King Solomon Disobeys

Hello again! Today’s story is from 1 Kings 11.

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For all of King Solomon’s wisdom and good decision-making, he had a big problem. He LOVED the ladies. And he didn’t just love one lady…he got married a whole bunch of times, which God said you’re not supposed to do. The ladies he married also didn’t love the One True God, they worshipped other pretend gods.

After a while, one said, “Solomon, hunny…please build a statue of my god!” And he did. Then another said “What about me?! Please build a place for me to worship MY god.” And he did. He built places for them to worship their pretend gods and he even worshipped them too sometimes. His heart was not faithful to God like King David’s had been. And God was NOT happy. 

So the Lord said to him, “Since you have disobeyed my rules and not been faithful to Me, I am going to tear this kingdom away from you and give it to one of your servants. But because of how much your father David loved and served Me, I will not do this while you are still alive. I will take the kingdom away from your son.  And even then, I will not take away the entire kingdom; I will let him be king of one tribe.”

King Solomon’s choices were going to affect a lot of other people. When we make decisions, we need to think about how it might help or hurt others. Especially people in power…like kings, presidents, moms and dad, teachers, pastors…the things you do and say don’t just have good or bad consequences for you, they can help or hurt others. When we try to follow God’s laws and live a life of love (because of how much He loves us), then our choices will have good consequences for others. But Solomon wasn’t thinking about that. He was only thinking about what HE wanted…not what God wanted and not about what might happen to other people.

The funniest part is that King Solomon wrote a whole chapter of the Bible about this exact thing. Proverbs 29 talks all about how children’s actions affect their parents and how parents affect their children. How bosses and kings and neighbors all affect the people around them. But in the end, Solomon did not follow his own advice. He chose to live the way HE wanted, not the way God wanted…and the people of Israel would soon pay a big price for his poor choices.

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”  Colossians 3:17 (ESV)

 

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The Queen of Sheba

Hello again!

 

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Today’s story can be found in 1 Kings 10.

The Queen of Sheba heard about how famous Solomon was and she heard about his relationship with God, she came to test Solomon with hard questions. She came to Jerusalem with a very great caravan—camels carrying expensive spices, LOTS of gold, and precious jewels—she came to Solomon and talked with him about all that she had on her mind. Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her. When she saw all the wisdom of Solomon and the palace he had built, all the food on his table, how many servants he had, and all the burnt offerings he made at the temple for God, she was overwhelmed.

She said to the king, “The reports I heard in my country about you are true! But I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. And your wisdom and wealth have far exceeded what I heard! How happy your people must be! Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. 

She was so impressed, she gave King Solomon lots of presents including gold, spices, and jewels. King Solomon also gave the queen of Sheba lots of gifts and then she left and returned to her own country.

 

The Queen of Sheba had heard of how different Solomon was. He knew God well and had asked God for wisdom. Even from very far away, the Queen had heard about this. When we follow God and love others the way He loves us, it will make an impression on others. People will say “that boy or girl is different and i want to know why!” Then we can be ready (1 Peter 3:15) to explain why we give so much, love so deeply, are patient, humble, kind or just different. She was so intrigued about the things of God BECAUSE of the life Solomon lived. At the end of their time together, she wanted to give gifts to Solomon and he gave some to her too. When people see us living different, God-filled lives, they will want to be a part of that too! And we can continue to show them God’s love and share His riches (like joy, peace, patience, gentleness etc) with them.

 

 

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Elijah/Elisha

Hello all! So yesterday and today at our house we did the stories of God whispering to Elijah  and Elisha and the chariots of fire.

For the Elijah story we found:

THIS VIDEO from Gracelink posted by SabbathSchool.

THIS VIDEO is a song posted by Linda Harper. (Not professional quality or anything, but simple lyrics and motions that any church or home could adapt to help kids remember to listen to God’s voice.)

THIS VIDEO  is another summary of today’s lesson from Sunnyside Church.

