Life of David: 10. King Saul is Jealous of David

Friday, July 13, 2018
This lesson covers several different small topics for David. This is lesson 10 in the Life of David Series. We review Goliath, discuss Saul's anger and jealousy toward David. Saul also begins to hate David and throws his spear at him. He hopes the Philistines will kill David. Saul also realizes that God isn't with him anymore and He is with David. David marries Saul's daughter Michal.

Last week we learned about David and Goliath. Goliath was a champion and he taunted Saul’s army for 40 days. He wanted to fight one of the men and the winner would be servants for the loser. David was there delivering food to his three oldest brothers in the army and went to see Saul. He said he could fight Goliath. He had killed a lion and a bear that tried to get his father’s sheep. The battle is the Lord’s, and He doesn’t need weapons to win! David took his staff, shepherds' bag, his sling and five smooth stones and walked to Goliath. Goliath mocked him, but David used his sling to throw one of his stones into Goliath’s forehead.

Saul put David over the men of war and David went wherever Saul sent him. David ‘behaved wisely’. The people and the servants accepted David. When they were coming home from a battle of the Philistines, the women came out of the cities singing and dancing to meet King Saul. They were happy as they sang “Saul has killed thousands, but David has killed ten thousands!”
That made Saul very angry! He didn’t like it because they were saying that David was the better soldier. So, Saul began to watch David.
The next day Saul was upset again, so David came to him and played music for him like he had before. This time Saul had a spear in his hand, though. Saul threw the spear at David saying he would pin David to the wall. David escaped two times!
Saul was afraid of David after that because he knew God was with David. Saul sent David away and made him a captain over a 1,000 soldiers. Read today’s Bible verse: And David behaved wisely in all his ways, and the Lord was with him. Saul was afraid of David because he saw that David behaved wisely. All the people in Judah and Israel loved David because he spent time with them.
Saul told David that he was giving David his oldest daughter Merab to be David’s wife. Saul asked David to be brave and fight the Lord’s battles. Saul was hoping that the Philistines would kill David in battle. David asked Saul “Who am I that I would marry the king’s daughter?” But, during that time, Merab married someone else.
Saul had another daughter named Michal that loved David. So Saul was happy about that and decided to have David marry her so she could trap David against the Philistines. David didn’t feel as though he was good enough to be married to the king’s daughter, but Saul said if he killed 100 of the Philistines, that would be enough for the dowry. (Dowry: Gifts or money given to the parent of the bride for the marriage.) Again, Saul was hoping that David would be killed. But, David killed 200 Philistines and David was permitted to marry Michal.

King Saul figured out that God was with David. Saul’s daughter Michal love David. Because of all these things, Saul considered David an enemy. David continued to behave wisely and he was very respected.
The printables for David in this series are for an older age group than I usually post. Some of these lessons about David are not appropriate for early elementary; but this one is. 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.

Bible Verse:  1 Samuel 18:14
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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
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1 comment

  1. Thank you for this study! I teach a 4 year old and will definitely be using the visuals and (most) of the story to continue our lesson on David!


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