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Set Apart and Devoted

set apart and devoted

 

Memory Verse: Matthew 6:19-21

 

Life Application: What’s most important to us will show in our lives.

 

Bible Text:

James 1:8

Matthew 6:19-21

Luke 2:36-38

 

 

Devotion means deep, steady affection; loyalty; faithfulness; the act of being devoted or devout. Devote means set apart for some person or purpose; give up. It emphasizes giving up seriously to a single purpose, shutting out everything else. When we are wild about God it will show in our devotion to Him. Devotion to God involves all aspects of our life, wherever we are and whatever we’re doing- in public or in private. God desires for us to be single-minded. If we are double-minded we will be unstable, even in our devotion to God.

James 1:8 NKJV

“He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

Anything can take our attention away from God, both good and bad things. Good activities, including church programs, schedules, and campaigns, as well as bad circumstances, such as worry, fear, sickness and tragedy, can distract us from God. Anything that we allow to crowd out our time with God separates us from intimacy with Him. How we spend our time gives us a good idea of what things are the most important to us.

Matthew 6:19-21

“Lay not up for yourself treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

These verses tell us not to store up treasure on earth, but to store up treasure in heaven. It tells us that where our treasures are there our hearts will be also. We must not let ourselves become distracted by things or people in our love and devotion to God. Anna is an example of a person that was devoted to God and to ministering to Him. She was an elderly prophetess, maybe around 106 years old. She lived in Jerusalem. Anna was married for seven years when her husband died. The Bible tells us that Anna stayed in the temple day and night worshipping God. She spent all her time praying and fasting. She spent her time ministering to God.

Luke 2:36-37 NKJV

“Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.”

Anna was in the temple when Joseph and Mary brought baby Jesus to present to the Lord. When she saw Jesus, she immediately gave thanks to God. She physically saw what God had already shown her in the spirit.

The dictionary tells us that devotion means having a strong attachment or attraction to a person or cause. To be devoted is to be dedicated, to be completely applied to some activity, purpose, or person. To have devotion to someone or something means you won’t allow anything to distract you from doing what needs to be done.

Anna was devoted to worshiping God. She had a strong affection for God, and completely dedicated her whole life to ministering to Him through prayer and worship. She didn’t let anything distract her from her purpose. Her purpose was worshiping God and she knew it. Fulfilling her purpose brought great joy and blessings to her. God showed Anna His secret, who the Redeemer was, because of her intimate relationship with Him.

Luke 2:38 NKJV

“And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.”

First and most importantly we should be devoted to God. Nothing should ever distract us. We should be devoted to knowing Him, obeying Him. and to living a life that is pleasing to Him. We should not be lukewarm concerning our devotion to God and to the things of God.

Like Anna, during our times of intimacy with God, He will whisper secrets, mysteries and revelations into our ear. When we draw close to God, we begin to experience peace and joy that we can’t find anywhere else. When we fill ourselves up with God’s purpose, to worship Him, our souls will find a special delight.

 

 

 

 

Review

1. Devotion to God involves _________ ________________ of our life, wherever we are and whatever we’re doing- in public or in private.

2. What can take our attention away from God?

 

3. How we spend our time gives us a good idea of what things are the most ___________________ to us.

4. The Bible tells us that Anna stayed in the temple day and night ___________________ God.

5. Anna was in the temple when Joseph and Mary brought baby _____________ to present to the Lord.

6. What did Anna do when she saw baby Jesus?

 

7. To have devotion to someone or something means you won’t allow anything to ________________ you from doing what needs to be done.

8. We should be devoted to knowing God, obeying God. and to ______________ ___ __________ that is pleasing to God.

9. We should not be ___________________ concerning our devotion to God and to the things of God.

 

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“Once Upon A Time A Snake Walked And Talked”

ONCE UPON A TIME A SNAKE WALKED AND TALKED

Theme: garden

 

Memory Verse: Genesis 3:8

 

Bible Truth: We cannot hide our sin from God.

 

Bible Text:

Genesis 2:7-9

Genesis 2:15 -24

Genesis 3:1-7

Romans 5:12

Genesis 3:8-11

Genesis 3:12-23

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – Once Upon A Time A Snake Walked And Talked

God had created a beautiful world in which for man to live. After that He made a lovely garden for the purpose of being man’s home. It had everything that man needed. It was filled with all types of plants, trees, and animals. God told Adam , “You may eat of every tree in the garden except one. You are not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. If you eat from that tree you will die.”

The garden paradise was a wonderful place to live. Adam and Eve enjoyed many walks in the garden. In the evening God Himself would even come down and walk and talk with them. One day while Adam and Eve were walking in the garden they were approached by a serpent.

“Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’” asked the serpent.

Eve answered, “ God said that we could eat from any of the trees in the garden except the one in the middle. If we eat it or touch it God said that we would die.”

“You won’t really die. If you eat of it you will be like God. That’s why He doesn’t want you to eat it,” said the serpent.

Adam and Eve were tempted by what the serpent had said so they went to the middle of the garden to look at the tree of knowledge of good and evil. When Eve looked at the tree and the fruit that was on it, she thought about how good the fruit looked and how good it must taste. The fruit was very desirable to Eve, so she took a piece of fruit from the tree and she took a bite out of it. Then she handed the fruit to Adam and he too took a bite.

As soon as Adam ate the fruit their eyes were opened – they now had knowledge of good and evil. It was at this moment that they realized they were naked. They were ashamed of their nakedness so they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.

