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10 Korah's Rebellion against Moses and Aaron

UNIT #: 
II
Lesson Theme: 
Rebellion againt God and his chosen can have severe consequences.
Aim: 

Do not rebel against God's chosen ones. Failed to recognize the significant position that God placed him in. Instigating to get others to rebel against God's people

Bible Passage: 

2Numbers 16:1-50

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Revolt of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram

16 Now Korah son of Izhar son of Kohath son of Levi, along with Dathan and Abiram sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth—descendants of Reuben—took two hundred fifty Israelite men, leaders of the congregation, chosen from the assembly, well-known men, and they confronted Moses. They assembled against Moses and against Aaron, and said to them, “You have gone too far! All the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. So why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?” When Moses heard it, he fell on his face. Then he said to Korah and all his company, “In the morning the Lord will make known who is his, and who is holy, and who will be allowed to approach him; the one whom he will choose he will allow to approach him. Do this: take censers, Korah and all your company, and tomorrow put fire in them, and lay incense on them before the Lord; and the man whom the Lord chooses shall be the holy one. You Levites have gone too far!” Then Moses said to Korah, “Hear now, you Levites! Is it too little for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the congregation of Israel, to allow you to approach him in order to perform the duties of the Lord’s tabernacle, and to stand before the congregation and serve them? 10 He has allowed you to approach him, and all your brother Levites with you; yet you seek the priesthood as well! 11 Therefore you and all your company have gathered together against the Lord. What is Aaron that you rail against him?”

12 Moses sent for Dathan and Abiram sons of Eliab; but they said, “We will not come! 13 Is it too little that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to kill us in the wilderness, that you must also lord it over us? 14 It is clear you have not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, or given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards. Would you put out the eyes of these men? We will not come!”

15 Moses was very angry and said to the Lord, “Pay no attention to their offering. I have not taken one donkey from them, and I have not harmed any one of them.” 16 And Moses said to Korah, “As for you and all your company, be present tomorrow before the Lord, you and they and Aaron; 17 and let each one of you take his censer, and put incense on it, and each one of you present his censer before the Lord, two hundred fifty censers; you also, and Aaron, each his censer.” 18 So each man took his censer, and they put fire in the censers and laid incense on them, and they stood at the entrance of the tent of meeting with Moses and Aaron. 19 Then Korah assembled the whole congregation against them at the entrance of the tent of meeting. And the glory of the Lord appeared to the whole congregation.

20 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying: 21 Separate yourselves from this congregation, so that I may consume them in a moment. 22 They fell on their faces, and said, “O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one person sin and you become angry with the whole congregation?”

23 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 24 Say to the congregation: Get away from the dwellings of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. 25 So Moses got up and went to Dathan and Abiram; the elders of Israel followed him. 26 He said to the congregation, “Turn away from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, or you will be swept away for all their sins.” 27 So they got away from the dwellings of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram; and Dathan and Abiram came out and stood at the entrance of their tents, together with their wives, their children, and their little ones. 28 And Moses said, “This is how you shall know that the Lord has sent me to do all these works; it has not been of my own accord: 29 If these people die a natural death, or if a natural fate comes on them, then the Lord has not sent me. 30 But if the Lord creates something new, and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up, with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into Sheol, then you shall know that these men have despised the Lord.”

31 As soon as he finished speaking all these words, the ground under them was split apart. 32 The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, along with their households—everyone who belonged to Korah and all their goods. 33 So they with all that belonged to them went down alive into Sheol; the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly. 34 All Israel around them fled at their outcry, for they said, “The earth will swallow us too!” 35 And fire came out from the Lord and consumed the two hundred fifty men offering the incense.

36  Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 37 Tell Eleazar son of Aaron the priest to take the censers out of the blaze; then scatter the fire far and wide. 38 For the censers of these sinners have become holy at the cost of their lives. Make them into hammered plates as a covering for the altar, for they presented them before the Lord and they became holy. Thus they shall be a sign to the Israelites. 39 So Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers that had been presented by those who were burned; and they were hammered out as a covering for the altar— 40 a reminder to the Israelites that no outsider, who is not of the descendants of Aaron, shall approach to offer incense before the Lord, so as not to become like Korah and his company—just as the Lord had said to him through Moses.

41 On the next day, however, the whole congregation of the Israelites rebelled against Moses and against Aaron, saying, “You have killed the people of the Lord.” 42 And when the congregation had assembled against them, Moses and Aaron turned toward the tent of meeting; the cloud had covered it and the glory of the Lord appeared. 43 Then Moses and Aaron came to the front of the tent of meeting, 44 and the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 45 “Get away from this congregation, so that I may consume them in a moment.” And they fell on their faces. 46 Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer, put fire on it from the altar and lay incense on it, and carry it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them. For wrath has gone out from the Lord; the plague has begun.” 47 So Aaron took it as Moses had ordered, and ran into the middle of the assembly, where the plague had already begun among the people. He put on the incense, and made atonement for the people. 48 He stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stopped. 49 Those who died by the plague were fourteen thousand seven hundred, besides those who died in the affair of Korah. 50 When the plague was stopped, Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance of the tent of meeting.

Teacher’s Preparation: 

Rebellion as a Christian can have consequences and affect our relationship with God. This also applies to daily life also. Using examples from the Bible portion and from daily life can help students understand the moral of the story. Have students illustrate examples they know from their daily life and other stories in the Bible that have a similar theme.

Main Ideas: 

1. Moses and Aaron are challenged

Korah, son of Izhar along with Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab and On, son of Peleh with another 250 others challenged Moses and his authority over them. Dathan and Abiram claimed Moses led them out of the land of milk and honey.

 

2. Moses anger and challenge

Moses was very angry with the accusations and informed God he had never taken anything or performed any physical harm against the rebels.  Moses challenged Korah and his group to hold censers with incense and present themselves before God along with Aaron.  God would decide who was holy and favored at that time.

 

3. The Lord shows His wrath

God wanted to punish the whole congregation who met by the tent of meeting but Moses and Aaron pleaded to spare the innocent. So instead God told the people to move away from Korah, Dathan and Abiram dwellings. The ground below them and their dwellings were swallowed by the earth. The people fled from there and then the Lord sent a fire to consume the 250 men offering incense. This clearly demonstrates the Lord's anger and punishment against His rebellious people.

 

4. Reminder to the people

God instructed Eleazar, the son of Aaron to take the bronze censers from the fire and hammer them out to cover the altar. The censers were holy since they had been presented to the Lord. This was to serve as a reminder to the Israelites that no one outside a descendent of Aaron could approach and offer incense to the Lord.

 

5. Israelites rebel

The Israelites claimed Moses and Aaron had killed the people of the Lord. The Lord sent a plague to consume the people and Aaron as instructed by Moses took a censer and made atonement for the people. Those who were consumed by the fire died and the rest were saved. 14,700 people had died from the plague. Despite God's compassion the day prior, the people still turned on God and were punished for it.

Lesson Review: 

1. ____________ , Dathan and Abiram rebelled against Moses.

 

2. Moses met with Korah and his group by the tent of ____________.

3. ____________, son of Aaron covered the altar with the bronze censer metal.

4. How did God punish Korah and his group of followers?

5. How did Moses and Aaron stop the plague that was cast on the Israelites?

Values for Life: 

1. God gives certain people responsibilities according to His wishes.

2. Rebellion can have serious consequences in our spiritual life as well as our social life.

3. God has compassion on His people but is quick to anger.

4. Atonement for our sins will give us a chance to avoid God's punishment.

Life Response/My Decision: 

Faith in Action

Have your ever questioned a decision? What were the consequences? Who are people in your life who you sometimes question about their decisions?

Memory Verse: 

Exodus 23:21

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

21 Be attentive to him and listen to his voice; do not rebel against him, for he will not pardon your transgression; for my name is in him.

Closing Prayer: 

Dear Lord. Help us to accept your decisions and forgive us when we question you and your decisions. Thank you for your compassion on us. We ask for forgiveness for all our shortcomings.

