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David and Goliath

Watch on YouTube/read the Bible story online


Read online: 1 Samuel 17: 1a, 4-23, 32-49

A great song to go along with the story: https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=2nRC4tmj-4M


This is part of a bigger story of King Saul’s downfall and David’s rise to take his place. The Philistines had become strong along the coast, including what is now Gaza and Tel Aviv. Saul had some successes against them, but it was under David that they were finally defeated. The modern Hebrew Scriptures are translated from two main copies of the original texts: an older Greek version and a more recent Hebrew version. Sometimes they are different. The Greek version has a less extreme account of how big Goliath is: four cubits and a span (probably just over two metres, or 6’8”) rather than six cubits and a span (probably nearly 3 metres, or 9’7”). We cannot be sure of exact modern equivalents for weights and measures, but Goliath’s armour may have weighed about 60kg. The idea of fighting with champions may have been a way to avoid everybody having to fight. David is described as ‘young’ (or perhaps ‘small’): with God (the “Lord of hosts”, or God of armies) the normal rules of power and strength do not apply. Saul (the tall king who might have been expected to fight Goliath) then takes David in, but soon becomes jealous.


Icebreaker/quickbuild  Make an object – we will tell you what you have to create and give you five minutes to work on it!
Story/home Make your way into church. We will read the first prayer and listen to the story.

Refreshments are served!
/vision You have 20 minutes or so to build something in response to the story, either on your own, or team up with others. Ideas:

● Goliath’s army has the best weapons made out of the strongest metal, the best armour, and Goliath himself is huge. Can you build an army that looks just as impossible to defeat?
● David arrives straight from looking after sheep and hoping to help his brothers. He trusts in God. Can you build an army that demonstrates this sort of strength in relationship and confidence in God?
● Jesus calms a storm through trust in God. Can you build any other difficult obstacles (lava? fire? A storm?) What challenges are you facing?
● Build a prayer tree, or a prayer farm covered in prayers showing our trust in God
If you don’t fancy building you can go back to the home village (/home) and read the story again in the church, or read some of the other stories in the library, or you might want to just explore the world, or work on your house.
WonderWhile you are creating, think about these questions with the adults on your table.
I Wonder: 
● which part of this story you like the best?
● what part is the most important?
● where you are in this story or what part of the story is about you?
● if there is any part of this story we can leave out and still have all the story we need?
There are many other things that can make us WONDER – what are you thinking about?
Final Prayer/home Back to the church for our final prayer
Dance/home We’ll put some music on and let your Minecraft characters dance about using jumping or emotes!
GamesFree play while the adults tidy up!!