That evening, like all other evenings, God came down for His walk with Adam and Eve. These walks were very special to God as well as to Adam and Eve. “Adam……Adam,” called God.

Adam and Eve hid themselves under the trees because they were so afraid. They knew that they had disobeyed God and they were both afraid and ashamed.

“Where are you Adam?” God called out.

“I heard Your voice calling me and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid myself,” answered Adam.

“Naked? Who told you that you were naked?” asked God. “Have you eaten from the one tree that I told you not to?”

“The woman that You gave me as a helper gave me some to eat and I ate it,” said Adam.

“Eve, what is this that you have done?” asked God.

The serpent deceived me and I ate the fruit off the tree,” answered Eve.

God looked at the serpent and said to him, “Because you have done this you will crawl on your belly from now on.”

God then told Adam and Eve the punishment that they would receive for disobeying Him and thereby causing sin to enter into the world. After that God them clothes made tunics of animal skin.

Then God said, “The man now knows good and evil so we must make him leave the garden before he eats from the tree of life and lives forever.” So God drove Adam and Eve out of the garden an d placed a cherubim at the entrance to guard it.

This disobedience became known as the “fall of man.”

3. Praise and Worship Songs –

1. ______________________________________

2.______________________________________

4. Memory Verse

Genesis 3:8 “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.”

5. In The Garden

God made man from clay and placed him in a beautiful garden. The man’s name was Adam.

Genesis 2:7-9 NKJV “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”

The task of working in the garden and taking care of it was given to Adam by God.

Genesis 2:15 NKJV “Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.”

Adam was told that he could eat of every tree in the garden except one, the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This was the first command that God gave and it was serious. The penalty for disobedience was death, separation from God.

Genesis 2:16-17 NKJV “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;
but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

God knew that it was not good for man to be alone – he needed a companion and helpmate. In all of God’s creation, there was not a suitable companion for Adam, so God formed a woman using one of Adam’s ribs. The woman was named Eve.

Genesis 2:18-24 NKJV “And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”
Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.
So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

6. Game – Remember God’s Commands – Elephant Trunk

The commands that God gives us are for our own good. They are given to help us not hurt us. We must remember what He has commanded us and act upon what we know.

Elephants have very good memories.

Need:

2 stockings

2 small bats or sticks

empty cans

 

Divide the group into two teams. Line up the teams. Give the first person on each team a stocking. The goal is to knock over cans using a baseball bat hanging from panty hose worn on the head.

At the signal the first person on each team will run to where their cans are stacked and knock them over. They will then run back to their team. The next person in line will repeat the process. You will need someone to restack the cans for each team. The team that finishes first is the winner.

7. Satan Appears To Adam and Eve

One day as they walked in the garden, a serpent questioned Eve concerning God’s command. The serpent was really Satan. He wanted to ruin God’s beautiful creation by getting Adam and Eve to disobey God. Satan hates God and he would do anything to get at God.

Genesis 3:1 NKJV “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

Eve explained they could eat from all trees except one.

Genesis 3:2-3 NKJV “And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;
but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”

Satan questioned God’s word, then he openly lied to Eve, contradicting what God had said. Then he used the tantalizing bait that they could be more like God by having their eyes opened, knowing things they currently didn’t know. Eve thought the tree was good for food and desirable to make one wise despite God himself telling Adam that eating from the tree would only lead to death. Satan assured her that she and Adam would not die but would be like God, knowing good and evil. Why would they accept the word of a talking serpent over the word of God? Did they doubt God’s word and God’s motives?

Genesis 3:4-5 NKJV “Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.
For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Eve disobeyed God and ate the fruit, then she gave some to Adam. They didn’t just ignorantly decide to eat the fruit, nor did they eat it because they were made to. Satan’s outright lies and cunning half-truths brought something to the surface of their minds. Did they desire to be like God? Did they resent serving God?

Genesis 3:6-7 NKJV “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.”

8. Game – Jesus Is My Covering Musical Chairs

After God had confronted Adam and Eve about their sin, He made a covering for them out of animal sin. God gives us a “covering” for our sin also. However, we have to accept this “covering”.

God tells us that if we will turn to Him and accept Jesus as our Savior, then turn away from sin, our sins will be forgiven. Some people get too busy in their lives to accept God’s offer. Even after some people accept Jesus as Savior, they get too busy to have a special friendship with Him. God wants to forgive our sins and He wants us to take time to know Him.

Say: We’re going to play a game of musical chairs. When the music stops find a chair to sit in. The person left standing will represent someone who accepted the covering provided for us by Jesus. The last person left is the winner.

 

9. Sin, Pride and Disobedience

The sin of pride that led to Satan’s fall had now infected the hearts and minds of Adam and Eve, and the result was the same: shame, loss of wisdom, ruin and death. This disobedience is how sin entered the world. It ruined God’s perfect creation.

Romans 5:12 NKJV “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned”

Since then, every person who has been born has a sinful nature. This sinful nature does not want to please God and causes man to be separated from God. Once they ate the fruit (disobeyed God) their eyes were open and they realized they were naked. They were ashamed and tried to hide their nakedness by sewing fig leaves together for clothing. That evening God came to the garden to walk and talk with Adam and Eve as usual. When they heard God’s voice they hid because they were afraid. They did not want God to know that they had disobeyed.

