Paul Let Down in a Basket
Scripture reference is from 2 Timothy 3: 11-12,”…Persecution I have endured yet the Lord rescued me from all of them…Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”
Paul was very zealous for the Lord. He was given a word from the Lord through the mouth of Ananias that he would suffer greatly for the cause of Christ. The beginning of his persecutions is the short story from Acts 9. After being gloriously converted and prayed for by Ananias, he went at once to the synagogue to tell everyone there the Good News about the Son of God. Verse 22 tells us that he became “more and more fervent in his preaching and the Damascus Jews couldn’t withstand his proofs that Jesus was indeed the Christ. After a while the Jewish leaders were determined to kill him.” Paul was told of their plans, so some of his converts let him down in a basket at night, through an opening in the city wall! In 2 Corinthians 11 we read a list of his sufferings and I am beginning to marvel that we do not prepare ourselves for suffering. Maybe we think we don’t need to think about persecution because most of our bible heros get miraculously delivered? Unless we teach this aspect of living victoriously, we stand a chance of stumbling if we become offended when we start to suffer for our faith. Many Christians around the world are already suffering and the scripture clearly teaches that those who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. We need to challange ourselves and ask the Holy Spirit to search our hearts to see if this is truly our desire that we so glibly sing about. I am under the conviction that we need to begin gently sharing this truth with at least our older children. Discuss it with your pastor if you are so led. (“Typo” is corrected in the worksheet)
Note: Saul is Paul’s Jewish name. It means “desired” while Paul , a Latin name, means “small”. It is interesting that the Holy Spirit still refers to this great apostle as Saul in Acts 13:2. I was under the impression that the Lord changed Saul’s name to Paul, but that does not seem to be the case.
Color page and cut out Paul. Measure and cut 2 pieces of string and poke holes in basket as shown in sample. Thread string into holes and tape to hold on the back of the basket. Loop string up and tack down with glue where the men’s arms are ( in the sample the string pulled away during the scan, but it should look like they are lowering Paul with ropes…I’m confidant you can figure it out). You will need a combination of tape and tacky glue.
Paul’s list of beatings, deprivations, perils, and shipwrecks in 2 Corinthians 11:24-27 makes one wonder how one man could bear that much “excitement”. Towards the end of Acts we find Paul again on a ship, on his way to Rome. He had warned those in charge that the sailing would be dangerous but they did not heed his words. Read the exciting story in Acts 27-28.
6/13/2013 UPDATE: You can buy clear cellophane party treat bags in all sorts of colors…check these out, I bet they would work! ( I used colored plastic wrap which is hard to find now.)
I suggest making these up ahead of time. You will need 1/2 sheet of card stock for each project and cut a 4 inch slit with e-xacto blade to place boat in . I tape a piece of paper on the back of the slit to keep boat from slipping away but if you just tape the boat in place this step is not necessary. Have kids color boat and cut out boat and sail. Attach sail to toothpick and tape to back of boat. They will need to color the sky, write the reference and draw any waves, cargo, anchors etc. before they tape on the wave portion that you have made.
This Bible story retains one of the most vivid memories for me as a child. I still remember the picture of Paul and Silas in the stocks, their backs bloody; but instead of despair there is joy on their faces. The beginning of the story involves Paul commanding a spirit of divination to leave a slave girl. Since her masters made a huge profit from her fortunetelling, they dragged Paul and Silas before the authorities in Philippi. They had their clothes torn off and they were beaten and thrown into a dungeon, fastened to stocks. Midnight finds Paul and Silas praying and singing praise to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. ” Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so great that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and all at once all the doors were opened and everyones’s shackles were unfastened.” (Acts 16:26) The jailer was about to kill himself, supposing that all the prisoners had escaped, but Paul shouted for him to not harm himself for all were accounted for. The jailer was so grateful that he fell down before the missionaries and asked , “What must I do to be saved?” The famous response, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.” He took Paul and Silas home and bathed their wounds and immediately he was baptized along with the believing members of his household.
To make the chains, you will need 19 strips of black construction paper for each participant, 1 inch by 5 inches .Glue your strips into “links” using a glue stick. Then write on every other link, starting with the 2nd link: R-E-J-O-I-C-E- In The Lord – Always (Phil.4:4) with a gold or silver gel pen.