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.

The Fall

 Of course we do not know what kind of fruit tempted Eve , but we all agree  it must have been luscious.  Adam and Eve were only given one commandment to obey to show their gratitude and love for their Creator.  To disobey  meant death. They chose to doubt GOD’S goodness, and as a result, everyone born after them inherits a sin nature.

Tips: I pre-cut the serpent’s tongues, fruit, and little cross for the  younger kids. You might need to help them thread the serpent through the holes.  Add glitter if desired. A hole-punch is needed and card-stock recommended.  Have them write Romans 6:23 on the rectangle which will go glued on the fruit along with the cross, or you can print it on a rectangle or write it on the fruit before it is colored.  For a worksheet with no text, or a worksheet with annotated text see my other blog at kidsbible.wordpress.com  posted on 9/30/2012  (untitled)

Here is also a worksheet  if you want to go into the redemptive aspect of the LORD God providing a covering for Adam and Eve. (There is a space on the page for the children to draw how God has made a provision for their covering…hint: it should involve a cross!)  You may want to take an extra week to go over these vital truths.  Without going into graphic detail, you might want to mention Cain and Abel’s offerings…why Abel’s was accepted and not Cain’s.

The Lord provides a covering-wkst

In the Beginning

“He stretches out the north over empty space;

He hangs the earth on nothing.  He binds up the waters in His thick clouds, yet the clouds are not broken under it.  He covers the face of His throne, and spreads His cloud over it.  He drew a circular horizon on the face of the waters, at the boundary of light and darkness.  The pillars of heaven tremble, and are astonished at His rebuke.  He stirs up the sea with His power…by His Spirit He adorned the heavens…Indeed, these are the mere edges of His ways…” Job 26: 7-17

“Thus says the LORD, the Holy One of Israel… I have made the earth and created man upon it:  I, even My hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded…” Isaiah 45: 11-12

We read from the very mouth of God that He did indeed create the heavens and the earth by His mighty Word.  In Romans (chapter 1:20) we read a powerful scripture -“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made…” and… “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God..” Hebrews 11:3.  If we doubt the awesome power of Elohim as Creator we will have problems believing the rest of the Bible.  Be much in prayer as you teach this lesson as you  may  be challenged by the occasional child who questions the authority of  God’s Word.

I teach this lesson with the worksheet, one “day” at a time:

Day one: separation of light and darkness .  Day two: gathering of the water from the atmosphere (heaven/sky) separating it from the waters below.  Day three: dry land(earth) and vegetation of all sorts.  Day four: the “light-bearers” – sun, moon and stars as a sign of seasons, days and years. Day five: all living creatures that fly above the earth or swim in the waters of the seas. Day six:  all living creatures that live on the earth including man and woman.

Every day I come across some exquisite example of the Almighty’s creation and marvel that there are folks that do not believe there was a Master Designer. Bring in some amazing samples to share with your class. Seed pods and insects would be a hit, I’m sure.  I teach that each day was a 24 hour period. If not…then the plants that God created on the 3rd day would have died without the creation of the sun on the 4th day.  For this lesson you can use stickers or pictures from magazines or the kids can draw in the different features. If you do not choose to color the separation of day and night on day one, you may  precut a black triangle that goes glued over the night portion .  Use your x-acto blade to cut out the piece over the word “night”.  You can also cut a black rectangle for day 4 so your moon and stars “pop”. If you would like to print the worksheet with annotated text, or “no text”  you can find these uploaded at my other blog –  “kidsbible.wordpress.com” (9/14/2012- creation worksheet)  Also available for printing  is this page of little creatures that the kids can cut out and glue.

creation “stickers”

 
When kids are coming in  to the class…why don’t you have some “galaxy play-doh” ready for them to play with.  You make it at home.  Instructions are on the internet.