Genesis 3:8-9 NKJV “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”

 

Genesis 3:10-11 NKJV “So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”

10. Game – Simon Says

Play “Simon Says” for about 5 minutes. When a person is out they must sit down.

As we played “Simon Says” there were people who got out right away. They heard my voice, but they weren’t paying attention or didn’t understand what I said when they heard so they didn’t obey. Some people are like these people with God’s Word. They hear the Word of God, but they don’t listen carefully and obey it.

The second group of players that got out, did what I said for a while, but not for the whole game. Some people are like these people with spiritual things. They obey God’s Word for a time, but then they turn away from God because of bad things that happen in their lives or because they give in to temptation that come. They stop trying to please or obey God.

The third group listened and obeyed my words the entire time. They persevered and worked hard to stay in the game. That’s like people who listen to and obey God’s Word their entire lives. They don’t stop obeying God when they’re tempted to do wrong or when bad things happen in their lives. They persevere, or follow through, on their decision to live for God.

Maybe you have accepted God into your life, but you feel like sleeping in on Sundays or doing and saying the things others at school do. Don’t give in to temptation! Make up your mind today to obey God – then obey Him! Heaven will be your reward.

 

11. Consequences

God questioned Adam and Eve about their disobedience. We see the sin of pride showing through in their replies. Neither one accepted personal responsibility. Eve blamed the serpent ( “The serpent deceived me”) and Adam blamed Eve ( “The woman you gave to be with me enticed me.).

These are not the responses of broken and contrite spirit or heart.

Genesis 3:12-14 NKJV “Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”
And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life.”

In the midst of the disappointment, God promised that one day He would send One who would have victory over Satan and put away sin. He would send a Redeemer – the Messiah. The One whom He was speaking about was Jesus Christ. He said that Jesus would destroy Satan and restore them to a right relationship with Him. However, in the meantime man could only approach God with a blood sacrifice. This animal acted as a substitute for the penalty of sin until the Lamb of God (Jesus Christ) would come and redeem man.

Genesis 3:15 NKJV “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”

Because of God’s great love and mercy for man, God made clothes from animal skins to cover Adam and Eve.

Genesis 3:21 NKJV “Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.”

The serpent, Adam and Eve all were to suffer the consequences of God’s judgment because of their sin.

Genesis 3:16-19 NKJV “To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.”
Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.
Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field.
In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”

Adam and Eve were sent out of the garden as well as other punishments. Angels with flaming swords were placed at the entrance to the garden to guard the tree of life. God did not want Adam and Eve to eat from the tree of life after they had disobey because He did not want them to be doomed to live forever in their sinful state.

Genesis 3:22-23 NKJV “Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”—
therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.
So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.”

12. Worship Song – ________________________________

13. Challenge and Altar Call

God expects obedience. When we don’t obey it effects us and everyone else. God gives us rules for our own good – not to hurt us but to help us. We can build a fence against temptations. There are several things we can do to build fences that hold back temptations. Listening in church, reading the Bible and obeying it, talking to God in prayer, and spending time with Christian friends are all ways to help strengthen us in resisting temptations. We should examine our hearts to see if there is any disobedience (or other sins) in it. What is on our insides will eventually come out. Just like God provided Adam and Eve with a physical covering because of their sin, He has provided us a spiritual covering because of our sin.

 

Allow the children time to pray.

Are there temptations in your life that are hard to resist?

Are you building “fences” against them?

Have you accepted responsibility for your sin and asked God to forgive you?

Have you accepted Jesus as your Redeemer?

 

14. Refreshments or a light meal

 

15. Crafts

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16. Dismissal

 

 

 

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“Once Upon A Time In A Secret Garden”

 

ONCE UPON A TIME IN A SECRET GARDEN

Theme: garden

Memory Verse: Genesis 2:16-17

Bible Truth: God gave man a choice.

 

 

 

Bible Text:

Genesis 2:8-9

1 John 2:15-16

Genesis 2:10-14

Genesis 2:15-17

Genesis 1:26-28

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – Once Upon A Time In A Secret Garden

Once upon a time in a far off land God planted a garden. It was a very extraordinary place. In it God made every tree grow that was beautiful. The fruit that the trees produced was very delicious. In the middle of this garden, God placed two very, very special trees; the tree of life, the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

The special garden was watered by a river that flowed from Eden. After the river flowed from the garden it divided and became four rivers; Pishon, Gihon, Hiddekel, and Euphrates.

After creating this marvelous, sinless, and peaceful place God took Adam and placed him in it. Adam was to take care of the garden which was called the garden of Eden.

“You may eat of every tree in the garden except one. You are not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. If you eat from that tree you will die,” said God.

After instructing Adam on what he was to do and not do, God brought all the animals to Adam one type at a time to see what he would call them. The name that Adam chose was the name that God gave the animals.

After naming all the animals and birds God saw that there was not a suitable mate for Adam. So God caused a deep sleep to come upon Adam. While Adam was asleep God took a rib from Adam, then made a woman from it. After creating the woman God brought her to Adam to be his mate and helper.

When Adam saw the woman he said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”

Adam and Eve were both naked and they were not ashamed of it.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1.__________________________________________

2.__________________________________________

4. Memory Verse

Genesis 2:16-17 “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surly die.’ ”

5. The Garden of Eden

The Garden of Eden is described in the Bible as a wonderful and beautiful place and the original home of man. The exact location of the Garden of Eden is impossible to know for certainty.

