Life of David: 23. David, Bathsheba & Nathan

Friday, October 12, 2018
This is week 23 in the Life of David series. It is found in 2 Samuel 11-12. The application worksheet will discuss the 10 commandments and you can teach as in-depth as you want for your class.
David was the king of Israel and was staying in Jerusalem. He was out walking on the roof of the king’s palace one evening. He saw a woman taking a bath and she was very beautiful.

David asked about her and was told “Her name is Bathsheba, and she is married to Uriah the Hittite.” David sent for Bathsheba and spent time with her. She became pregnant and sent the message to David.
David told Joab to send Uriah to him. Joab was over David’s army (2 Samuel 8:16). Uriah came to David, and they discussed the army and David asked how the war was going. Then David told Uriah to go home; but he didn’t. Uriah stayed with the servants at the palace. The servants told David and he asked Uriah about it. Uriah said he couldn’t go sleep comfortably in his house with his wife while the army is sleeping in open fields. When David’s suggestions didn’t work to talk Uriah into going home with Bathsheba, David sent him back to the army with a letter for Joab.
In the letter, David told Joab to send Uriah to the part of battle where the hardest, fiercest fighting was happening.  Then, fall back so he would be injured and die. When they were taking over the city, Joab placed Uriah is the most valiant men were fighting. Some of the men died, including Uriah.
When Bathsheba heard that Uriah had died in the battle, she mourned him. When the mourning time was over, David sent for her and married her. She had a son, but God was not happy with the things David had done.
God sent Nathan to see David and he told David a story. “There were two men in a city. One was rich and one was poor. The rich man had a lot of animals. The poor man didn’t have anything except one little lamb. He bought that lamb and fed it and the little lamb grew up with him and his children. The little lamb ate of his own food and drank from his own cup. The poor man held the lamb, and it was like a daughter to him. A traveler went to the rich man for food.
The rich man refused to take one of his own animals to give to the traveling man. The rich man took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the traveling man to eat.”
David was so angry when he heard what the rich man did in Nathan’s story! He said “Who is this man? He will surely die! And he will give back four times the lamb because he did this without any pity!”
Nathan told David that he was the man! “God said He anointed you king over Israel, and He saved you from Saul. God has given you everything and if that wasn’t enough, He would have given you more! Why have you ignored the commandment and killed Uriah? You have killed Uriah and taken his wife to be your wife!”

David told Nathan “I have sinned.” Nathan told David that because of this sin, the child that was just born will die.
Nathan left and David and Bathsheba’s son became sick. David pleaded and begged God to save the baby. He fasted (didn’t eat) for seven days and the baby died. David cleaned himself up and ate again.
David comforted Bathsheba and she had another baby boy and they named him Solomon. He will be the next king after David.
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. The application worksheet for this pack discusses the 10 commandments. Nathan asked David why he ignored the commandment (which he actually disobeyed 2 of them) and this brings the commandments into the application. This can be as quick or in-depth as you care to teach them. The basic answers are included; but please be ready to have some scenarios ready for discussion. Click here to download.
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the visuals.

Bible Verse:  2 Samuel 12:24
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.
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1 comment

  1. This is really lovely and well illustrated. Will be using for my children's church teaching on this subject. Thank you so much. God bless you for producing this useful resource.


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