Two Men Went to the Temple To Pray…

Two Men Went to Pray

Two Men Went to Pray

This is an important story, especially for the “church kid”.  This was especially convicting for me when I was much younger because I had the attitude of the self-righteous Pharisee.  Jesus told this parable “to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others.” We must teach our kids that even though they may think they are pretty good compared to other people…if they do not have love and think they are better than others, their faith does not please the LORD. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)  Two men went to the temple to pray.  One was basically praying to himself…bragging that he was not like all of the sinners he knew…even mentioning the tax collector!  He boasted that he fasted and gave generous gifts to God while the tax collector stood afar off and could not even lift his eyes to heaven.  He smote himself on his chest and begged God to be merciful to him, acknowledging his sins.

"Be Merciful to me..."

“Be Merciful to me…”

Jesus told the listeners of this parable that the tax collector went home justified.”…For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  Make sure you go over the definitions of righteous, humbles, exalts and justified and merciful. You will also want to explain why the tax collectors were hated in Jewish society.  Worksheets and instructions are posted at kidsbible.wordpress.com (10/30/2012)

Peter and John Went to Pray

“Peter and  John went to pray,

Peter and John meet the lame man

they met a lame man on the way,

He held out his hand, and he asked

for alms,

and this is what Peter did say…

“Silver and gold have I none,

but such as I have give I thee,

In the name of Jesus Christ, of

Nazareth, rise up and walk”

He went walking and leaping and praising God…”(words of children’s song)

The new church was growing .  Those saved on the day of Pentecost were  continuing “steadfast in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers…many signs and wonders were done through the apostles…and the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2: 42-47  Peter and John were going to the temple to pray when they met a lame man who had been carried daily at the gate of the temple called  Beautiful, to ask alms of all who entered the temple.  Perhaps he was begging there when the Savior was in Jerusalem!  He asked alms of Peter and John but got something much better…”The faith which come through Him (Jesus) has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.” Acts 3:16  Peter used this occasion to preach another sermon and many who heard the word believed, in spite of his arrest.

“…the word of God is not chained.” 2 Timothy 2:9

I have designed this lesson to be made into a card….As a Father’s Day Card, you would have the kids write…”Dad, Your love is better than silver or gold “…..Love, child’s name…

Fold your background paper in half.   Peter and John and the lame man go colored and cut out and glued on the cover…your fold will be at the top.  Write verses.  Your healed man goes glued inside.  Make a “Jacob’s ladder” to place under figure so it will jiggle.  Write verses.  Use gold or silver pens on black backgrounds. (see you-tube for instructions on making a jacob’s ladder)  If you choose another color for a background, use any shade of ink.

Peter and John meet the lame man

Gethsemane – The Olive Press

Garden of Gethsemane

Garden of Gethsemane

Jesus had asked Peter , James and John to watch with him one hour while He prayed to His Father, knowing that  Judas was on his way to the garden with a band of armed men.  Just as olives are crushed under  extreme pressure, our Lord was  beginning to feel exceedingly sad and grieved as His soul experienced the crushing and bruising that the weight of the world’s sins would inflict.  In fact, the amplified version says in Matthew  26:38, that  He felt like He was dying of sorrow and wanted the comfort and fellowship of His closest friends. What a wonderful example for us as we face our Gethsemanes .  We are able, though the scriptures, to be “a stones throw away” from our LORD…hearing His words of submission to his  beloved Poppa’s  will.  Soon He would also suffer brutal torture, and the knowledge that His Father would have to forsake Him as He became “sin for us, who knew no sin.”  Because we all desperately  needed  redemption, Jesus willingly paid the price with His blood , and that is why there is “no other name under heaven, given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

  Green tissue paper and thinned white glue applied with a brush makes pretty leaves. Optional: Embellish with a favorite flower.  My middle school friend, Alyssa R. drew the hibiscus flowers which were  colored and then cut out and glued down.

Garden of Gethsemane – wkst

Watch and Pray

We read the answers to the disciple’s questions , “What will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age, and when will the temple be destroyed?” in the Olivet Discourse,   recorded for us in Matthew 24-25, Luke 21 and Mark 13.  The disciples had been admiring the magnificent stones of the temple after Jesus had drawn attention to the munificent “two mite” gift of the poor widow.  She had  cast into the temple treasury her whole living, and now Jesus had shocked the disciples by declaring the future of that great edifice.You will need black construction paper for the eyelashes and pupil.  Use “white-out” to make the “sparkle” in the pupil and curl your eyelashes with a pencil.  Your eyeball is just a circle that will fit in the eye shape that you have cut out.   Use colors to match your kid’s eye color.  For the main page you will need a piece of card stock that is not white because you will glue a white piece of card stock for the “white of their eyes” and you want there to be a contrast. Have kids write the verse as shown. “Therefore KEEP WATCH      because you do not know on what day your LORD will come” Matt 24:42. E-mail me if you have questions about how to place the eyelid.Are you ready for the Lord’s return by watching and praying always “that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son Man?” (Luke 21:36)  Don’t be like the scoffers , who walk after their own fleshly desires and say, “Where is the promise of His coming?…Nevertheless, do not let this one fact escape you, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day.  The Lord does not delay…but is long-suffering toward you, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night…”2 Peter 3

Make a red heart out of construction paper and pleat like a fan.  Glue tops of heart to page , leaving 3/4 inch to glue weights. Cut “weights” out of black paper.  I cut 2 shapes…write types of “weights” with silver gel pens( I used anxieties of life, drugs & alcohol, worry, too much stuff, worldliness) and glue to top of heart.  Write verse as shown “Take Heed… Lest your heart     be weighed   down… glue tip of heart into a twine lasso and write the rest of the verse…”and that day come on you suddenly like a trap!  Luke 21:34.