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09 Joshua -Renewing the Covenant at Schechem

UNIT #: 
II
Aim: 

Fulfilment of God's promise and renewal of covenant

Bible Passage: 

Joshua 24:1-33

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Tribes Renew the Covenant

24 Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Long ago your ancestors—Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor—lived beyond the Euphrates and served other gods. Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and led him through all the land of Canaan and made his offspring many. I gave him Isaac; and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. I gave Esau the hill country of Seir to possess, but Jacob and his children went down to Egypt. Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt with what I did in its midst; and afterwards I brought you out. When I brought your ancestors out of Egypt, you came to the sea; and the Egyptians pursued your ancestors with chariots and horsemen to the Red Sea. When they cried out to the Lord, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and made the sea come upon them and cover them; and your eyes saw what I did to Egypt. Afterwards you lived in the wilderness a long time. Then I brought you to the land of the Amorites, who lived on the other side of the Jordan; they fought with you, and I handed them over to you, and you took possession of their land, and I destroyed them before you. Then King Balak son of Zippor of Moab, set out to fight against Israel. He sent and invited Balaam son of Beor to curse you, 10 but I would not listen to Balaam; therefore he blessed you; so I rescued you out of his hand. 11 When you went over the Jordan and came to Jericho, the citizens of Jericho fought against you, and also the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; and I handed them over to you. 12 I sent the hornet ahead of you, which drove out before you the two kings of the Amorites; it was not by your sword or by your bow. 13 I gave you a land on which you had not labored, and towns that you had not built, and you live in them; you eat the fruit of vineyards and oliveyards that you did not plant.

14 “Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; 17 for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; 18 and the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.”

19 But Joshua said to the people, “You cannot serve the Lord, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins. 20 If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm, and consume you, after having done you good.” 21 And the people said to Joshua, “No, we will serve the Lord!” 22 Then Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the Lord, to serve him.” And they said, “We are witnesses.” 23 He said, “Then put away the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.” 24 The people said to Joshua, “The Lord our God we will serve, and him we will obey.” 25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made statutes and ordinances for them at Shechem. 26 Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God; and he took a large stone, and set it up there under the oak in the sanctuary of the Lord. 27 Joshua said to all the people, “See, this stone shall be a witness against us; for it has heard all the words of the Lord that he spoke to us; therefore it shall be a witness against you, if you deal falsely with your God.” 28 So Joshua sent the people away to their inheritances.

Death of Joshua and Eleazar

29 After these things Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being one hundred ten years old. 30 They buried him in his own inheritance at Timnath-serah, which is in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.

31 Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua and had known all the work that the Lord did for Israel.

32 The bones of Joseph, which the Israelites had brought up from Egypt, were buried at Shechem, in the portion of ground that Jacob had bought from the children of Hamor, the father of Shechem, for one hundred pieces of money; it became an inheritance of the descendants of Joseph.

33 Eleazar son of Aaron died; and they buried him at Gibeah, the town of his son Phinehas, which had been given him in the hill country of Ephraim.

Teacher’s Preparation: 

Being faithful to Lord under all circumstances is a key aspect in defining Christian life. Lives of our forefathers are prime example of strong faith in God that Joshua is talking about. Relating experiences of our parents and us and connecting them with Joshua’s life will help students in relating how the faith as practiced by Joshua 3000 years ago are still relevant in today’s world.

Main Ideas: 

Think of how much Lord protected us and our forefathers in a similar manner as Joshua and his previous generations were protected and provided. The faith and practices that we follow influence the lives of countless other around us.

Billy Graham's Einstein Speech

http://www.billygraham.org/In January 2000, leaders in Charlotte , North Carolina , invited their favorite son, Billy Graham, to a luncheon in his honor.

Billy initially hesitated to accept the invitation because he struggled with Parkinson's disease. But the Charlotte leaders said, "We don't expect a major address. Just come and let us honor you." So he agreed.

After wonderful things were said about him, Dr. Graham stepped to the rostrum, looked at the crowd, and said, "I'm reminded today of Albert Einstein, the great physicist who this month has been honored by Time Magazine as the 'Man of the Century.'

Einstein was once traveling from Princeton on a train when the conductor came down the aisle, punching the tickets of every passenger. When he came to Einstein, Einstein reached in his vest pocket. He couldn't find his ticket, so he reached in his trouser pockets. It wasn't there, so he looked in his briefcase but couldn't find it. Then he looked in the seat beside him. He still couldn't find it.

The conductor said, 'Dr. Einstein, I know who you are.  We all know who you are. I'm sure you bought a ticket. Don't worry about it.'

Einstein nodded appreciatively. The conductor continued down the aisle punching tickets. As he was ready to move to the next car, he turned around and saw the great physicist down on his hands and knees looking under his seat for his ticket.

The conductor rushed back and said, 'Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein, don't worry, I know who you are No problem. You don't need a ticket.  I'm sure you bought one.'

Einstein looked at him and said, 'Young man, I too, know who I am. What I don't know is where I'm going.'"

Many times in our daily lives we seem to be lost and needs direction. It is our faith that grounds us and guides us. As shown above the faith is what tells us who we are in our lives and where we go because the Lord guides us through our journey and provides us with the direction.

 

 

Activities: 

Find through books or internet life of one person who showed throughout his/her life impeccable faith in Lord. Share this story of this person in the class next week and what are the things that we learn from this person's life.

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Lesson Review: 

Joshua starts the chapter by referring to Abraham who rejected his religion and people to follow God in its entirety, by breaking away from one kind of worship and rejecting idolatry and following Jehovah the Lord and urges Israelites to do the same. Joshua follows subsequent generations of Abraham by showing them how Abraham was blessed with Isaac and through him a generation that flourished under Jehovah's safe arms.

Shown below is the family tree of Terah (Could be shown on the side also).

Through his speech on the patriarchs Moses and Aaron, Joshua shows how lord did through his great might delivered Israelites from Egypt and protected them during their desert journey and has been with them all through the years protecting them and providing for them.

Joshua goes on to explain the journey of Israelites through the promised land and how Lord delivered them from the people who lived in those lands such as Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hittites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. He shows how in each of these cases it was not by the might of Israelites but by the power of God alone that all these parts of promised land were given to them. When we think of this today, think about the absolute might Lord had in delivering to Israelites a large number of nations, their people and land. Joshua through the following of history shows how Israelites were given a land that was not theirs, buildings that they did not build and vineyards and plantations that they did not pant. This is very important point where Lord shows how he can do seemingly impossible things in our life when we practice and follow him.

Joshua also know that the people of Israel followed practices of idol worship and faith that were not along the same lines of thought as dictated by God. Joshua through verses from 19 to 22 depicts the face of God that is different from caring and providing God that Israelites had seen. He shows a Lord that will punish them for following the people and faith of the Land and practicing Idolatry that is absolutely unacceptable to Lord.

Joshua made a covenant with people of Israel at Shechem, in following Lord all through their lives and above all renouncing current practices of faith which they had adopted from the foreigners. After making sure that Israelites had understood the relevance of Lord Jehovah through their past history and importance of following him in their everyday lives and for next generation, he passed away.

 

How does the faith demonstrated by Joshua relate to our lives?

Most of us in our daily lives in school and outside are faced by circumstances where we need to practice righteous living. This requires true understanding of bible and being faithful to word of God, which is possible only if we follow God the same way as Joshua followed. Many times in our daily lives we encounter situations and circumstances where we need to say boldly regardless of what happens we will be following God. This is the true testimony of our lives which we can follow and imbibe through the life of Joshua.

Values for Life: 

Practicing the faith and following Lord is a very important part of our everyday lives. We through our daily practices of bible reading, prayer and following Lords words will be able to build a meaningful and faithful life as Joshua had commanded to Israelites.

Life Response/My Decision: 

One of the ways to follow our faith, spend some time reading bible and praying everyday. It is this faith that enabled our parents to teach us the bible the way we know it.

 

 

Fill in the blanks.

  1. “Now therefore ______________, and serve him in _________________; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve _____.
  2. The people said to Joshua, “The _________, and him we will obey.”

