Archive for November 2014

Solomon Asked for Wisdom

As King David was ready to die, he appointed Solomon to be the next king. There were probably many things on David’s mind that he wanted to tell Solomon, but David chose these wise words: “…observe what the Lord your God requires. Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements…”. David knew the importance of teaching his son not only to love and obey God’s words, but also to live by them.

Solomon was given one opportunity to ask God for whatever he wanted. Solomon chose wisdom. It’s a good possibility that David’s last words to his son had some bearing on Solomon’s choice.

Wisdom is the application of God’s Word to life. One must first know God’s Word before he can apply it. Regular time reading God’s Word, and then committing it to memory is key. It is critical because it transforms our lives. Instead of focusing on the behavior, it is a focus on the beliefs and character. The goal is not to control the behavior; the goal is to develop true growth in holiness (sanctification).

God does not desire us to try and be good on our own. We need to realize that we are not capable of wisdom without the help of God. God does desire to change us from the inside out through the wisdom of His Word.


Last week we learned about God’s forgiveness. King David sinned against God by taking Bathsheba who was another man’s wife to be his own. David tried to hide his sin, and even had Bathsheba’s husband murdered in battle. God knew David’s sin, and sent the prophet, Nathan, to confront David.

What was David’s response when Nathan confronted him?

David confessed that he had sinned against the Lord.

Even though God forgave him, David still had to suffer the consequences of his sin. David’s son died.


Scripture Reading:  I Kings 2:1–4,10–12; 3:1–15                                                                                                                            This is the most important part of family worship. If you don’t have time to do anything else, be sure to do this section.


Talk About It

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  1. King Solomon was David’s son. In I Kings 3:3, we learn one good thing and one bad thing about Solomon. What do we learn? The good thing was that Solomon tried to show his love for the Lord by trying to do what his father, David, had told him to do. The bad thing was that Solomon continued to worship at the “high places”.
  2. What were the “high places”? High places were pagan altars where people worshipped idols. Many of these were built by the Canaanites who lived in the Promised Land before the Israelites came.
  3. When Solomon prayed to God, what did he ask God to give him? He asked for a discern- ing heart so he would have wisdom to be a good ruler.
  4. What did God do? Because Solomon did not make a selfish request for money or a long life, God gave Solomon amazing wisdom. Because of His great love, God told Solomon he would have great honor and riches as well. Today people still use the phrase “the wisdom or splen- dor of Solomon” because of how wise and rich Solomon became.
  5. Solomon asked God for wisdom, and God gave it to him. Do you think we can ask God for wisdom just like Solomon did? Are there situations right now where we need God’s wisdom? James 1:5 tells us that if any of us lacks wisdom, we can pray to God and ask Him for it. God loves it when we pray and ask for wisdom!



Use the following verse as a basis for your prayer time. Thank God for giving His Word and to help your family make wise decisions by using God’s word when making choices.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

Do: Family Activity

Solomon asked God for wisdom. He realized the only way it was possible for him to have wisdom was to get it from God. It is the same of us today. Use the following activity to teach your children how difficult it is to live our lives in the right way without the wisdom of God.


  1. Collect various shoes and put them in a pile
  2. Blindfold one family member
  3. Tell him he has 1 minute to find his shoes 4. Have each member try the same

Discuss the difficulty of finding the shoes while blindfolded. Throughout life we have many choices that we have to make. It is only through knowing God’s Word that we can make wise decisions. God’s word has a lot to say about how we should live our lives.

Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Whatever we put into our minds becomes part of our hearts, so we need to be careful what goes into our minds.

Solomon Asked for Wisdom (I Kings 2–3)   (lesson for Vista Dublin 11/9/14) 

David Sinned and was Restored

Corrie Ten Boom was a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp during the Holocaust. She said this in reference to her captors, “Forgiveness is to set a prisoner free, and to realize the pris- oner was you”. Corrie realized that she was not only to receive God’s forgiveness, but she was also to give her forgiveness to others, even her enemies.

