Almost 60 chapters in the Bible are devoted to the life of David….warts and all. ( 1 Samuel 16-31, 2 Samuel 1-24 , and 1 Chronicles 10-29) Whichever events you weave into your Bible lesson, I hope you include the facts from the worksheet which highlight David as a beloved man of God; chosen from the sheepfolds of Bethlehem to be ruler of God’s nation, and from whose loins the future Messiah would be born. A man of passionate worship and author of many psalms who organized the temple choirs to sing and play before the LORD 24/7, as well as donate and prepare with all his might, great treasure for the future temple. He sought the Lord’s will and was quick to repent and ask for cleansing from his iniquities. Finally, this son of Jesse was a brave warrior who inspired the deep friendship of Prince Jonathan, who recognized his role of encouraging David and did not grasp at the succession to the throne.
This lesson is “refrigerator worthy” and something Eli should have put into practice. As High Priest, he was also “boss” to his two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, who were extremely corrupt and did not know the LORD. Eli warned them of judgement but was unable to restrain them. Samuel, however, ministered before the LORD even as a child. He was quick to obey, and got up three times when he thought Eli was calling him in the middle of the night. Eli discerned that it was the LORD speaking to his young charge, so he instructed Samuel in how to answer. In 1 Samuel 3 we read the judgement that was revealed to the future prophet of God.
We read the story of Samson and wonder “What if”. Here was a man blessed with supernatural strength in body, but wimpy in spirit , unable to bridle his “flesh” which was his downfall. The amazing foretelling of his birth is written for us in Judges 13 and in chapters 14-16 we read of Samson’s escapades , capture , repentance and death. If you have small children you will have to braid the yarn for Samson’s dreads.
I get very excited thinking about this lesson. In Exodus 32, we read that Moses has come down the mountain to find that the people have quickly turned aside from obeying the LORD as He had commanded . The consequences are swift and dire. Now Moses waits upon the LORD to see if His presence is still going to accompany them on their journey to the promised land. Again we find Moses pleading with the LORD to be gracious to them , and Moses goes one bold step further and asks to see the Lord’s glory. In chapter 34 the LORD passes by before Moses, who was hidden in the cleft of the rock, covered by His hand, and the LORD proclaims His name which describes His character. Behind each door is one of these traits… merciful, gracious, longsuffering, abundant in goodness, abundant in truth, forgiving sins, transgressions and iniquities, and a righteous judge that will punish those who hate Him (implied ).
You can match your colors to whatever season you find yourself teaching this lesson in. The doors measure 1 1/4 in. by 2 1/2 in. If you prefer to teach using Yahweh for “The Name “, here is an alternative worksheet:
These are the first nine plagues that God used to show HIS mighty right arm in Exodus 6-11. I sit the kids at a table for this lesson. Teach one plague and then reinforce the info with working on the appropriate square. Everything you need is on the worksheet except the hail. Use hole- punched hail or draw your own. You will also need scissors, glue and something to color with. The red strips are the froggie’s tongues.You will need to color the backs of the tongues red and then curl them before gluing. Write or glue Exodus 8: 1 in the space under the darkness.
For this lesson I purchased a footprint holepunch. A footprint stamp would also work well. I made the little tents so the flap would open. You will need to trace the shape of the tent and cut out, making a flap then glue onto a light background… trim and glue above the words..dwelling in tents. ( A simple line is the tent stake.) There is a portion of the scripture that the kids need to fill in “…and he went out not knowing where he was going…” The concept of faith is defined and emphasized in the next two lessons about Abraham. (Sorry, Persian Gulf got cut off above…should show up on the worksheet!)