This closer can be used at the end of a teaching period on the life of David, or you can use it when you teach about David’s second anointing as king in 2 Samuel 2:4.
· 1 Samuel 16:1-13
· 2 Samuel 2:4
· Galatians 5:22
· One or more small containers of oil, i.e., olive or otherwise.
· Printouts of the instructions at the end of this file for any teaching assistants you have.
Create the following three slides or write these words on a whiteboard or flipchart.
- Prepare the containers of oil.
- Meet with your teaching assistants, and review the instructions for anointing with them.
Use the following script, or modify to suit your context:
- “David was anointed by the prophet Samuel when he was maybe fifteen years old (1 Samuel 16:13).”
- “An official anointing is a ceremony where one of God’s leaders puts oil on someone’s head to let that person know he or she has been called by God to an important work for God.”
- “David was anointed to be king at fifteen years old, but he didn’t actually become king for fifteen or more years!” (2 Samuel 2:4)
- “Because even though God wanted David to be king, David wasn’t ready when he was fifteen.”
- “God had to prepare him, and God did that by letting King Saul chase him around the desert for fifteen years.”
- “During that time, God developed David’s character and skill so that when he became king, he would be able to handle it.”
- “And God does the same for us, too.”
- “God often anoints (or calls) us privately before we are publically anointed (or called) for what He wants us to do.”
- “To let us know, God may send someone to us who encourages us, points out a special gifting or talent that we have or speaks a prophetic word over our lives.”
- “This is exciting stuff, and we may get so excited that we run out and try to make God’s promise for our future happen RIGHT NOW!”
- “That would be a mistake, though.”
- “We have to wait for God’s timing; He knows when we are ready.”
- “If we try to grab God’s promise before it’s time, we could damage it and maybe even ruin it forever.”
- “David knew that he had to wait, and even though he had two opportunities to kill King Saul and take his place as king, he didn’t.”
- “He was smart; he let God tell him when the time was right.”
- “When God first gives us an anointing or a calling on our life, He is planting a seed in our hearts, but that seed isn’t ready to grow fruit yet.”
- “The seed needs time to grow, and it grows as we grow.”
- “God grows our character and our skills until we are ready to handle His anointing / calling on our lives.”
- “God may have to take us through a hard time to grow us like when He let King Saul chase David in the desert.”
- “Then, when we are ready, God gives us what He promised us so long ago.”
- “Maybe you haven’t ever had an anointing or heard God’s calling for your life.”
- “Just in case, we want to make sure you hear it today.”
- “The teaching assistants (or other role available to you) and I are going to anoint anyone who wants to be anointed today.”
- (Ask teaching assistants to follow the instructions from the page below to complete the anointing of the children.)
Instructions for Anointing
- Ask the child’s permission first. If the child doesn’t want to participate, help him or her feel okay about that.
- Dip a finger or thumb into the oil, and smear a small amount on the child’s forehead (possibly in the sign of the cross, but a simple smear is fine).
- Tell the child something you have noticed about him or her. It could be about:
- A skill or talent
- A spiritual gifting
- A fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control – Galatians 5:22)
- A hope for his or her future
- Give the child a special Scripture to bless him or her.
- Pray a blessing over the child.