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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

THE LAMB WHO IS OUR ROCK (ROCK HUNT)

Need:
rocks (various shapes and sizes – but not too big)
paint (for rocks)
prizes for the winners
bags to gather the rocks in – one per child

 

Prepare:
Before the hunt paint rocks with the following colors: yellow, black, red. white, blue, orange, green, purple, pink. The number of rocks need for painting will vary with the size of your group. The more children you have the more painted rocks you will need – you want to give each child a fair chance of finding one of each color.

You can paint the rock plain or fancy, and you can add a coordinating Bible verse on each rock if desired. You can add glitter to the yellow and pink rocks also if desired.

 

Hunt Day:
After the children are gathered together give the lesson “The Good News In Color“. The lesson can be shortened or modified depending on the ages of the children. However, keep the same meaning of the colors listed. While doing this someone could be hiding the rocks – don’t make them hard to find.

Before dismissing the children to find the rocks go over the rules, prizes and the short version of the meaning of the different colors.
Yellow – represents creation.
Black – represents sin.
Red – represents the blood of Jesus.
White – represents forgiveness.
Blue – represents water baptism.
Orange – represents baptism in the Holy Spirit.
Green – represents growing in Christ.
Purple – represents the blessed hope.
Pink – represents resurrection.

Prizes
Prizes will be given in three different ways. It is possible for a child to win three prizes – if they find the most rocks, one of each color and can say what each color represents.

* A prize will be given to the child that finds the most rocks.

* A prize will be given to each child that finds at least one of each of the different colors (yellow, black, red. white, blue, orange, green, purple, pink.) This prize should be greater in value than the prize given for the most rocks. Encourage the children to work together in trying to earn this prize. For example: If a child finds multiples of a certain color they can trade (not give) one of the multiplies with someone that needs that color.

* A prize will be given to each child that has at least one of each color, and can explain what each one represents. These prizes should be greater in value than any of the other prizes.
Yellow – represents creation.
Black – represents sin.
Red – represents the blood of Jesus.
White – represents forgiveness.
Blue – represents water baptism.
Orange – represents baptism in the Holy Spirit.
Green – represents growing in Christ.
Purple – represents the blessed hope.
Pink – represents resurrection.

Extra decorated rocks can be added to the rock hunt if desired. These rocks could be called special prize rocks and would increase the chances of more children receiving prizes.

 

 

LESSON: “The Good News In Color”

 

Psalm 62:2 NKJV

“Truly my soul silently waits for God;
From Him comes my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be greatly moved.”

Jesus is our rock and through Him we have salvation. We are going to look at nine different colors and discuss what each color represents, and how it relates to God or His plan for us.

Yellow – represents creation.

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.

Genesis 1:1 NKJV

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

In the beginning the world was beautiful and perfect.

Genesis 1:31 NKJV

“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.”

God’s most special creation was man. He created man to share a special friendship (fellowship / intimacy) with Him. The first man and woman (Adam and Eve) shared a very special friendship with God.

Black – represents sin.

When sin entered the world, through Adam and Eve’s disobedience, it stood between them and God. Man could no longer enjoy the special friendship (intimacy) that he once had with God.

God still loved man, and desired for the intimacy He once had with man to be restored. God is a holy God and sin cannot come into His holy presence therefore sin separated man from God.

Romans 3:23 NKJV

“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”

Red – represents the blood of Jesus.

God knew that sin had to be punished and that someone who had never sinned would be needed to take the punishment. Jesus Christ was the only person that never sinned, therefore He was the only person that would be acceptable as a sacrifice. Jesus made a way to God by dying on the cross for our sins.

We have been saved, delivered, healed and set free through the blood of Jesus. We have been saved from the punishment of sin by Jesus’ blood. Jesus was punished for our sins. He took our place.

Romans 5:8-9 NKJV

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him”

The blood that Jesus shed was for man’s sin. His precious blood provides atonement for our sins. Through His blood we can be restored into right fellowship with God. Because of His sacrifice we can once again experience the intimacy with God that He desires to have with us.

Jesus made a way for man to have a relationship with God again. The Bible describes Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

John 1:29 NKJV

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

The blood that Jesus shed on he cross washes away our sin.

White – represents forgiveness.

The Bible tells us that everyone has sinned. However, when we confess our sins to God and ask Him to forgive us, He will.

1 John 1:9 NKJV

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

When we ask for forgiveness we are made clean – our sins are forgiven and forgotten. We become a new creation. We are restored by Jesus to what God had originally created us to be. Everything about our lives change, because we are transformed into the likeness of Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Just like a caterpillar changes into a butterfly, we too are changed when we accept Jesus as our Savior.

Blue – represents water baptism.

Water baptism is an important part of a believer’s life. As a believer we should follow Jesus’ example in water baptism.

Matthew 3:13-17 NKJV

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Those who accepted Jesus as Savior in the time of the New Testament were baptized in water to show that they were Jesus’ followers. Jesus established the command and the Church obeyed it. We, too, should obey it. When we are baptized we are obeying Jesus, and it is a milestone (memorial) in our life. It is a time that we can return to in our memories as a specific moment that we know we declared to others that Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer.

We are baptized to show others that we have accepted Jesus as our Savior and want to follow Him and live for Him. Water baptism is also an illustration of our dying to sin and being raised to new life in Christ Jesus.

Before Jesus left to go to heaven, He left instructions about baptism.

Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV

“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Orange – represents baptism in the Holy Spirit.

John 16:5-11 NKJV

“But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.”

After Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, He stayed on earth for 40 days, appearing to many different people, then He ascended into heaven. During this time Jesus told His followers that He would send them a Helper, the Holy Spirit, after He left.

Acts 2:1-4 NKJV

“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

Being baptized with the Holy Spirit will fill you with power to live for God, to be a witness for Jesus and to draw closer to God. Being baptized with the Holy Spirit will make you a better you! Being baptized with the Holy Spirit is a wonderful gift that Jesus promised to you. As a Christian you should greatly desire to be baptized with the Holy Spirit. Next to salvation it is the most precious gift that you can receive from God. Just like salvation, you must believe that it is promised to you and you must ask for it.

Green – represents growing in Christ.

Every believer needs to grow spiritually.

2 Peter 3:18 NKJV

“but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Two things that will help you grow spiritually are reading the Bible (God’s letter to you) and praying (talking and listening to God.) We are not to study the Word of God just for the sake of acquiring more knowledge. We are to mature and be doers of the Word not just hearers. Growing (mature) in our faith is not an option. God does not want us to stay babies forever. Every aspect of our lives should experience growth.

God wants us to grow and bear fruit in His garden. The goodness or sweetness of our fruit will depend on how much time we spend with God – in prayer and in His Word.

John 15:1-6 NKJV

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”

As we draw closer to Jesus our lives will have certain fruit. This doesn’t mean that we will start sprouting fruit, but that the more time we spend getting to know Jesus, the stronger our spirit will become and the easier our fruit will be seen and like by other people. The Bible tells us that there are nine fruits of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

Purple – represents the blessed hope.

Titus 2:11-14 NKJV

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”

The blessed hope is referred to as the rapture. It is when Jesus will return to take the true Christians home to heaven.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 NKJV

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”

The Bible tells us that Jesus is coming again. One day He will appear in the sky and a trumpet will sound and those who are true Christians will go to be with Him in heaven.

