Elijah – Marathon Man

"Be still and know that I am God"

“Be still and know that I am God”

We read  in James 5, that the prophet Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, yet his prayers were powerful and effective.  Let us take a closer look at this man who was mightily used by God…one of two people in the Bible who did not physically die!  We have already studied Elijah as he confronted the weak  idolatrous King Ahab, was miraculously fed by  ravens, and who fearlessly challenged the children of Israel and the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel.  He then announced to the king that rain was coming to the thirsty land .  This took faith and persistent prayer.  The hand of the LORD came upon Elijah and he “girded up his loins and ran ahead of Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel”…a distance of 13 miles!  Threatened by wicked Jezebel with death, Elijah fled for his life to Beersheba. (80 miles south)  Then he went a days journey into the wilderness, came and sat down under a broom tree and prayed to die! How depressed he must have been…after doing great things for the LORD, the revival he was expecting did not flourish and Jezebel was hounding him. But God “knows our frame ” (Psalm 103:14) and tenderly sent an angel to feed him… twice…and he went in the strength of that food for 40 days (40 is the number of testing in the Bible), traveling to Mt. Horeb.  He went into “the” cave and spent the night…rehearsing all his grievances to himself.   He then encountered God in an amazing way and was given a new mission, and the encouraging news that there were 7,000 faithful followers of the LORD…he was not the only one! Elijah had to learn what we all have to learn….to “Be still, and know that I am God”….circumstances may seem crazy and “out of control” but the LORD reigns…we do not need to fear…the LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.(Psalm 46)

You probably have some tissue flames left from the last lesson which you can use for fire here.  To make the foliage for  the broom tree , I used a tiny pinecone dipped in home-made ink (tacky glue and foodcolor…mix all 4 colors until you get a nice olive-green shade) or use an inkpad.  If no tiny pinecones are available, look for something that will print an interesting impression. The story starts in 1 Kings 18:41-19:18.  Optional: cut out food -“cake ” (bread?) and a flask of water  out of construction paper , to set by the sleeping Elijah…  scrunch up some red tissue paper into tiny balls to make coals and place them in a ring of rocks.Thread your “cake” on a toothpick colored brown. You may also decide to sketch them onto your work sheet instead.

angelic bbq

Heaven

I’m sure you have heard many speculative and fanciful ideas about heaven.  We have a vivid description from the Apostle John in Revelation, but even that is hard to fathom. The memory verse from today’s lesson assures us  it will be much more glorious than we can ever think or imagine!  Jesus said He was going to prepare a place for us and was coming back for us “…quickly.” In fact, in the final chapter of Revelation we are told that three times in verses 7,12 and 20.  We also know it will be a place of incredible fellowship with God and the Saints, and  we will enjoy everlasting comfort and joy.  No more death, sorrow, crying or pain. (can I hear an Amen!)  We will be employed in meaningful service  for our King and I doubt that means sitting on a cloud and playing a harp. This is a perfect time to review who is allowed to enter this wonderful place…all whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of Life. (Rev. 20:15 and Rev. 21:27) “…He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we have done, ( indeed, all of our own righteousness is like filthy rags…Isaiah 64:6) but because of His own pity and mercy, by the cleansing of the new birth…” Titus 3:5.  This is what Jesus, the Lamb of God, accomplished for us by shedding His blood and dying on the cross.  This precious blood washes away my sin and is the  only thing that can purchase my pardon and give me right standing before God.  Jesus conquered death and proved He was God by resurrecting from the grave.  To reject His offer of Salvation that is offered so freely, is to invite God’s wrath…  John 3: 18 & 36.  It is my hope and prayer that all who read this blog has, or will choose life

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave Himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a people to be peculiarly His own , people who are zealous of good works.” Titus 2: 11-13

Heaven – worksheet

This  worksheet uses a full page of cardstock.  There are 2 options for the “pearly gates”.  The sample above has more intricate cutting and the sample below would be good for smaller children. If you are going to cut out the pearly gates, you should color the leaves and then apply a thick coat of tacky glue covered with glitter so it can be drying.  I used what I had on hand, but you can purchase glitter that has a pearl-like sheen, and you can even purchase “pearlized” card stock…but it is expensive!  After the page is colored, stamp your leaves with a leaf stamp or make one out of a potato!  Just cut a potato in half and draw a small leaf shape with a pencil.  Trace around your shape with a sharp paring knife, then cut away the excess. It will “weep” starch so dab with a tissue.  Add a few veins with your knife. (sample below) You can also make your own ink with some tacky glue and green food coloring which leaves a sticky surface after you are stamping…perfect for glitter .  Make the stamps ahead of time for your kids.  The potato stamps will keep several days in the icebox.  Another option would be to make a leaf stamp out of foam, which you can glue to a cork!  Add fruit to the tree if you would like .  The pearly gates should measure 8 inches by 3 1/2 inches.  You might have to play around to get your dimensions correct…I suggest plain paper for this and make sure you “preview” before you print…switching to card stock when you have the pixels/size adjusted.  optional: white feathers or tissue paper* to cover the angel’s wings and other sparkly embellishments such as sequins or plastic “jewels”…or…make your own with dried tacky glue blops (fake pearls) and  paper you have glittered or colored with metallic pens!  The last touch will be to add a name  of a tribe of Israel to your gate. (Rev. 21:12)