Short Answer

  1. Explain through the history of Israelites how Lord protected and provided for the people of Israel.
  2. What does Joshua's speech and life teach us in our daily lives.
Memory Verse: 

Joshua 24:15

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

15 Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Closing Prayer: 

Conclude the class with a prayer

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08 God Speaks to Elijah - God Revealing in History

UNIT #: 
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Aim: 

Understanding God's voice in the midst of all the other voices we hear

Bible Passage: 

1 Kings 19:1-21

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Elijah Flees from Jezebel

19 Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life like the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.” Then he was afraid; he got up and fled for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which belongs to Judah; he left his servant there.

But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, “Get up and eat.” He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. The angel of the Lord came a second time, touched him, and said, “Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.” He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God. At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there.

Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.”

Elijah Meets God at Horeb

11 He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 14 He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.” 15 Then the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram. 16 Also you shall anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah as prophet in your place. 17 Whoever escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu shall kill; and whoever escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha shall kill. 18 Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

Elisha Becomes Elijah’s Disciple

19 So he set out from there, and found Elisha son of Shaphat, who was plowing. There were twelve yoke of oxen ahead of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle over him. 20 He left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said, “Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” Then Elijah said to him, “Go back again; for what have I done to you?” 21 He returned from following him, took the yoke of oxen, and slaughtered them; using the equipment from the oxen, he boiled their flesh, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out and followed Elijah, and became his servant.

Teacher’s Preparation: 

Main Ideas: 

Activities: 

Lesson Review: 

Values for Life: 

Life Response/My Decision: 

Memory Verse: 

Hebrews 3:7-8

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Warning against Unbelief

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,

“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
    as on the day of testing in the wilderness,

Closing Prayer: 

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07 Jacob Wrestles With God - Humanity, One in Unity

UNIT #: 
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Aim: 

Understanding how God strengthens us through challenges. Realizing how God "wrestles" with us during these times to help us grow and understand our faith.

Bible Passage: 

Genesis 32:1-32

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

32 Jacob went on his way and the angels of God met him; and when Jacob saw them he said, “This is God’s camp!” So he called that place Mahanaim.

Jacob Sends Presents to Appease Esau

Jacob sent messengers before him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom, instructing them, “Thus you shall say to my lord Esau: Thus says your servant Jacob, ‘I have lived with Laban as an alien, and stayed until now; and I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, male and female slaves; and I have sent to tell my lord, in order that I may find favor in your sight.’”

The messengers returned to Jacob, saying, “We came to your brother Esau, and he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him.” Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; and he divided the people that were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two companies, thinking, “If Esau comes to the one company and destroys it, then the company that is left will escape.”

And Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Lord who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your kindred, and I will do you good,’ 10 I am not worthy of the least of all the steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan; and now I have become two companies. 11 Deliver me, please, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I am afraid of him; he may come and kill us all, the mothers with the children. 12 Yet you have said, ‘I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted because of their number.’”

13 So he spent that night there, and from what he had with him he took a present for his brother Esau, 14 two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, 15 thirty milch camels and their colts, forty cows and ten bulls, twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys. 16 These he delivered into the hand of his servants, every drove by itself, and said to his servants, “Pass on ahead of me, and put a space between drove and drove.” 17 He instructed the foremost, “When Esau my brother meets you, and asks you, ‘To whom do you belong? Where are you going? And whose are these ahead of you?’ 18 then you shall say, ‘They belong to your servant Jacob; they are a present sent to my lord Esau; and moreover he is behind us.’” 19 He likewise instructed the second and the third and all who followed the droves, “You shall say the same thing to Esau when you meet him, 20 and you shall say, ‘Moreover your servant Jacob is behind us.’” For he thought, “I may appease him with the present that goes ahead of me, and afterwards I shall see his face; perhaps he will accept me.” 21 So the present passed on ahead of him; and he himself spent that night in the camp.

Jacob Wrestles at Peniel

22 The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. 24 Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.” 27 So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 Then the man said, “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.” 29 Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. 30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.” 31 The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the thigh muscle that is on the hip socket, because he struck Jacob on the hip socket at the thigh muscle.

Teacher’s Preparation: 

Jacob was the younger twin of Esau and the son of Isaac and Rebecca. But when tradition called for the oldest in the family to have their father’s blessing, Jacob stole that right.

Esau was furious and swore to kill his brother at the time,  but Jacob fled and prospered in another land. However,  as time passed Jacob thought he could continue doing things on his own, but it was God’s blessings that helped him prosper throughout his life.

As Jacob began to realize God has the upper hand in every situation, we see a man who was deceiver become a new man as he made the vow to remain a true servant of the Lord. 

Main Ideas: 

You may remember the story of Jacob as the brother who tricked Esau into selling his birthright. Who could forget Jacob banding his arms in animal hair and dressing as Esau to seal the deal and get his father’s blessing? And with the help of his mother nonetheless? Well, now Jacob’s past comes back to haunt him, as he’s all grown up and forced to return to his home land. There are a lot of decisions in life that come back to haunt us, especially if we did something wrong. Sometimes we question whether we made the right choices. But you’ll find out that all things happen because God has a plan and just like Jacob we have to have faith in God and trust in how He works. 

 

God had made a promise to Jacob that he would have descendants like the dust of the earth and spread out to the west and the east. But Jacob did certain things that did not please God. Although Jacob prospered with a family, time had come when he had to pass a test in the form of a wrestle. In life, many problems are like a wrestle: you need to have control over what’s causing the trouble. When Jacob overcame this problem, God transformed him into a new person, into someone even better than before and renamed him Israel, the name of a great nation which still exists to this day.

 

Fun Fact:

During Jacob’s time, the wealth of a person was measured through the amount of camels and livestock they owned. Having 30 camels or more qualified you as a rich person. So imagine how wealthy Jacob was to have given Esau not only 30 camels, but donkeys, goats, rams, bulls and other livestock that totaled to more than 500? Even today, there are pastoral tribes in parts of Africa that still use camel and livestock as a form of income.  

 

About Forgiveness

Jacob’s way of finding favor was to send gifts and presents to his brother Esau, whom he hasn’t seen in years. And the last time he saw Esau, he was in danger of being killed. Do you think it’s easy to forgive someone for something as big as a birthright?

Well, upon finding out Esau and his 400 men were on the way to meet him, Jacob feared for his life thinking Esau would want revenge. Do you often find yourself drawing fast conclusions?  There’s nothing wrong with trying to come up with a get-away plan like, but Jacob tried to do things on his own. When he realized this may or may not work, he began praying and asking God for help.

Not many people can say they’ve physically wrestled with God like Jacob, but we do have our fair share of problems that can be equally stressful. When Jacob was caught in this wrestle it was an opportunity for him to prove his trust in God and repent from his mistakes. Although it cost him a hip dislocation, he finally put his faith in God and was forever transformed.

Today, asking for forgiveness doesn’t entail buying gifts like Jacob or paying your way through to be forgiven. Jesus paid the ultimate price on the cross to die for our sins, so God only asks us to repent from our wrongs and have a forgiving heart in order to be forgiven by Him.

Activities: 

Repenting from our mistakes is hard, especially if we wronged someone a long time ago. But don’t think that God won’t forgive you.

Take this time to pray for this person you’ve wronged. Ask God to help you through this difficult time and rebuild the relationship you have with that person. 

Lesson Review: 
  1. Jacob had taken his wives and children and crossed ­­­­­_______________, then wrestled with a man in _____________ until _____________.  
  2. Jacob sent messengers before him to his brother Esau in the land of __________.
  3. When the messengers told Jacob there were ______men with Esau, he was greatly _________ and __________ because his brother would hurt him, so he _________ his people so that if one was ___________  the other would _____________.
  4. Who wrestled with Jacob and how was he transformed? What is his new name and what does it mean?
  5. In what ways did Jacob try to gain Esau’s favor?
Memory Verse: 

Psalm 37:23-24

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

23 Our steps are made firm by the Lord,
    when he delights in our way;
24 though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong,
    for the Lord holds us by the hand.

Closing Prayer: 

Teacher: Conclude class with a prayer

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06 Boaz: Kinsman Redeemer - Man of His Word

UNIT #: 
II
Lesson Theme: 
Fundamentals of moral values, a blessing from God
Aim: 

To understand acts of kindness are measured by God and rewarded with his blessings. 

