The Miracle of the Tribute Money

Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered.” Psalm 40:5

Miracle of the Tribute Money

Miracle of the Tribute Money

The miracle of The Tribute Money is unique to Matthew…the “ex” tax gatherer!  .  Jesus was not liable for the temple tax being the Son of God, even though Peter impetuously answered the officials that Jesus would pay it!  The temple tax (Exodus 30:13) amounted to two day’s wages for a common laborer and was required of every adult Israelite male over 20 years of age for maintaining the temple. Jesus was free from obligation to pay this tax…after all, the temple belonged to Him according to Malachi 3:1 “…’Behold, I send My messenger (John the Baptist) And he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, Whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, (Jesus) in whom you delight.  Behold, He is coming’, says the LORD of hosts”.  Jesus anticipated Peter’s question, and told him  to cast a hook  into the sea of Galilee and take up the first fish he caught.  Can you imagine how this must have humbled Peter who usually fished professionally with nets?   Jesus trusted in the miraculous provision of God to pay His taxes…not out of obligation but out of a desire that He not offend…(and I think as a great lesson for us.)

Please visit “kidsbible.wordpress.com” for the  instructions to this lesson.  I am still traveling and would appreciate your prayers for the LORD’S guidance to a new location which would have to include some kids to teach!  (If you are new to the blog…WELCOME… a complete Table of Contents  for  lessons I have covered from the Old and New Testaments is available if you scroll back past the last post on “food allergies”. (April 2, 2013)  For a Mother’s Day project see the blog from May 2, 2012

 

Miracle of the Tribute money - a

Miracle of the Tribute money – a

Miracle of the Tribute money  worksheet

Miracle of the Tribute money worksheet

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The Sign of the Covenant

Everyone loves rainbows… but the fact that it is a sign of a covenant with God may elude many admirers!  After Noah was commanded to enter the ark, he was told that he would have to wait seven more days inside the vessel before  the rain started. I’m sure he had no worries though, he had been faithfully obeying the LORD’S commands and preparing for many years.  But can you imagine  today being given a warning by God, that you have seven days before certain destruction falls?  Would your life change any?  Are there people you would encourage or share the words of life with?  Any habits you would finally get the victory over or ruined relationships you would seek to mend?  This scenario is not that far-fetched as we recall what Jesus said in Luke 17:26-27 & 30, “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.  People will be eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark.  Then the flood came and destroyed them all…It will be just like this on the day the Son of man is revealed.”  The LORD’S saints are to be watching and prepared like Noah!

Instructions for this technique are posted over at “kidsbible.wordpress.com” (A New Beginning 10/3/2012)

A new beginning - worksheet

A new beginning – worksheet

Scripture reference from Genesis 9:13, “I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.”

Important note:  Given the mature themes of the story of Cain and Abel, I have not included a lesson here at aunties bible lessons, but you may send a note home with parents to encourage them to discuss the story from Genesis 4 with their kids as it includes helpful information to further illustrate the plan of redemption.  You will recall that God provided a covering of skins for Adam and Eve after they sinned.  This taught them that they needed a suitable covering – not the fig leaves they had sewn together.  God would have to provide a covering by shedding innocent blood.

The LORD God provides a covering

No doubt  they would have taught the acceptable worship of the LORD to Cain and Abel, and we read in Hebrews 11 that Abel offered a more excellent sacrifice “by faith”  and faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17).  Cain did not submit to the God-given instructions of his parents but willfully offered the fruit of his own self-righteous efforts.  Only Abel “obtained witness” from the LORD that his sacrifice was accepted and he was to enjoy right-standing with God as a result. Cain was filled with burning anger because he was aware that the LORD did not acknowledge  his sacrifice.  It was at this point that the LORD sought Cain to reason with him about his destructive attitude and offer him another chance “to do well” and be accepted. God, as a loving Father, also warned him  that sin was waiting to overtake him if he hardened his heart. We all know the result of Cain’s unwillingness to repent.  Jude prophesies that false teachers “have gone in the way Cain”… and certainly there are many religions that boast a plethora of man-made rules and rituals in which they seek to be made acceptable to the god that they worship.  Praise God, He has provided a covering for  all… and “whosoever believes” that the blood of the spotless Lamb of God is the only means by which our sins can be covered and washed away…is made acceptable to God.  “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” Romans 5:8-9

The LORD provides a covering - wkst

The LORD provides a covering – wkst

 

Paul Let Down in a Basket

Paul Let Down in a Basket

Scripture  reference is from 2 Timothy 3: 11-12,”…Persecution I have endured yet the Lord rescued me from all of them…Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”