Genesis 2:8-9 NKJV “The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.
And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”

We see from the above scriptures that God made man and immediately gave him a home. God called it the Garden of Eden. God personally planted the garden – He personally designed a special garden where man would live. The word “Eden” means “delight.” This garden was beautiful to look upon and there was good food for man. God appreciates beauty and He gave man within his makeup the ability to appreciate beauty also.

Genesis 2:8 NKJV “The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.”

The term Eden is not explained except that it is eastward. The planting of a garden is a touch of God’s meticulous, loving, and personal care toward His creation.

Genesis 2:9 NKJV “And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”

As created, man was able to enjoy beautiful and pleasant sights – something that would later become corrupted by sin and give rise to lust

1 John 2:15-16 NKJV “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.”

6. Game – God Provides For Our Needs Relay

Need: The front of cereal boxes – one for each child playing.

Cut the front of the cereal boxes into eight pieces each – keep each one separate (use a paper clip or baggie for each one).

Genesis 2:16-17 “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surly die.’ ”

Divide the class into teams. Line the teams up into rows. Give each child a puzzle ( the front of a cereal box that has been cut into eight pieces). At the signal the first person on each team will run to the front and assemble their puzzle. After their puzzle is together, they will say the memory verse then run back to their team. The process continues until a team is finished. The team that finishes first is the winner.

7. The Four Rivers

The Bible reveals that a river flowed out of the garden and was divided into four branches. The four branches were: the Tigris, Euphrates, Pishon, and Gihon. With great care, God prepared the habitation of His people, including their water supply.

Genesis 2:10-14 NKJV “Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around the whole land of Cush. The name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is the one which goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.”

The names Pishon, Gihon, Hiddekel, and Euphrates relate to later rivers that were known to the first readers of the text. The Flood obliterated earlier river courses, therefore later rivers likely would only approximate the location of the original ones. In the world today the Tigris (Hiddekel) and Euphrates rivers flow from the Persian Gulf up and through the countries of Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. The other two branches, the Pishon, and Gihon are a mystery. The lack of present day reference indicates to us that the Garden of Eden can not be placed geographically in the world today. The geography of the post-flood earth is much different than what earlier existed.

 

8. Game – Four Rivers Soccer Roll

Need: 2 teams of equal number, 2 small soccer balls, 8 markers.

Label the markers our rivers : Pishon, Gihon, Hiddekel, and Euphrates (need 2 of each )

Line the children up in 2 rows. Place the markers in position.

*     *     *     *                                            children

*     *     *     *                                            children

Give the first person on each team a small soccer ball. At the signal the first person on each team is to roll the ball with their feet around the 4 markers, then back to their team. The next person on the team will do the same. The first team to finish is the winner.

9. The Two Trees

The Garden of Eden was an extraordinarily garden. It had choice specimens of the finest trees and plants. Two trees of very special importance were planted in the center of the garden, the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 2:17 NKJV “but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Genesis 2:15 NKJV “Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.”

God give man permission and restriction. The permission was broad and the restriction was narrow. Man could do almost anything he wanted – he could eat of every tree except one.

Genesis 2:16-17 NKJV “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

The tree of knowledge of good and evil suggests “full knowledge”. We know little about this tree, but what do know is: Adam was told not to eat of the tree and that the penalty for disobeying this command was death – separation from God’s presence.

10. Game – Two Trees Basketball Dribble

Need

A poster board with two trees drawn on it (label the trees: the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil)

2 basketballs (or other balls that will bounce)

 

Divide the group into two teams. Line the children up in two rows a short distance from the poster. Give the first person on each team a ball that will bounce. At the signal the first person on each team will dribble the ball to the sign and say the names of the two trees, then dribble the ball back to their team and give it to the next person. The process will continue until everyone on one team has had a turn. The team that finishes first is the winner.

11. Man’s First Home

The garden was man’s home. It was perfectly prepared however, it had to be tended to and cared for. Even the Biblical paradise required work. What God gave to man (a home / the Garden of Eden), He required man to be responsible for. The garden needed dressing and keeping. To cultivate the garden and be sustained by it was to be the occupation of man. Man was not to be waited on hand and foot but was given a job and purpose – to be productive in providing the management of the Garden.

Genesis 1:26-28 NKJV “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

12. Worship Song – _____________________________

13. Challenge and Altar Call

* Just as God took special care in providing for Adam and Eve, He takes special care in providing for your needs.

* Just as God was concerned about Adam and Eve’s need, He is concerned about your needs.

* Just like God gave Adam a job or purpose, He has given you one also.

* Just as God gave Adam and Eve a restriction, He has given you restrictions also.

* Just as God gave Adam and Eve a choice – to obey or to disobey, God has given you a choice also – to obey Him or to disobey Him.

*Just as the penalty for disobeying God was separation from God for Adam and Eve, so is the penalty for us for disobeying.

 

Give the children a chance to pray concerning the following:

Have you thanked God for providing for your needs?

Have you went to God in prayer about your concerns?

Are you fulfilling God’s purpose for your life?

Are you obeying God’s commands?

Have you asked for forgiveness for your sins and disobeying God?

14. Refreshments or a light meal

 

15. Crafts

 

16. Dismissal

 

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“Once Upon A Time Clay Came To Life”

ONCE UPON A TIME CLAY CAME TO LIFE

Theme:  Adam and Eve, clay

Memory Verse:  Genesis 1:27

 

Bible Truth:  God created people in His image.