Bible Passage: 

Ruth 3:1-18

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor

Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, I need to seek some security for you, so that it may be well with you. Now here is our kinsman Boaz, with whose young women you have been working. See, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. Now wash and anoint yourself, and put on your best clothes and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. When he lies down, observe the place where he lies; then, go and uncover his feet and lie down; and he will tell you what to do.” She said to her, “All that you tell me I will do.”

So she went down to the threshing floor and did just as her mother-in-law had instructed her. When Boaz had eaten and drunk, and he was in a contented mood, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain. Then she came stealthily and uncovered his feet, and lay down. At midnight the man was startled, and turned over, and there, lying at his feet, was a woman! He said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth, your servant; spread your cloak over your servant, for you are next-of-kin.” 10 He said, “May you be blessed by the Lord, my daughter; this last instance of your loyalty is better than the first; you have not gone after young men, whether poor or rich. 11 And now, my daughter, do not be afraid, I will do for you all that you ask, for all the assembly of my people know that you are a worthy woman. 12 But now, though it is true that I am a near kinsman, there is another kinsman more closely related than I. 13 Remain this night, and in the morning, if he will act as next-of-kin for you, good; let him do it. If he is not willing to act as next-of-kin for you, then, as the Lord lives, I will act as next-of-kin for you. Lie down until the morning.”

14 So she lay at his feet until morning, but got up before one person could recognize another; for he said, “It must not be known that the woman came to the threshing floor.” 15 Then he said, “Bring the cloak you are wearing and hold it out.” So she held it, and he measured out six measures of barley, and put it on her back; then he went into the city. 16 She came to her mother-in-law, who said, “How did things go with you, my daughter?” Then she told her all that the man had done for her, 17 saying, “He gave me these six measures of barley, for he said, ‘Do not go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.’” 18 She replied, “Wait, my daughter, until you learn how the matter turns out, for the man will not rest, but will settle the matter today.”

Teacher’s Preparation: 

Sensitivity and kindness for others goes a long way to building strong relationships. We need to pay attention to what people are going through and be ready to offer a kind word or a thoughtful gesture, even a smile. If you are successful in making a difference in others life then, you will be rewarded and blessed by God. We all should remember that showing kindness and being sensitive to others is possible only through a selfless attitude.

Helen Keller who was blind once quoted, 'As long as you sweeten others pain, your life is not in vain'.

We must remember 3-important points

1. We need to be alert to see the needy around us.

2. Cultivate a selfless attitude.

3. Try to build strong relationship with other people

Main Ideas: 

Student Introduction to the lesson:

=> Have you ever seen people who are upset and frustrated in life?

=> Did you ever think of going and talking to them, showing some kindness or even a smile?

=> We are living in a selfish world. As Christians we are commanded by God to love each other and to be sensitive to others needs.

=> This is possible only through a selfless heart.

Here’s the story of a girl in her own words who had an act of kindness and was sensitive to the need of others. She did this by giving a hug and wiping the tears. Lets read the story,

The biggest hug ever......

Last week the girl was at a CVS pharmacy to pick up some things for her mom. She needed to speak with the pharmacist about an over the counter drug and while waiting for him, she couldn't help but overhear the lady next to her. The lady was in her early 30's and appeared distraught as she talked to the pharmacy tech. It became clear that she needed medication for her child and it was $65.00 for 6 pills. She was tearing up. The girl heard the lady on the phone with her Dr.'s office, trying to find out if there was another medication that didn't cost so much. She was finding it harder and harder to hold it together and tears were running down her face when the pharmacy tech asked if she should hold the medications back for her. The girl stepped up, quietly put an arm around the lady and told her she would like to take care of this. She looked up at the girl with tears running down her face and asked "Are you sure? Oh my God!” The girl turned to the pharmacy tech and asked her to ring it up. The lady was in tears as the girl paid for the medications. The girl turned around to the lady hugged her, gave her a kiss on the cheek and told her to go take care of her child. The girl is  now on the look out for other opportunities for random acts of kindness

Ref: http://www.randomactsofkindness.org

Article source: actofkindness.org

Bible Exploration:

          In Israel, the barley harvest began in the spring. The community in Bethlehem observed God’s law concerning harvesting: “When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest…. Leave them for the poor and the alien” (Leviticus 19:9-10).

          Ruth was both poor and an alien. “As it turned out, Ruth found herself working in a field belonging to Boaz. He was a “man of his word”. Ruth continued to glean in Boaz’s field for about seven weeks, until the end of the barley and wheat harvests, around the time of Pentecost. Naomi had earlier hoped that Ruth would find “rest” Now Naomi said to Ruth, “Should I not try to find a home for you, where you will be well provided for?” (Ruth 3:1). Naomi’s hopes for Ruth now centered upon Boaz, who might act as a “kinsman-redeemer” (verses 1-9).

         A kinsman-redeemer was a relative who could redeem a poor person’s inheritance (Leviticus 25:25). In certain circumstances, where there was no heir, a near relative could act as kinsman-redeemer by marrying the relative’s widow to redeem the inheritance. A relative was not obligated to act as kinsman-redeemer, however. If no relative chose to help, the widow would probably live in poverty.

          Naomi therefore suggested to her daughter-in-law a plan of action: “Wash and perfume yourself, and put on your best clothes. Then go down to the threshing floor, but don’t let Boaz know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking. When he lies down, note the place where he is lying. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down. He will tell you what to do” (Ruth 3:3-4).

        Ruth did as Naomi told her. Something startled Boaz in the middle of the night, and he awoke to discover a woman lying at his feet. Boaz asked who she was. Ruth identified herself and then seized the initiative: “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer” (verse 9).

        Boaz felt honored by Ruth’s request because she was “a woman of noble character. Boaz informed her, however, that Naomi had a closer relative. This man had the first option to marry Ruth and redeem Naomi’s inheritance. Boaz assured Ruth that if this other relative was not prepared to act as kinsman-redeemer, then he certainly would be. Ruth would now have to wait until the matter was settled with the other relative.

             Boaz presented the case to the relative. He explained that the relative had the first right to redeem Elimelech’s land. The relative agreed to do so, but when Boaz told him that buying the land obligated him to marry Ruth, he promptly backed down — as Boaz hoped he would. Perhaps the relative feared that if he would have a son by Ruth, his investment in the new property would be transferred from his family to the family of Elimelech. Whatever the reason for the man’s refusal, the right to marry Ruth now passed to Boaz. All the people at the gate witnessed this transaction.

            In due course, Boaz married Ruth and she bore him a son, Obed. Obed later became the father of Jesse and the grandfather of David (Ruth 4:17). Through David, Ruth became an ancestor of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:5, 16).  Boaz was sensitive to Ruth and was rewarded for his kindness. He did not look for his own reward but become ancestors of David and Jesus.  

 

Activities: 

This week visit the website

http://www.randomactsofkindness.org Click on the stories tab and read the stories of people who had shown the act kindness and was sensitive to others needs. Select any one story and present it to the class next week. Explain why you chose that story and what you liked most from their story. 

Lesson Review: 

Fill in the blanks.

  1. A ____________was a relative who could redeem a poor person’s inheritance.
  2. Naomi’s hopes for ________ now centered upon __________.
  3. Now _______ and _______ yourself, and put on your best clothes and go down to the ___________ floor.

Short Answer

  1. Do you believe that Ruth and Naomi had a tender loving relationship with each other. Why or why not? Explain.

       2. In the story of Boaz and Ruth, explain how Boaz turned out to be a Kinsman-redeemer, man of his own  word?

 

Values for Life: 

1. Being sensitive to others and showing kindness is something our society is lacking today.

2. Our society is filled with people who are selfish and insensitive to others feelings and needs.

3. There is no tool or technology to easy fix these issues.

4. In such situations, we must act with kindness and a helping hand to those in need, like Boaz did to Ruth eventually.

Life Response/My Decision: 

Faith in Action:

“Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God - the rest will be given”. –Mother Teresa

1. When we show the act of kindness and sensitiveness to others, we teach the society how we can make a change in others life.

