Love not the World

Love not the world 2

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Today,  I have been led to a study from 1 John 2, and a look at what it means to “love the world”.  We are warned by the Holy Spirit to keep ourselves from attaching ourselves to the world, but how often do we really contemplate what this means. This will be a lesson for older children as the themes are for a more mature audience and can be used as an alternate lesson when teaching about  the temptations of Eve or Jesus.  This worksheet would be good for supplementing your teaching on the temptation of Christ, the temptation of Eve, or before you begin your lessons on the kings of Israel or the Second Coming of Christ.

The amplified version of the Bible gives good definitions of what “the world” encompasses.  The  “lust of the flesh” is the first of three  mentioned in this “worldly” category, and is described as being  the craving for gratification. ..or in other words…one’s “God-given” bodily appetites are “out of control”. We have a lot of appetites that are legitimate like hunger and the need for sleep.  But we all know that overeating, and too much sleep are bad habits that lead to laziness and poor health.   Eve was tempted by the  “forbidden” fruit as she  determined it was good for food…she forgot all  about the other good fruit that God had freely provided.  Jesus was tempted by Satan to turn the stones to bread. Jesus looked to God to provide for all of His needs.  He did not need to follow His enemy’s suggestions for meeting them even though He was hungry from fasting for forty days.  We also read that the kings of Israel were not to multiply wives to themselves lest their hearts be led astray.(Solomon  should have paid attention to this!) This law was written for Israel’s future kings in Deuteronomy 17 to protect them from “lusts of the flesh”.  God ordained marriage between one man and one woman and this is our LORD’S ideal design.

“The lust of the eyes” are greedy longings of the mind. This is excellently portrayed in scripture by Achan , who coveted a beautiful Babylonian garment and other treasure  after Jericho’s destruction, stealing “the accursed things” and hiding them in his tent.  Who can forget King David who took a woman unlawfully as she was another man’s wife! (Uriah was one of David’s faithful “thirty” warriors but that did not stop this great king from sinning  against the LORD and his friend once lust was aroused.)  Both Achan and David’s transgressions had dire consequences that affected not only these men but their entire families and  nation.  Eve looked at the fruit of the tree in the midst of the garden that God had instructed them not to eat and saw that it was delightful, so she fell for the rest of the serpent’s lies.(why had she forgotten that  all of the other fruit was also pleasant to the sight! Genesis 2:9)  All of mankind has inherited a sin nature as a result.  The  kings of Israel were not to covet wealth and were instructed not to multiply to themselves silver and gold to help protect them from the “lust of the eyes”. Satan took Jesus to a high mountain and tempted Him by allowing all the kingdoms of the world to pass before Him.  The devil said he would give these kingdoms to Jesus if He would worship him.

The last arena we are tempted in is a very powerful lure in America.  The amplified Bible defines “the pride of life” as having “assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things.”   We “pride” ourselves in being independent. (ouch) Who hasn’t heard that old expression “just pull yourself up by your own bootstraps”. The Kings of Israel were not to multiply horses to themselves.  They were not to trust in their military might but in the LORD of hosts.  Jesus was tempted by Satan to cast Himself down from the pinnacle of the temple…then God could rescue Him and prove He really was God’s Son.  Eve was tempted with the “pride of life” also, as ‘the fruit was desired to make one wise”….

“This I say then,  Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16

Memory verse:  “And now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He is made visible we may have and enjoy perfect confidence and not be ashamed and shrink from Him at his coming. ” 1 John 2: 28

Love not the World wkst

The “Love not the world” worksheet #2 contains 9 pictures. Three depict Eve’s temptations, three illustrate Jesus’ temptations and three show what Israel’s kings were not to multiply to themselves.  Each one is to be glued in one of the three headings, either: (1) the lust of the flesh (2) the lust of the eyes and (3) and the pride of life. In my class, we worked on one section at a time.

Note: I printed this from the website and had to enlarge it  …129% would be ideal…the rectangles measuring 2 inches by 1 & 1/4 inch.

King David

David the King

Almost 60 chapters in the Bible are devoted to the life of David….warts and all. ( 1 Samuel 16-31, 2 Samuel 1-24 , and 1 Chronicles 10-29)  Whichever events you weave into your Bible lesson, I hope you include the facts from the worksheet which highlight David as a beloved man of God; chosen from the sheepfolds of Bethlehem to be ruler of God’s nation, and from whose loins the future Messiah would be born.  A man of passionate worship and author of many psalms who organized the temple choirs to sing and play before the LORD 24/7, as well as donate  and prepare with all his might, great treasure for the future temple.  He sought the Lord’s will and was quick to repent and ask for cleansing from his iniquities. Finally,  this son of Jesse was a brave warrior who inspired the deep friendship of Prince Jonathan, who recognized his role of encouraging David and did not grasp at the succession to the throne.

David and Goliath

David and Goliath

For forty days, Goliath, the champion of the Philistines had been defying the armies of the living God.  King Saul and the rest of the Israelites , were cowering in fear and not even attempting to meet the challenge.  David arrives on the scene with provisions and greetings for his three eldest brothers from their father.  He happens to hear the challenge of the giant as well as the account of the great riches, exemption from taxes and  marriage to the king’s daughter that is promised to the man who kills this enemy.  David has to battle with his older brother’s taunts, and the king’s lack of faith in his abilities, when he is subsequently  brought before Saul.  David is confidant in the LORD’S ability to deliver him from Goliath’s hand , and gives his testimony of being victorious over lions and bears when they had attacked the sheep in his care.  He rejects the heavy armor of the king, and chooses his staff, five smooth stones from the brook which he put in his shepherd’s bag, and his sling.  Rushing to meet the defiant giant, he exclaims,”…I will strike you…that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.  Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s  and He will give you into our hands”.

David's armor
From scraps of leather, or a sheet of brown foam , cut out and glue down David’s “armor” of sling, staff and shepherd’s pouch after coloring page.

The People Demand a King

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.