 

Bible Text:

Genesis 1:27

Genesis 2:7-22

Jeremiah 29:11

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – Clay Comes To Life

Once upon a time what was just ordinary clay or dirt became a living, breathing, and talking human being. God had just finished creating a beautiful world. He looked around and everything that He created was good. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. Let them rule over all creation.”

So God took some clay from the ground and formed man. Then He breathed into the man’s nose and the man became a living being. God named the man Adam.

Everything that was made was made by the spoken word of God, except man. God breathed a breath of life into man instead. Only man was created in the image and likeness of God.

After looking at all His creation God realized that there was not a suitable mate for Adam. God said, “It is not good for man to live alone.” God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam. While Adam was asleep God took a rib from him, then He made a woman from the rib that He had taken from Adam.

God allowed Adam to name the woman. The name that Adam choose was Eve.

3. Praise and Worship Songs –

1. _________________________________________

2. _________________________________________

4. Memory Verse

Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them.”

5. Game -Cup Stacking Relay

Need:

2 teams (everyone can play, however the teams need to be even)

Cups to stack (stacking cups) / 10 per team

Line the teams up in 2 rows. At the signal the first girl on each team will run to the cups and stack them up.

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Then they will unstack them and run back to their team. The next girl will do the same and so on. The team that finishes first is the winner.

6. God Creates Adam

After God made the earth, He scooped up dust from the ground and used it to form a man. God breathed life into the man and named Him Adam.

Genesis 2:7 NKJV “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”

Then God made a garden where Adam could live. It was in a place called Eden. The garden had a river flowing through it and lots of beautiful flowers and trees.

Genesis 2:8-15 NKJV “The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around the whole land of Cush.
The name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is the one which goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates. Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.”

After God created Adam, He gave to him dominion over all His creation and the garden of Eden as a home to tend it and keep it. In the center of the garden, God planted two special trees. One was the tree of life. The other was the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The only gave one restriction: that God gave Adam was that he must never eat from this tree. If he did, Adam would know what it meant to participate in evil, and the result would be banishment and death. The death that God was referring to was separation from Him.

Genesis 2:16-17 NKJV “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

7. Game – In God’s Image Relay

Need:

2 teams (everyone can play, however the teams need to be even)

2 mirrors

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them.”

Genesis 1:27

Line the teams up in two rows. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the front and pick up a mirror and say, “I AM CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE.” Then they will run back to their team. The next person will do the same and so on. The team that finishes first is the winner.

8. God Creates Eve

In the garden, God brought all the animals to Adam for him to name them. Adam was lonely because he was alone – there was not a companion for him.

Genesis 2:18-20 NKJV “And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.”

God put Adam to sleep and made a woman from a rib from Adam. The woman was named Eve.

Genesis 2:21-22 NKJV “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.”

9.Tic-Tac-Toe Review Game

Need: poster board, 16 index cards, tape

Draw a large tic-tac-toe board on the poster board.

On 8 index cards write a “O” and on 8 index cards write an “X”.

Divide the class into two teams. Place the tic-tac-toe board a short distance from the teams. Give one team the “O” cards and the other team the “X” cards.

Ask the teams questions, one at a time. If they answer the question correctly the may place one of their cards on the board. The first team that gets three of their cards in a row is the winner.

1. According to Genesis 1:27, we are created in the ________________ of God.

image

2. After God made the earth, He scooped up dust from the ground and used it to form a man. What did He name the man?

Adam

3. According to Genesis 2:7, God formed man of the dust of the ground, and _______________ into his nostrils.

breathed

4. What did God call the garden He made for Adam to live?

Eden

5. In the center of the garden, God planted two special trees. What were they?

One was the tree of life. The other was the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

6. What was the only restriction God gave Adam?

Never eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

7. If Adam ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil the result would be banishment and death. What type of death was God referring to?

spiritual death – separation from God

8. Who named the animals?

Adam

9. God put Adam to sleep and made a woman from a __________ from Adam.

rib

10. What was the woman named?

Eve

11. All people are beautiful to God and He desires a ____________________ with each one of them.

relationship

12. What does unique mean?

Being different from others in a way that makes you special and worthy of note.

13. According to Jeremiah 29:11 God’s thoughts toward us are of ___________ and not of evil. He desires to give each of us a future and a hope.

peace

14. It is up to each one of us to ___________ the path that God has laid out before us.

walk

15. Before you were even born, God knew you and had a ___________ for you.

plan

16. Through __________ we can truly be made new.

Jesus

10. Worship Song – ____________________________________

11. Challenge and Altar Call- God Made You Unique

God created all people. He made everyone according to his own special plan. And all people are beautiful to God and He desires a relationship with each one of them.

The dictionary describes unique as being different from others in a way that makes you special and worthy of note. You are one of a kind and special. God made you unique and He has a very special plan for your life.

Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

The plan that God has for you is not the same plan that He has for someone else. It is up to each one of us to walk the path that God has laid out before us. Not someone else’ path, but our path.

God’s plan for us is filled with hope. God’s plan for you is a good plan, not an evil plan. Before you were even born, God knew you and had a plan for you. God never makes mistakes and there are no accidents with God.

Each one of us was created to be like God in righteousness and holiness. Through Jesus we can truly be made new.

 

Give the children time to pray.

 God’s first plan for you is for you to be made new through His Son, Jesus. Have you accepted this plan for your life?