John 14:1-3 NKJV

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

Jesus is in heaven right now preparing a home for us. He is also sitting at the right hand of the Father interceding, praying, for us.

Hebrews 10:12 NKJV

“But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God”

We should be ready at all times for Jesus to return because we do not know when He will come.

Matthew 24:44 NKJV

“Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

Pink – represents resurrection.

One day both the saved and the lost will be resurrected. The saved to everlasting life with God and the lost to everlasting damnation.

Revelation 20:11-15 NKJV

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

In the end everything in the world will be beautiful and perfect again. God promised He would make a new heaven, a new Jerusalem, and a new earth.

2 Peter 3:10-13 NKJV

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”

Revelation 21:1-2 NKJV

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

The new Jerusalem, will come down out of heaven and will shine with the glory of God. The city will be made of gold and will be decorated with precious jewels, and the streets will be made of pure gold, as transparent glass.

Revelation 21:18-21 NKJV

“The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.”

It will have a great wall with 12 gates made of pearls. The city will not need any light from the sun or moon because Jesus, the Lamb of God will be the light.

Revelation 21:22-23 NKJV

“But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.”

Revelation 22:1-5 NKJV

“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.”

Down the middle of the city will flow the river of life, and on each side of it will grow trees of life. The throne of God will be in the city, and people will worship God forever. There is so much more about heaven that we don’t know, and it will be far better than we could ever imagine.

God’s ultimate plan for man:

Revelation 21:3-5 NKJV

“And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”

Prayer / altar

(Allow time for praying with the children before the rock hunt.)

Jesus truly is the Lamb of God that takes away our sins , and He is the Rock of Our Salvation.

 

 

 

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Supplement To Arrows Bible Study “The Sounding Of The Trumpet”

Applying Bible Verses To My Life

1. 1 Thessalonians 4:16

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”

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2. Psalm 107:2 NKJV

“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.”

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3. John 8:36 NKJV

Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

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4. Romans 3:24

“Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”

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5. Revelation 20:11-15 NKJV

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was no place found for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

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6. 1 Corinthians 15:25 NKJV

“Then the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.”

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7. 1 Corinthians 15:52

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

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8. Micah 7:19 NKJV

“He will again have compassion on us, and subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”

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Rosh Hashanah Booklet For Children – From One Christian’s Perspective

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The Sounding Of The Trumpet

THE SOUNDING OF THE TRUMPET BIBLE STUDY

Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 15:52

 

Life Application: I must be ready for Jesus’ return.

 

Bible Text:

1 Thessalonians 4:16

1 Corinthians 15:52

Micah 7:19

Psalm 107:2

Galatians 3:13

John 8:36

Romans 3:24

Zechariah 14:4

Revelation 20:11-15

1 Corinthians 15:25

Revelation21:1-2

 

Rosh Hashanah means “head of the year” or “first of the year.” It is the Jewish New Year. It is also called the Feast of the Trumpet. The Feast of Trumpets points to the rapture, when Jesus will appear in the heavens as a bridegroom coming for His bride, the church. Some scholars feel that this feast will be fulfilled when Jesus returns to catch away His bride (the rapture), the church, to celebrate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb In heaven. Then He will return seven years later on the Day of Atonement to establish His kingdom beginning on the Feast of Tabernacles. The rapture is associated in scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:16

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”

Special prayers are recited during the Feast of Trumpets. The prayers emphasize God’s mercy, benevolence and forgiveness. The prayers encourage us to reflect on our deeds. The Feast of Trumpets is a time of offering forgiveness and seeking reconciliation with others. During the Feast of Trumpets special services are held where the Scriptures are read and songs of redemption are sung.

A popular observance during Rosh Hashanah is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol for a sweet new year. The following blessing is recited before the apples are eaten :

“Blessed are You, O lord our God. King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the tree.”

I. Rosh Hashanah is about repentance, redemption, the coming of the Messiah, judgment and creation.

A. Repentance

Repentance is turning from sin to God; changing your mind concerning sin, God, and yourself. It means to “turn back” to God. During the Feast of Trumpets the people examine their lives. They judge themselves. What have they done that God likes this past year? What have they done that God dislikes this past year?

During the Feast of Trumpets the people pray and ask for forgiveness of their sins. They ask God to blot out their transgression.

 

B. Redemption – restoration of a severed relationship with God / renewing your heart toward God.

Redemption is gaining back from another something that you owned before. It also means to buy back for the purpose of setting free from obligation, bondage, or danger. Redemption is salvation from sin, death, and the wrath of God by Jesus’ sacrifice.

 

Psalm 107:2 NKJV

“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.”

Galatians 3:13 NKJV

“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a cure for us (for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree,’).”

John 8:36 NKJV

Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

Romans 3:24 “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”

C. Second Coming Of Christ ( the coming of the Messiah – looking forward to the Second Coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ)

At the end of the Great Tribulation Jesus will return to earth. Jesus’ feet will stand on the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem. He will defeat the antichrist and throw Satan into a bottomless pit for 1000 years. Jesus will reign over the earth for 1000 years (millennial reign).

Zechariah 14:4a

“And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two…”

D. Judgment – judge yourself, so that God doesn’t have to.

When the millennial reign is over, Satan will again be loosed on earth for a short period of time. He will gather an army to fight against Jesus. Jesus will defeat Satan and his army. The earth will be destroyed by fire and sinners will be judged (The Great White Throne Judgment).

Those who died as sinners will be resurrected (removed from Hell / Hades), to stand before God to be judged for what they did (or did not do) while they were here on earth. Every person whose name is not found in the Book of Life will be thrown into the Lake of Fire.

The Lake of Fire is described several times in the Bible. It is an eternal fire. It is a fire that never goes out. It is black and dark . There will be constant torment with no end – it will NEVER stop.

The Lake of Fire will be a place of extreme suffering, where a person will always remember everything they have done or known. They will always regret not choosing to follow Jesus.

Revelation 20:11-15 NKJV

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was no place found for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

E. Creation – one day God will create the world anew.

After the final judgment, God promised a new heaven and a new earth. Jesus will give His millennial kingdom to God the Father, the Supreme Ruler. All Christians will live with God forever in a beautiful new universe. God will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death, sickness or pain.

The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, will come down from heaven and will shine with the glory of the Lord. The city will be made of gold and will be decorated with precious jewels. Down the middle of the city will flow the river of life, and on each side of the river will grow trees of life. The throne of God will be in the city, and people will worship God forever and ever.

Heaven will be far better than we can imagine.

As we draw close to God here on earth, we can experience the same wonderful presence of God that we will experience when we stand before His throne.

1 Corinthians 15:25 NKJV

“Then the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.”

Revelation 21:1-2 NKJV

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

II. The Trumpet

The shofar is blown on Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets). The shofar sounds something like a trumpet. The end of the shofar is curved and bent as a reminder to bend in respect of God.

1 Corinthians 15:52

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

The blowing of the trumpet is a sign of the return of Christ and a memorial of God’s grace to Abraham when He substituted a ram to be sacrificed instead of Isaac. Isaac is a type of foreshadowing of Christ. Just as Abraham offered his son on the altar, God offered His Son on Calvary’s altar. The births of Isaac and Jesus Christ were both miracles. Both were obedient to the point of sacrifice.

In Biblical times, trumpets were used in giving signals of war. The Feast of Trumpets also points to spiritual warfare. As Christians we should put on the whole armor of God so that we can stand against the attacks of the enemy. Jesus is our armor because He defeated Satan.

