“The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice” (Proverbs 12:15).The book of Proverbs quite often contrasts good counsel with bad counsel. There are numerous examples in the Bible of both types. Eve was given bad advice when Satan told her to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Eve chose to listen to the bad advice, and as a result was kicked out of the garden. King Rehoboam received both good and bad advice. He chose to listen to the bad advice, and ended up splitting the kingdom. Commander Naaman received good ad- vice from his servant. Because Naaman chose to listen to his servant’s advice, which he didn’t even like, Naaman was healed from his leprosy.Not only is listening to good advice important, but we need to be sure that we also give good ad- vice. Our advice should be encouraging, supportive, and most importantly, according to God’s Word. When you give such advice, that makes you a friend indeed!
Last week was an exciting lesson on God’s great power. The Phil- istine army had a champion named Goliath challenging the Israelite army. He stood over 9 feet tall, and the Israelite army was terrified, in- cluding King Saul. David came to the camp to bring his brothers food. He could not understand why the Israelites were so scared. David said he would fight Goliath. Saul offered David his armor, but David refused to wear it. He went against Goliath with a slingshot and five stones. David killed Goliath with just one stone. To whom did David give the glory for killing the giant? “This day the LORD will hand you over to me…and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.” (I Samuel 17:46)
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.
I Samuel 18:1–12 19:1–10 20:1–42
For a quick review of the book of I Samuel, go online and search YouTube for “Books of the Bible – 1 Samuel” by Buck Denver from What’s in the Bible
Talk About It
- David was a young man that God had chosen to be the next king. He defeated Goliath.Who was Jonathan? He was Saul’s son and David’s best friend.
- What did Jonathan think when David told him that Saul wanted to kill him? He didn’t be-lieve it; he thought his father, Saul, talked with him about everything.
- What promise did Jonathan make to David? He promised he would find out whether or not Saul wanted to kill David.
- What was Jonathan and David’s plan to find out if Saul wanted to kill David? The plan was that David would not attend a special feast. If Saul was angry, then David was in danger. Jonathan would shoot an arrow. If he said that the arrow was close, David knew he was safe. If Jonathan said the arrow was beyond, David knew he was in danger.
- What happened when Jonathan told Saul that David was not coming to the feast? Saul was so angry that he tried to kill Jonathan, his own son. Jonathan got word to David. They said a tearful goodbye, and David escaped.
6. What made David and Jonathan’s friendship so strong? They were both committed to honoring God and doing the right thing no matter what. Friendships can be good or bad; they can protect us or they can hurt us. What kind of friends do you have? Talk about the impor- tance of building godly friendships.
Adoration: Praise God for his protection.
Confession: Ask God to forgive you for the times you were jealous of someone like Saul was of David.
Thanksgiving: Thank God for good friends that help you do the right thing.
Supplication: Ask God to give you more friends like David and Jonathan; ask God to protect you from temptation and spiritual attack.
Do Family Night: Activity
- 3×5 card for each person
- MarkersChoosing good friends is important, but being a good friend is also important. One way of being a good friend is to be friendly and show kindness. Today we will practice being kind.Together discuss some character traits that make a good friend.
Tape a 3×5 index card on the back of each person.
Have each family member write something they appreciate about each person on the card on his/her back.
After everyone has had time to write something on each person’s card, take off the cards and have each person read his/her card out loud.
Everyone will have a list of things that people appreciate about them.