Family Resources for Bishop's Year of the Bible: Week 44

Sunday, September 26th
1 Sam 29: 8-11
“And David said to [King] Achish, “But what have I done?  What have you found in your servant from the day I entered your service until now, that I may not go and fight against the enemies of my lord the king?”  And Achish made answer to David, “I know that you are as blameless in my sight as an angel of God; nevertheless the commanders of the Philistines have said, ‘He shall not go up with us to the battle.’  Now then rise early in the morning with the servants of your lord who came with you; and start early in the morning, and depart as soon as you have light.”  So David set out with his men early in the morning, to return to the land of the Philistines.  But the Philistines went up to Jezreel.”  (1 Sam 29: 8-11)

  • What did you hear?
  • Did David get to fight with King Achish?
  • Why did the other Philistine commanders not trust David? Because he was a servant of King Saul who they were fighting against.

Monday, September 27th
1 Sam 30: 1-3
“Now when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, the Amalekites had made a raid upon the Negeb and upon Ziklag.  They had overcome Ziklag, and burned it with fire, and taken captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great; they killed no one, but carried them off, and went their way.”  (1 Sam 30: 1-3)

  • What did you hear?
  • Where had David been living?
  • I wonder where the Amalekites took the people living in Ziklag?
  • I wonder what David and his men will do?

Tuesday, September 28th
1 Sam 30: 11, 13, 15, 16-19
“They found an Egyptian in the open country, and brought him to David”… “And David said to him, “To whom do you belong? And where are you from?”  He said, “I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my master left me behind because I fell sick three days ago.”…  “And David said to him, “Will you take me down to this band?”…  “And when he had taken him down, behold, they were spread abroad over all the land, eating and drinking and dancing, because of all the great spoil they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from the land of Judah.  And David struck them from twilight until the evening of the next day; and not a man of them escaped, except four hundred young men, who mounted camels and fled.  David recovered all that the Amalekites had taken and rescued his two wives.  Nothing was missing, whether small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything that had been taken; David brought back all.”  (1 Sam 30: 11, 13, 15, 16-19)

  • What did you hear?
  • Who helped them find the Amalekites?
  • I wonder what “spoils” are? The possessions of David and his people.
  • Were they able to save everyone and everything that had been taken?
  • Do you think the people were happy to see David and his men?


Dear Parents,
We continue with the the Second book of Samuel.
This covers the period of 1040 to 1000 B.C.
This book is about the reign of King David and begins with the deaths of King Saul and his son Jonathan.  We join the story there.  

Wed, Sept 29th, 2021
2 Samuel 1: 23 
“Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely!  In life and in death they were not divided; they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.”                (2 Samuel 1: 23)

  • What did you hear?
  • It says that “in life and in death they were not divided”, I wonder what that means?  
  • Do we know anyone else like that? Jesus and God the Father
  • Could they be divided? No!

Thurs, Sept 30th, 2021
2 Samuel 2: 1, 3-4
“After this David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go up to any of the cities of Judah?” The Lord said to him, “Go up.” David said, “To which shall I go up?”  He said, “To Hebron.”  David brought up the men who were with him, everyone with his household; and they settled in the towns of Hebron.  Then the people of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah.”          (2 Sam 2: 1, 3-4)

  • What did David ask the Lord?
  • Where did the Lord tell David he should go?
  • What did David do?
  • What things could we ask the Lord about?
  • Do you think He would tell us what we should do?
  • Then what did the people of Judah do?

Fri, Oct 1st, 2021
2 Samuel 3: 12
“Abner sent messengers to David at Hebron, saying, “To whom does the land belong?  Make your covenant with me, and I will give you my support to bring all Israel over to you.”  (2 Samuel 3: 12)

  • Who is Abner? He is cousin to King Saul and commander of his army.
  • What is a covenant? solemn binding agreement
  • Do you think a covenant will help David? Yes, his army has been at war with Saul’s army for a very long time.  With a covenant, all of Israel could be united.
  • Do you think God likes it when all people are united?

Sat Oct 2nd, 2021
2 Samuel 3: 17-18
“Abner sent word to the elders of Israel, saying, “For some time past you have been seeking David as king over you.  Now then bring it about; for the Lord has promised David: Through my servant David I will save my people Israel from the hand of the Philistines, and from all their enemies.”  (2 Samuel 3: 17-18)
(2 Samuel 3: 17-18)

  • What did you hear?
  • What is an “elder”? In the Old Testament, elders were prominent men, heads of tribes and leaders or rulers of communities.
  • What does the Lord say that David will do?
  • I wonder how David will do that?