 

Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets) is a time that people should “awake” and correct their ways. The sound of the shofar is meant to:

1. be a rousing call to repentance on the part of the individual.

2. awaken us and cause us to remember the One and Only Creator,

3. remind people to forsake evil ways

4. draw people back to God.

 

The shofar makes several different sounds, each one has a different meaning.

1. Tekiah – Calls a man to search his heart, abandon his evil ways, and seek God’s forgiveness through repentance.

2. Shevarim – Represents the sorrow that a person feels when they realize that they are wrong (that they are a sinner), and they desire to change their ways (to repent).

3. Teruah – Calls man to stand by the banner of the Lord.

4. Tekiah Gedolah – Represents the final invitation to sincere repentance and atonement (forgiveness).

 

III. A Preparing of the Spirit

The Feast of Trumpets requires a preparing of the spirit. Each person is to take time to look back in self-examination over the events and emotions of the previous year. To be part of the rapture of the church also requires a preparing of the spirit. You must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ to be part of the Bride of Christ.

A custom still widely observed is the ceremony of Tashlikh. During the ceremony you throw bread crumbs or rocks into a river, lake, or large body of water. This symbolically represents your sins being cast away from you.

Micah 7:19 NKJV

“He will again have compassion on us, and subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”

Review

1.Things I did this past year that pleased God.

 

2. Things I did this past year that displeased God.

 

3. Read Luke 6:37. What does God’s Word say about forgiving?

 

Are there people that you need to forgive?

 

4. What is repentance?

 

5. What is redemption?

 

6. _________________ has redeemed us from the curse of the law.

 

7. At the end of the Great Tribulation Jesus will return to earth. Jesus’ ____________ will stand on the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem.

 

8. Jesus will defeat the ________________________ and throw Satan into a bottomless pit for 1000 years.

 

9. How long is the millennial reign of Jesus?

 

10. What will happen when the millennial reign is over?

 

11. Every person whose name is not found in the ____________ _____ _____________ will be thrown into the Lake of Fire.

 

12. How is the Lake of Fire is described in the Bible?

 

13. All Christians will live with God forever in a beautiful new universe. God will wipe every ____________ from our eyes. There will be no more death, __________________ or ____________.

 

14. The end of the shofar is curved and bent as a reminder to bend in ____________________ of God.

 

15. What is respect?

 

16. A person must have a ___________________ ____________________________ with Jesus Christ to be part of the Bride of Christ.

 

 

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Satan Is Bound – Jesus’ Future Return To Rule Earth

SATAN IS BOUNDMemory Verse: Revelation 20:1-2

Life Application: Only Jesus holds the key to heaven and hell.

 

Bible Text:

Revelation 20:1-3

Revelation 20:11-15

2 Peter 3:14

Revelation 21:1-4

2 Peter 3:5-13

Revelation 21:18-21

Revelation 21:22-23

Revelation 22:1-5

John 4:23-24

 

Seven years after the rapture Jesus will come to the earth, put the devil in a bottomless pit, and rule over the earth for 1000 years. This is called the millennial Reign of Jesus. During this time life on earth will be good. At the end of the Millennial Reign of Jesus, the devil will be loosed. He will be defeated in a war with Jesus and thrown into the lake of fire forever.

Revelation 20:1-3 NKJV

“Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.”

After that God will judge sinners – those who have not accepted Jesus as their Savior and Lord. This judgment is known as the Great White Throne Judgment of God. The sinners names will not be found in the Book of Life so God will have to punish them and send them away from His presence forever. They will be thrown into the lake of fire with the devil forever and ever.

Revelation 20:11-15 NKJV

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

The lake of fire is a very dark place which has a fire that never goes out. It is a place of great torment with crying and groaning. When we accept Jesus as our Savior our name is written in the Book of Life. This is the only way to go to heaven instead of hell / lake of fire. To accept Jesus we must pray admitting we have sinned, believe Jesus died and rose again for our sins, and confess our sins and ask Jesus to forgive us.

2 Peter 3:14 NKJV

“Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless”

Revelation 21:7-8 NKJV

“He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

After accepting Jesus as our Savior we must live our lives every day doing what Jesus would want us too. When Jesus returns we must be without spot, blemish, or blame.

Revelation 21:1-4 NKJV

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

After the final judgment, the great white throne judgment, God promised He would make a new heaven, a new Jerusalem, and a new earth.

2 Peter 3:5-13 NKJV

“For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, 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, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”

Jesus will give His millennial kingdom to God the Father, the supreme ruler. All true Christians will live with God forever in a beautiful new universe. This new heaven will be so beautiful and the most wonderful place to live. Revelation 21 gives us several descriptions of it. There will be no more tears, no sun or moon, no more mourning, no more pain, no night or darkness, walls of precious gems, gates of pearl, streets of gold, and a river of life. And the best part of all is that we will live there forever with God.

The new Jerusalem, will come down out of heaven and will shine with the glory of God. The city will be made of gold and will be decorated with precious jewels, and the streets will be made of pure gold, as transparent glass.

Revelation 21:18-21 NKJV

“The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.”

It will have a great wall with 12 gates made of pearls. The city will not need any light from the sun or moon because Jesus, the Lamb of God will be the light.

Revelation 21:22-23 NKJV

“But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.”

Revelation 22:1-5 NKJV

“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.”

Down the middle of the city will flow the river of life, and on each side of it will grow trees of life. The throne of God will be in the city, and people will worship God forever. There is so much more about heaven that we don’t know, and it will be far better than we could ever imagine. While here on earth we can draw close to God in true worship, and we’ll begin to experience a small portion of how wonderful it will be when we stand before God in His holy presence.

John 4:23-24 NKJV

“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Review

1. Seven years after the rapture Jesus will come to the earth, put the devil in a bottomless pit, and rule over the earth for _________________ years.

2. What will life be like during the millennial Reign of Jesus?

3. What will happen at the end of the Millennial Reign of Jesus?

4. Satan will be defeated in a war with Jesus and thrown into the __________ ____ __________ forever.

5. When will sinners be judged?

6. What is the judgment for sinners called?

7. The sinners names will not be found in what?

8. What will happen to sinners?

9. Describe the lake of fire.

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10. When we accept _______________ as our Savior our name is written in the Book of Life.

11.How can a person receive salvation – Jesus as their Savior?

12. Jesus will be ________________ for people that are without spot, blemish, or blame.

After the final judgment God will make a new what?

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13. Who will Jesus give His millennial kingdom to?

14. All true Christians will live with God forever in a beautiful new universe.

15. Describe the new heaven.

16. The new Jerusalem will come down out of heaven and will shine with the _____________ of God.

17. The new Jerusalem…

* will be made of gold and will be decorated with ________________ _________________.

* will have streets that are made of ___________ ____________, they will be as transparent glass.

* will have a great wall with ____________ gates made of pearls.

* will not need any ________________ from the sun or moon.

18. Down the middle of the new Jerusalem will flow the _______________ ____ _______________.

19. The throne of God will be in the city, and people will __________________ God forever.

20. While here on earth we can draw close to God in true worship, and we’ll begin to experience a small portion of how wonderful it will be when we stand before God in His _________ presence.

 

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“Once Upon A Time The Ground Cried Out”

ONCE UPON A TIME THE GROUND CRIED OUT

Theme:  garden, farm

Memory Verse:  Genesis 4:8

Bible Truth:  Do not give wrath a place in your life.

