Cain and Abel

 

Cain and Abel

Cain and Abel

“These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble.  They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.  And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.” John 16: 1-3

Cain and Abel is a story that I have not taught due to the more mature subject matter.  This year I have older kids and anger management is an issue with some of them which is why I developed this lesson.  The story is found in Genesis 4.

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Marah…The Waters of Bitterness

…I will bring you unto the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob…” Exodus 6:8

Marah...The Waters of Bitterness

Marah…The Waters of Bitterness

Welcome to the blog which adds another important story in our series of the great lawgiver, Moses.  (To see the rest of the stories/worksheets offered please view the Table of Contents for both Old and New Testaments…Jan. 6th, 2014 post)  After the great deliverance from the Egyptian army, the Children of Israel had a three day march and came to the Wilderness of Shur…remember that Hagar had been found by the Angel of the LORD by a spring on the way to Shur? Would the people recall their God’s loving care from the past few weeks when their water, which they had packed for their Exodus , had run out?  We read that when they came to Marah, the waters were bitter and they could not drink them…”And the people complained against Moses, saying,’What shall we drink?’ So he (Moses) cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree.  When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet.”

I think this is a great story for kids because we know that life has a tendency to throw us curveballs…bitter circumstances where we are all tempted to complain that  “this is not fair… or…God, you must not love me!” Children are watching the adults in their lives so see how they respond to these “curveballs”.  They will take these experiences into consideration when contemplating their own personal faith-walks.  Let it not be said that we are “complaining children”  who occasionally worship…instead of “worshipful children” who occasionally complain! Please be prepared to spend some time defining bitter/bitterness.

Marah worksheet

Marah worksheet

Before this page gets colored, make sure the palm branches get colored in first. (FYI…I used colored pens for this)  As I have mentioned in previous lessons, colored chalk makes coloring large spaces such sky or backgrounds a snap and it is cheap…I recommend Crayola brand.  Just a reminder…crayon will not color over chalk and vice-versa.  Choose a Bible memory verse that demonstrates the love and provision of God for His children.  Here are a few that would be appropriate for this lesson.

“The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble and He knows those that trust in Him.” Nahum 1:7

“Oh how great is Your goodness which You have laid up for those that fear You…” Psalm 31:19

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

“For our light affliction which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory…”          2 Corinthians 4:17

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You will need small branches so each child can glue one  near Moses after the page is colored. (see sample for placement)  For a worksheet that does not have any text see the  printable worksheet at kidsbible.wordpress.com

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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.

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

Joshua tricked - no text

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.

“Hear O Israel”

Ezra reads the LawI am adding another lesson to the series on Ezra and Nehemiah due to their great importance and relevance as we seek to serve God in these perilous times.  We had left Nehemiah with the succesful rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem (Oct. 20, 2011 blog “Nehemiah Restores Hope”)  In chapter 8 of Nehemiah we read that the people “gathered as one man” to ask Ezra to bring the book of the law so he could read it to them…”and all the people were attentive to the book of the law.”  Ezra stood on a wooden podium, and beside him are listed 13 men, who along with the Levites, explained the law to the people who stood in reverence when Ezra opened the book, but who bowed low and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground as   Ezra blessed “the LORD the great God.”  Verse 12 tells us that the people went away to celebrate a great festival because they understood the words which had been made known to them, then proceeded to make booths to celebrate the feast of Tabernacles.  This making of booths had not been practiced since Joshua’s time so there was great rejoicing.  The sons of Israel continued to assemble with fasting, in sackcloth and with dirt on them… confessing their sins and worshipping God.  This revival brought about great changes in their behavior.  They separated themselves from  the foreigners of the land, and swore to observe all of the commandments. (Chapters 9-13)

Note the reverence and great honor shown the word of God by the people.  We read in Psalms 119: 30 that the entrance of His Word gives light and understanding to the simple. Jesus states that none of His Words will pass away (Matthew 24:34) and  “…assuredly I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” (Matt. 5:18)   Notice the special regard the LORD bestows on the person who “trembles at His Word” in  Isaiah 66:2…  “My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine.  I, the LORD, have spoken! ‘I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at My word’.”This lesson should be especially encouraging to you teachers as we model the Levites in this story and are seeking to make the words of God understandable to children.

Hear O Israel - worksheet

Hear O Israel – worksheet

Print worksheet on card-stock.  Cut the portion containing the scroll, which leaves a space to write the memory verse.  Have the kids write their memory verse first thing , then they can color the page and prepare the scrolls. Cut carefully around scroll.  For younger kids, you will want to pre-cut the scrolls. You will need 2 toothpicks for each scroll.  Before class,  measure and cut the ends off the toothpicks.  The kids can color them with brown markers and glue one to each end of the scroll….centering them.  Roll up each end  of the scroll tightly, meeting in the middle (see sample).  If you have printed the scrolls on card stock, they should keep their shape rather well.  Glue or tape into Ezra’s hands.

Samson is Forgiven

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23

Samson is Forgiven

Samson is Forgiven

We previously posted a lesson about the powerful  Nazirite judge of Israel – Samson. (August 2011)  His life has many lessons for us today so I think it would be a good idea to take two weeks to study his life.

A Nazirite vow was a serious commitment between a man or woman and God…a setting apart…a special consecration.  They would be willing to avoid all contact with any dead body…separate  themselves from anything pertaining to the grape or grapevine and as a visible manifestation of their  holy vow…no razor was to take any of the hair on their head all of the days of their consecration.  In Samson’s case ,  he was  called to a lifelong consecration from his mother’s womb!  Sadly, we have read about the poor choices Samson made even though he was mightily blessed by God with supernatural strength and was called to judge Israel for twenty years.

Samson went against the advice of his parents to marry a God-fearing Israelite woman choosing a Philistine woman instead because he liked the way she looked! (Remember…these were the days that everyone did what is right in their own eyes and stopped obeying God?  Sound familiar???)  He did not learn from his mistakes and made other poor associations with those that sought his defeat.  This might be a good time to teach about the bondage that the enemy of our soul wishes to put God’s children under.  As a result of Samson’s disregard of his sacred vows,  he was blinded, bound , and imprisoned with the lowly task of grinding grain.

There is hope for this poor soul, because scripture tells us “…however the hair of his head began to grow again after it was shaved…”  I’m  sure Samson had a lot of time to reflect on his sinful behavior  and was able to confess and repent because we read about him in Hebrews 11:32 as joining the ranks of the faithful.  When he was called to be brought to the idol temple to be mocked by the pagans gathered, he called on the Lord GOD (Jehovah) to remember him with strength once more.

Samson is forgiven - wkst

Samson is forgiven – wkst

Samson - no text

Samson – no text

Note: Depending on your translation there are two ways to spell Nazirite…or Nazarite!

Tower of Babel – Alternate Project

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. 

Hopi Gospel Tract

Hopi Gospel Tract

*”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.”*