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RCCG JUNIOR ZEAL FOR 2022 to 2023 Age 4-5
RCCG JUNIOR ZEAL FOR 2022 to 2023 Age 4-5

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TEXT:1 Sam. 17:53-58; 1 Sam. 18:1-16; 1 Sam. 20:1-42.
1 Samuel 17:53-58
[53]And the children of Israel returned from chasing after the Philistines, and they spoiled their tents.
[54]And David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem; but he put his armour in his tent.
[55]And when Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine, he said unto Abner, the captain of the host, Abner, whose son is this youth? And Abner said, As thy soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell.
[56]And the king said, Enquire thou whose son the stripling is.
[57]And as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand.
[58]And Saul said to him, Whose son art thou, thou young man? And David answered, I am the son of thy servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.
1 Samuel 18:1-16
[1]And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
[2]And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house.
[3]Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.
[4]And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.
[5]And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.
[6]And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.
[7]And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.
[8]And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom?
[9]And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.
[10]And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand.
[11]And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.
[12]And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul.
[13]Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people.
[14]And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him.
[15]Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him.
[16]But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.
1 Samuel 20:1-42
[1]And David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said before Jonathan, What have I done? what is mine iniquity? and what is my sin before thy father, that he seeketh my life?
[2]And he said unto him, God forbid; thou shalt not die: behold, my father will do nothing either great or small, but that he will shew it me: and why should my father hide this thing from me? it is not so.
[3]And David sware moreover, and said, Thy father certainly knoweth that I have found grace in thine eyes; and he saith, Let not Jonathan know this, lest he be grieved: but truly as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, there is but a step between me and death.
[4]Then said Jonathan unto David, Whatsoever thy soul desireth, I will even do it for thee.
[5]And David said unto Jonathan, Behold, to morrow is the new moon, and I should not fail to sit with the king at meat: but let me go, that I may hide myself in the field unto the third day at even.
[6]If thy father at all miss me, then say, David earnestly asked leave of me that he might run to Bethlehem his city: for there is a yearly sacrifice there for all the family.
[7]If he say thus, It is well; thy servant shall have peace: but if he be very wroth, then be sure that evil is determined by him.
[8]Therefore thou shalt deal kindly with thy servant; for thou hast brought thy servant into a covenant of the LORD with thee: notwithstanding, if there be in me iniquity, slay me thyself; for why shouldest thou bring me to thy father?
[9]And Jonathan said, Far be it from thee: for if I knew certainly that evil were determined by my father to come upon thee, then would not I tell it thee?
[10]Then said David to Jonathan, Who shall tell me? or what if thy father answer thee roughly?
[11]And Jonathan said unto David, Come, and let us go out into the field. And they went out both of them into the field.
[12]And Jonathan said unto David, O LORD God of Israel, when I have sounded my father about to morrow any time, or the third day, and, behold, if there be good toward David, and I then send not unto thee, and shew it thee;
[13]The LORD do so and much more to Jonathan: but if it please my father to do thee evil, then I will shew it thee, and send thee away, that thou mayest go in peace: and the LORD be with thee, as he hath been with my father.
[14]And thou shalt not only while yet I live shew me the kindness of the LORD, that I die not:
[15]But also thou shalt not cut off thy kindness from my house for ever: no, not when the LORD hath cut off the enemies of David every one from the face of the earth.
[16]So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, Let the LORD even require it at the hand of David’s enemies.
[17]And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul.
[18]Then Jonathan said to David, To morrow is the new moon: and thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be empty.
[19]And when thou hast stayed three days, then thou shalt go down quickly, and come to the place where thou didst hide thyself when the business was in hand, and shalt remain by the stone Ezel.
[20]And I will shoot three arrows on the side thereof, as though I shot at a mark.
[21]And, behold, I will send a lad, saying, Go, find out the arrows. If I expressly say unto the lad, Behold, the arrows are on this side of thee, take them; then come thou: for there is peace to thee, and no hurt; as the LORD liveth.
[22]But if I say thus unto the young man, Behold, the arrows are beyond thee; go thy way: for the LORD hath sent thee away.
[23]And as touching the matter which thou and I have spoken of, behold, the LORD be between thee and me for ever.
[24]So David hid himself in the field: and when the new moon was come, the king sat him down to eat meat.
[25]And the king sat upon his seat, as at other times, even upon a seat by the wall: and Jonathan arose, and Abner sat by Saul’s side, and David’s place was empty.
[26]Nevertheless Saul spake not any thing that day: for he thought, Something hath befallen him, he is not clean; surely he is not clean.
[27]And it came to pass on the morrow, which was the second day of the month, that David’s place was empty: and Saul said unto Jonathan his son, Wherefore cometh not the son of Jesse to meat, neither yesterday, nor to day?
[28]And Jonathan answered Saul, David earnestly asked leave of me to go to Bethlehem:
[29]And he said, Let me go, I pray thee; for our family hath a sacrifice in the city; and my brother, he hath commanded me to be there: and now, if I have found favour in thine eyes, let me get away, I pray thee, and see my brethren. Therefore he cometh not unto the king’s table.
[30]Then Saul’s anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said unto him, Thou son of the perverse rebellious woman, do not I know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own confusion, and unto the confusion of thy mother’s nakedness?
[31]For as long as the son of Jesse liveth upon the ground, thou shalt not be established, nor thy kingdom. Wherefore now send and fetch him unto me, for he shall surely die.
[32]And Jonathan answered Saul his father, and said unto him, Wherefore shall he be slain? what hath he done?
[33]And Saul cast a javelin at him to smite him: whereby Jonathan knew that it was determined of his father to slay David.
[34]So Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and did eat no meat the second day of the month: for he was grieved for David, because his father had done him shame.
[35]And it came to pass in the morning, that Jonathan went out into the field at the time appointed with David, and a little lad with him.
[36]And he said unto his lad, Run, find out now the arrows which I shoot. And as the lad ran, he shot an arrow beyond him.
[37]And when the lad was come to the place of the arrow which Jonathan had shot, Jonathan cried after the lad, and said, Is not the arrow beyond thee?
[38]And Jonathan cried after the lad, Make speed, haste, stay not. And Jonathan’s lad gathered up the arrows, and came to his master.
[39]But the lad knew not any thing: only Jonathan and David knew the matter.
[40]And Jonathan gave his artillery unto his lad, and said unto him, Go, carry them to the city.
[41]And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a place toward the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times: and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded.
[42]And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed for ever. And he arose and departed: and Jonathan went into the city.
MEMORY VERSE: 1 John 4:7. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God, and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God.
LESSON AIM: God is love.
CHILD RELATED TRUTH: Love one another:
INTRODUCTION: Let Love be in your heart and mind and find sweet words to say, Sprinkle drops of sunshine on others every day.
Each time you say, ” Good morning” or “I love you,’ or ” Thank you so much”, you are being a little messenger of love from God to those around you. So keep shining with God’s love!.


