OPENING PRAYER: Father, let my dance bring praise to you.
MEMORY VERSE: “Then David danced before the LORD with all his might and David was wearing a linen ephod.”- 2 Samuel 6:14 (NKJV)
BIBLE PASSAGE: 2 Samuel 6:12-22
12 And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness.
13 And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.
14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might, and David was girded with a linen ephod.
15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.
16 And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.
17 And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
18 And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.
19 And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed everyone to his house.
20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel today, who uncovered himself today in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!
21 And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD.
22 And I will yet be viler than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour.
Dance is a performing art form consisting of a purposefully selected sequence of body movements. Dancing is one of those issues that have been questioned in the past. Some groups have viewed all forms of dance as evil. There are no Bible verses prohibiting us from dancing, rather, joyful dancing has been clearly documented in the Bible. However, dance can be used either as an act of worship to glorify God or for wrongful purposes. Youths should get the correct perspective and act wisely.
TEXT REVIEW: 2 Samuel 6:12-22.
In this passage,
A. David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David;
i. With gladness. -v12.
ii. With sacrifices of oxen and fatted sheep. -v13.
iii. With ………………………………………………. v14
iv. With ………………………………………………..v15
v. By …………………………………………………… v16
vi. Offering …………………………………………. v17
vii. Blessing ……………………………………….. v18
viii Distributing …………………………………… v19
B. Michal admitted that King David danced gloriously but criticised him for uncovering himself in the eyes of the maids of his servants,-v20.
C. King David replied Michal that:
i. He was ……………….. before the LORD, v21a
ii. Therefore He will……………………………. v21b
iii. He would also ………………………………. v22a
iv. ……………………………………………………… v22b
LESSON OUTLINE 1: DANCING IN THE BIBLE
The teacher should allow the class to mention instances of dancing in the Bible. He should guide the class through the following points:
A. There are instances of dancing in the Bible that can be categorised into two;
i. Dancing to God or with good intentions.
ii. Dancing to idols or with bad intentions.
B. There are appearances of God’s people dancing as an act of worship in the Bible
i. The first is found with Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister (Exo. 15:20)
i. Another instance is found in 2 Samuel 6:16, which has David leaping a dancing before the LORD”
C. The implication of this is that Christian youths should dance as an act of worship unto God.
D. In the second category, the Israelites were found dancing before a golden calf in worship and being out of control, they danced naked (Exo 32:6, 19-25). In this case, dancing led to very sinful activity.
E. Hence, the fact that you can dance or are gifted in the art of dancing means that you should:
i. Dance to any kind of music.
ii. Dance at any occasion/gathering where God’s name is not proclaimed or
glorified (Eccl 3:4)
iii. This is because, in the process, you may be dancing before idols or to demon-inspired songs/beats.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: The class should mention some of the demon-inspired songs/beats or dancing styles in vogue in our society today.
LESSON OUTLINE 2: THE CORRECT PERSPECTIVE
The teacher should ask the class to discuss how youth can dance in a godly and acceptable manner and should then guide the discussion from the following perspective:
A. Many Christians have forgotten that the Bible warns against end-time devices of Satan (2 Cor.2:11). Hence:
i. Christian youths should avoid sexually stimulating, indecent and seductive body movements while dancing so as not to create wrong impressions (2 Cor.12:19-20; Eph.4:17-19).
ii. Holding or touching of sensual parts of your body or the body of the opposite gender, in the name of dancing, should be avoided, as this could stimulate sexual urge and impure thoughts (1 Thess 5:22).
iii. Any dancing style that stirs up sinful thoughts or desires in you or in others is sinful.
iv. Dancing to bring attention to yourself or your body, therefore, would be sinful (1 Cor 6:19-20).
B. As long as the dance is decent, God-focused and praiseworthy, it can have a proper place in worship (Psalms 149:3).
C. It is important to understand that dance in the context of worship is not simply self-expression. It should be done in a way that is helpful to the entire congregation (Psalms 150:4).
D. Hence, anything during a worship gathering that distracts from a focus on Christ should be left out.
E. Moreover, the content of a song (lyrics) and the personality of the singer (whether he or she is a child of God) should be verified before you dance to such Songs/beats.
F. The believer’s focus for dancing must be to fulfil 1 Corinthians 10:31 which teaches, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: The teacher should ask one or two students to demonstrate the kind of dancing style discussed in category A of this outline and allow the class to discuss why such dance is ungodly.
SUMMARY: While the Bible teaches believers to dance as an art and act of worship to God, youths should be watchful so that the devil will not take advantage of their vulnerability.
CONCLUSION: You can dance in a way that does not tempt or lure others to sin. Let your dance bring glory to God.
EVALUATION: The teacher should ask students to mention the right perspective to dancing.
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, please let my dance be an acceptable offering to you.
ASSIGNMENT: Review your motive for dancing and its effect on others.
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