In every Bible story that we go through together, there will actually be two story lines going on. We will call them an Upper Story and a Lower Story. The Upper Story tells the big picture, the grand narrative of God seeking relationship with human beings as it unfolds throughout history. Ever story in the Bible is a part of one bigger story; the Upper Story.
The Lower Story consists of the smaller stories we will look at each week, which tell the details of particular people and the events that happen in their lives. It will be an eye-opening experience when we are learning about a Lower Story and we begin to see how it is connected to all of the other stories.
Our hope is that this in-depth study will guide our teens to discover their role in God’s redemptive plan and see how their story is a part of God’s bigger story.
The Story - Young David (April 28th) We will be learning about David, how he fought Goliath, and later became King of Israel. The prophet Samuel went to a man’s house named Jesse who had many sons. The youngest of the sons was David, who was chosen by Samuel through God’s guidance, to rule Israel one day. David came and worked for King Saul. The Philistines waged war against the Israelites and they challenged one of them to fight their giant, Goliath. With King Saul’s permission, young David fought Goliath. He shot him in the head with a stone, knocked him down, and he beheaded him. After this victory David became very popular with the Israelites and Saul became very jealous. King Saul tried to kill David several times. David fled from Saul. One day David had the chance to kill Saul, but he did not. Saul was grateful and made a pact with David that he would not kill him. However, David continued to be loved by the Israelites. Saul could not contain his jealously and tried to kill David again. Because of this, God allowed the Philistines to attack the Israelites killing all three of King Saul’s sons. Saul was so upset that he fell on his sword and killed himself. After this David became King of Israel. We will study this story and discuss what we can learn from it.
The Story - King David (May 5th) We will be learning about King David and the trails he went through. It all started when David was on his roof one day and saw a woman, named Bathsheba, bathing. He thought she was beautiful and had his messengers bring her to him. Bathsheba and David slept together that night. Shortly after this, Bathsheba found out that she was pregnant. David immediately began thinking of way to cover up this mistake. When Bathsheba’s husband Uriah came home from battle David hoped that they would sleep together, then it would look like her husband got her pregnant rather than him. Uriah was a man of integrity and honor and he refused to even sleep in his house while his friends were still out in battle. David sent Uriah back to battle and commanded that he fight in the front lines so that he would most likely be killed. Uriah was killed. After Uriah’s death David and Bathsheba got married. However, God was not pleased with David so their infant son died. Punishments continued as they had more children. Absalom, one of David and Bathsheba’s sons, gathered an army against them to overthrow David. During battle Absalom was killed by David’s soldiers despite David’s commands not to kill him. This brought David even more sorrow having lost another son. As David grew older he was continually thankful for God and His grace. He worshiped often in Israel. Near the end of David’s life he gave the throne to his son Solomon and told him that he would be the King to build God’s temple. We will be learning about King David’s life and discuss what we can learn from him.
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