David and Goliath

Meeting Young King David, the Warrior

Only a Boy Named David

Only a boy named David, only a little sling,
only a boy named David, but he could pray and sing.
Only a boy named David, only a rippling brook,
only a boy named David, but five little stones he took.
And one little stone went in the sling,
and the sling went round and round.
And one little stone went in the sling,
and the sling went round and round,
and round and round and round and round,
and round and round and round.
And one little stone went up in the air,
and the giant came tumbling down.

Invite Your Children to Paint the Story

King David Fights Goliath

The children will see in the following stories of David and Goliath, “Everything is possible with God.” The story in the Old Testament is more gory than the story usually told to young children. Modern children often hear a sanitized version of the readings from 1 Samuel chapter 17 .  In the Bible, Goliath loses not only the battle, dying instantly from David’s hurled rock, but also loses his head at the hands of the young David. The beheading, and David’s carrying the head about for proof are omitted in our “Children’s Bible.” In the version below, Goliath’s beheading is omitted. It is one of a series of lovely children’s book on Bible stories. The paintings here are based on the illustrations in this book.

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David and Goliath By Katherine Scully, Illustrated By Simona Sanfillipo

Here is the story again, that includes the beheading. The Illustrated Bible for Little Ones by Janice Emmerson is a charming book with vibrant illustrations that is recommended for children five and younger. Here is an excerpt from the short story, “A Stone in a Sling” (1 Samuel 17): “When Goliath fell to the ground, David raced up and cut off the giant’s head with Goliath’s own sword! The Philistines were so shocked that they turned and ran away!”

The illustration of the ferocious-looking giant facing the small, young David will interest young kids. In my opinion, this is a case where “telling the whole story” is appropriate, and it is what is written in Scripture:

“Today the LORD shall deliver you into my hand; I will strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will feed your dead body and the dead bodies of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field; thus the whole land shall learn that Israel has a God.”

I decided to leave out the part about “the birds and the beasts!” The kids were shocked and enthralled with the beheading of Goliath by David, but I did hear few shout outs of “Gross!” from the girls.

David and Goliath in the Bible from usccb.org

The Illustrated Bible for Little Ones
The Illustrated Bible for Little Ones

Children’s Art Project

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For our Sunday School class, which has limited time for art, we’ll be decorating river rocks to remember the “five smooth stones” David uses for his sling. Our theme is “Everything is possible with God.

Supplies are shown below:

 

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