Materials: Bible, paper, pencil
Preparation: Read and study 1 Samuel 23:1-4.
Write each of the following questions on a piece of paper:
Where did David and his men hide from Saul?
What was happening in the city of Keilah?
Why did David ask God twice if he should attack the Philistines that were causing problems in Keilah?
What two questions did David ask about Saul and the men in Keilah?
What did God do for David after he asked God for guidance?
How many times did David ask the Lord what to do in this Bible story?
Presentation: Give the questions to your child. Ask him to listen for the answers to the questions while you tell to the Bible story. At the end of the Bible story, ask him to give the answers.
Say: David was chosen by God to replace Saul as king of Israel. Because of this, Saul was determined to kill David. David, and the men following him, hid from Saul in caves and forests.
One day, a messenger came with bad news for David. “The men in the city of Keilah are in trouble. The Philistines are stealing their grain. They won’t have any food for the winter.”
David asked God immediately, “Do you want me to go and attack the Philistines? Do you want me to help the people of Keilah?
“Yes,” the Lord answered.
But when David told his men, they didn’t want to go. “We are afraid in our own country. There is no way we can fight the Philistine army.”
So David asked God again, “Do you want me to attack the Philistines?”
“Yes,” the Lord answered. “Go to Keilah. I will help you defeat the Philistines.”
David and his men went to Keilah and fought the Philistines. They destroyed the Philistine army and took all of the livestock. The people of Keilah were saved.
Saul heard of David’s victory over the Philistines. “Well,” he thought, “David is in Keilah. This city has walls. David is trapped.” Saul called his army and began his march towards Keilah.
Once again David asked God what he should do. “Lord, will Saul come to Keilah to capture me? Will the people of Keilah betray me?”
The Lord answered by saying, “Yes, David. Saul is coming. The men of Keilah will turn you over to Saul.”
David knew what he needed to do. He gathered his men and quickly left Keilah. When Saul found out that David had left Keilah, he stopped his march towards the city. But he never stopped looking for David. Saul would look for David daily, but the Lord would not let him find David.