Life of David: 13. God Protected David Against King Saul

Friday, August 3, 2018
This week's lesson takes place in 1 Samuel 21-22. This is the Life of David Series and David escapes, takes Goliath's sword, lives in a stronghold and Saul kills the priests in Nob.
King Saul’s son Jonathan warned David that his father wanted to kill him. So, David left and went to Nob. There were priests there and Ahimelech was afraid when he saw David alone. David told him that King Saul had sent him on some secret business. David asked him for five loaves of bread, or whatever he had and could share.
Ahimelech gave him some holy bread. David asked him if there was a spear or sword he could have. David said that he had to leave so quickly that he didn’t take any weapons with him. The priest told him that they had the sword of Goliath behind the ephod. He said David could take that because Goliath’s sword was all they had.
David took the sword and left Nod. He went to see Achish the king of Gath. The servants knew he was the one that had killed Goliath and that made him afraid. David pretended to be insane and let spit run down his beard. The king asked why they brought this crazy man into his house?
David left there and went to a cave called Adullam. His brothers heard that David was at the cave, so the servants and his brothers went to the cave to see him. All the people that had problems or were unhappy all gathered together with David. There were about 400 men and David became captain over them.
David went to the king of Moab and asked if his parents could stay with him until he knew that he was safe. David took his parents to stay in Moab and David stayed in a stronghold. The prophet named Gad told David that he needed to leave the stronghold and go to the land of Judah. David left and went into the forest of Hereth.
King Saul began to accuse his people of conspiring against him because no one told him that Jonathan had made a pact with David. The head servant of Saul told him that he saw David visit Ahimelech the priest and gave David food and Goliath’s sword.
Saul sent for Ahimelech and asked him why he supported David. He told Saul that there wasn’t anyone as faithful as David. David was honorable and faithful. He said he didn’t know what was happening with Saul and David. Saul was angry and said that Ahimelech and everyone in his house would die because they let David escape and didn’t tell Saul! Saul had 85 priests killed that day and the people and animals that lived in Nod with the priests. One man escaped and ran to tell David that Saul had killed the priests. David felt sorry that they had been killed because he had visited there.
The printables for David in this series are for an older age group than I usually post. Most 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.
Bible Verse: 1 Samuel 22:14
Note: These 3 printables are found on the same post.
Click here to see the entire list and links for the Life of David series.

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

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