Saul tried to harm David. Saul had a son named Jonathan who was a good friend to David and loved him very much. Jonathan tried to protect David from Saul.
After Saul and Jonathan were killed in a battle with the Philistines, David became king. David was a very good king all his life. The Bible tells us that David was a man after God's own heart. That meant that God loved David. David taught the people how to be strong and how to obey and to serve God.
At one point David wanted to build God a temple but God told him that he should not build the temple. Instead, he should prepare the wood, the gold, the silver and everything that was needed to build a temple. God told David that his son would build the temple. God also told David that his son would sit on his throne forever. God was not referring to David's son Solomon, who became king after David, but to David's greater son, Jesus, who would reign on David's throne forever. Jesus will be king over all the earth when he returns. At that time everyone will be very happy. We must always try to please God so we can live with Jesus when he returns to the earth.
- Was God pleased with Saul?
- Did Saul loved David?
- Did Jonathan love David?
- What did David want to build for God?
- Who is the king that will reign forever?
- What can we do to please God?