 

Bible Text:

Genesis 4:1-7

Genesis 4:8-16

Jeremiah 17:9-10

1 John 1:8

Romans 3:23

Isaiah 59:2

Numbers 32:23

Jeremiah 17:10

Romans 6:23

Revelation 20:11-15

Ephesians 1:7

1John 1:9

Ephesians 2:8-9

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – “Once Upon A Time The Ground Cried Out”

God sent Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden and into the world to live and work. When they lived in the garden they could talk to God face to face. They would spend time in the evenings walking and fellowshipping with Him. But since sin had come between them, they could no longer do this. They were no longer free to enjoy this privilege. God is a holy God and sin separates man from Him. Now when they came to God they had to build an alter made out of rocks. On the alter they would place an offering or a gift for God, then they would burn it. After that they would pray to God.

For a while it was just the two of them, they were all alone. After a while Eve gave birth to a baby boy. They named him Cain. Several years later, Eve gave birth to second baby boy and they named him Abel. Later on Adam and Eve had other children, sons and daughters.

The boys grew up playing and sharing with each other just like brothers do today. When they were old enough they helped their father work. Cain chose to work in the fields, raising grains and fruits and vegetables. He became a farmer. Abel chose to work with the sheep and the other livestock. He became a shepherd. Each one of them doing the work that they liked best.

One day the brothers decided to give an offering to God. Cain brought some fruit and some grain that he had grown and placed it on the alter. Abel brought the firstborn of his sheep from his flock, killed it, and burned it on the alter.

Abel offered the very best that he had to God and God was very pleased. God respected Abel and his offering. However, He did not respect Cain or his offering because it was a “token” offering. Cain had not given his very best to God nor had given it for the right reasons.

Cain became very angry and jealous. “Why are you angry?” asked God. “Why are you frowning and sulking? If you do well I will accept you too. But if you do not do well you will be overtaken by sin.”

God told Cain that he could get it right. He didn’t have to be angry because he could do well if he chose to. God was giving Cain another chance to make things right concerning his offering.

One day while the two brothers were in a field together Cain and Abel talked with each other. Then Cain picked up something from the ground and hit his brother in the head. The blow was so hard that Abel instantly fell to the ground and all of his blood flowed out of the wound unto the ground. In moments Able lay dead at his brother’s feet. Cain had been so angry that he had allowed the sin of jealousy to so consume him that he murdered his very own brother.

A short time later Cain heard they voice of God, “Where is Abel your brother?”

Angrily Cain replied, “I don’t know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”

“What have you done Cain?” asked God. “The voice of your brother’s blood cried out to Me from the ground.”

When confronted with his sin, Cain still would not admit guilt nor remorse. “Cain, you are cursed from the ground, which has opened it’s mouth to receive your brother’s blood shed by you!” said God. “From now on you will wander about the land like a fugitive and you will have no permanent home.”

Cain was not sorry for what he had done, but he was upset about his punishment. “My punishment is greater than I can bear! You are driving out of this land and away from You. I will be like a man on the run and I won’t have any place to call my home. I will probably be killed by someone else.” complained Cain. He was afraid that his other sisters and brothers might try to take vengeance into their own hands.

So God gave a command for no one to kill Cain, and He put a mark on Cain so that people would know it was him.

Then Cain went out from the presence of God and lived in the land of Nod, which was on the east side of Eden.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. _____________________________

2. _____________________________

4. Memory Verse

“Now Cain talked with Abel his brother, and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose against Abel his brother and killed him.”

Genesis 4:8

5. Cain and Abel

Adam and Eve had many sons and daughters but there first two children were sons. They are remembered most for the first murder. Cain and Abel were a contrast between good and evil. Abel obeyed God and was accepted of Him. Cain came up with his own idea and displeased God.

Genesis 4:1-2 NKJV “Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.”

Eve gave birth to her first son and named him Cain. Later she gave birth again to another son and she named him Abel. Abel, the younger brother, grew up to be a shepherd, while Cain pursued farming.

Genesis 4:3-4 NKJV “And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering”

One day Cain and Abel went to worship God. Each one brought his offering to God. Cain brought fruit and vegetables from his garden and Abel brought one of the best lambs from his flock.

The Lord was pleased with Abel and accepted his offering. God knew what was in Abel’s heart. Abel trusted God and wanted to please Him. His attitude and actions were right. Abel’s offering was the best that he had.

God was not pleased with Cain and his offering. God also knew what was in Cain’s heart and He knew that Cain’s actions and attitude were wrong. Cain wanted to do things his own way instead of God’s way. His offering reflected what was in his heart. Cain was upset at God because He would not accept his sacrifice (the best of his good works), though He accepted Abel’s blood offering (God’s prescribed way). Cain was jealous of and angry at his brother Abel.

Genesis 4:5 NKJV “but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.”

God questioned Cain about his attitude and pleaded with him to “do well.” If Cain would change his attitude, believe in God, and do what He said, everything would be well. If not, Cain would have to face the consequences.

Genesis 4:6-7 NKJV “So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?
If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”

6. GameAcceptable Offering / Balloons In A Basket

Need: Balloons (2 different colors)

2 baskets – label one “ACCEPTABLE” and the other “UNACCEPTABLE”

 

The class will need to be divided into two teams. Tell each team the color of their balloons. At the signal the children (all at one time) will try to kick balloons in the baskets – they may not use their hands.

The first team that is able to get 2 balloons of each color in the baskets will be the winner.

 

7. Cain Kills Abel

Cain refused to accept God’s way. Instead, his heart hardened even more. One day as Cain and Abel were in the field, Cain was so overcome with jealously and anger that it led to him killing his brother, Abel.

Genesis 4:8 NKJV “Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.”

After the murder, God questioned Cain concerning the whereabouts of his brother. Cain did not admit to what he had done, instead he responded by lying to God. He said that he did not know where Abel was. Then Cain asked God, “Am I my brother’s keeper.”

God asked Cain what he had done. He told Cain, “Your brother’s blood cried out to Me from the ground.”

Genesis 4:9-10 NKJV “Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.”

When told of his consequences of his sin, Cain complained that his punishment was too great. Cain expressed his distress only at the punishment he was to receive, not at the crime that he had committed. There was no repentance or remorse toward his actions.

Genesis 4:11-16 NKJV “So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth.”

“And Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear!”

“Surely You have driven me out this day from the face of the ground; I shall be hidden from Your face; I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth, and it will happen that anyone who finds me will kill me.”
And the Lord said to him, “Therefore, whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the Lord set a mark on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him.
Then Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden.”

In God’s great mercy, He put a mark of protection on Cain.

 

8. GameDon‘t Get Mad…Change Relay Race

When Cain was told that his offering was unacceptable he became jealous. Cain was so angry at Abel that he killed him.

When we are faced with our shortcomings we must not get angry, instead we should change.

In order to keep a personal relationship with God we must keep the sin out of our lives. When you realize you have a sin in your life you must get rid of that sin by asking God to forgive you and deciding not to do the sin again.

Need:

slips of paper with various sins on each one (one word on each paper). Examples: jealousy, lying, swearing, disobeying, complaining, hating, stealing.

You will need a slip for each person playing the game.

 

Divide the group into two teams. Line the two teams up in two lines. At a signal the first person from each team must run to the table and pick up a piece of paper with a sin on it, read what the paper says, then crumple it up then toss it into the trash can. Then they must run back to their tem and the next person in line will do the same.

