“Walk in wisdom…redeeming the time.” Col. 4:5
Welcome to Aunties Bible Lessons. God Bless you as you serve His kids!
“Walk in wisdom…redeeming the time.” Col. 4:5
Welcome to Aunties Bible Lessons. God Bless you as you serve His kids!
In John 9, while passing the man who was born blind; Jesus answered His disciples “…I (we) must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.”
Great hymns of the faith also encourage and admonish us with stirring words…”Am I a soldier of the cross? A follower of the Lamb? And shall I fear to own his cause or blush to speak his name? Must I be carried to the skies on flowery beds of ease, while others fought to win the prize and sailed thru bloody seas?” The Scriptures admonish us to not be weary in doing well ” for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not”. (Gal.6:9 ) Many of you teach children week after week. Maybe you feel stuck with no one to relieve you? I would like to encourage you to keep up this vital ministry. Don’t forget, He promises renewed strength to those who wait on Him. He is coming very soon and promises a rich reward for loving, diligent service. “Blessed are those servants whom the master finds alert and watching when He comes. Truly I say to you, he will gird himself and have them recline at table and will come and serve them!” Luke 12:37 (amplified)
Note: the background angels were cut out using parchment paper. The template for these as well as the worksheet and instructions for the other figures have been posted on kidsbible,wordpress.com.
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In Genesis 11, we read that the inhabitants of the world spoke one language. Wicked Nimrod wanted to gather the people together in a one-world kingdom/religion and started building a ziggurat to incorporate his unifying ideas. To confound their evil imaginations, the LORD scattered the people through the use of many languages. The people had to stop building their tower and group together according to who they understood. For the handwork portion of your class, the kids can construct a tower (see the post on August 10, 2011)… but for an alternate project you will have to do some further research on the internet. Do a search on “John 3:16 in other languages”, look inside a Gideon Bible or translate this blog using “google translate” or “free-website-translation.com”. *John 3:16* is the most translated verse in the world…the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only thing that can truly unite us. Have the kids organize and design a “John 3:16 tract” using a different language. It should be one that they are not familiar with. If you want to be able to use these to pass out to people, try using a language that is spoken by people in your area.
*”For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”*
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)
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.
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
Scripture reference from Revelation 12:7-9 – ” And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world…”
If you have taught a lesson on the original sin from Genesis 3, no doubt you had conversations with your kids regarding the serpent…the creature that Satan chose to indwell. This is what I teach kids (upper elementary age and older) about their foe: He is a created being…originally very beautiful. (Ezekiel 28:15) He is able to transform himself in order to deceive. (a serpent in Gen.3:1 and as an angel of light in 2 Corinthians 11:14) He lies to everyone….mostly about the nature of sin – that it is o.k. and it will not hurt you; and about the character of God -that He is not good or trustworthy. (John 8:44, Revelation 12:9) His fate is sealed…”The devil who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” (Revelation 20:10) He is under God’s authority (Job 2:1) All of these facts are to prepare us for spiritual warfare because our enemy is prowling around looking for someone to destroy. (1 Peter 5:8) We engage the enemy by putting on the whole armor of God. (Ephesians 6:10-18) For further study you can read Isaiah 14 which describes Lucifer’s fall from his exalted position as an anointed cherub.
Note: ideas for drawing the dragon image were borrowed from dragon clip art royalty-free image #6 (graphicsfactory.com) I embellished the scales by tracing on the foil seal from a nut can. Cut out pieces and imprint design with a pencil on a soft surface like a magazine before gluing in place.
I wanted to spend an extra week on the Creation story so I have encouraged the kids to bring in something “extraordinary” from nature to share. We will also be going over verses from Romans 1 and 1 Corinthians 2 so we can go over the differences between man’s wisdom; which might question the creation account, and God’s wisdom. This will also give you time to go over the added details that are found in Genesis 2.
” For in the gospel a righteousness which God ascribes is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith; as it is written, ‘ The just shall live by faith’. (amplified) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools…” Romans 1:17-22
“Your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:5
“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:14
The Bible is a book of theology. It is God’s revelation of Himself to man. When we walk in “the fear of the LORD” (the beginning of wisdom according to Proverbs 9:10), we believe He is our awesome Creator. “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” (Hebrews 11:3) The world ridicules this faith, but we can take a firm stand because we know that “without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6) We can share with them the amazing work of creation that God perfected in our lives by removing our unbelieving heart of stone and giving us a new heart and a new spirit. You may be gifted to be able to share with foolish men who bash the Genesis account of creation, but look at Jesus’ example when He answered Pilate that He had come into the world to bear witness to the truth…”everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” (John 18:37) Just share the truth of the word, love them, and leave the results to the Holy Spirit.
NOTE: If you are teaching just a lesson on wisdom to older children, I would add the verses from Proverbs 1:24-32 that describe the warnings of rejecting wisdom’s cry!
The puzzle in the sample will help teach truths about wisdom, a gift that will help us understand Genesis 1 and 2. The worksheets are also posted on my other blog, “kidsbible.wordpress.com”
The kids will need their bibles to look up the verses. Different versions will have different words so you will have to help them find the word that fits (I used NKJV)….but it is important that they at least look up the references so they can be familiar with the Book…remember “sword drills when you were young????
It is the beginning of a new school year so my class will be starting over in Genesis.
I will be slowly revamping many of the older worksheets previously posted, to a new format which will feature annotated text, and worksheets without text, suitable for translating into other languages.
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.
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!
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…”