Lesson: God's Blessings Grow (The Kingdom of David & Solomon)

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This Kids Bible lesson shows how the reign of David & Solomon relate to the promises that God made to Abraham. It includes the building of the temple. This is one of many children’s church lessons based on The Big Picture Story Bible.  You can modify these lessons for Sunday school or children’s church. I’m posting these lessons as a service to you, but you should modify my content to best fit the children in your ministry.

Related Resource Links: Here are links to other websites that have free lessons plans (and more learning activities) about the Kingdoms of David and Solomon: Calvary Chapel Kids website | eBible Teacher “Solomon Builds the Temple” and “David Brings The Ark To Jerusalem”

About This Bible Lesson

Learning Objectives: After this lesson, children will …

  • demonstrate knowledge of the reigns of King David and King Solomon
  • demonstrate understanding of how their kingdom related to God’s promises to Abraham

Target Age Group: 5 – 10 years old {U.S. Kindergarten – 3rd Grade}
Bible Story: 2 Samuel and 1 Kings {overview}
Teaching Setting: This lesson was first taught in our children’s church on Sunday morning to about 25 children. This was only one piece of our Children’s Church program. The children also participated in several songs and group Bible memory exercises. Target length of this lesson is 15 – 20 minutes.
Items Needed:

  • Print out this lesson plan. [print_link]
  • The Big Picture Story Bible {or summary of the Bible story in your own words}
  • Connect the promise phrases displayed on a marker board or pieces of paper, see lesson plan below.
  • Hint phrases displayed on a marker board or piece of paper.
    • God ___________ to Abraham that he would:
    • Have ________________ children, so that his family would
    • Become a _______________ nation, and
    • God would give them a special ________________ to live
    • And make them a ________________ to all the peoples of the earth

Explanation: This lesson plan is part of my series based on The Big Picture Story Bible by David R. Helm and Gail Schoonmaker. These lessons can be used with other story Bibles or by telling the Bible stories in your own words. However, I strongly recommend this book for its excellent illustrations and unifying approach to salvation history.

Teaching Plan: God’s Blessings Grow
(Big Picture of the Bible Lesson #9)
Introduction / Active Listening: Display the hint phrases on a marker board or sheets of paper. Ask the children to listen for the missing words as you read the Bible story.
Read: “Part 9 God’s Blessings Grow” from on The Big Picture Story Bible. (Or tell the story of the story of the David and Solomon’s kingdom in your own words emphasizing the content of this lesson plan.) Be sure to engage the children with good story telling. Ask unscripted questions to clarify points in the story. The questions under “review” below are the key points for them to understand from the lesson, so be sure to emphasize them as you read.
Review Story Hints: Ask for volunteers to fill in the blanks from the hint phrases.

  • God promised to Abraham that he would:
  • Have many children, so that his family would
  • Become a great nation, and
  • God would give them a special place to live
  • And make them a blessing to all the peoples of the earth

Was this in the story? Read the following true events and ideas. Some were covered in previous lessons and some in this lesson. Have the children stand up to indicate if the events or ideas were from this story. If they were from a different Bible story then the children should remain seated.

  • David wanted to build God a special house. {Stand}
  • God saved Noah and his family from a flood. {Don’t Stand}
  • God promised David that the promised forever King would come from his family. {Stand}
  • Jesus proved himself to be the true King of God’s people when he came back alive. {Don’t Stand}
  • Pharaoh was a King that did not want to obey God’s word. {Don’t Stand}
  • Solomon, who was David’s son, built the Temple for God. {Stand}
  • God blessed many people because Solomon was so smart. {Stand}

Connect The Promises: Display the following two lists to the children, either on a marker board or pieces of paper. You should mix up the order. Ask for volunteers to match the promises that God made to Abraham to the events of the story.

A Great Nation <——–> David & Solomon were powerful kings over many people.

A Special Place <——–> David & Solomon ruled the promised land.

God’s Blessing To All People <——–> Other people came to learn from Solomon.

What Does This Say About God? Ask for volunteers to suggest truth about God that we can see in this story. Here are some possible answers, but many more are present.

  • God keeps his promises.
  • God would send a forever king – Jesus
  • God blesses those who follow his Word
  • God deserves to be worshiped.

Pray: Lead the children in a time of prayer . . .
Optional: David and Solomon video clips.
You can find several helpful video clips on Jelly Telly that reinforce the content of this lesson. These would be good “filler” activities for any leftover time at the end of children’s church. Check out this video with the 2 Samuel song.

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