The Tabernacle

The Most Holy Place

The Most Holy Place

“But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.  Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place, once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.” Hebrews 9: 11-12 NKJV

During your lessons on Moses, please give yourself time to study the tabernacle.  Hebrews 8:5 tells us that the earthly tabernacle was a “copy and shadow of the heavenly things”.  God is very specific when He instructed Moses regarding the tabernacle.  Men could never presume to come before the LORD unless he came in the prescribed manner.  Make sure you go over words like “mercy” so the kids have a good understanding of this characteristic.

Tabernacle "Fill-in"

Tabernacle “Fill-in”

Note: “The Most Holy Place” is used in many translations, including KJV, as the place that the High Priest could enter only once a  year to sprinkle the blood on the mercy seat on the Day of Atonement . It is called “Holy of Holies”  in the American Standard and a few others.  Both are correct answers.

Only One Gave Thanks

“Rejoice evermore.  Pray without ceasing.  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”  1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

Only One Gave Thanks

Only One Gave Thanks

Have you ever asked God…”LORD I want to know what to do about..(fill in the blank) Well, I heard a good sermon this week and the preacher said “…don’t tell the LORD ‘I want to know what to do!!!! You need to do what you already know!'” Here in these verses we find out what the will of God is for all of His children.  We are going to focus on giving thanks which brings us to our lesson found in Luke 17.

Jesus is on His way to Jerusalem  and as He entered a certain village, ten lepers stood afar off and shouted “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us”.  These men, because of their disease, had been separated from the life of their homes , communities and temples, and lived in painful and hopeless misery.  Jesus never turned down an appeal for mercy . “and when He saw them, He said unto them, ‘Go show yourselves unto the priests.’ And it came to pass as they went, they were cleansed.”   Oh the joy that must have flooded their souls as they hurried to follow the LORD’S bidding, without pain or impediment.  But wait…One of those that had been healed , turned back…and with a loud voice glorified God  and fell down at the feet of Jesus, giving Him thanks.  Jesus commented on the fact that only one  returned to give thanks…and a Samaritan , at that.  The Psalms are full of Thanksgiving to God so these men should not have been a stranger to this concept.  As a result of this man’s faith, Jesus told him to rise…not only had he been cleansed of leprosy….he had been given salvation!

ten lepers with text

ten lepers with text

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ten lepers – no text

"white-out" detail

“white-out” detail

Children have to be reminded to say “Thank-you”.  This is a good story to emphasize this character quality.  ” White-out” was used to make the blemishes.  I used a flesh-colored marker to color the skin, then used a roughed-up pencil erasure dipped in water color to make blops.  (The erasure can be pricked with a pin, or you can use a q-tip.)  When dry , apply white-out.  (Note: If the skin is colored with  waxy crayons, the water color will not adhere . )  If you have older kids you can explain how leprosy (in the Old Testament) was a picture of the hopeless condition of sin that could only be cleansed by God.  In Leviticus 13, verse 2,  we read that this condition was “a rising in the flesh” (hmmm)…it comes from deep within (v 20) and it spreads (v 22) both on the body and is contagious to others which was why the leper had to dwell  alone “outside the camp”. (v46)

Joshua tricked by the Gibeonites

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths”.  Proverbs 3: 5-6

Josh and the Gibeonites*

What a great victory at Jericho…but  Joshua did not enquire of the LORD regarding Ai…He sent some spies who  hurried back with the news that it would be an easy victory.  If he had been praying about this decision , I’m sure the LORD would have showed Joshua that there was “sin in the camp”.  Thirty-six men died in the first battle with Ai, but after the sin was delt with, God gave the city into their   hands.   Now we find  in Joshua , chapter 9, that the rest of the promised land occupied by the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites  and Jebusites  have gathered together to fight with Joshua and Israel.  But the Gibeonites, part of the Hivite clan,  took it upon themselves to trick Israel into making a treaty with them.  They believed the reports of Israel’s God and figured that they could not win against His people.  They dressed up in old clothes and shoes, packed old sacks and cracked dry wineskins on their donkeys, and  a bunch of dry,moldy bread to make it look like they had travelled a great distance instead of a nearby territory.    They came to Joshua in Gilgal and asked  for a peace-treaty and a place of service with Israel.  Joshua questioned them, and his men examined their old, moldy bread BUT they did not ask counsel of the LORD.  Joshua and his princes swore an oath to the LORD to let them live and after finding out three days later that the Gibeonites lived close by, they kept their oath but made the Gibeonites serve them by doing menial labor for the house of God.  (The descendents of these “tricksters” became the Nethinims who are listed by name in the book of Nehemiah as being part of the first deportation from Babylon .)   Now that the Gibeonites are under Israel’s protection, they appeal to Joshua to come and save them from the rest of the tribes that are Israel’s enemies that have gathered to fight them.  Read chapter 10 for one of the most exciting battles in the Bible.

To complete the worksheet, the kids  will circle the pictures that show what contributed to Joshua being tricked.  There are six correct pictures to circle.

Joshua tricked by the Gibeonites

Joshua tricked by the Gibeonites

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Joshua tricked – no text

Table of Contents for Old and New Testaments are available on the  June 19, 2013 post and April 2, 2013 post.