Read: 2 Samuel 5:1-5

Think: Kings sit on thrones. They wear fancy clothes and talk to important people. They make big decisions that affect the whole country.

Shepherds stand or sit on the ground. They wear clothes that can get dirty, and they mostly talk to sheep. They make decisions to keep their flock alive and healthy.

David was a shepherd, and then God chose him to be a king. Shepherds make the best kind of king. They are humble and care more about people than about power. David wasn’t perfect, but he had the spirit of a shepherd even when he was king. Just like a shepherd cares for sheep and keeps them safe from harm, he cared for the people of Israel and protected them.

Later, when the people of Israel looked for the Messiah, someone to save them, they looked for another king like David. Instead God sent Jesus Christ, who came from David’s family line, the Jesse tree. Jesus is greater than any earthly king. He is the Saviour of the whole world.

Discuss: Would you rather be a king or a shepherd?

Pray: Good Shepherd, help us to care for people like you do. Amen

Do: Download and cut out the symbol of the Crown and hang it on the Jesse Tree.

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