2. Kindness is cultivating the fruit of spirit within us through joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

3. The effect of kindness will reach out far beyond the point of  impact.

4. Take some time to show the act of kindness and make a difference in others life.

5. It may take courage to be the Man of his word as it did for Boaz, but if you choose to be sensitive and kind to others then your life is worth living and you will be blessed and rewarded by God. 

 

Memory Verse: 

Ruth 1:16

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

16 But Ruth said,

“Do not press me to leave you
    or to turn back from following you!
Where you go, I will go;
    where you lodge, I will lodge;
your people shall be my people,
    and your God my God.

Closing Prayer: 

Dear Lord, Thank you for teaching us the fundamentals of moral attitudes through the story for Boaz and Ruth. Help us to look for people who are in need of kindness and sensitiveness and give us a selfless heart to help our fellow brothers. In your precious name we pray, Amen.

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05 Science and Faith - Nothing is impossible for God

UNIT #: 
I
Lesson Theme: 
Taking Leaps of Faith
Aim: 

To understand that God exceeds the limitations put by man.

Bible Passage: 

1 Kings 18:1-46

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Elijah’s Message to Ahab

18 After many days the word of the Lord came to Elijah, in the third year of the drought, saying, “Go, present yourself to Ahab; I will send rain on the earth.” So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab. The famine was severe in Samaria. Ahab summoned Obadiah, who was in charge of the palace. (Now Obadiah revered the Lord greatly; when Jezebel was killing off the prophets of the Lord, Obadiah took a hundred prophets, hid them fifty to a cave, and provided them with bread and water.) Then Ahab said to Obadiah, “Go through the land to all the springs of water and to all the wadis; perhaps we may find grass to keep the horses and mules alive, and not lose some of the animals.” So they divided the land between them to pass through it; Ahab went in one direction by himself, and Obadiah went in another direction by himself.

As Obadiah was on the way, Elijah met him; Obadiah recognized him, fell on his face, and said, “Is it you, my lord Elijah?” He answered him, “It is I. Go, tell your lord that Elijah is here.” And he said, “How have I sinned, that you would hand your servant over to Ahab, to kill me? 10 As the Lord your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom to which my lord has not sent to seek you; and when they would say, ‘He is not here,’ he would require an oath of the kingdom or nation, that they had not found you. 11 But now you say, ‘Go, tell your lord that Elijah is here.’ 12 As soon as I have gone from you, the spirit of the Lord will carry you I know not where; so, when I come and tell Ahab and he cannot find you, he will kill me, although I your servant have revered the Lord from my youth. 13 Has it not been told my lord what I did when Jezebel killed the prophets of the Lord, how I hid a hundred of the Lord’s prophets fifty to a cave, and provided them with bread and water? 14 Yet now you say, ‘Go, tell your lord that Elijah is here’; he will surely kill me.” 15 Elijah said, “As the Lord of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today.” 16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him; and Ahab went to meet Elijah.

17 When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, “Is it you, you troubler of Israel?” 18 He answered, “I have not troubled Israel; but you have, and your father’s house, because you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and followed the Baals. 19 Now therefore have all Israel assemble for me at Mount Carmel, with the four hundred fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”

Elijah’s Triumph over the Priests of Baal

20 So Ahab sent to all the Israelites, and assembled the prophets at Mount Carmel. 21 Elijah then came near to all the people, and said, “How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” The people did not answer him a word. 22 Then Elijah said to the people, “I, even I only, am left a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets number four hundred fifty. 23 Let two bulls be given to us; let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire to it; I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood, but put no fire to it. 24 Then you call on the name of your god and I will call on the name of the Lord; the god who answers by fire is indeed God.” All the people answered, “Well spoken!” 25 Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose for yourselves one bull and prepare it first, for you are many; then call on the name of your god, but put no fire to it.” 26 So they took the bull that was given them, prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, crying, “O Baal, answer us!” But there was no voice, and no answer. They limped about the altar that they had made. 27 At noon Elijah mocked them, saying, “Cry aloud! Surely he is a god; either he is meditating, or he has wandered away, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.” 28 Then they cried aloud and, as was their custom, they cut themselves with swords and lances until the blood gushed out over them. 29 As midday passed, they raved on until the time of the offering of the oblation, but there was no voice, no answer, and no response.

30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come closer to me”; and all the people came closer to him. First he repaired the altar of the Lord that had been thrown down; 31 Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord came, saying, “Israel shall be your name”; 32 with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord. Then he made a trench around the altar, large enough to contain two measures of seed. 33 Next he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood. He said, “Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood.” 34 Then he said, “Do it a second time”; and they did it a second time. Again he said, “Do it a third time”; and they did it a third time, 35 so that the water ran all around the altar, and filled the trench also with water.

36 At the time of the offering of the oblation, the prophet Elijah came near and said, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your bidding. 37 Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” 38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering, the wood, the stones, and the dust, and even licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The Lord indeed is God; the Lord indeed is God.” 40 Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal; do not let one of them escape.” Then they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to the Wadi Kishon, and killed them there.

The Drought Ends

41 Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of rushing rain.” 42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; there he bowed himself down upon the earth and put his face between his knees. 43 He said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” He went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” Then he said, “Go again seven times.” 44 At the seventh time he said, “Look, a little cloud no bigger than a person’s hand is rising out of the sea.” Then he said, “Go say to Ahab, ‘Harness your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’” 45 In a little while the heavens grew black with clouds and wind; there was a heavy rain. Ahab rode off and went to Jezreel. 46 But the hand of the Lord was on Elijah; he girded up his loins and ran in front of Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

Teacher’s Preparation: 

Faith is a difficult concept sometimes to explain or understand. Perhaps teachers can share some examples with the students of when they had to demonstrate faith in God in their own lives.

Main Ideas: 

Meet Elijah, a prophet of God. Elijah began as a prophet when God called upon him to confront the wicked king of Israel, Ahab. Elijah was the prophet who prophesied to Ahab that according to God, there will be a severe drought for a long time.

Ahab was an evil king who did not follow the Lord. He married Jezebel, and together they set up altars and temples for Baal and worshipped him. Ahab did so much evil that he provoked the Lord’s anger more than all the kings of Isreal before him. Now we’re talking about an evil king!.

When our bible passage begins, it has been 3 years since the drought started. Elijah has been in hiding in the meantime, as instructed by God. A severe famine is underway due to the drought. Ahab is still king, along with his wife Jezebel. During our study of today’s passage, we’ll see a lot of ways that God worked in situations that seemed impossible to us!

God tells Elijah it is time to see Ahab again. Imagine Elijah’s fear! He was the man who delievered the bad news of the drought to Ahab and then went into hiding. He has become one of Israel’s most wanted. Ahab has been searching for Elijah with a consuming hatred.  Jezebel has been killing off the Lord’s prophets. And now God is telling Elijah to confront Ahab again? What do you think was going through Elijah’s mind? He may have been thinking this is a crazy task. He may have thought it would be impossible for him to save his own life from Ahab if he confronted him again.

Elijah decides to trust God and follows God’s instructions. He runs into Obadiah, the man in charge of Ahab’s palace. Even though he is a very important official for Ahab, he did not disobey God. He protected 100 of God’s prophets during the time of Jezebel’s murderous rage against the prophets. He must have found himself in a situation that seemed impossible- finding a way to protect and provide food and water for God’s prophets during a terrible famine. In the midst of this, God helped Obadiah to be able to protect these prophets. Obadiah must have had a lot of faith in God to be willing to risk his own life to protect the prophets.

Elijah challenges Ahab to bring a total of 850 prophets of Baal and Asherah against him. It’s time for a showdown! But Elijah appears to be the underdog…

Once the prophets have been assembled, Elijah confronts them with a bold question and demand- “How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” When was the time you felt that you needed to make a difficult decision between two choices?

Elijah now sets up a challenge to determine who’s god is the true God. Two identical altars are set up with a bull to be sacrificed. The wood is prepared, but the lighting of the fire is up to the true God.

