Bible Passage: 2 Samuel 11 and 12 (David and Bathsheba)
Bonus Memory Verse: Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. (Proverbs 28:13)
Object Lesson: Cotton Ball Sheep
What You Need:
- Two people figures
- Cotton Balls
What You Do:
Before kids arrive, read through 2 Samuel 11-12 and become familiar with the account. Hold your Bible as you talk to the kids.
Say: One day, King David was walking on his roof when he saw a lovely lady in a house nearby. The lovely lady was named Bathsheba and she was already married to a man named Uriah. However, David wanted her to be his wife, so he came up with a bad plan. He sent her husband, Uriah out to the very front of the battle field and then told the rest of the soldiers to run away. Uriah was out fighting all alone and died in the fight. Bathsheba was very sad and after she had spent time mourning, David asked her to come to the palace and be his new wife. This did not please the Lord. David tried to his sin — he didn’t want anyone to know that he had purposely sent Uriah into battle to die, but God knew and he sent Nathan to confront David.
Nathan, a friend of David and also a prophet when to the King and told him this story (use the people and cotton balls as sheep as you tell the story):
There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor.2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him. (2 Samuel 12:2-4)
Say: David was furious when he heard this story. The Bible tells that he burned with anger (2 Samuel 12:5) and wanted to punish the man who had stolen the sheep. However, Nathan surprised David when he told him, “You are the man!”
Say: David realized that he could not hide his sin from God. He was wrong to take Uriah’s wife when he already had many wives of his own. King David repented of his sin and asked the Lord to forgive him.
Game Time: Can You Hide Your Sin?
Ideal Group Size: 3-8 kids
What You Need:
- Small note card with the word “sin” on it
- Room with places to hide the note card
- Table (optional)
What You Do:
Pick one child to go first. Give them the “sin” note card and have the rest of the kids put their heads down on the table or cover their eyes. Have the volunteer child hide the “sin” note card somewhere in the room and then return to the table to sit. When the “sin” is hidden, allow the rest of the kids to uncover their eyes and search for the “sin”. Whoever finds the “sin” can hide it next. Continue to play until everyone has had a turn to hide the “sin”.
Talk it Out:
Ask: Was it easy to hide the sin? What about finding it? Was it easy or hard to find the sin?
Ask: How do you think this relates to our Bible account from today? Was there someone in our story that was trying to hide their sin?
Say: Just like David tried to hide his sin, we tried to hide some “sin” in this room. However, no matter how clever the hiding place, eventually, the sin was found. The same is true in life. No matter how we try to hide our sin (maybe we even lie about it!), God knows the truth and eventually, other people will find out about our sin too. We cannot hide sin. It is better to confess and repent so that we can continue following God’s way.