Week 6 "After Repentance"

Week 6 "After Repentance"

Written on 11/14/2018
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[Note to Parents:  This week we studied David and Bathsheba's story. If you are unaware, David committed adultery when he had Bathsheba brought to him while her husband, one of his mighty men, was on the battlefield. She became pregnant. To cover this sin, David tried to entice Uriah to  come home and sleep with his wife so no one would know. Trying to cover his sin didn't work as planned and David ordered Uriah to be killed in battle at the hands of the enemy. Eventually, David in a low place, cries out to God and admits his sin. God forgives David but he still suffers the consequences of his sin when their child dies and troubles plague his family. There is redemption in their story, Bathsheba will become the mother of the next king of Israel, Solomon. The actions and consequences and the sins committed here, may not be appropriate to discuss in detail with your children because of their age or maturity. But the themes and Point are worth discussion. You will find the "edited" and "less-detailed" versions of this story. The "edited" version just refers to David's "sins" against God and someone he knows. The "Less-detailed" version mentions their names and what happens. As parent's you know which version is best for your child, or you may choose to do a combo or explain their actions in further detail. You can find the story of David and Bathsheba here :   https://my.bible.com/bible/116/2SA.11.nlt  https://my.bible.com/bible/116/2SA.12.nlt



The "Edited" Version

Do: Watch the video above from Veggie Tales together    

[Here is the full episode https://youtu.be/O4WkGOq_AYQ]

Ask: Have you ever taken something from a friend or had something taken from you? How did this make you feel?   

Discuss: Just like in the video, King David wanted something that did not belong to him. But he took it anyway. This was a sin (displeasing) to God and it would also upset his friend and others if they found out about it. And because he couldn't trick his friend into believing a lie, he had his friend Uriah hurt. God sent the prophet Nathan to tell David a story and David saw how much he had hurt his friend and his own friendship with God. David admits to Nathan in 2 Sam 12:13 "I have sinned against the Lord" and Nathan tells him that God has forgiven his sin (but there will be consequences.) In this low time for David, he is able to admit his sin and humble himself before God.

Do: Read this week's Point and verse together.


 

The "less-detailed" Version

Do: watch this video from Life Church Kids about David and Bathsheba https://youtu.be/Eho1_fkjiOA

Ask: Have you ever heard the saying two wrongs don't make a right? Do you think this is true and why?

Discuss: King David wanted something that did not belong to him, the wife of his friend Uriah. This is a sin (displeasing) to God and it would also upset his friend and others if they found out about it. Everyone would find out soon because Bathsheba was pregnant. David could have went to God and to his friend and admitted his sin but he didn't. He tried to trick his friend Uriah but he couldn't. Trying to further bury his sin,  David orders Uriah killed in battle.  His two(many) wrongs couldn't make the situation right. God sent the prophet Nathan to tell David a story and David saw how much he had hurt his friend and his own relationship with God. David admits to Nathan in 2 Sam 12:13 "I have sinned against the Lord" and Nathan tells him that God has forgiven his sin but there will be consequences. David is finally able to admit his sins to God and completely humble himself. And God doesnt give up on him, David and Bathsheba would have another child named Solomon, he will be David's heir.

Do: Read this week's Point and verse together.

 

Bonus:  David's Story/Our Life

Discuss: Last week's bonus discussion looked at how God's grace is for everyone and we should give everyone the same grace given to us. Who exactly is everyone? Does that include close friends like David and Jonathan were? (Yes) How about neighbors and friends in battle like David and Uriah, one of his Mighty Men? (Yes) Jesus goes one step further by telling us everyone is our neighbor, this includes people you don't know and those who you may never consider friends. 

Read: Luke 10: 25-37 (greatest commandment/neighbor-Good Samaritan parablehttps://my.bible.com/bible/116/LUK.10.nlt