The prophets of Baal call upon their god from morning to noon with no response. At this point, Elijah prepares his altar, making it even harder to light. A deep trench is built around it. Water is poured over the altar three times, eventually filling up the trench. Why do you think Elijah poured water on the altar? Was he trying to prove a point- that he had faith that God would work a miracle? Scientifically, this altar should be impossible to light on fire, right? (Don’t try this at home!)

But…God does the impossible! After Elijah calls on him to show the people of Israel that he is the Lord, the fire of the Lord falls upon the altar and lights the sacrifice. The people watching this fell and declared, “The Lord- he is God!” Can you imagine what a scene this was? How do you think you would have reacted after witnessing such a miracle?

To put the icing on the cake, Elijah tells Ahab the drought is ending- rain is on the way. A drought that began three years ago with no forseeable end has now come to a close.

 

Activities: 

Interview an older family member or friend. Ask them to share an example of when they were in a difficult situation with an impossible outcome. Ask them to share if they had to choose to trust in God or not believe in Him, and what happened as a result.

Lesson Review: 

Fill in the blanks.

  1.  ______ then came near to all the people, and said, “How long will you go limping with two different ­­­­_______? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him

Short Answer

  1. From today’s bible passage, describe how different characters displayed faith in God in difficult situations.
  2. Also, describe what may have happened if they hadn’t believed. What do you think would be resulted in a better outcome- having faith in God or walking away?
  3. What are other examples of faith demonstrated by people in the Bible? What are other examples of God doing impossible things?

 

Values for Life: 

There are a lot of things in our world today that seem impossible. Because we have a lot of knowledge about science, and continue to learn more, many people today think that what science says goes. If science says it’s impossible, then it’s impossible. It can be very hard for someone with a scientific background to also have faith in God, because God can’t be explained by science. He has does and continues to do so many things that seem impossible, things that we can’t explain ourselves by facts or logical thinking.

 

This is where faith comes in.

Life Response/My Decision: 

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1.

We may not know all the answers to the impossible questions about God. There are a lot of times in life where we will go through things we can not understand at all.  What do we do when this happens? We have a choice to make- we can either trust in God or walk away from God. We must decide if it’s better to live with faith in God or to live without Him.

Real faith is not just being hopeful. Real faith is that no matter what, we’ll trust in God and believe in His promises. We saw a lot of examples of that in today’s passage and we can find many more in the bible. We can probably find more examples around us- just ask your family members and friends! Our older family members may have many examples to share about difficult situations and how they trusted God during that time.

When something happens and we wonder about having faith in God, we can do several things. We can talk to someone we know that has faith in God, to help us understand. We can look up all the promises that God has given us throughout the Bible. This can help us have faith in God during impossible situations.

Memory Verse: 

Proverbs 3:5-6

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.

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04 Solomon's Temple - Church is a Holy Place

UNIT #: 
I
Aim: 

God's desire to dwell in the hearts of his people.

Bible Passage: 

1 Kings 8:22-30

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication

22 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands to heaven. 23 He said, “O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and steadfast love for your servants who walk before you with all their heart, 24 the covenant that you kept for your servant my father David as you declared to him; you promised with your mouth and have this day fulfilled with your hand. 25 Therefore, O Lord, God of Israel, keep for your servant my father David that which you promised him, saying, ‘There shall never fail you a successor before me to sit on the throne of Israel, if only your children look to their way, to walk before me as you have walked before me.’ 26 Therefore, O God of Israel, let your word be confirmed, which you promised to your servant my father David.

27 “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, much less this house that I have built! 28 Regard your servant’s prayer and his plea, O Lord my God, heeding the cry and the prayer that your servant prays to you today; 29 that your eyes may be open night and day toward this house, the place of which you said, ‘My name shall be there,’ that you may heed the prayer that your servant prays toward this place. 30 Hear the plea of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place; O hear in heaven your dwelling place; heed and forgive.

Teacher’s Preparation: 

Main Ideas: 

Activities: 

Lesson Review: 

Values for Life: 

Life Response/My Decision: 

Memory Verse: 

1 Corinthians 3:16

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?

Closing Prayer: 

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03 Micah speaks of God's expectation

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Aim: 

What does the Lord Require of you? - God's Expectations

Bible Passage: 

Micah 6:1-8

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

God Challenges Israel

Hear what the Lord says:
    Rise, plead your case before the mountains,
    and let the hills hear your voice.
Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the Lord,
    and you enduring foundations of the earth;
for the Lord has a controversy with his people,
    and he will contend with Israel.

“O my people, what have I done to you?
    In what have I wearied you? Answer me!
For I brought you up from the land of Egypt,
    and redeemed you from the house of slavery;
and I sent before you Moses,
    Aaron, and Miriam.
O my people, remember now what King Balak of Moab devised,
    what Balaam son of Beor answered him,
and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal,
    that you may know the saving acts of the Lord.”

What God Requires

“With what shall I come before the Lord,
    and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
    with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
    with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
    the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God?

Main Ideas: 

Micah was a native of Moresheth. His full name is Micaiah signifying, Who is like Jehovah? The time of his prophesying is stated in the introduction to be in the reigns of Jotham. Ahaz, and Hezekiah, that is, between 757 and 699 B.C. Micah presents this true picture of God who hates sin and loves the sinner. Micah declared God’s judgement on city after city because of the people’s sins. He makes it very clear that God hates unkindness, idolatry, injustice and empty ritual. But even in the midst of judgement, he gives hope and describes God’s love and His willingness to pardon the sins of any who repent. 

In Micah 6 his message describes the wrongdoings of the people against God and others. God questions what wrong he has done to deserve such treatment. God continued to be kind to his forgetful people who refused to see how blessed they were and took God’s gifts for granted. People have tried many ways to please God, but God has clearly defined his expectations from us: to be just, love kindness and walk humbly with Him

Wherever we go in this world, there are certain expectations that we must live up to. In our homes, schools and church there are expectations that are placed upon us. We are held accountable for living up to the standards that been set for us.
Apart from the expectations of our parents, teachers and community we also have expectations that God has made for us. Many a times we take God’s love and mercy for granted and not live up to the standards that God set for us. But instead we should use the talents and grace God has given us to glorify Him through our lives.
In Micah 6:8, the bold prophet answered a question many people wonder about today: What does the Lord expect of us? Micah’s answer is comprehensive: to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God.

  1. Act Justly: Mark 3:1-6 – Jesus Healing on the Sabbath

The Lord does not delight in empty religious rituals and sacrifices. Rather, God first expects us to do what is right, regardless of the consequences.
Jesus is the best example of doing what is right which can be seen in the story where Jesus heals the man with the withered hand. During the time of Jesus, Sabbath was considered the day of rest and practices such as medical assistance could not be given to anyone except in matters of life and death. 
As Jesus entered the synagogue there was a man with a withered hand. The Pharisees were watching Him to see if he would heal the man on the Sabbath so they could accuse him for not obeying the law. Jesus told the man to come forward and spoke directly to the Pharisees and said “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save your life or kill?” But they kept silent. After hearing no response Jesus was angry and grieved at the hardness of their hearts and told the man to stretch out his hand and he was healed. The Pharisees placed the laws above human need, they were so concerned about Jesus breaking one of the rules that they did not care about the man’s withered hand. By healing Jesus made it clear that it was important to do what is right rather than fearing the consequences of his action.

  1. Love  Kindness

In Paul’s list of things that mark a Christian’s life, he wrote, “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32)
Dr. Graham and Gladys Staines were Australian Christian Missionaries who lived in Orissa, India with their 3 children. Staines assisted in translating a part of the Bible in one of the languages in India, though his focus was on a ministry for lepers. He spoke Oriya fluently and was popular among the patients he used to help after they were cured. He taught them how to make mats out of rope and baskets out of tree leaves. On the night of 22nd January 1999 along with his two sons Philip and Timothy they were burnt to death by a gang while sleeping in their station wagon.  When Gladys staines heard about what happened to her family she told her daughter, Esther, “We'll forgive those who killed them, won't we?” And she said: “Yes, Mummy, we will.” 
Two weeks later someone approached me at her school and said: "I can't understand how you can forgive." My daughter later told me: "Mummy, I can't understand how they can't understand why we have forgiven." That was when I understood how deeply the teachings of Christ had penetrated within my daughter.