The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

9. Sin and Disobedience

Instead of getting things right, Cain allowed anger and jealously to overcome him in such a way that it led him to murder his own brother.

God knows our hearts, our attitudes and our actions. The Bible tells us that the heart, the real you, is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked In order words our hearts are sinful.

 

Jeremiah 17:9-10 NKJV “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.”

Our flesh wants its own way. Everyone is born into sin – they have a sin nature. Every person has sinned.

1 John 1:8 NKJV “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

This world is still divided into those who submit to God’s plan and those who are determined to do things their own way. From Cain and Abel we can see the importance of doing things God’s way (obedience to God).

Each person should examine their heart and their attitude. When you do something wrong or sin you must accept responsibility – Don’t blame someone else. We must recognize the power and danger of sin. Sin causes sorrow, unhappiness and grief.

 

Sin separates you from God. 

Romans 3:23 NKJV “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

 

Isaiah 59:2 NKJV “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.”

Sin will be exposed – found out.

Numbers 32:23 NKJV “But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out.”

Sin will be punished. Each person will be judged.

Jeremiah 17:10 NKJV “I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.”

 

Romans 6:23 NKJV “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Revelation 20:11-15 NKJV “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Sin can be forgiven – God provided a way of forgiveness.

Ephesians 1:7 NKJV “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”

 

1John 1:9 NKJV “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

 

Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

10. Game – Tic-Tack-Toe Review

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. Adam and Eve had many sons and daughters but there first two children were sons. Who were they?

Cain and Abel

2. Abel obeyed God and was _____________________ of Him.

accepted

3. ____________ displeased God.

Cain

4. Abel was a __________________ and Cain was a farmer.

shepherd

5. Cain and Abel went to worship God. Each one brought his offering to God. What was Cain’s offering?

fruit and vegetables from his garden

What was Abel’s offering?

the best lambs from his flock

6. God knew what was in Abel’s heart. His ________________ and actions were right.

attitude

7. Cain wanted to _____ ________________ his own way instead of God’s way.

do things

8. If Cain would change his ______________, ______________ in God, and do what God said, everything would be well.

attitude believe

9. One day as Cain and Abel were in the field, Cain was so overcome with jealously and anger that it led to him ______________ his brother, Abel.

killing

10. Cain did not admit to what he had done, instead he responded by ______________ to God.

lying

11. Cain expressed his distress at the punishment he was to receive, not at the ___________ that he had committed.

crime

12. Was Cain repentant or remorse toward his actions?

no

13. God ____________ our hearts, our attitudes and our actions.

knows

14. This world is still divided into those who ________________ to God’s plan and those who are determined to do things their own way.

submit

15. Sin causes sorrow, _____________________ and grief.

unhappiness

 

16. Sin separates you from God. What does that mean?

17. Sin will be _______________ – found out.

exposed

18. Sin will be punished. Each person will be ________________.

judged

19. Sin can be __________________ – God provided a way of forgiveness.

forgiven

20. God provided a way of forgiveness. What was it?

 

11. Worship Song – ____________________________________

12. Challenge and Altar Call

Cain gave a “token” gift, not his best. His heart was not right with God. God gave Cain a chance to make things right, but instead of doing right he chose to do wrong. Cain committed a sin by killing his brother.

When confronted with his sin, he was sorry about the punishment he would receive and not about the sin he had committed. Cain expressed distress only at the punishment he received, not at the crime he had done. Nor was there any note of repentance concerning his dreadful action.

Sometimes we are a lot like Cain. When we are confronted (either through God’s Word, by other people or by the Holy Spirit) with what is really in our heart we get mad. Instead of repenting and changing our hearts start to become hard and we stop listening to our conscience. Before we know it things that made us feel guilty in the past don’t bother us anymore. When this happen we are in trouble. You might have changed, but God’s standards of right and wrong haven’t. Confess your sin, and be willing to follow your conscience and the Holy Spirit.

We need to offer God our best and we can’t do it with sin in our lives. Our hearts must be pure.

 

Give the children time to pray.

Is our offering acceptable to God?

Are there things in your life that made you feel guilty in the past but not anymore?

Are we really sorry?

When we ask for forgiveness, is it because we are sorry we “caught” or because we are sorry we committed a sin against a holy God?

When confronted with your sin, do you get mad (such as Cain did) or does it lead you to repentance?

13. Refreshments or a light meal

 

14. Crafts

 

15. Dismissal

 

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Cain and Abel

CAIN AND ABEL BIBLE LESSON

Memory Verse: Genesis 4:10

Life Application: God knows everything secret thing that I do.

Bible Text:

Genesis 4:1-16

Jeremiah 17:9-10

1 John 1:8

Romans 3:23

Isaiah 59:2

Numbers 32:23

Jeremiah 17:10

Romans 6:23

Revelation 20:11-15

Ephesians 1:7

1 John 1:9

Ephesians 2:8-9

 

 

Adam and Eve had many sons and daughters but there first two children were sons. They are remembered most for the first murder. Cain and Abel were a contrast between good and evil. Abel obeyed God and was accepted of Him. Cain came up with his own idea and displeased God.

Genesis 4:1-2 NKJV “Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.”

Eve gave birth to her first son and named him Cain. Later she gave birth again to another son and she named him Abel. Abel, the younger brother, grew up to be a shepherd, while Cain pursued farming.

Genesis 4:3-4 NKJV “And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering”

One day Cain and Abel went to worship God. Each one brought his offering to God. Cain brought fruit and vegetables from his garden and Abel brought one of the best lambs from his flock.

The Lord was pleased with Abel and accepted his offering. God knew what was in Abel’s heart. Abel trusted God and wanted to please Him. His attitude and actions were right. Abel’s offering was the best that he had.

God was not pleased with Cain and his offering. God also knew what was in Cain’s heart and He knew that Cain’s actions and attitude were wrong. Cain wanted to do things his own way instead of God’s way. His offering reflected what was in his heart. Cain was upset at God because He would not accept his sacrifice though He accepted Abel’s offering. Cain was jealous of and angry at his brother Abel.

Genesis 4:5 NKJV “but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.”

God questioned Cain about his attitude and pleaded with him to “do well.” If Cain would change his attitude, believe in God, and do what He said, everything would be well. If not, Cain would have to face the consequences.

Genesis 4:6-7 NKJV “So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?
If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”

Cain refused to accept God’s way. Instead, his heart hardened even more. One day as Cain and Abel were in the field, Cain was so overcome with jealously and anger that it led to him killing his brother, Abel.

Genesis 4:8 NKJV “Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.”

After the murder, God questioned Cain concerning the whereabouts of his brother. Cain did not admit to what he had done, instead he responded by lying to God. He said that he did not know where Abel was. Then Cain asked God, “Am I my brother’s keeper.”

God asked Cain what he had done. He told Cain, “Your brother’s blood cried out to Me from the ground.”

Genesis 4:9-10 NKJV “Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.”

When told of his consequences of his sin, Cain complained that his punishment was too great. Cain expressed his distress only at the punishment he was to receive, not at the crime that he had committed. There was no repentance or remorse toward his actions.

Genesis 4:11-16 NKJV “So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth.”

“And Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear!”

