Jesus – Our Compassionate Savior

“The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger and of great mercy.” Psalms 145:8

Widow of Nain

Widow of Nain

I have been traveling 3000 miles during the past three weeks to see friends and visit my new grandbaby.  If you are new to the blog: WELCOME… for a complete table of contents of Bible Stories, scroll back to June 19, 2013 for O.T. & April 2, 2013 for N.T.a smile for G-ma

I wanted to do a lesson on the widow of Nain  because it emphasizes  the great compassion of our LORD… but couldn’t figure out how to make the widow’s son “come alive”.  Brainstorming with my friend, Robin, she suggested a tab connected to the eyeball “…pull the tab and the eye opens…just like in all of the storybooks I read my boys when they were little”.   I found that magic tape makes the perfect tab!

*Widow of Nain - b For completion of this project you will need brass brads, magic tape and card stock.  There will also need to be pre-cutting with an x-acto blade.  (Don’t allow the kids to use this tool…it is very sharp and regular scissors will make too big of a gouge in the paper!)

Luke, chapter 7 is an interesting chapter.  Jesus had been in Capernaum and “sent His Word” at the  “great” faith of the Roman centurion.    After healing the beloved servant of that notable soldier, He went with many people to the city of Nain.  Just as He was about to enter the gate of the city, a funeral procession was coming the other way.  The young man who had died was the only son of his widowed mother.  Her future was bleak indeed.  Jesus noticed her crushing sorrow and without any plea on her part, was moved with compassion to meet her great need.   Approaching  the bier, and touching it, said , “Young man , I say to you, arise.  And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak.  And He delivered him to his mother.”  The people glorified God, recognizing that He had  visited His people and had sent a great prophet.

Widow of Nain - wkst with text

Widow of Nain – wkst with text

John the Baptist was in prison at this time, and his disciples brought him word of this great miracle.  John sent two of his disciples to Jesus to ask Him if He was the  promised Messiah.  That same hour , the Lord healed many of the people’s infirmities, plagues and evil spirits.  Jesus told the men sent to Him, to go back and tell John what they had seen and heard  “…how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.”   This , John would understand, was the fulfillment of Isaiah 61.  Jesus was indeed, the anointed one!  Now Jesus was asking John not to be offended.  Do you think that is a strange statement?  Remember that John was facing an uncertain future and knowing the truth about Jesus did not  change his present circumstances. Jesus wants believers everywhere to have faith in God’s Word and trust His purposes even if we don’t understand how things in our life are going to work out.

The complete instructions  are posted on my other blog “kidsbible.wordpress.com”   Since there are a lot of steps I have included photos to help you as a picture is worth a 1000 words! There is also a worksheet without text if you would like to translate this. (also a PDF worksheet with text )

The Widow’s Mite

The Widow’s Mite

Jesus sat over against the treasury  and was observing how the people cast their offerings in.  Many that were rich cast in much, but then there came a certain poor widow who threw in two small coins totaling half  a cent…the smallest offering allowed.  He called His disciples over and said to them, “I tell you the truth, that this poor widow has cast in more than all those who have given to the treasury : for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, even all her living.” What extravagant love and devotion! This amazing act of faith has echoed through the ages.  Can you imagine the rich treasure that is laid up for our sister in heaven?  By calling attention to her gift, Jesus is praising this woman’s motive and heart and the proportion of her gift…not the amount.  We can teach our kids to be cheerful givers…for this is what brings great pleasure  to our LORD…who gave His all for us!

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Copy template to regular copy paper if you have access to duct tape…otherwise copy to card -stock.  Cut out shape and line back side of your paper with duct tape, over-laping the tape at least a quarter inch. Above verse, wrap another layer of tape  on the “flap”, front and back , and trim all the way around the solid line . Punch hole where shown on flap.  Fold- up to measure 3 1/2 in. by 2 1/4 in. and pleat the circular sides as pictured in the sample above.  Work from the edges…the center pleats last.

Do you see the dot towards the bottom.  That is where you will have the kids position and sew the button.( use double thread, making sure the button is placed on  the taped side…a double knot will hold it tight.  Also note that a thin button works best.  )  If you have young kids you   might want to invest in some velcro dots .  You will have to make tiny slits on both sides of the punched hole so the button can slip in and out. (I like using the duct tape because there is some “give” when working the button…also the newer colored duct tape is more plastic-y than the old silver kind…but it does not stick as well!)   If you are able, give each child  two of your countries least valuable coins to further illustrate the lesson.  Make sure you make up one of these ahead of time so you can practice pleating up the sides.   One of my middle school students showed me a trick to pleating…Take your “wings” and fold as shown left to right.  Crease well and you will have nice guides for pleating.  Also, if you have older kids you might want them to be able to write out their own verse. I’ve included a plain template for you.

Plain template - widow's mite

 

A Widow's Mite - template

 


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.

Elisha Helps a Widow

Elisha helps a widow

A poor widow is in dire straights.  Her husband’s creditor is coming to take her two sons into slavery as  payment of their debt…  The only thing of value that she has is a jar of oil.  She cries out to the prophet Elisha for help and is instructed to borrow as many empty pots as she is able.  Read the exciting conclusion in 2 Kings 4 . I suggest taking some time to go over certain names that sound the same in the Bible. Elijah, Elisha…Ahab, Ahaz,  Jeroboam, Rehoboam and Balaam, Balak   are a few that may confuse your listeners.

There are 2 worksheets for this lesson.  One page is all pots to color, cut out and  then glue to the other page.  It is up to you if you want to use different colored card stock and cut out the pots ahead of time, or not…depends on how much time you have.
Note: Have you read the stern warning to any who would afflict a widow or fatherless child  in Exodus 22: 23-24 ? … “If you afflict them in any way, and they cry at all to Me, I will surely hear their cry; and my wrath will become hot, and I will kill you with the sword…”

Elijah at the Brook

God feeds Elijah

The prophet Elijah appears suddenly in 1Kings 17.  He has been sent to the Northern Kingdom (Israel) which has separated from the Southern Kingdom (Judah) as a result of Solomon’s disobedience.  During this time, all the kings of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord so prophets were sent to call the people to repentance before judgement would fall for forsaking the Living God.  Elijah has announced that it would not rain until he said it would !  The Lord told him to go hide at the brook Cherith , where he would command the ravens to feed him there.  When the brook dried up because of the drought he went to a widow in Zarephath to be provided for. (see lesson posted on 3/20/2013)  What an amazing story to encourage our hearts today as we see our provisions drying up before our eyes.  Will we trust the LORD?

You will need to have crackers for this lesson…the kids will eat some and glue a piece of one in Elijah’s hand. ***IMPORTANT NOTE: Please make sure you have made a note of any food allergies.  Have appropriate substitutes for those with wheat (etc) sensitivities.