  1. Walk Humbly

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. – Philippians 2:3-4
God’s desire for His people to walk humbly with Him is not complicated or confusing. But it stirs up an age-old battle with our sinful pride and desire for significance and glory. Jesus himself is an example where he could have taken advantage of his equality with God, but he took the very nature of a servant and being made in likeness of man.

 

Lesson Review: 

Essay Question:

Who was Micah? What was his message to the people of Judah? What are God’s expectations from his people? How is it applicable in our lives?

Values for Life: 

In today’s society we live up to the expectations set up by our family, friends and community. Sometimes we take these expectations and hold them up to a higher standard and later they come to define our lives and actions. Often we take God for granted and lose sight of our faith and our role as Christians, which is to act justly, love kindness, and walk humbly. God does not ask a lot from us, but what he does ask, helps us to live lives that glorify him.

Life Response/My Decision: 

What can we do? What can one person, one family do, to bring justice into the local, national and global community? To promote peace, not conflict, between peoples? To share whatever God has provided us to people in need? Are you learning humility?

Wherever you maybe whether it is at school, church, or in public. A random act of kindness can make all the difference, from helping others or helping a friend smile. Through you they can see the love of God and the kindness he has for all of us. We should also be willing to respond to the call of the Church, and glorifying God with the talents that he has given us with humility.

Memory Verse: 

Micah 6:8

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God?

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02 Forgiveness and Reconciliation – Esau and Jacob

UNIT #: 
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Lesson Theme: 
As God forgives us, we should forgive others.
Aim: 

To understand the power of forgiveness and reconciliation which brings people together 

Bible Passage: 

Genesis 33:1-17

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Jacob and Esau Meet

33 Now Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming, and four hundred men with him. So he divided the children among Leah and Rachel and the two maids. He put the maids with their children in front, then Leah with her children, and Rachel and Joseph last of all. He himself went on ahead of them, bowing himself to the ground seven times, until he came near his brother.

But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept. When Esau looked up and saw the women and children, he said, “Who are these with you?” Jacob said, “The children whom God has graciously given your servant.” Then the maids drew near, they and their children, and bowed down; Leah likewise and her children drew near and bowed down; and finally Joseph and Rachel drew near, and they bowed down. Esau said, “What do you mean by all this company that I met?” Jacob answered, “To find favor with my lord.” But Esau said, “I have enough, my brother; keep what you have for yourself.” 10 Jacob said, “No, please; if I find favor with you, then accept my present from my hand; for truly to see your face is like seeing the face of God—since you have received me with such favor. 11 Please accept my gift that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have everything I want.” So he urged him, and he took it.

12 Then Esau said, “Let us journey on our way, and I will go alongside you.” 13 But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are frail and that the flocks and herds, which are nursing, are a care to me; and if they are overdriven for one day, all the flocks will die. 14 Let my lord pass on ahead of his servant, and I will lead on slowly, according to the pace of the cattle that are before me and according to the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.”

15 So Esau said, “Let me leave with you some of the people who are with me.” But he said, “Why should my lord be so kind to me?” 16 So Esau returned that day on his way to Seir. 17 But Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built himself a house, and made booths for his cattle; therefore the place is called Succoth.

Teacher’s Preparation: 

Forgiveness is a vital concept in the Christian faith but is easy to be overlooked at times.  So one of the best ways to teach this lesson is to help one’s students understand how they are relating to people in tough situations. Read Genesis 33 for more detail as to how Jacob and Esau treated each other in their childhood and compare that to modern day life situations. Have students also share instances where they had to forgive or seek forgiveness and have them share the results of that. Teachers should also consider sharing some of their own experiences with respect to forgiveness.

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Main Ideas: 

Student Introduction to the lesson

When was the last time someone wronged you? How did you feel? What if they came and said they were sorry to you later? Would you accept them? On the other hand, what if you hurt somebody, would you have the courage to apologize to them? Either way, it’s not easy, but it’s not impossible.

Here’s one story of a man who had to apologize not for his mistakes but those of his father. Sebastian Marroquin was the son of a Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar, who, at the height of his career controlled 80% of the global cocaine market.  His father Pablo was eventually killed in a gun fight with police. But Sebastian had to deal with the consequences…

My father was like any other father – the only thing he didn’t do was get up early for work. When you’re very young you don’t know exactly what it is your father does for a living but as I got older I started noticing that he was in the news a lot, that my freedom was restricted and that I couldn’t lead a normal life. All this made me curious.I always received a lot of love from my father and a good education too. He was a man who instilled in me decent values even though outside the house he didn’t honour them – but he never expected me to follow in his footsteps.

He was a man who found many excuses for using violence, whereas I have never believed in violence as a way of solving conflicts. The only thing that violence does is aggravate the problem. I have always felt that the solution should be through reconciliation, apology and frank discussion. There is a need to invest in the culture of ‘forgiveness’ and I have a lot of faith that the Colombian people are open to reconciliation.

Many people who once considered me a threat, realise now that in the twenty years since my father’s death, I never wanted to take over his drug business, nor to seek revenge, even though at the time of his death I did initially react violently. I quickly realised, however, that this was crazy because to take revenge would not make me feel better or bring my father back. I would have continued along that destructive path and ended up with absolutely nothing.

Bible Exploration

Jacob and Esau were the sons given to Issac and Rebekah, and thus were grandchildren to the great patriarch Abraham. From the very beginning, they were at odds with each other even from Rebekah’s womb. They struggled so much that she had to inquire of God what was happening. The LORD replied, 

““Two nations are in your womb,
    and two peoples born of you shall be divided;
the one shall be stronger than the other,
    the elder shall serve the younger.”   (Genesis 25:23)

So even from birth, Esau and Jacob were struggling with each other trying to win something over the other.  As time went on, we can read about how they had two very distinct personalities. Esau was the rugged, rough and tough guy who would go hunting regularly, while Jacob was more of the mild-mannered stay at home type. Jacob however, was very crafty and was able to trick Esau into exchanging his birthright for a bowl of soup one day when Esau came back famished from hunting (Genesis 25:27-34).  However, things unfortunately went terribly out of control when Jacob deceived Esau yet again and stole their father’s blessing from him. Esau did not let this go lightly and vowed to seek revenge on Jacob.  As important as the birthright was, this blessing which was passed down from generation to generation was priceless. Imagine having a will written out to you where you will be inheriting absolutely everything owned by your ancestors. Then all of a sudden something happens and everything that was supposed to be given you is given to somebody else leaving with you out even a penny to spend. That was exactly how Esau felt. He felt cheated out of everything, with all of it going to his conniving brother. This made him so mad that he wanted to kill Jacob after Issac’s death.  Rebekah, knowing this. instructed Jacob to flee to her brother Laban for safety till everything passed.

You might be thinking that Jacob had it made after all this. He got both his brother’s birthright and his blessing. But that wasn’t case at all. Soon after Jacob met Laban, he started working for Laban in hopes of marrying Laban’s daughter Rachel whom Jacob deeply loved. However, Laban first gave his older daughter Leah to Jacob first and then made Jacob work another seven years for Rachel. Laban changed Jacob’s wages and gave him the weaker sheep from his flock. Many years later, Jacob’s own children lied to him about his son Joseph’s whereabouts causing Jacob much pain and sorrow. His life was by no means easy. To add to all this, as soon as Jacob departed from Laban to find a place for his family to live, he received news that Esau was coming to meet him with 400 men.  Imagine the fear Jacob must have felt at that point. What would happen to his family? What would happen to him? Was Esau still angry about what happened before? How would you feel if you were Jacob?

When Esau and Jacob finally did meet, what happened was completely unexpected. Esau ran to Jacob and embraced him and kissed him! They exchanged warm words with each other and praised God for the numerous blessings God had given them. Jacob was caught off guard for certain. We can never be sure as to what happened in Esau’s life from the moment Jacob betrayed him to this point in time. However, what we do see is that God can work in people’s life to change them for the better which is what happened here. By forgiving Jacob, Esau’s character was shaped for the better, and in a sense, regained the blessing that he once lost through Jacob’s deceit.  