using feathers in the wings

Gems have always fascinated me and I’ve  listed the  “possible” colors of the gems for you…  emerald green jade; sardonyx;  sard (red); spinach green jade (jasper in KJV);  lapis lazuli (sapphire blue);  white jade – (misty white) diamond in KJV;  citrine quartz (honey gold) beryl in KJV;  amazonite  or turquoise(sea-green) emerald in KJV; olivine, peridot (yellow green like olive oil) topaz in KJV; chrysoprase (apple green) agate in KJV;  lavender jade, amethyst (purple) .  Taken from a study by Paul Phelps “Jewel Stones of Israel’s 12 Tribes,” there are many studies available on the gemstones used and they all differ.  Mr. Phelps takes 3 things into consideration. Since the stones that are used in the Revelation are the same stones mentioned in Exodus, he infers that: 1. These gemstones would have had to be available in Egypt in ancient times. 2. The stones would have had to be large enough to engrave upon (5 cm. wide) and 3. The stones would need to be soft enough to engrave upon with the tools available in ancient times…not harder than quartz crystal which has a hardness of 7.  Adam Clarke, in his commentary , lists the tribal order (according to the Targum) as follows starting in the upper right hand corner: (sard) 1 -Reuban; (olivine) 2 – Simeon; (emerald green jade) 3- Levi; (amazonite) 4- Judah; (lapis lazuli) 5- Issachar; (white jade) 6- Zebulun; (amethyst) 7- Dan; (chrysoprase) 8 – Naphtali; (lavender jade) 9-Gad; (citrine)10- Asher; (sardonyx) 11- Joseph; (dark green jade) 12- Benjamin.  This is the order I used in the sample of actual gemstones above.  Interesting note: some have  even imagined the foundation stones the colors of the rainbow.  This could work when you realize that the jasper can be clear;  the sapphire- red;  the chalcedony – opaque red;  the emerald – blood red bixbite;  sardonyx – red fading to orange;  sardius – carnelian(pure orange);  chrysolite – gold;  beryl-yellow; topaz – green;  chrysoprasus(chrysoprase) – teal blue;  jacinth – deep blue sapphire and amethyst – purple.  Fun to think about but I am not making a doctrine about it as we can not be 100% certain which shade of the gemstone John saw except jasper, which he describes as “clear as crystal” in Revelation 21:11.   It will be breathtakingly beautiful!

* To cover wings with tissue paper you will need to make a template of the wings. (Put worksheet up to the window and trace onto another piece of cardstock.)  Cut 4-5 layers of each wing with white tissue paper.  Starting at the bottom, tack down one layer an inch from the bottom of your template with a glue stick and work your way up to the top of the wing, working in 1 inch increments until you have glued all your layers.  Trim and glue over the wings on the worksheet. Use the same layering technique if you have real feathers.

Pearly Gates – worksheet



home-made foam leaves

The Church Prays For Peter

The Apostle James has been killed by Herod and because there was such a favorable response from the Jews, he imprisoned Peter, who was to face a similar fate…but the church was praying without ceasing for him.  Peter was heavily guarded and secured with chains but an angel of the Lord was sent to rescue him.  As he walked out of the prison with the angel, he thought it was all a dream and it wasn’t until he was outside on the street that he realized he was truly free. He came to the home where the church was meeting and still praying for him and knocked on the door.  He had to knock for quite a while as it was hard for them to believe he was freed and their prayers answered!

This is a fun project but very messy. Have the kids choose light, bright crayons and fill a page with color.  It should be a space about 5 inches by 7 inches.  Make sure they apply heavy pressure. The coloring needs to saturate the page.  Now they will cover the area they have just colored with black crayon and then comes the fun part…..they scratch the design….fingernails work great but you might want to provide something to scratch with…experiment with a paper clip edge….somethings work better than others. The verse is from James 5:16b “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” and I have the kids write the verse on another paper and glue their dynamite page to it.

 

Peter’s Vision

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The church was growing in Jerusalem  but there was a new thing God wanted to do.  Since Jews did not associate with non-Jews,  the message  of salvation was not being shared with the Gentiles. This all changed when a God-fearing Roman centurion was visited by an angel and was told to send for Peter in Joppa. While these messengers were on their way, Peter was also having some excitement on the rooftop of where he was staying. A giant sheet was lowered from heaven , full of unclean animals that had never entered his mouth.  A voice told him to kill and eat but Peter answered, “No, Lord!”  This happened three times and then the messengers from Cornelius arrived.  The Holy Spirit told Peter to go with the men who had arrived. He must have been surprised to find out his guests were not Jewish.  He went with them to the home of Cornelius and explained to those gathered that salvation was available to them because of the price that was paid  for their sin by the death and resurrection of the Son of God.  They were encouraged to receive forgiveness of sins by believing this truth and all the Jews there were astonished to discover that the gift of the Holy Spirit was also poured out on the newly-converted household.  When certain Jewish Christians first heard that the Gentiles had also received the Word of God they contended with Peter until he explained to them what had happened, starting with his vision and ending with the gift of the Spirit being poured out on the Romans.If you want your sheet to “pop” you will have to color the sky.  I recommend colored chalk for your “lazy” colorers….if you place 1/2 a piece of chalk on its side, you can apply color in seconds! Color and cut-out animals and glue on sheet and verse. O.T. dietary laws and a list of the unclean animals can be found in Leviticus 11.

Resurrection

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“Now after the Sabbath, near dawn of the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to take a look at the tomb.  And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled the boulder back and sat upon it.  His appearance was like lightning and his garments as white as snow.  And those keeping guard were so frightened at the sight of him that they trembled and became like dead men…” Matthew 28:1-4

Resurrection – angel/tomb


You will need a “jacob’s ladder” under the soldier.  For instructions go to you-tube and look up “how to make a jacob’s ladder” uploaded by rostichery.  Make sure the sky is colored or the wings will not show up very well. The kids will need to write out the verse from Romans…have them do it first so there is not a rush at the end of your time with them…it is an important verse! Optional: add a little “dazzle” with glitter.