“Surely You have driven me out this day from the face of the ground; I shall be hidden from Your face; I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth, and it will happen that anyone who finds me will kill me.”
And the Lord said to him, “Therefore, whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the Lord set a mark on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him.
Then Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden.”

In God’s great mercy, He put a mark of protection on Cain.

 

Conclusion:

Instead of getting things right, Cain allowed anger and jealously to overcome him in such a way that it led him to murder his own brother.

God knows our hearts, our attitudes and our actions. The Bible tells us that the heart, the real you, is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked In order words our hearts are sinful.

Jeremiah 17:9-10 NKJV “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.”

Our flesh wants its own way. Everyone is born into sin – they have a sin nature. Every person has sinned.

1 John 1:8 NKJV “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

This world is still divided into those who submit to God’s plan and those who are determined to do things their own way. From Cain and Abel we can see the importance of doing things God’s way (obedience to God).

Each person should examine their heart and their attitude. When you do something wrong or sin you must accept responsibility – Don’t blame someone else. We must recognize the power and danger of sin. Sin causes sorrow, unhappiness and grief.

 

Sin separates you from God.

Romans 3:23 NKJV “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

 

Isaiah 59:2 NKJV “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.”

Sin will be exposed – found out.

Numbers 32:23 NKJV “But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out.”

Sin will be punished. Each person will be judged.

Jeremiah 17:10 NKJV “I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.”

 

Romans 6:23 NKJV “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

Revelation 20:11-15 NKJV “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.
And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.
The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.
Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Sin can be forgiven – God provided a way of forgiveness.

Ephesians 1:7 NKJV “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”

 

1 John 1:9 NKJV “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

 

Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

Review

1. Adam and Eve had many sons and daughters but there first two children were sons. Who were they?

 

 

2. Abel obeyed God and was _____________________ of Him.

3. ____________ displeased God.

4. Abel was a __________________ and Cain was a farmer.

5. Cain and Abel went to worship God. Each one brought his offering to God. What was Cain’s offering?

 

 

What was Abel’s offering?

 

 

6. God knew what was in Abel’s heart. His ________________ and actions were right.

7. Cain wanted to _____ ________________ his own way instead of God’s way.

8. If Cain would change his ______________, ______________ in God, and do what God said, everything would be well.

9. One day as Cain and Abel were in the field, Cain was so overcome with jealously and anger that it led to him ______________ his brother, Abel.

10. Cain did not admit to what he had done, instead he responded by ______________ to God.

11. Cain expressed his distress at the punishment he was to receive, not at the ___________ that he had committed.

12. Was Cain repentant or remorse toward his actions?

 

 

13. God ____________ our hearts, our attitudes and our actions.

14. This world is still divided into those who ________________ to God’s plan and those who are determined to do things their own way.

15. Sin causes sorrow, _____________________ and grief.

 

16. Sin separates you from God. What does that mean?

 

 

17. Sin will be _______________ – found out.

18. Sin will be punished. Each person will be ________________.

19. Sin can be __________________ – God provided a way of forgiveness.

20. God provided a way of forgiveness. What was it?

 

 

 

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An Evening Under The Stars

a night under the stars    An Evening Under The Stars

Theme: Biblical Fall Feasts, sukkah

Memory Verse: Leviticus 23:43

Bible Truth: God delivered us from bondage.

 

1. OPEN IN PRAYER

2. INTRODUCTION

The Feast of Tabernacles is a week long autumn harvest festival. It is also known as: The Feast of Ingathering, The Feast of Booths, Sukkoth, Succoth, or Sukkot (pronounced as “Sue-coat”). In Biblical times this feast was the final and most important holiday of the year. Some Bible scholars believe The Feast of Tabernacles points to the millennium reign of Jesus Christ

Leviticus 23:39-43  NKJV     “Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the Lord for seven days; on the first day there shall be a sabbath-rest, and on the eighth day a sabbath-rest. And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month. You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”

         Throughout Christian history, many great revivals were held in tents and brush arbors closely resembling the sukkah (tabernacle).

3. PRAISE AND WORSHIP SONGS

1. ______________________________________

2. ______________________________________

4. MEMORY VERSE

Leviticus 23:43  NKJV          “…that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”

5. SUKKOTH

The word Sukkoth means “booths”, and refers to the temporary dwelling that the Jewish people were commanded to live in during this holiday, just as the Jewish people did in the wilderness after they left Egypt. This holiday commemorates the desert wanderings of the Jewish people on their way to the Promised Land, after God delivered them from bondage. The people were caused to wander about through disobedience, but God was still with them. God still protected them and provided for them. The people were commanded to build temporary dwellings (tabernacles or booths) each year to live in during Sukkot, so that they could remember God’s presence and His faithfulness as a provider and protector.

          What about you…

          How do you acknowledge God’s presence is always with You?

 

          What do you do to remember God’s faithfulness as your provider and protector?

 

Today many Jewish people still build a sukkot for the festival. Almost any building material will do for the sides as long as they are not of a permanent nature. The top is loosely covered with branches so that you can still see the stars through parts of it. They are decorated with fruit, tinsel, paper chains, streamers and pictures of Bible stories. Meals are eaten in the sukkot, accompanied by singing and rejoicing. Some families sleep in their sukkot. It is a place to discuss and meditate on God’s goodness. God has redeemed us from a life of bondage to sin and brought us into His freedom in the Kingdom of God.

When the Israelites were wanderers in the desert they all lived in tents. It did not matter if you were rich or poor. During sukkot all men are equal before God and one another. Each one sits in his flimsy sukkah and considers God, not his own status. The Feast of Tabernacles give a person an opportunity to reflect on God’s great love and majesty, and how they treat others. We too are flimsy tabernacles that should reflect God’s majesty.

          What about you…

          Do you have a special place where you discuss and meditate on God’s goodness?

 

          If you have been redeemed from a life of bondage to sin, how does that make you feel?

 

         How have you treated people this past year? How can you improve in this area?

 

Write a prayer to God acknowledging His majesty and expressing your love to Him.

 

6. CITRON AND LULAV

Sukkot is a season of joy and rejoicing. The men carry a citron and a lulav to the synagogue to wave as they rejoice before the Lord. The lulav has three branches tied together( a palm, a willow, and a myrtle branch), and the citron is a citrus fruit that smells like a lemon. The lulav and the citron point to how our life should be spiritually.

The people took great care in picking out the citron and the items for the lulav. They were careful with what they offered to God. We too should be careful with the quality of the “fruit” that were are offering to God.

          What about you…

         Are you careful with what you offer God?

 

          Rate yourself in the following areas. How do I show…

                   Love     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

                   Joy      1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

                   Peace    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

                   Longsuffering (patience)   1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

                   Kindness    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

                   Goodness    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

                   Faithfulness    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10
                  Gentleness    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

                  Self-control    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

 

7. MEANING OF THE CITRON AND LULAV

Palm – We should not be like the palm. It can only bears fruit (deeds / works). It is not fragrant (spiritual blessings). These people live by the letter of the law but they have no love or compassion, for themselves or others.

Myrtle – We should not be like the myrtle. It is only fragrant, but does not bear fruit. These people are sweet people, but their lives do not produce any real lasting fruit.

Willow – We should not be like the willow. It does not produce fruit or fragrance. These people are blown around by every wind of doctrine and never really know where they are spiritually.

Citron – We should be like the citron. It produces fruit and fragrance. These are God’s steadfast believers who live a balanced life in wisdom before God and man.

          What about you…

          How are you showing love and compassion for others?