 

For the Elisha story we found:

THIS VIDEO by ShareFaithSolutions which is a recap of today’s story.

Thanks for reading through the Bible with us this year! Love to you all!

Elijah and the big fire

Hello all! Welcome back! Today’s story is 1 Kings 18. Last year’s story and activity can be found HERE.

Elijah was a prophet (someone who talks to God and then tells the people what God wants them to know.) Ahab was the big BAD, MEAN King. Ahab and his wife, Jezebel, made really bad choices and they got the people in Israel to make bad choices too! They all started worshipping a pretend god instead of the REAL God. Ahab even killed a lot of the other prophets and the consequence for not worshipping God had been no rain for years! The plants, animals and even people were dying because there was no water.

So Elijah said “Let’s have a contest. We will each give a sacrifice to our God, and we’ll set it up on some rocks and sticks ready for a fire. But WE won’t make a fire. We will pray and ask each of our gods to make a fire FOR us. The God that gives a real fire, is the real God. Ok?”

The people agreed. The pretend god’s people went first. They set up an altar (place to sacrifice an animal) with rocks and sticks and then they called out to their pretend god for fire from morning until lunch time. “Please send fire! Pleeeeeease? Pretty please??”

“What’s the matter?” Elijah asked. “Is your god busy? Is he asleep? Maybe he went on vacation? Just yell louder and THEN maybe he will answer you.” So the people did. They yelled louder and louder until dinner time! But no one answered. (Because a pretend god can NOT answer!)

Then Elijah said, “Ok. My turn.” He got twelve big rocks (one for each of the big families of Israel) and some wood and then had the people pour water on it all! Do you know what water does to fire? It puts it out! There couldn’t be a fire where there was so much water……right? Well THREE times they poured water on everything so it was all soaking wet!

Then Elijah prayed to God, “God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that YOU are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things like YOU told me to. Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and so that you will turn their hearts back to you again.”

Then WHOOOOOOOSH!  A big, HUMUNGOUS fire came and burnt up the sacrifice, the woods, the rocks, the water, EVERYTHING! All the people were SOOOOO surprised! They fell down and said “WOW! It IS the real God!” They were sorry they had disobeyed God and worshipped other pretend gods. Now they remembered who the REAL God was and is.

And just like that….Elijah told one of his helpers to go look at the sea…7 times the helper went back and forth from the sea….and then he saw it….RAIN CLOUDS! Now that the people had come back to God, He sent rain for them.

Let us NEVER forget who the REAL God is and let’s only love and worship HIM forever!

For our craft today, we drew Elijah, glued on some toothpicks and then took pipettes and some paint.  (We had to water the paint down just a touch–a tablespoon or so–so it would suck up the pipette easier). Then we sucked the paint into the pipettes and squirted it back onto the paper to look like fire.

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Elijah and the widow

Hello all! Today’s story is from 1 Kings 17.

If you remember, Israel was now divided into two parts-the family of Judah and the rest of Israel…they each had a king. Israel’s new king was named Ahab. And he was a STINKER! The Bible says he was worse than every king before him! He even worshipped pretend gods.

Now there was a prophet named Elijah…a prophet is someone who talks to God and then tells the people what God wants them to know. Elijah told the king that because he was making such bad choices, that there would be consequences. The consequence would be that there would be no rain for several years. (If there’s no rain, then no plants can grow and if no plants can grow, then the animals have nothing to eat and nothing to drink and they die, and if there is no water, plants or animals, then the people have nothing to eat or drink and every person could die!) This is called a drought.

Then God told Elijah to go to a river and he drank water from the river and the birds brought him food. But just like God had said…it stopped raining and the river dried up. Elijah was getting very thirsty and very hungry.

So God told Elijah to go to a town and find a widow (that means a lady whose husband died.) Elijah found her and asked her for some water and some bread.

But she answered, “I promise to God, I don’t have any bread—I only have a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home to build a fire and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” (After they used up this last bit of food she had, they would have no more food and would probably starve.)

