Life of David: 7. David Anointed King

Friday, June 15, 2018
This week's lesson is #7 in the Life of David Series. It is found in 1 Samuel 16:1-13 and we finally begin to discuss David. God told Samuel to find one of Jesse's sons to anoint as the next king. 
Last week we learned that Saul was told to totally destroy the Amalekites. They didn’t obey God. They saved King Agag, the best sheep and oxen. Because of Saul’s disobedience, the Lord rejected Saul as king. Saul’s disobedience really upset Samuel and he didn’t see Saul again.
God asked Samuel "How long will you mourn for Saul?" Then God told Samuel to fill his horn with oil and go to Bethlehem and find a man named Jesse. I have chosen one of his sons to be the next king.
Samuel replied "How can I? If Saul finds out, he will kill me!" God told Samuel to take a calf and say that you have come to offer a sacrifice. Then, invite Jesse and his sons to the sacrifice. Samuel did just what the Lord told him to do.

When Samuel arrived in Bethlehem, he invited Jesse and his sons to come to the sacrifice. Samuel knew that the Lord would tell him which of the sons of Jesse would be chosen.

Eliab was the oldest son and when he came to Samuel, Samuel thought he was the one. Eliab was tall and good looking. But God Samuel that He doesn’t look at how people look on the outside; God looks at the heart inside. Eliab was not the one God had chosen.
Jesse called his next son Abinadab and had him walk in front of Samuel. Samuel said that "The Lord has not chosen this one either." Next, Jesse had Shammah walk by Samuel. But, Samuel the prophet said "The Lord has not chosen this one either."

Four more sons walked in front of Samuel, but Samuel said "This is not the one that God has chosen." Then, Samuel asked Jesse "Are these all the sons you have?"

Jesse told Samuel "I have one more son. He is the youngest and is taking care of the sheep."
Samuel told Jesse to bring him and they would wait on the sacrifice. Finally, the youngest son whose name was David, arrived. He was strong and healthy and he had sparkling eyes. The Lord told Samuel "This is the one. Anoint him!"
So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed David in front of his brothers. From that day forward, the Lord God was with David.

Application: God uses young people to serve Him.
The printables for David in this series are for an older age group than I usually post. Even though this one is, some of these lessons about David are not appropriate for early elementary. But David is a great study. So, as you can see from the above picture, there is a Q&A. This could be used with younger groups by using the answer sheet and just asking the questions for discussion. Each post in this series will have a maze and some type of puzzle. The additional application has thought questions about how the students can apply the lesson to their daily life. There are answer sheets for all worksheets except for the last application. Everyone will have a different set of answers. Click here to download.  
Click here to download the Pictures to Color.
The lesson is included since these are assorted visuals for King David.
(These are not included in the application pack.)

Click here to download the pictures to color.
(These are the same as the visuals but are black & white.)

Bible Verse:  1 Samuel 16:12
Click here to see the entire list and links for the Life of David series.
Click here for the Magnetic Board Visuals, original outline and the puzzle.
The basic lesson outline was written by Cathy Whitacre, with changes (additional information and lesson format) added to create the lesson for this extended post. You can find the original lesson and more here. Used with permission. All other ideas and printables by Debbie Jackson.
Cathy Whitacre (1950-2015) was a Christian, wife, mother, Nana, sister, and friend. Cathy and her husband Gerry worshiped with the New Hope Church of Christ, in Bradyville, Tennessee.
Family was one of her crowning joys in life. Married to Gerry for over 47 years they had many years of adventure and love. Her children and grandchildren kept her busy and happy. Everywhere Cathy lived from Ohio, Illinois, Texas, Georgia, Tennessee and more she made dear friends who she considered family.
Cathy had the opportunity to participate in mission work for many years. She had the privilege of speaking at Ladies Days, teaching Vacation Bible Schools, and conducting workshops in Jamaica, Scotland, New Zealand, and in the United States.
Cathy was involved in teaching for over 50 years, from nursery to adults. Cathy believed that Christian Education is one of the greatest mission efforts we can be involved in, and the benefits are eternal.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful resources. Your hard work and time are greatly appreciated.

  2. Hello! I have been searching for the hardcover children's Bible story book that contains all of these same images for over a decade! My parents used to read it to me and my younger siblings.I'm in my 40's now and would love to have a copy for my sons. Do you know where I can purchase one? I believe my parents had ordered it from Focus On the Family back in the 1980's.

    1. Hello, my understanding is this Bible has been discontinued. The pictures are available to use, though. I would check websites like eBay, or, or maybe even Goodwill. Those are my go-to places to look for out of print books.


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