Paul was very zealous for the Lord.  He was given a word from the Lord  through the mouth of Ananias that he would suffer greatly for the cause of Christ. The beginning of his persecutions  is the short story from Acts 9.  After being gloriously converted and prayed for by Ananias, he went at once to the synagogue to tell everyone there the Good News about the Son of God.  Verse 22 tells us that he became “more and more fervent  in his preaching and the Damascus Jews couldn’t withstand his proofs that Jesus was indeed the Christ.  After a while the Jewish leaders were determined to kill him.”  Paul was told of their plans, so some of his converts let him down in a basket at night, through an opening in the city wall!  In 2 Corinthians 11 we read a list of his sufferings and I am beginning to marvel that we  do not prepare ourselves for suffering.  Maybe we think we don’t need to think about persecution because most of our bible heros get miraculously delivered? Unless we teach this aspect of living victoriously, we stand a chance of stumbling if we become offended  when we start to suffer for our faith.  Many Christians around the world are already suffering and the scripture clearly teaches that those who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.  We need to challange ourselves and ask the Holy Spirit to search our hearts to see if this is truly our desire that we so glibly sing about. I am under the conviction that we need to begin gently sharing this truth with at least our older children.  Discuss it with your pastor  if you are so led.  (“Typo” is corrected in the worksheet)

Note: Saul is Paul’s Jewish name.  It means “desired” while Paul , a Latin name, means “small”.  It is interesting that the Holy Spirit still refers to this great apostle as Saul in Acts 13:2.  I was under the impression that the Lord changed Saul’s name to Paul, but that does not seem to be the case.

Color page and cut out Paul.  Measure  and cut 2 pieces of string  and  poke holes in basket as shown in sample.  Thread string into holes and tape to hold on the back of the basket.   Loop string up and tack down with glue where the men’s arms are ( in the sample the string pulled away during the scan, but it should look like they are lowering Paul with ropes…I’m confidant you can figure it out).  You will need  a combination of tape and tacky glue. Paul in a basket - wkst w: text

Jonah Pouts but the LORD God Prepares a Gourd

Jonah pouts before the LORD

When we last left Jonah, he had emerged as one of the world’s most successful evangelists. He had a very simple message…”In 40 days, Nineveh shall be overthrown…So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them.” This passage in Jonah 3:5  is one of the most miraculous  scriptures in the Bible, in my opinion.  Now Jonah knew God’s character from the passage in Exodus 34, yet he was really ticked off that the LORD was being merciful.   After indulging in a pity party he asks the LORD to take his life but is gently questioned by his Sovereign who asks him,”Is it right for you to be angry?  Now the same LORD God who had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah, now prepares a plant to grow up quickly and shade Jonah who has trudged out of the city, built a shelter, and sat watching to see what God would do.  “Jonah was very grateful for the plant.” Next, God prepares a worm to damage the plant so that it withers and offers no protection from the hot sun and wind.  He again pouts and wishes to die.  Jonah’s anger is due to selfishness and he continues to justify his rebellious attitude.  Jonah’s mixed-up values of putting more importance on his reputation and comfort are challenged by the LORD , who reminds the whining prophet that His character extends to all of His creation.  I think Jonah finally learned his lesson and  the story of Jonah  can encourage kids and teachers  to “put off” pouting when we don’t get our way.

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering…and above all these things put on charity…and let the peace of God rule in your hearts…and be thankful.” Colossians 3: 12-15

Color and separate the worksheet on the solid line above Jonah’s head. Cut out Jonah and  the leaves and glue them as in the sample above.  If you have access to vine tendrils, they can be glued on before the leaves.  Color the worm brightly so he stands out!  For younger children you may want to add some magnification to the worksheet when printing, so the leaves are easier to cut out.  They will have fun giving Jonah some shade!

Jonah pouts

Jonah Pouts – worksheet w/ text

Text is from Jonah 4:5-8 – “So Jonah went out of the city…there he made a shelter…And the LORD God prepared a gourd and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be shade for his head to deliver him from his misery… But as morning dawned the next day… God prepared a worm… and it so damaged the gourd that it withered… God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint…”

“Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock”

A Royal Invitation

Answering His knock

Jesus gave John seven messages to give His church in the book of Revelation.  They were individual messages to actual churches.  They also have personal application to all of His children (“He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”) Some bible scholars teach that these messages portray a prophetic profile of church history but I do not want to focus this lesson on this debatable point.  Rather, I would like to point out that the church with one of the worst reputations is offered the most eminent of all of the promises if they repent and overcome…”Therefore be zealous and repent.  Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne…” Notice the great love and intense affection Jesus has for the members of this church…”As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten…” 

I think it is remarkable that the Lord wants to spare them shame…lest their nakedness be revealed!  He counsels them to buy from Him gold refined in the fire so they will have true riches, instead of just worldly wealth, and He also wants to give them spiritual sight and white robes.  Do you think this wealthy church who said  “I am rich and have need of nothing”, will realize their true condition of being wretched, miserable, poor blind and naked?