 

          Are you producing lasting fruit in your life?

 

          How can you avoid being blown around by every wind of doctrine?

 

          What are you doing to grow spiritually?

 

8. LESSONS FROM THE SUKKAH / lesson 1 – We are strangers in this land.

1 Peter 2:11 NKJV     “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul”

         Inside of our houses it is easy to begin to feel permanent and self-sufficient and lose sight of our brief time on the earth. The sukkah also speaks of our frailty while we are here–we are but flesh. One day that will all change. Peter referred to our earthly bodies as “tents”. We live for only a short while and we must use every opportunity to encourage others toward Jesus Christ and toward His heavenly kingdom.

2 Peter 1:12-14  NKJV     “For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you, knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me”

          What about you…

          What are some opportunities that you have where you can point others toward Jesus Christ?

 

           How can you encourage fellow believers?

 

9. LESONS FROM THE SUKKAH / Lesson 2 – This world is not our permanent home – it is only temporary.

As people in a land temporary, we must not hold on to things too tightly. Things control and manipulate us. Things can become our gods ( idols) when we begin to hold on to them too tightly. When things become your god, you turn away from the only true and living God.

Our life here is short, but our hope is not in this world. God has provided a better place for the believers.

John 14:2-3  NKJV     “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also”

          How about you…

          What are some things that people make into a god (idol) ?

 

          How can things or people control or manipulate?

 

          What can you do to make sure your focus is always on God?

 

10. LESSONS FROM THE SUKKAH/ Lesson 3 – God provides for our needs.

God gave the Feast of Tabernacle as a reminder to the people of who He is. We need to seek God’s kingdom, not earthly comfort. As we seek first the kingdom of God, our material needs are provided for by the Lord.

Luke 12:31  NKJV     “But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you”

          What about you…

          Is seeking the things of God a priority in your life?

 

          How has God provided for your needs?

 

11. LESSONS FROM THE SUKKAH / Lesson 4 – We must be able to move when God moves.

We should not get so involved with things of the world that it prevents us from moving when God tells us to. The tabernacle (sukkah) is a flimsy structure and can be taken down and put up in a very short period of time. It is sensitive to the wind, just as we are to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit.

          What about you…

          What are some things that you must be careful not get to involved with?

 

          How can you can stay sensitive to the Holy Spirit?

 

          What are some things that the Holy Spirit has spoken to you to do? Have you obeyed?

 

12. LESSONS FROM THE SUKKAH / Lesson 5-  We must not close God out.

The sukkah is open to the heavens–it can not be closed off. We too are to be open to God. We should never close God out of our lives.

          What about you…

          How do people today close God out of their lives?

 

13. LESSONS FROM THE SUKKAH / Lesson 6- OUR LIFE HERE IS FADING AWAY.

When the sukkah is first put up it is fresh and green. As the days of the Feast of Tabernacles progresses, the leaves begin to dry. Soon they are falling as the wind blows.

Isaiah 64:6  NKJV     “But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousness are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind have taken us away”

          What about you…

           Everyone will spend an eternity somewhere – some in God’s presence and some in the Lake of Fire. The choices we make while here will determine where we will spend eternity. How have you prepared for your life in eternity?

 

 

14. LIVING SACRIFICE

During this feast the people were to bring a sacrifice each day. Preparing the sacrifices was costly and time-consuming. It required much commitment to God. It required faith and obedience.

Without faith and obedience the work of Jesus Christ on the cross is of no avail. It is not enough to know the facts of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We must have a personal relationship with Him.

James 2:17  NKJV     “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead”

          We must personally act upon it by faith, then we will have the promised salvation. We have to receive it and live it.

Romans 12:1  NKJV     “I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service”

          What about you…

          What is a personal relationship?

 

          Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus?

 

          How can you show your commitment to God?

 

          How can you show your obedience to God?

 

          What does holy and acceptable mean to you?

 

15. THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF JESUS CHRIST

At the end of the Great Tribulation Jesus will return to earth (Second Coming Of Christ). Jesus’ feet will stand on the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem. He will defeat the antichrist and throw Satan into a bottomless pit for 1000 years. Jesus will reign over the earth for 1000 years (millennial reign).

Zechariah 14:4      “And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two…”

          When the millennial reign is over, Satan will again be loosed on earth for a short period of time. He will gather an army to fight against Jesus. Jesus will defeat Satan and his army. The earth will be destroyed by fire and sinners will be judged (The Great White Throne Judgment). Those who died as sinners will be resurrected (removed from Hell / Hades), to stand before God to be judged for what they did (or did not do) while they were here on earth. Every person whose name is not found in the Book of Life will be thrown into the Lake of Fire. The Lake of Fire is described several times in the Bible. It is an eternal fire. It is a fire that never goes out. It is black and dark . There will be constant torment with no end – it will NEVER stop.

Revelation 20:11-15  NKJV     “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was no place found for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

          After the final judgment, God promised a new heaven and a new earth. Jesus will give His millennial kingdom to God the Father, the Supreme Ruler. All Christians will live with God forever in a beautiful new universe. God will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death, sickness or pain. The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, will come down from heaven and will shine with the glory of the Lord. The city will be made of gold and will be decorated with precious jewels.

Down the middle of the city will flow the river of life, and on each side of the river will grow trees of life. The throne of God will be in the city, and people will worship God forever and ever. Heaven will be far better than we can imagine. As we draw close to God here on earth, we can experience the same wonderful presence of God that we will experience when we stand before His throne.

1 Corinthians 15:25  NKJV     “Then the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.”

 

Revelation 21:1-2  NKJV     “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

16. WORSHIP SONG –  ______________________________

17. CHALLENGE / ALTAR CALL – WHAT CAN I GIVE?

Sukkot is a time to consider that we are God’s creation. We are to gather up our personal, spiritual fruits of faith and celebrate by giving ourselves in God’s service. The message of Sukkot is total commitment to the Lord and His service.

Each of us must make a commitment to God by first accepting His wonderful gift of salvation through Jesus.

 

Each of us has much that we can give to the Lord:

1. We can give our lives to Him in service.

2. We can use what God gives us (income, food, clothing, shelter) for use in His service.

3. We can use our talents for God’s service.

4. We can share the message of God’s love and salvation with others.

5. We can allow the fruit of the Spirit to overflow on others.

 

Allow time for the children to pray.

          What about you…

          Have you accepted God’s wonderful gift of salvation through Jesus?

 

          How can you give your life in service to God?

 

          How can you use what God gives you (income, food, clothing, shelter) for use in His service?

 

          How can you use your talents for God’s service?

 

          How can you share the message of God’s love and salvation with others?

 

          How can you allow the fruit of the Spirit to overflow on others?