Have you allowed Jesus to create in you a clean heart?

Are you growing in your relationship with God?

12. Refreshments or light meal

 

 

13. Craft

 

14. Dismissal

 

 

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“Once Upon A Time In A Dark Land”

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Theme:  creation

Memory Verse:  Genesis 1:1

Bible Truth:  God made the world and all that is in the world.

 

Bible Text:

Genesis 1:1-2:3

John 1:1-3

 

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – Once Upon A Time The Whole World Was Dark

Once upon a time a long time ago the whole world was dark and empty. There was no light to be found anywhere.

As the Spirit of God hovered over the waters He said, “Let there be light.” God is very powerful and what He speaks always happens. At the command of His voice, light filled the world. God called the light areas Day and the dark areas Night. This day became known as the first day of creation.

“It is good,” thought God as He looked out over all the glorious light beaming across the sky.

The next day as God gazed at the waters He said, “Let there be a firmament to divide the waters. All the sudden part of the waters gathered into a liquid state and part of the waters turned into moisture in the atmosphere. Many today refer to this beautiful firmament as the sky or heavens.

“It is good,” thought God as He looked at the blue sky.

The third day brought many lovely colors into the world. For on the third day God gathered the waters into one place and called them Seas. After that God made land appear above the surface of the seas.

“It is good,” thought God as He looked at the land on which He had placed many, many colorful trees and plants.

The next day God placed twinkling stars in the sky. As God thought about His new creation His mind was thinking about what to make that could rule the day and night. A large light was created to rule the day. We call this large light the sun. After that God created something that could rule the night by reflecting light. We know this reflecting light as the moon. The moon emits no light of its own. It only reflects light from the sun.

God said, “Let there be an abundance of living creatures in the sea, and let birds to fly in sky,“ on fifth day. And it was so. As God looked at His new creation it was good and He blessed it.

The next day, God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures.” At that instant all the animals in the world appeared in response to the voice of God.

God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit looked at all creation. “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. Let them rule over all creation,” said God. So man was created in the very image and likeness of God.

For six days God had worked creating the heavens and the earth, and every thing in them. On the seventh day God ended His work and He rested. Then God blessed the seventh day because it was the day the He rested from all His work.

So once upon a time a long time ago what was dark and empty became bright and full of life.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1.________________________________

2.________________________________

4. Memory Verse

Genesis 1:1 NKJV “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

5. God Made The World

God made the world, and all that is in the world, and the entire universe out of nothing. He spoke His Word, and everything came into existence. This is referred to as creation. God created the world in six days.

In the beginning there was God – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. There was no earth, sky, sea, sun, moon , stars, animals, plants or people. Just God and darkness. All three (God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Ghost) were present at creation.

Genesis 1:1-2 NKJV “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”

 

John 1:1-3 NKJV “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

 

Genesis 1:26 NKJV “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

God spoke in the darkness: “Let there be light!” And right away there was light, scattering the darkness and showing the infinite space.

Genesis 1:1-2 NKJV “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”

“That’s good!” said God. “From now on, when it’s dark it will be ‘night” and when it’s light, it will be ‘day’.” The evening came and the night passed and then the light returned. That was the first day.

Genesis 1:3-5 NKJV “Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.”

6. Game -“Kangaroo Hop” Relay Race

Need:

A sign with the Bible verse on it.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Genesis 1:1 NKJV

Line the two teams up in two rows. Tape the sign a short distance from the teams. At the signal the first person on each team is to hop to the front and say the Bible verse, then hop back to their team. The next person on the team will do the same thing. The team that finishes first is the winner.

7. Day 2, 3 and 4 Of Creation

On the second day, God created sky to separate the waters. God made the earth and over it He carefully hung a vast blue sky. God created a great water canopy in the heavens above the earth. This created a green house effect over all the earth. The canopy kept climatic conditions stable which would account for the lack of rain fall which unstable weather condition would cause. Later as recorded in Genesis 6, God opened the fountains of heaven (the canopy) and rain fell on the earth for the first time in the Great Flood. God stood back and admired His creation. “That’s good too!”

Genesis 1:6-8 NKJV “Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.”

The “firmament” here refers to the atmospheric heaven where the clouds are as well as the celestial heaven where the stars are.

God gathered all the water together on the third day, so that dry land appeared for the first time. He put all the water in one place and all the dry land in another. When He had finished that, God made plants to cover the land. All sorts of plants, trees and grasses began to grow.

Genesis 1:9-13 NKJV “Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the third day.”

Then, on the forth day God put lights in the heavens. God created the sun, moon, and the stars. He placed them in the firmament (heavens) to provide light for the earth, and to provide seasons for each year. He made a big light for the day and a smaller light for the night. He also made stars on this day. God made the sun to light the sky during the day and the moon and stars to add a bit of sparkle to the night.

Genesis 1:14-19 NKJV “Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.”

8. Game – Creation Balloon Pop Match-up

Need:

24 balloons

2 large trash bags

Small slips of paper with the following written on them (need 2 copies of each):

Day 1

day and night

Day 2

sky

Day 3

land, mountains, beaches, rivers, lakes, oceans, trees, grass, flowers, plants

Day 4

sun, moon, and stars

Day 5

things in the water and in the air

Day 6

animals, man and woman

 

 

Put one slip of paper in each balloon and blow up. Be sure to keep the two sets of balloons separate. Place each set in a large trash bag.