I hope they answer His knock and invite Him in to  dine and fellowship .  This is not fast food, people! To ignore this request invites the LORD’s displeasure…”so then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” Rev. 3:16

Behold, I stand at the Door – wkst

Separate the worksheet between the floor and the door with text.  Cut out the door and write the rest of Revelation 3:20 on the back.  Have the kids choose a figure to color and cut out,  to represent themselves answering the door…or use both figures! When gluing figure do not glue hand.  That is what will “open” the door  and prevents it from “flapping” open! Color the top portion and apply glue to the  right edge of the doorframe around the figure of Jesus.  Only glue one edge as you want the door to swing open ! Optional: add glitter to Jesus’ hair…”His head and His hair were white like white wool, as white as snow…and His face  was like the sun shining in full power at midday.” Revelation 1: 14-16 (you might read the description of Jesus  from this passage while the kids are coloring Him.)

Alpha and Omega

Behold – worksheet – no text

Love not the World

Love not the World

Welcome to Aunties Bible Lessons. FYI…I will also be posting in the future  on “kidsbible.wordpress.com”.

Today,  I have been led to a study from 1 John 2, and a look at what it means to “love the world”.  We are warned by the Holy Spirit to keep ourselves from attaching ourselves to the world, but how often do we really contemplate what this means. This will be a lesson for older children as the themes are for a more mature audience and can be used as an alternate lesson when teaching about  the temptations of Eve or Jesus.  This worksheet would be good for supplementing your teaching on the temptation of Christ, the temptation of Eve, or before you begin your lessons on the kings of Israel or the Second Coming of Christ.

The amplified version of the Bible gives good definitions of what “the world” encompasses.  The  “lust of the flesh” is the first of three  mentioned in this “worldly” category, and is described as being  the craving for gratification. ..or in other words…one’s “God-given” bodily appetites are “out of control”. We have a lot of appetites that are legitimate like hunger and the need for sleep.  But we all know that overeating, and too much sleep are bad habits that lead to laziness and poor health.   Eve was tempted by the  “forbidden” fruit as she  determined it was good for food…she forgot all  about the other good fruit that God had freely provided.  Jesus was tempted by Satan to turn the stones to bread. Jesus looked to God to provide for all of His needs.  He did not need to follow His enemy’s suggestions for meeting them even though He was hungry from fasting for forty days.  We also read that the kings of Israel were not to multiply wives to themselves lest their hearts be led astray.(Solomon  should have paid attention to this!) This law was written for Israel’s future kings in Deuteronomy 17 to protect them from “lusts of the flesh”.  God ordained marriage between one man and one woman and this is our LORD’S ideal design.

“The lust of the eyes” are greedy longings of the mind. This is excellently portrayed in scripture by Achan , who coveted a beautiful Babylonian garment and other treasure  after Jericho’s destruction, stealing “the accursed things” and hiding them in his tent.  Who can forget King David who took a woman unlawfully as she was another man’s wife! (Uriah was one of David’s faithful “thirty” warriors but that did not stop this great king from sinning  against the LORD and his friend once lust was aroused.)  Both Achan and David’s transgressions had dire consequences that affected not only these men but their entire families and  nation.  Eve looked at the fruit of the tree in the midst of the garden that God had instructed them not to eat and saw that it was delightful, so she fell for the rest of the serpent’s lies.(why had she forgotten that  all of the other fruit was also pleasant to the sight! Genesis 2:9)  All of mankind has inherited a sin nature as a result.  The  kings of Israel were not to covet wealth and were instructed not to multiply to themselves silver and gold to help protect them from the “lust of the eyes”. Satan took Jesus to a high mountain and tempted Him by allowing all the kingdoms of the world to pass before Him.  The devil said he would give these kingdoms to Jesus if He would worship him.

The last arena we are tempted in is a very powerful lure in America.  The amplified Bible defines “the pride of life” as having “assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things.”   We “pride” ourselves in being independent. (ouch) Who hasn’t heard that old expression “just pull yourself up by your own bootstraps”. The Kings of Israel were not to multiply horses to themselves.  They were not to trust in their military might but in the LORD of hosts.  Jesus was tempted by Satan to cast Himself down from the pinnacle of the temple…then God could rescue Him and prove He really was God’s Son.  Eve was tempted with the “pride of life” also, as ‘the fruit was desired to make one wise”….