A. After David defeated Goliath, King Saul said to him, “so whose son are you, young man?” David answered “I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite” 1 Sam. 7:53-58.
B. Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David and Jonathan loved him as his own soul, 1 Sam.18:1. Jonathan loved David.
C. Saul took David that day and would not let him go home to his father’s house any more. Jonathan and David made a covenant because he loved him as his soul, Vs2,3.
D. Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt. (love gives). So David went out wherever Saul sent him and he behaved wisely and Saul set him over men of war and he was accepted by the people and Saul’s servants, Vs 4,5
E. Now it had happened as they were coming home when David was returning from the slaughter of the Philistines that the women had come out of the cities of Israel singing and dancing praising David as they meet King Saul. ” Saul has slain his thousands and David his ten thousands” Vs 6-10
F. Then Saul was angry and the saying displeased him and he said “they have ascribed to David ten thousand” and so Saul eyed David from that day forward
G. And Saul cast the spear, for he said “I will pin David to the wall” But David escaped his presence twice. Now Saul was afraid of David because the Lord was with him, but had departed from Saul. Vs 10-12.
H. Now Jonathan again caused David to vow because he loved him, for he loved him as he loved his own soul. 1 Sam 20:17-31
CLIMAX: And Jonathan answered his father Saul, and said to him “why should he be killed? What has he done, Vs 33.
CONCLUSION: Then Jonathan said to David “Go in peace since we have both sworn in the name of the Lord”. Vs 42.
CHALLENGE: God put so much love of David in the heart of Jonathan and he saved him from his father’s plot to kill him. God wants you to love people around you and sacrificially give to their lives and protect them.
INVITATION: John 1:12.


SUNDAY – ACTS 10:28-30
MONDAY – ACTS 10:31-33
TUESDAY – ACTS 10:34-36
THURSDAY – ACTS 10:40-43
FRIDAY – ACTS 10:44-46
SATURDAY – ACTS 10:47-48

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