Activities: 

This week visit the website www.theforgivenessproject.com; google keyword “The Forgivness Project.” Click on the stories tab and read the stories of people who had to forgive others or seek forgiveness from other people. Pick any one person and present it to the class next week. Explain why you chose that person and what you liked most from their story.

Lesson Review: 

Fill in the blanks.

  1. God said to ______________, “Two __________ are in your _______,     and two peoples born of you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other,    the __________ shall serve the________.” 
  2.  Jacob saw _________ coming with _______ men to meet him.
  3. Jacob told his brother that seeing his brother’s face was like seeing the face of a(n) _____________.

Short Answer

  1. Using the story of Esau and Jacob, explain the importance of forgiveness and how God can change people’s lives over time.
  2. In the story of Esau and Jacob, we learn that deceit and trickery may work in the short run but can cause problems later. Give examples of this in the story of the two brothers. What does this teach us in our lives? 
Values for Life: 

Forgiveness is something our world needs today. Our society is full of people who have been hurt and wronged in many different ways and there is no quick and easy fix to many of these problems. In these cases, we can choose to react in two ways. We can hold on to our anger and have grudges towards those people, or we can choose to forgive like Esau did eventually.

Life Response/My Decision: 

When we forgive others, we show the world how we have changed and how we have risen over our weaknesses. Forgiveness drives away fear and worry and helps us grow. Is there someone in your life that has hurt you? Take some time to talk to someone about it and make a decision to forgive that person. If you choose to forgive then you will be taking a huge weight off your heart and who knows what good will happen then?

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Memory Verse: 

Mark 11:25

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

25 “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.”

Closing Prayer: 

Conclude the class with a prayer

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01. Abraham: A worshiper of God

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Lesson Theme: 
Worship is an integral part of our faith, which follows us wherever we go.
Aim: 

To understand the significance of worship through the life of Abraham, the great patriarch of the Jewish and Christian faith. 

Bible Passage: 

Genesis 12:1-8

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Call of Abram

12 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Abram took his wife Sarai and his brother’s son Lot, and all the possessions that they had gathered, and the persons whom they had acquired in Haran; and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan. When they had come to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. Then the Lord appeared to Abram, and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. From there he moved on to the hill country on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and invoked the name of the Lord.

Teacher’s Preparation: 

As this is the first lesson you are probably teaching please be cognizant of the learning styles used to teach this material to the students. Some students may prefer visual and audio aids as opposed to a lecture from the Bible or textbook. Other may prefer anecdotes and personal experiences and so forth. This lesson can be complemented with several visual aids such as maps and pictures of ancient Mesopotamia and different kinds of pictures of altars used at that time. Also helping students to understand the challenges Abraham faced in obeying God, can help students put things into perspective.  Lastly, helping students understand the spiritual significance of altars and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ will greatly aid them in developing a deeper appreciation for worship. (Note: comments from main body and apply here)

Main Ideas: 

As you begin exploring passages in the Bible, the greatest book ever written, you will come across stories of great men and women who changed the face of history as they chose to serve God in many different ways. In the Old Testament, one of those men was Abram, whom God renamed Abraham.  Abraham was a man chosen by God to follow Him, and today both Christians and Jews identify him as “Father Abraham” or one of the “Great Patriarchs.”  (Romans 4:16) Even Islam considers Abraham to be one of its greatest prophets. A patriarch is someone who is considered as the father or founder of an order or a society of people. But back then, Abraham probably didn’t think of himself the same way. Nevertheless, Abraham trusted God for what was to come, and that was to make Abraham the father of many nations.

As you read before, Abraham, who was called Abram at the time, was asked by God to leave his father’s land and family and follow God to a place that God would show him. How would you react if God told you to pack your bags and leave everything to go somewhere you’ve never been before? Would you say ,“Yes,” “No,” "I’m not sure?" Those are all normal answers, but God had a plan of taking Abram outside the “norm” and the ordinary. But first, Abram had to believe God, even if he did not understand all that God had in mind.

And so God’s plan was to make Abram a great nation through whom all the people of the earth would be blessed. Following this covenant God made with Abram, Abram’s name was changed to Abraham, which meant the “Father of Many.” (Genesis 17:5) And so Abraham and his wife Sarai began that journey with God, and left his homeland to travel to the land of Canaan.

Fun Fact: The distance between Canaan and Haran was about 500 miles. That’s about 8 hours in a car for most of us.  But Abraham didn’t have a car. At 10-20 miles per day (not hour), he was looking at anywhere between a month to 50 days of walking through the desert. Imagine walking for 50 days in the hot sun. That takes a whole lot of commitment, if you ask me.

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Worship—Then and Now

As Abraham arrived in the city of Shechem, in the land of Canaan, he was surrounded by the Canaanites who were people who worshipped different gods and did not share the same beliefs as Abraham.  It could have been easy for Abraham to feel alone and afraid, but God promised Abraham that one day his descendants would inherit the land. And as you will see in another lesson, this in fact came true hundreds of years later when a man named Joshua led the children of God into Canaan to make it their home. (Joshua 1)

Abraham responded to God’s promise by building an altar to the Lord. An altar was one of the earliest means of worshipping God, done as far back as the time of Noah. (Genesis 8:20)  The earliest forms of altars were built using stones on which an animal was placed on top and burned as a sacrifice.  Altars were commonly used in worship for many of the ancient religions prevalent at the time. Altars were also built in places where they could be easily identified and so often served as landmarks or milestones highlighting a certain location as sacred. As Abraham moved along his journey, he built altars to God as a sign of his worship. 

 Worship for Abraham was a faith building exercise. Each time he worshipped God, he was saying that, "God I realize what you have done for me. And I thank you for who you are." Worship was Abraham's response to God's promise and faithfulness.  And the altars he built would serve as reminders of that. 

Although we do not worship God by slaying animals on altars today as Abraham did, there are some vital lessons that we can understand from it. The fact that Abraham built altars wherever he went shows that worshipping God is a continuous process. It's not something that just happens once.  Next, the fact that an animal was sacrificed shows that worshipping God involves us giving  something of value towards God.We need to keep in mind that as we worship God today, it’s not just about singing songs or chanting our liturgy. Worship involves us giving up or sacrificing some of our time, money, and energy and giving those things to God regularly. What will you put on your “altar” for God today?  

 

 

Activities: 

Lots of times in life, we need to make choices like Abraham did which can be scary at times. But we know that if we choose to follow God in those times, he will be with us and bless us.  This week, think of what God might be asking you to do in your school, home, and church. Also, take some time this week to think about what you can put on your “altar” for God. Do you have some spare change to give to charity or some time to give to God by helping out at church?  Make a list of that and share with the rest of your classmates the next time you meet.

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Lesson Review: 
  1. God asked Abram, to leave his father’s land which was _____________________ and travel to the land that God would show him which was _______________________.
  2. God changed Abram’s name to _________________ which means, “_________________ of many.”
  3. When Abram landed in the city of Shechem by the _______________________, the _______________ were living in that land. (Hint: Read Genesis 12:6)

Short Answers

  1. Abraham today is called the “Father of Nations” by both Jews and Christians alike. But he did not start that way. In a few sentences, explain what happened in his life that started it all. What did God promise to do for Abraham and how did Abraham respond?

Glossary (please layout this section on the left side of the page)

  1. Patriarch: Someone who is considered as the father or founder of an order or a society of people
  2. Covenant:  A special bond made between God and man
  3. Altar: An elevated place or structure, as a mound or platform upon which animals or grain or other such things were placed on and set fire to, as a sacrifice towards God

 

Values for Life: 

Worshipping God is not a one time action and is something that requires faith as God can take us through places we have not been through before. Let us strive to be like Abraham worshipping God for he is regularly as he leads us through different stages in our lives. 

Life Response/My Decision: 

I will choose to worship God as often as I can offering myself up to him just as Abraham did. 

Memory Verse: 

John 4:23-24

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Closing Prayer: 

Conclude the class with a prayer

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