“This I say then,  Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16

Memory verse:  “And now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He is made visible we may have and enjoy perfect confidence and not be ashamed and shrink from Him at his coming. ” 1 John 2: 28

Love not the World wkst

The “Love not the world” worksheet #2 contains 9 pictures. Three depict Eve’s temptations, three illustrate Jesus’ temptations and three show what Israel’s kings were not to multiply to themselves.  Each one is to be glued in one of the three headings, either: (1) the lust of the flesh (2) the lust of the eyes and (3) and the pride of life. In my class, we worked on one section at a time.

Note: I printed this from the website and had to enlarge it  …129% would be ideal…the rectangles measuring 2 inches by 1 & 1/4 inch.

“Assembling” Together

Hebrews 10:25

“…making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:16

“…knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”              Romans 13: 11

We are busy serving the LORD… getting lessons together and teaching kids. But I would like to exhort you to  make sure you prioritize your  time for  corporate worship,  and  are getting refreshed and nourished in your spirit with good teaching. We also need to be sensitive to opportunities for encouraging and exhorting the “adult” members of the body of Christ.  As I heard in a sermon this past  Sunday, is not enough to just “gather together” like the watches in the photo

“it’s time”

we must not be”…forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is: but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as we SEE the DAY approaching.” The previous verse says that we need to “consider one another to provoke unto love and good works…”  Hebrews 10:24

…but “assembling together”

When the body is functioning properly it is just like the workings of a timepiece.  Each part does its own special work and like Ephesians 4:16 teaches, we should be maturing in a healthy manner, growing in love.  Jesus is our example here.  Not only did he regularly attend the synagogue “…and as his custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day…” (Luke 4:16) , He was in constant communion with His disciples; teaching, exhorting, encouraging… and showing them perfect compassion, patience, fearlessness and joy.  I can be very patient with a child because I do not expect maturity from them… but rubbing shoulders with a Christian brother or sister is very revealing .  The Holy Spirit has a perfect chance to open our eyes to our true spiritual needs as we see how difficult it is to truly “consider others”.

assembling together – worksheet #4

As always, you might have to play around with “shrinking to fit” the parts of the worksheet.  Worksheet #4 is what you will measure all your other pieces to and works well with  this smaller dimension.  Try to get the image to print about 6 &1/4 inches across and 4 & 1/8  tall and  you will be able to get 2 images per page. That will put the “faces” of the timepiece at aprox. 5 inches across…this also means you will be able to print the other worksheets with 2 images per page. I punched “holes”  using the nut can seals (we used them for Leah’s veil)…rubbing off the texture with a pencil erasure and creasing the middle with a pencil… by just drawing a line you can simulate a little watch screw. You will need 13 “holes” for each timepiece, and a few “rubies”.(these can just be colored in)  Color  and assemble as in samples above using a thin line of tacky glue connecting wkst #2 (the timepiece face) to wkst #4 after you have glued the verse from worksheet #3 to the back of the timepiece face..This may seem like an extra piece of paper but I do not like the words of the verse to show through on the timepiece…if you do not mind this, worksheet #3 can be eliminated but the kids will have to write the  verse from Ephesians 4:16.  Worksheet #4 is the bottom layer  and the glue goes applied in the space provided to the left of the dotted line…this will make your project 3 layers after you glue the  edge of the gold watch cover (wkst #1) to the edge of the timepiece face (wkst#2). If you want to keep the front cover from flapping open, magic tape is your friend…just roll a little piece  “stickie-side” out, and place it on the backside, near the outer edge…..press to close. Optional:  the kids can copy a verse on the back of the golden cover (#1)  Ephesians 5:16 or Romans 13:11 are good choices for this. If you want to  emphasize  the contract between “just meeting” together and assembling…you may want to cut out  and glue  the pieces of  a watch in a little collage.  If this is the case, you can glue your collage onto worksheet #4…just leave space  to do so.   To make the spring, cut out a circle the size of a quarter from a nut can seal.  Rub out the texture, and cut as thin as possible in a continuous circle.  Cut 2 sizes of wheels out of grey paper, or use the foil …(or white paper colored grey or with pencil!)  You might cut some circles out of gold paper  also…then you will have to patiently scallop the edges or use the scissors that have that sort of edge.  The watches are easy to piece together out of black card stock.  Copy the basic design from the photo above.  You will be surprised how the Holy Spirit can give you a burst of creativity.

I sometimes think of Bezaleel from Exodus 35-36…”whom the  LORD had filled with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding, and in all manner of workmanship; and to devise curious works, and to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of cunning work…”I mean the list goes on and on..engraving, teaching, embroidering, weaving…all for the glory of God .  As he was giving himself to the construction of the tabernacle, what joy must have overwhelmed his heart as he realized the LORD was using him and gifting him with these abilities.    *             *                *             *              *

assembling together – worksheet #2

gathered together collage

back cover of timepiece #3

golden timepiece cover- wkst#1