We kicked off the first week of reading the Bible from a youth perspective with a look at David (1 Samuel 16-18). He was the youngest of eight brothers (were there any sisters)? Yet the Lord chose him, youngest to be the next king of Israel, why?
I asked the youth of our church and their answers were insightful:
-The young may not have as much experience, but they can think more creatively than adults
-The young have a more naive faith and pure heart, they are not as concerned about establishing their own well beings, and they are more open to serving God.
We then read about how David became the private harp player for King Saul, and then slays Goliath. Strangely, after David kills Goliath, Saul doesn't recognize him. Why not? My professor of Hebrew Bible claimed that it is written as a polemic against Saul. Either way, it is the young David who is overlooked by royalty. He is literally just a "little guy." I asked the youth if they could relate to this, to ever being overlooked. They said, "yes" unanimously.
We ended our discussion by looking at how David grows up and mimics some of the same behaviors shown to him.
What are your thoughts? What other youth-oriented perspectives are in this text? What do you think we should read next?