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David Anointed (1 Samuel 16) | Story

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David is today’s bible hero because he shows us the gift of Character.

Essential Teachers notes:
The story here is the story of Samuel choosing David as a future king, not a present one. It’s a fictional retelling designed to put across the essence of the story more than the exact particulars. I’ve chosen not to include details about David’s other famous deeds though I do mention why he is pictured with a harp and a sling. The story is a visual one and written to work with accompanying images, though could be used with any bible character images you choose.

Main Passage : 1 Samuel 16

Today’s story is about a young called David who lived in the town of Bethlehem with his seven older brothers. One evening as David sat at the table with his brothers a conversation started that would change his life. David’s father Jesse told the boys that a great man of God was coming to Bethlehem, the prophet Samuel. Everyone knew that Samuel had the job of choosing a king, he has chosen King Saul, but Saul had disobeyed God and people thought Samuel was looking for a new king. This was really exciting news. Then Jesse told them something even more amazing, he said that Samuel has sent Jesse a message to ask if he may come to their house. The brothers got even more excited and started to talk about what they would do if they were king.

The oldest brother suddenly pulled out his sword and said:
‘If Samuel sees me with a sword it will show I can fight, and I will fight for the people – he will see then that I am the brother to be made into the next king’
The next brother shook his head
‘not a sword a shield, I’ll take a shield to show I protect people, surely I will then be king’.

Slowly all the brothers went to get things to take to Samuel. By morning prayers the next day all the brothers stood ready to greet Samuel with their chosen object. Jesse looked at his sons, ‘tell me why do you have all that stuff?’ Starting with the oldest brother they showed their father their choice.

‘If Samuel sees me with this sword he will know that I will fight for the people’
‘If Samuel sees me with this shield he will know that I will protect the people’
‘If Samuel sees me with this gold he will know that I will provide for the people’
‘If Samuel sees me with this strength he will know that I will rule the people’
‘If Samuel sees me with this food he will know that I will feed the people’
‘If Samuel sees me with these Scriptures he will know that I will teach the people’
‘If I take nothing, then I shall act like a King, for a king does not give but receive’

Right on the end of the line stood David, he was much shorter than his other brothers and not dressed in his house robe but in his work clothes. In his hands was his little harp and his slingshot. When Jesse came to David to ask what he would take the other brothers laughed. David smiled and said: ‘Today I take my sling and my harp and go to watch the sheep. I will play songs to the lambs and throw stones at the wolves and bears’ Then he opened the door and headed towards the sheep. But, it wasn’t long before somebody was sent running across the fields to bring him home.

When David got home the prophet Samuel was waiting for him. ‘Your sons look like kings’ he said to Jesse, ‘but God has told me that he does not look at the appearance but the heart – this young boy David may not look like a king now but God has told me to pour my oil on his head for one day he has a good heart and will be a great king’
None of David’s brothers looked very happy as they watched Samuel pour oil on David’s head. The next day David went back out to the sheep but God was with him and he played his harp even more beautifully even though only the sheep heard. David did become a king, but that’s another story.

David is today’s bible hero because he shows us the gift of Character.


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