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. 

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Jonah Pouts but the LORD God Prepares a Gourd

Jonah pouts before the LORD

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

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