Divide the group into two teams. Place the teams in different areas. Give each team a bag of balloons. At the signal they will open their bag and pour out their balloons onto the floor and begin to stomp on them. The object is to get the slips of papers out of the balloons and correctly match them up. The first team to do so is the winner.

Correct match-up is:

Day 1 – day and night

Day 2 – sky

Day 3 – land, mountains, beaches, rivers, lakes, oceans, trees, grass, flowers, plants

Day 4 – sun, moon, and stars

Day 5 – things in the water and in the air

Day 6 – animals, man and woman

9. Day 5,6 and 7

On the fifth day God turned his attention to the water he had collected in the oceans. God created the fish and all other living creatures in the oceans and the lakes. He also created the birds to fly above the earth.

Genesis 1:20-23 NKJV “Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.”

So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”

On the sixth day God made all the animals that live on the land. It was on this day that God created man, and He created man in His own image. He also created the animals on the sixth day, and He placed man in charge of all the animals. He told man to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. God looked around and was happy with all He had made. After six days, the whole universe was completed

Genesis 1:24-31 NKJV “Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so.
Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”

 

On the seventh day, God ceased from His labor and established the Sabbath. He rested and enjoyed looking at all He had made.

Genesis 2:1-3 NKJV “Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.
And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.”

10. GameIn The Beginning Picture Race

Need :

tape

two baskets

2 poster boards divided into 6 parts (do not cut poster board – draw lines on it to make the six sections). Number each section of the board (1-6)

Two small copies of the following (they will be placed in the six sections):

day and night

sky

mountains, sandy beaches, rivers, lakes, oceans

trees, grass, flowers, plants

sun and moon

fish, birds, butterflies

animals, man and woman

Need 2 teams of six people or less. Line the teams up in two rows. At the signal the first person on each team will run to their poster and basket. They will pick out what was created on that day and tape it to the poster. Then run back to their team. The next person will do the same.

The team that correctly places all the small pictures on the right section will be the winner.

 

Day 1 – day and night

Day 2 – sky

Day 3 – land, mountains, sandy beaches, rivers, lakes, oceans, trees, grass, flowers, plants

Day 4 – sun, moon, and stars

Day 5 – things in the water and in the air

Day 6 – animals, man and woman

10. Worship Song – _______________________________________

11. Life Application and Challenge

In the beginning God fashioned everything anew. He changed disorder into order and emptiness into fullness. The heavens and the earth were recreated. What was void, empty, and dark (evil) became full and full of light.

Just by His words, God gave the world physical light. God declared that the light He had created was good, then He named the light and dark. By naming them, God showed He was Lord over them and that He had power over them.

The ultimate goal and purpose of creation was for the divine light of God to shine throughout the world, transforming everything. Even darkness itself was transformed by the light that God created.

God has always divided the light from the dark.

Just as the natural light was separated from the dark, one day the spiritual light (those who have a right relationship with God) will be separated from the spiritual dark (those who do not have a right relationship with God).

 

Give the children time to pray.

1. Are you in a right relationship with God?

2. Where will you be when God divides the light from the dark?

3. Are you allowing God’s light to shine through you?

12. Refreshments or light meal

13. Crafts

 

14. Dismissal

 

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Determined To Obey God

VEGETABLESDetermined To Obey God

Memory Verse: Daniel 4:20

Life Application: God will honor our faithfulness.

Bible Text:

Daniel 1:1-21

2 Kings 20:16-18

Leviticus 11:47

Ezekiel 4:13

Deuteronomy 32:37-38

 

 

When Jehoiakim the king of Judah had ruled Judah for three years King Nebuchadnezzar sent soldiers to overthrow Jerusalem. King Nebuchadnezzar’s solders took some items from the house of God.

Daniel 1:1-2  NKJV    “In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the articles of the house of God, which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the articles into the treasure house of his god.”

          Many years before, Isaiah had prophesied to Hezekiah that his descendants would be taken captive to serve the king of Babylon.

2 Kings 20:16-18  NKJV     “Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord: ‘Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and what your fathers have accumulated until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left,’ says the Lord. ‘And they shall take away some of your sons who will descend from you, whom you will beget; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’”

          King Nebuchadnezzar instructed Ashkenazy, the master of his eunuchs, to bring back strong, healthy, and intelligent young men from the royal families in Jerusalem. The king wanted these young men to serve in his palace. They were be taught the Chaldean language and literature. This training was to last for three years, and at the end of that period of time they would serve the king. Once in Babylon, as part of their preparation for service the king ordered them given a daily provision of his food and wine.

Daniel 1:3-5  NKJV     “Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king’s descendants and some of the nobles, young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans. And the king appointed for them a daily provision of the king’s delicacies and of the wine which he drank, and three years of training for them, so that at the end of that time they might serve before the king.”

          The young men that were taken were given new Babylonian names. Four of these young men were given the names  Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. The Babylonians wanted these Jewish young men to forget their God. They thought a name change would help in making them forget. But a name change could not make them forget the true, loving, and holy God they served.

Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego knew that a name change would not change how they feel about God or their option of Him, or their trust in Him.

Daniel 1:6-7  NKJV     “Now from among those of the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. To them the chief of the eunuchs gave names: he gave Daniel the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abed-Nego.”

         The Jewish young men knew that God had given specific dietary laws for His people to follow.  The food ordered for them by the king was not prepared according to their Jewish laws, therefore they did not want to eat it. Also the king customarily offered his food and drink first to a false god.

