Waiting for the Promise
About 120 follower’s of Jesus were assembled in Jerusalem waiting for the promise of the Father. The Holy Spirit was given to fill them with the power needed to be His fearless witnesses “unto the uttermost part of the earth”, guide them into all truth and bring to remembrance all Christ had taught them. After being baptized with the Spirit on the day of Pentecost, Peter preached his first sermon and about 3,000 souls were added to the church. (Do you remember when Moses came down with the Law, he had to administer judgement as a result of the people’s idolatry and about 3,000 people perished?) “…for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” 2 Corinthians 3:6.
I used a heart-hole punch to makes the flames by cutting yellow hearts in half.
For an alternate project check out the post on May 21, 2012 ,”God’s Holy Convocations – part one
My class this year is 2nd and 3rd graders. I added some “fill in the blank” to go with this lesson page … the kids are learning to look up bible verses so it really teaches them about the Holy Spirit. Here are the verses I chose…
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ me to be a witness for Jesus. (Empowers) if it helps, you can write the first letter in the blank!
He lives in me _ _ _ _ _ _ _ .
He guides me into all _ _ _ _ _. (Truth)
He _ _ _ _ _ for me. (Prays)
He convicts the world of _ _ _. (Sin)
He bears witness with my spirit that I am a _ _ _ _ _ of _ _ _. (Child of God)
If you have time have the kids look up 1st Thess. 5:19 and explain that the Spirit can be quenched which will take some explanation and definitions. I drew a picture of a hose watering a flower and then asked them what happens when the hose gets a kink…. or some electrical appliance that loses its power when the cord gets unplugged… they can write this verse wherever there is room on the paper.
Illustrated by Aaron Ernst
I always recommend coloring the fish and main page , before cutting and gluing the rest of the fish. If you have any “tulle” (and the color is not too outrageous) you can cut out a rectangle shape to glue over the fish…that way they look like they are caught in the net.
Get your glitter ready, cuz the hills are alive…and not with the sound of music… they are full of horses and chariots of fire !!! When the man of God’s servant got up in the morning he found the city they were staying in surrounded by a powerful army. Elisha prayed to the Lord to allow his servant to see in the spiritual realm to prove there was nothing to be afraid of. “Fear not : for they that be with us are more than they that be with them”. Read the exciting story in 2 Kings 6 .
The Heavenly Host w/ annotated text
It always bothered me that the text was crooked so here is the work sheet with annotated text !
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”.
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.
This story is almost overshadowed in Exodus 17 by the dramatic “striking of the rock” by the rod of Moses that resulted in water for over two million faultfinding people and their livestock. Amalek , a picture of the “flesh” I’ve heard it preached, came to fight Israel at Rephidim. These war-like descendants of Esau ambushed the weak and feeble stragglers and had no fear of God. Joshua was to choose men to go fight (the first mention of Joshua in the scriptures and their first battle) while Moses went up the hill with Aaron and Hur to pray. It was a long, hard battle but Joshua finally disabled Amalek with the sword . (a sword is a picture of the Word of God) “And the Lord said to Moses, write this for a memorial in the book and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua…” This is the first mention of Moses writing anything….Amalek will be no more be remembered under heaven! “And Moses built an alter and called the name of it, The Lord is my Banner JEHOVAH- NISSI.” Today we battle the sins of the flesh through prayer and the Word. The “flesh” (Amalek) will make you too busy , tired or distracted to pray…It will be a fight but we must persevere!!!!
You will need brass brads and glue for this lesson. Cotten may be added to Moses’s beard. You may want to add some “battle scenes” …
Just a coloring page this week so that gives you a lot of time for review and for telling this exciting story found in Exodus 14. This is “THE EXODUS” and God fought this battle for HIS people. It is lamentable that so many are offended that our God fight’s against HIS enemies. In the Song of Moses (Exodus 15: 3) we read that “The LORD is a Man of War”. I am glad that we serve a God who is mighty to save.
Joseph and his Brothers
Uh – oh….no harmony in this family . But who does not love the story of Joseph. We see that the favoritism only brought grief to the Father and great trials for Joseph. But one thing we can be sure of…Jacob passed his faith of the LORD successfully to this son who would one day be the means of saving this young nation. Read about Joseph in Genesis 37, 39-40. I recommend colored pens for coloring this lesson. If you have time , you can also explain that every name in the Bible has an important meaning. I’ve included the names of Jacob’s sons . NOTE: FYI… the infamous coat of “many colors” is translated in Hebrew as : a tunic with long sleeves!