We can’t leave our lessons in Isaiah without taking a glimpse of the numerous prophecies concerning the Messiah. He would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14) and heralded by a messenger (Isaiah 40:3-5). “The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding. The Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD” (Isaiah 11:2). He would perform miracles and preach good news (Isaiah 61:1) In Isaiah 42, the LORD’S Servant is formally introduced as being One in whom He delights in , yet the coming anointed one would also be a suffering servant as pictured by Isaiah 53. Despised and rejected, bruised and beaten…”His visage was marred more than any man.” (Isaiah:52:14) This was Jesus, our trespass offering…but Hallelujah, His willing sacrifice satisfies once and for all, God’s requirement for the payment of our sin debt.
Belshazzar, grandson of Nebuchadnezzar, was throwing a great feast for one thousand of his lords and their ladies. After the wine began flowing, he commanded that the sacred gold and silver vessels that Nebuchadnezzar had confiscated from the temple in Jerusalem be fetched. As they drank their wine from the sacred vessels, they praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone. “..In the same hour the fingers of a man’s hand appeared and wrote opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the king’s palace; and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.” So scared his knees were knocking together, he called for the wise men of Babylon to read the writing and interpret the meaning. The queen mother suggested Daniel be brought . Daniel did not concern himself with the great reward being offered, but boldly proclaimed the dire message of the writing “MENE MENE TEKEL UPHARSIN”. Because Belshazzar did not humble his heart, although he knew the humbling his grandfather had experienced, and this night had mocked the God who “holds your breath in His hand and owns all your ways” by worshipping gods who do not hear, see or know; his kingdom would be given to the Medes and Persians. That night the king was slain and Darius the Mede took over the kingdom. Read the account in Daniel 5.
The prophet Elijah appears suddenly in 1Kings 17. He has been sent to the Northern Kingdom (Israel) which has separated from the Southern Kingdom (Judah) as a result of Solomon’s disobedience. During this time, all the kings of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord so prophets were sent to call the people to repentance before judgement would fall for forsaking the Living God. Elijah has announced that it would not rain until he said it would ! The Lord told him to go hide at the brook Cherith , where he would command the ravens to feed him there. When the brook dried up because of the drought he went to a widow in Zarephath to be provided for. (see lesson posted on 3/20/2013) What an amazing story to encourage our hearts today as we see our provisions drying up before our eyes. Will we trust the LORD?
You will need to have crackers for this lesson…the kids will eat some and glue a piece of one in Elijah’s hand. ***IMPORTANT NOTE: Please make sure you have made a note of any food allergies. Have appropriate substitutes for those with wheat (etc) sensitivities.
One of the most blessed men that has ever lived ended his life in great folly by allowing his 700 wives to turn his heart from the Living God to their worthless idols. Sadly, the nation will be divided as a result . You will need magazines to cut up for a collage . There is a wonderful verse in 2 Samuel 7 that sheds some light on the eternal fate of this disobedient king. God spoke through the prophet Nathan, the following message to David “…I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men. But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul…”
One of my favorite Bible verses and stories…”For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly. ” Psalm 84:11
In 1 Samuel 13, the Bible relates the sad state of affairs of the children of God. The Philistines had been able to dominate the Israelites and allowed no blacksmiths to be found in all the land …lest the Hebrews make swords or spears.” If any man needed to sharpen their farming implements, he had to go to his enemy and be charged an exorbitant fee for this service. But here we first read of the excellent character of Prince Jonathan, full of faith and courage. He attacked a Philistine garrison leading 1,000 men with one of the two swords in Israel. (Saul had the other one) This was really “rocking the boat” as up to this point, the Philistines had tolerated their subservient neighbors. Now Israel was considered an abomination and subjected to frequent raids. (If the weapon-less people of God expected to be victorious, they would have to have extraordinary faith in their God. Instead, they hid in caves , trembling with fear.) Jonathan again attacked a Philistine garrison and uttered these famous and encouraging words to his armor-bearer “…Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the LORD will work for us. For nothing restrains the LORD from saving by many or few”. The LORD blessed Jonathan with victory which spurred his fellow countrymen to join in the fight.”…So the LORD saved Israel that day”.
Will we dare to be fearless and bold in our spiritual walk, no longer willing ( like Jonathan), to peacefully “co-exist” with the world?
The armor-bearer’s shield is made from the seal of a small- sized coffee can. It is a hefty foil flap but will tear if you are not careful when removing. If you put the word out a few months before you teach this you hopefully will have enough shields for your kids. I take a pencil erasure and smooth out the bumps . I chose a portion of a verse ,”… O God our shield.” from Psalm 59:11 , to imprint on the foil. You will have to make a reverse image to copy, and softly poke with a pencil so the raised design shows on the correct side. Carefully fold the edges under. You can put a wadded- up kleenex under your “shield” to get a nice convex shape. Glue on armor-bearer after you have colored the worksheet. (Use tacky glue for this so it will stick well) For younger kids you might just make the shields plain with or without some sort of design.
When Samuel was old, the elders of Israel demanded a king to rule over them like all the other nations. Although displeasing to Samuel, the Lord told him to “hearken to the voice of the people; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not be King over them.” He was also to solemnly warn them of what it would truly cost them to have a king…but the people said “NO!!! We will have a king over us…and to fight our battles.” Saul was chosen first to be king but was rejected when sin and pride started to reign in his heart. David was anointed by Samuel to be the next king but he had to wait many years before he could actually rule.
Have some cotton available to glue on the sheep.