Explore the Bible at Home - Week of Feb 11
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Grandparents,
David and Jonathan’s story gives us insight into genuine friendship. Jonathan recognized God’s plan for David and he was obedient to God’s will. Friendships are important! Do you know who your kids’ friends are? This week invite your kids to tell you about some of their friends. What makes that person a good friend? What truths from the Bible help us understand friendship? Read John 15:12-15 together and rejoice that Jesus calls us his friends! Missed the weekly "Explore the Bible" handout? You can find it here!
Bible Passage: 1 Samuel 20:1-42
Memory Verse: Proverbs 17:17a
Younger Kids Text Truth: God gives us friends and wants us to help them obey God.
Older Kids Text Truth: Godly friendship seeks God’s will above personal gain.
Jonathan was a good friend // 1 Samuel 20:1-42
King Saul was jealous of David. He ordered his son Jonathan and all of his servants to kill David. But Jonathan and David were friends. David met Jonathan and asked, “What did I do? Why does your father want to hurt me?”
Jonathan came up with a plan to find out if Saul really wanted to kill David. Jonathan and David agreed to always be friends and to take care of each other’s families. Then Jonathan and David decided on a secret way to communicate using arrows.
Jonathan went to dinner with his dad. At dinner, Saul became angry about David. He yelled at Jonathan and threw his spear at Jonathan. Jonathan knew then that his father was determined to kill David. He was very sad about his dad’s choices.
The next morning, Jonathan went to the field he and David had agreed to meet at. Jonathan shot his arrows and sent his servant to find them. “The arrow is beyond you,” Jonathan called to his servant. This was the secret code that told David he was not safe. Jonathan sent his servant away.
David came out of his hiding place. Jonathan promised to always be David’s friend. Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the city.