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2011 - Week 19: David and Goliath

5.07.2011

What You'll Need: scriptures, three printed stones from download, large black marker, GAK 112: David Slays Goliath, printed coloring page, coloring tools.

You can CLICK HERE to download the pdf of this lesson for easy printing. If you download, please leave a comment here on what you like about this lesson.

Scripture: 1 Samuel 17:45- Then said David to the Philistine, 'Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel...'

Opening Song: I Will Be Valiant  (PCS #162)

Lesson:

(CLICK HERE to download and print stones. Lay three on the floor.)


Ask the children if they have ever used stepping-stones to cross a stream or puddle. Have one of the children demonstrate how this is done using the three flat rocks printouts that you have placed on the floor. Discuss how stones can help us, but they can also cause us to stumble and fall if we aren’t careful.

With marker write on the stones challenges your children might face in their daily life. 


Have a child read the challenge on the first rock. Ask the children how that challenge could be a stumbling block. Then ask how the challenge can become a stepping-stone to make them better people.


Continue the discussion with the other two rocks. Help the children understand that the challenges in our lives can be stumbling blocks or stepping-stones depending on how we handle them. If we become unhappy and angry because of the difficulties we face in life, they are stumbling blocks to us. If we handle our difficulties with a positive attitude and learn from them, then we become better people and our challenges are like stepping-stones to us. You may want to have the children take turns using the rocks as stepping-stones. Tell the children that you are going to teach them about a boy named David who turned a difficult challenge into a stepping-stone...

David was a shepherd boy. His father asked him to leave his flock and take food to his brothers in the Israelite army.

When he arrived at their army camp, David saw a nine-foot giant shouting at the Israelite army.

- How tall do you think 9 feet is? (show the kids 9 feet relative to the room.  If you have 8 foot ceilings say that Goliath was too tall to stand in this room, etc.)

The giant’s name was Goliath, and the Israelites were afraid of him. Every morning and night for forty days Goliath had challenged them to choose one soldier to fight him, but none of them had had the courage for such an uneven fight.

When David said that he would fight the giant, his brothers became angry with him. But David knew that God would help and protect him. He refused the armor and weapons offered to him. Instead, he took his sling and gathered five smooth stones from a stream bed.

(show GAK 112: David Slays Goliath)

When Goliath saw the young boy, he laughed and made fun of him. But David said, “This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand.” As the giant approached, David put a stone in his sling. He slung the stone, and it hit Goliath in the forehead. Goliath fell to the ground, dead, and the rest of Goliath’s army ran away.

- How David used his challenge as a stepping-stone rather than a stumbling block?

Bear your testimony about obstacles being overcome with the help of Heavenly Father. Share a specific example from your life and how it became a stepping stone for you.

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the MAY Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.

Activity: Coloring Page
CLICK HERE to download and print


*note: I made this coloring page with Goliath's height at 9' 6" and David's height at 5' 2" based on research conducted by bible scholar Michael S. Heiser.

8 Way Righteous Comments:

colochita said...

I love this lesson because my son is having some dificulties with these theme at school and at home so is so wonderful to share with him that Heavenly Father loves us and no matter what everyone else says is our choice to turn it into something better. Thanks for this wonderful FHE lesson.

Anonymous said...

What a great lesson! We're totally using this tonight. Thank you!!!

Amy said...

we are using this tonight, thanks Emilie!
you are my #1 FHE go-to! thanks for doing this.

Kotinca said...

We had the kids write challenges they face on river rocks and then we painted over them with brightly colored paint. They are now mixed in to our landscape (kind of cool looking too)...we took a plain old problem and made it something beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Just what I was looking for! Perfect for my littles....thank you!!

ChefHaney said...

I love this lesson, as well as the coloring sheet. Next month we are focusing on 'strength' with our 3-5 yr olds during Praise N Play (where the kids exit the sanctuary during the gospel lesson, sermon, and closing prayers). Most of the coloring sheets are scary for the little ones but this is perfect to show just how big Goliath was compared to David. They'll love this! Thank you!

bmello said...

This provides a life lesson for the children from a totally different perspective than the usual theme for this Bible story (which is one of the awesome things about God's Word - you can get a fresh life lesson from a story you've know all your life just when you need it). Love it! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Good way to discuss the differences between meeting a challenge in a positive way and moving forward or meeting a challenge in a negative way and staying in the same place or moving backwards.

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