Forgiveness is a foundational biblical truth. It is so important because God commands that we forgive others. The Bible is very clear that if we refuse to forgive others, God will not forgive us (Matthew 6:14–16). God expects us to model His example of forgiveness by extending forgive- ness when someone has wronged us—no matter how many times we are wronged. God has for- given us thousands of times, and He will continue to forgive us when we ask (I John 1:9). He ex- pects no less from His children. Instead of turning away in anger and bitterness when we have been wronged, we need to follow God’s example of the unlimited capacity to forgive.

Practice repentance and forgiveness. Repentance means turning away from one thing and turning toward something else. Repentance requires a genuine sorrow for your sin against God. It is an inward change of attitude and an outward change of action. This will build healthy relationships.

“We cannot be right with God when we are wrong with others” (Lehman Strauss).


Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 10.58.41 PMLast week we learned about a covenant that God made with King David.

David wanted to build a temple for the Ark of the Lord, but God said that He did not need David to build a temple. God promised David three things—a house, a kingdom, and a throne that would last forever.

How did God fulfill His promise about David’s throne lasting forever?

God was not speaking of David’s rule on earth over Israel. God was making David a promise that one of his descendants would be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! One thousand years later, King Jesus would arrive from the line of David and fulfill the promise that God had made to David.


Scripture Reading

* This is the most important part of family worship. If you don’t have time to do anything else, be sure to do this section.

2 Samuel 11:1–12:14; Psalm 51  Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 11.13.54 PM

After learning more from 2 Samuel, it would be worth seeing the overview song again. Go online and search YouTube for “The Fabulous Bentley Brothers – 2 Samuel” by Buck Denver from What’s in the Bible.




Talk About It

  1. In the beginning of this story, what was David doing? It was spring time, and he should have been with his army at war; instead he was home resting. While on his roof, he looked down and saw a beautiful woman named Bathsheba.
  2. When David saw this woman what did he do? Even though David was married, and Bath- sheba was married, David told his servants to have her brought to the palace. She came, they slept together, and she became pregnant.
  3. David wanted to hide his sin. What was his plan? His first plan was to bring Uriah, Bath- sheba’s husband, back from the war to go home to his wife. Uriah did not go home. David’s second plan was to send Uriah to the front of the battle so he would be killed.
  4. What did God think about what David had done? At the end of chapter 11 we learn that God was not pleased. David had lusted, murdered, and lied.
  5. God sent the prophet, Nathan, to confront David. What did Nathan say to show David his sin? Nathan told David a story about a rich man that stole a lamb from a poor man. David was furious and wanted the rich man punished. Nathan told David that he had done something even worse than the rich man when he stole Bathsheba and murdered Uriah. Nathan also told David that God would discipline him for his sin, that his family would suffer, and his new baby would die.
  6. How did David respond to this terrible news? He said “I have sinned against the Lord.” Then Nathan told him “The Lord has taken away your sin.” Psalm 51 records David’s confes- sion. Although David was forgiven, he still had to suffer the consequences—his son died.

This story is an example of how terrible sin is, and how merciful God is when we confess our sin. Him. Because Jesus died on the cross, we can be forgiven of any sin—no matter how terrible it is. We may still have to face the consequences of our sin, as David did, but God will forgive us and give us a fresh start.


Spend your prayer time focusing on confession. Consider kneeling together on the floor or around a coffee table. Begin your time with 2–3 minutes of silence. Encourage each person to consider what Jesus did for us through His death and resurrection.

Do: Family Night 

  • Ahead of time, cut up 3×5 pieces of paper (4 for each child)
  • Draw a heart onto a full sheet of paper (1 for each child)
  • Have child wad up paper into balls
  • Glue the balls onto a blank piece of paper making a large lump in the heart
  • Explain that the lump is like sin making our hearts look ugly
  • Give each child another sheet of paper and ask them to cover up the lump.  No matter how hard he/she tries, the sin still shows
  • Only Jesus can take away his/her sin


David Sinned and was Restored (lesson for Vista Dublin 11/2/14)