But Elijah told her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. This is what God says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”

The woman TRUSTED God and she went home and made some bread for Elijah and the jug never ran out of oil and the jar never ran out of flour until it rained again years later…just like God said!

This is a miracle…something that shouldn’t be able to happen, but God can make it happen–something ONLY God can do.

Because the woman trusted God and OBEYED Him, He took care of her and her son and always made sure they had enough.

God promises us in lots of places in the Bible that He will take care of us too! (Matt 6:31-32, 7:11, Phil 4:19, Luke 12:24, Job 38:41, Genesis 9:3, Psalm 34:10, 36:6, 81:10, 84:11-12, 146:7, 107:9)

 

For today’s craft we drew the jug of oil and a container for flour. Then we tried something new: we painted on the jug with actual oil and glued and sprinkled on actual flour. (Disclaimer: these don’t really show up very well when they dry..but they do smell good. So it’s more for the experience than the end result.) You could also make some simple bread using flour and oil like THIS RECIPE.

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Solomon’s Wisdom

Hi all! So this week we did the story of David and Bathsheba (and used last year’s lesson) found HERE.

And for today’s story we did King Solomon’s wisdom. Story found HERE and in 1 Kings 3.

For our craft today we took an oval of orange construction paper, and cut out a yellow crown and a white thought bubble. Then we decorated King Solomon’s face and wrote the word “wisdom” in the thought bubble.

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THIS is a cute kids’ song posted by CelestinoZ.

And THIS is an overview from jellytelly, from their 5 minute family devotional series.

Thanks for joining us. Love to you all!

 

Advent-Day 17-Elijah

Welcome all.

This month we are learning about God, God’s son Jesus and Jesus’ earthly family.

The next person we will learn about is Elijah. He was a prophet of God. That means he talked to God and told the people what God wanted them to know. This story can be found in 1 Kings 18:17-39, and our complete lesson can be found here. (Below is an abbreviated version)

Elijah was a prophet of God to the people of Israel. Some of the people worshipped pretend gods though, instead of the One True God. They made statues out of wood and rock and prayed to them instead of God. Elijah said, “Let’s have a contest…we’ll each pray to our gods, and whichever one can make a fire, that’s the REAL God.”

It seemed like a good idea to the people, so they got two piles of rocks and sticks ready to make a fire and the people prayed to the pretend gods, “Please send fire! ……Please!….. FIRE!……Please???” But there was nothing. They tried ALL.DAY. but of course there was no fire, because the statues weren’t really god.

Then it was Elijah’s turn. He told the people to make the rocks and sticks REALLY wet (so it would be EVEN HARDER for a fire to start.) Then he prayed to God and said, “Please show everyone that YOU are the real God. Please send fire.” And WHOOSH!!!! A big BIG fire came and burned up the sticks, the water and the rocks!

Then everyone KNEW that Elijah’s God was real and was with them. And they worshipped the Real God.

 

God is always with us. Even when we can’t see Him. He was with Elijah and He is with us now. The Bible calls God, Immanuel, God with us. (Is 7:14, Psalm 46).

When Jesus came to be born as a baby, He was a tiny baby boy…but He was still God’s son. He was God with us. And He grew up and died on the cross for us and now, if we love Him and wish for Him to be OUR God, then He gives us His spirit and He lives in our hearts and stays with us always. (2 Cor. 13:5, Eph 3:17).

 

Bible Story: Elijah

Attribute of God: Immanuel, God with us

Jesus’ birth story: Jesus came to be with us

Craft:

For side one of our ornament today, we ripped up some black construction paper to be the rocks and glued on orangey-yellow tissue paper to be the fire.

Our text reads: Day 17, Elijah and the fire of God. 1 Kings 18:17-39

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For side two of our ornament, we traced and cut out our hands and glued them together.

Our text reads: Immanuel, God is with us! Is 7:14, Luke 2IMG_0473

Our current tree (Bible story side and Jesus’ birth story side)

 

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