 

18. MEAL UNDER SUKKAH

19. DISMISSAL

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Feast of Tabernacles – One Christian’s Perspective

 

          The Feast of Tabernacles is a week long autumn harvest festival. It is also known as: The Feast of Ingathering, The Feast of Booths, Sukkoth, Succoth, or Sukkot (pronounced as “Sue-coat”).. Some Bible scholars believe the Feast of Tabernacles points to the millennium reign of Jesus Christ

Leviticus 23:39-43  NKJV    

“Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the Lord for seven days; on the first day there shall be a sabbath-rest, and on the eighth day a sabbath-rest. And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month. You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”

SUKKOTH

The word Sukkoth means booths, and refers to the temporary dwelling that the Jewish people were commanded to live in during this holiday, just as the Jewish people did in the wilderness after they left Egypt. This holiday commemorates the desert wanderings of the Jewish people on their way to the Promised Land. The people were caused to wander about through disobedience, but God was still with them. God still protected them and provided for them. The people were commanded to build temporary dwellings (tabernacles or booths) each year to live in during Sukkot, so that they could remember God’s presence and His faithfulness as a provider and protector. Today many Jewish people still build a sukkah for the festival. Almost any building material will do for the sides as long as they are not of a permanent nature. The top is loosely covered with branches so that you can still see the stars through parts of it. They are decorated with fruit, tinsel, paper chains, streamers and pictures of Bible stories. Meals are eaten in the sukkah, accompanied by singing and rejoicing. Some families sleep in their sukkah. It is a place to discuss and meditate on God’s goodness.. God has redeemed us from a life of bondage to sin and brought us into His freedom in the Kingdom of God.

When the Israelites were wanderers in the desert they all lived in tents. It did not matter if you were rich or poor. During sukkot all men are equal before God and one another. Each one sits in his flimsy sukkah and considers God, not his own status. The Feast of Tabernacles give a person an opportunity to reflect on God’s great love and majesty, and how they treat others. We too are flimsy tabernacles that should reflect God’s majesty.

CITRON AND LULAV

Sukkot is a season of joy and rejoicing. The men carry a citron and a lulav to the synagogue to wave as they rejoice before the Lord. The lulav has three branches tied together( a palm, a willow, and a myrtle branch), and the citron is a citrus fruit that smells like a lemon. The lulav and the citron point to how our life should be spiritually.

The people took great care in picking out the citron and the items for the lulav. They were careful with what they offered to God. We too should be careful with the quality of the “fruit” that were are offering to God.

Palm – We should not be like the palm. It can only bears fruit (deeds / works). It is not fragrant (spiritual blessings). These people live by the letter of the law but they have no love or compassion, for themselves or others.

Myrtle – We should not be like the myrtle. It is only fragrant, but does not bear fruit. These people are sweet people, but their lives do not produce any real lasting fruit.

Willow – We should not be like the willow. It does not produce fruit or fragrance. These people are blown around by every wind of doctrine and never really know where they are spiritually.

Citron – We should be like the citron. It produces fruit and fragrance. These are God’s steadfast believers who live a balanced life in wisdom before God and man.

SOME IMPORTANT LESSONS

You can learn many lessons from the sukkot. Some  important lessons are:

(1) We are strangers in this land.

1 Peter 2:11 NKJV    

“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul”

     Inside of our houses it is easy to begin to feel permanent and self-sufficient and lose sight of our brief time on the earth. The sukkah also speaks of our frailty while we are here–we are but flesh. One day that will all change. Peter referred to our earthly bodies as “tents”. We live for only a short while and we must use every opportunity to encourage others toward Jesus Christ and toward His heavenly kingdom.

2 Peter 1:12-14  NKJV    

“For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you, knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me”

(2) This world is not our permanent home – it is only temporary.

As people in a land temporary, we must not hold on to things too tightly. Things control and manipulate us. Things can become our gods ( idols) when we begin to hold on to them too tightly. When things become your god, you turn away from the only true and living God.

Our life here is short, but our hope is not in this world. God has provided a better place for the believers.

John 14:2-3  NKJV    

“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also”

(3) God provides for our needs.

God gave the Feast of Tabernacle as a reminder to the people of who He is. We need to seek God’s kingdom, not earthly comfort. As we seek first the kingdom of God, our material needs are provided for by the Lord.

Luke 12:31  NKJV    

“But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you”

(4) We must be able to move when God moves.

We should not get so involved with things of the world that it prevents us from moving when God tells us to. The tabernacle (sukkah) is a flimsy structure and can be taken down and put up in a very short period of time. It is sensitive to the wind, just as we are to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit.

(5) We must not close God out.

The sukkah is open to the heavens–it can not be closed off. We too are to be open to God. We should never close God out of our lives.

Amos 9:11  NKJV        

  “On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down. And repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins; and rebuild it as in the days of old”

          The Tabernacle of David was a flimsy tent where glorious worship and fellowship with God took place. It may have been fragile and unsightly, but it enabled the Israelites to look out the door and see the glory of the Lord hovering over them. Throughout Christian history, many great revivals were held in tents and brush arbors closely resembling the sukkah (tabernacle).

When the sukkah is first put up it is fresh and green. As the days of the Feast of Tabernacles progresses, the leaves begin to dry. Soon they are falling as the wind blows.

Isaiah 64:6  NKJV    

“But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousness are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind have taken us away”

LIVING SACRIFICE

During this feast the people were to bring a sacrifice each day. Preparing the sacrifices was costly and time-consuming. It required much commitment to God. It required faith and obedience. Without faith and obedience the work of Jesus Christ on the cross is of no avail. It is not enough to know the facts of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We must have a personal relationship with Him.

James 2:17  NKJV    

“Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead”

  We must personally act upon it by faith, then we will have the promised salvation. We have to receive it and live it.

Romans 12:1  NKJV   

  “I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service”

Each of us has much that we can give to the Lord:

1. We can give our lives to Him in service.

2. We can use what God gives us (income, food, clothing, shelter) for use in His service.

3. We can use our talents for God’s service.

4. We can share the message of God’s love and salvation with others.

5. We can allow the fruit of the Spirit to overflow on others.

Sukkot is a time to consider that we are God’s creation. We are to gather up our personal, spiritual fruits of faith and celebrate by giving ourselves in God’s service. The message of Sukkot is total commitment to the Lord and His service.

THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF JESUS CHRIST

At the end of the Great Tribulation Jesus will return to earth (Second Coming Of Christ). Jesus’ feet will stand on the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem. He will defeat the antichrist and throw Satan into a bottomless pit for 1000 years. Jesus will reign over the earth for 1000 years (millennial reign).

Zechariah 14:4    

  “And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two…”

          When the millennial reign is over, Satan will again be loosed on earth for a short period of time. He will gather an army to fight against Jesus. Jesus will defeat Satan and his army. The earth will be destroyed by fire and sinners will be judged (The Great White Throne Judgment). Those who died as sinners will be resurrected (removed from Hell / Hades), to stand before God to be judged for what they did (or did not do) while they were here on earth. Every person whose name is not found in the Book of Life will be thrown into the Lake of Fire. The Lake of Fire is described several times in the Bible. It is an eternal fire. It is a fire that never goes out. It is black and dark . There will be constant torment with no end – it will NEVER stop.

Revelation 20:11-15  NKJV    

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was no place found for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

          After the final judgment, God promised a new heaven and a new earth. Jesus will give His millennial kingdom to God the Father, the Supreme Ruler. All Christians will live with God forever in a beautiful new universe. God will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death, sickness or pain. The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, will come down from heaven and will shine with the glory of the Lord. The city will be made of gold and will be decorated with precious jewels. Down the middle of the city will flow the river of life, and on each side of the river will grow trees of life. The throne of God will be in the city, and people will worship God forever and ever. Heaven will be far better than we can imagine. As we draw close to God here on earth, we can experience the same wonderful presence of God that we will experience when we stand before His throne.

1 Corinthians 15:25  NKJV    

“Then the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.”

Revelation 21:1-2  NKJV    

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

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