Leviticus 11:47  NKJV     “to distinguish between the unclean and the clean, and between the animal that may be eaten and the animal that may not be eaten.’”

 

Ezekiel 4:13  NKJV     “Then the Lord said, “So shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, where I will drive them.”

 

Deuteronomy 32:37-38  NKJV     “He will say: ‘Where are their gods, The rock in which they sought refuge? Who ate the fat of their sacrifices, And drank the wine of their drink offering? Let them rise and help you, And be your refuge.”

               For Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego to eat the food first offered to idols would be a sign that they believed in those false gods. They decided not to make themselves impure  by eating the kings food, because they did not want to displease God.

Daniel 1:8  NKJV     “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”

             The four young men did not want to defile themselves, so Daniel asked Ashkenazy, the master of the eunuchs, for permission not to eat the king’s food. They wanted to eat the food that God had instructed them to.

Daniel 1:9-10  NKJV     “And the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse than the young men who are your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king.”

           Ashkenazy was afraid to allow the young men to eat something other than the food the king had ordered. He feared that the king would have him killed if Daniel and his friends looked worse than the other young men.

Daniel 1:11-13  NKJV     “So Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.”

           Daniel was determined not to eat the king’s food, or drink his wine so, he asked the chief of the eunuchs to give them a test for ten days. For  these ten days they would eat only vegetables and drink water. After these ten days he could examine their appearance and compare it to the young men that eat the kings food and drink his wine.

Daniel 1:14  NKJV     “So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days.”

             The steward granted Daniel and his friends a ten-day test. It is quiet possible that others made fun of them for not eating the same food, but they did what was right. They did not take into their bodies that which displeased God.

Daniel 1:15-16  NKJV     “And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies. Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.”

                After the ten-day period of time, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego passed the test. They were stronger and healthier than the young men that ate the kings food, and they were allowed to continue to eat vegetables.

Daniel 1:17  NKJV     “As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.”

            Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego found favor with God because of their determination to obey Him and to keep themselves pure. God gave them knowledge and wisdom.  God also gave Daniel the ability to understand dreams and visions.

Daniel 1:18-19  NKJV     “Now at the end of the days, when the king had said that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. Then the king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, therefore they served before the king.”

               When the period of their preparation was complete all the young men were all brought before the king. The king interview each one of them and Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego’s wisdom was much superior. In fact, they were found to be ten times better. God honored the young men by allowing them to serve before the king.

Daniel 1:19-20  NKJV     “Then the king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they served before the king. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm.”

               Daniel and his friends continued to serve in Babylon for many, many years. During this time God gave them more knowledge and wisdom than the kings magicians and astrologers.

Daniel 1:21  NKJV     “Thus Daniel continued until the first year of King Cyrus.”

               God honored David and his friends for their faithfulness.

 

Review

1. King Nebuchadnezzar instructed Ashkenazy to bring back strong, healthy, and intelligent young _____________ from the royal families in Jerusalem.

2. These young men were taught the Chaldean language and literature. How long did the training take?

 

3. The young men that were taken were given new Babylonian names. What were the names of four of these young men?

 

4. Why were the men given a new name?

 

5. The Jewish young men knew that _________had given specific dietary laws for His people to follow.

6. For Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego decided not to make themselves impure  by eating the kings food. Why?

 

7.  Daniel asked Ashkenazy for ________________________ not to eat the king’s food.

8. Why was Ashkenazy afraid to allow the young men to eat something other than the food the king had ordered?

 

9. After the ten-day period of time, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego were stronger and __________________ than the young men that ate the kings food.

10. Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego found favor with God because of their determination to __________ Him and to keep themselves pure.

11. How did God bless them for their faithfulness?

 

12. Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego’s were found to be ____________ times wiser than the other young men.

 

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Mary and Martha

mary and marthaMary and Martha

 

Bible Text:  Luke 10:38-42

As Jesus and His disciples were traveling they stopped in Bethany. Bethany was the home of Lazarus, Martha, and Mary, who were friends of Jesus.

One day Martha, who was in charge of running the house,  invited Jesus and His disciples to eat and rest at their house.

Martha began to prepare the meal. She was very busy cooking and making sure that Jesus and His disciples had everything she thought they needed. Martha was working very hard.

While Martha was busy working, Jesus and His disciples were sitting in another room talking. Martha felt that she needed help with the work, so she looked for her sister, Mary. She found Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus listening to His every word.

Luke 10:38-40  NKJV     “Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”

     Martha asked Jesus didn’t He care that Mary was not helping her work. Jesus responded to Martha’s complaining by telling her that only one thing is important and Mary had chosen it. Jesus also told Martha that He would not take the most important thing (worship) away from Mary.

Luke 10: 41-42  NKJV     “And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Memory Verse

“But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:42  NKJV

Life Application

Worshipping God is the most important thing.

Review

1. Bethany was the home of Lazarus, Martha, and Mary, who were friends of __________.

2. Martha, who was in charge of running the __________.

3. Martha invited Jesus and His _________________ to eat and rest at their house.

4. While Martha was busy working, Jesus and His disciples were sitting in another ________ talking.

5. Mary sitting at the ________ of Jesus listening to His every word.

6. Martha asked Jesus didn’t He care that Mary was not helping her ________.

7. Jesus also told Martha that He would not take the most __________________ thing

(worship) away from Mary.

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