Wow! Today was fabulous! So many wonderful things. The children all had a good time, and I believe they learned a lot.
Today was Jesus’ power over Needs. He provided for the wedding at Cana, He fed the 5000 and 4000, and He provided the Temple Tax.
The younger class started with with me and my co-teacher, learning the lessons. The oldest kids began outside with the hands on application. The middle group began upstairs with a Geography lesson.
Did I mention before that our theme was FBI: Faithful Bible Investigations? It is too cute. Sharon provided badges in little wallets that look just like something the FBI would have. There are even little notepads inside each one – so they can keep track of the CLUES they are learning about this week.
My focus in the lessons has been to help the children to see Jesus as a man who made claims about Himself, and then to see if He really met those claims. They’ve been given prophecies like:
“Say to those who are fearful hearted, ‘Be strong, do not fear! Behold, you God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.'” Isaiah 35:4-6
Then we show them what the prophecy tells us the MESSIAH is going to do. Here it’s save the people, make the blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk, and the dumb speak. In other verses it may be that a MESSIAH is promised, looked for, and Jesus claimed to be THAT MESSIAH. Another is the one in Joel 2 that’s quoted in Acts 2 that talks about the Spirit being poured out, wonders and signs, sun turned to darkness, and whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. We take those prophecies and match them up with Jesus’ claims about Himself that He came to fulfill all of them. We also show the witness statements of how people responded to Jesus and His miracles.
We really hope to help the children to see that Jesus absolutely is Who He claimed to be. The result of that is that we can have HOPE in His promises. I can trust Him because I can see the proof that He is Christ, the Son of God. A good lesson for them to walk away with, I believe.
For the Feeding of the 5000, I made loaves of bread from a recipe I have of Old World recipes. This recipe is supposed to be what was used for the show bread in the tabernacle. Research seems to indicate these were the same type of things that people of Jesus day would eat for a regular meal. (I think the authors of the book may be a bit mixed up because the show bread was set apart, so why would that have become the regular type of bread everyone ate – but anyway, it was just a source for a recipe. 🙂 ) I made the bread, just for the students to see how it was NOT sufficient to feed more than the number intended, certainly not thousands of people. I just about fell over when all of them wanted to try it! It was great. I had them wait until the morning was all done, then as they left they each got a piece. Several came back for more, and came back again. Totally unexpected! But I think they’ll remember it!
It never occurred to me to take a picture of the bread and fish in the basket – it was just a little prop, no big thing. But now I wish I had. I have got to get better at thinking towards “blog” stuff. Ha! Maybe I’ll just make another batch and photograph that – my girls liked the stuff enough that they’d eat it again.
“Master the Tempest is Raging” is the song that the students are learning for the week. We are singing others, but this one is our focus. They learned it today – and it was wonderful to hear them singing it. Sharon directed them to sing loudly and softly where appropriate so you could feel the swelling of the waves as you sang. Again – I think they will remember it.
A great start to what I hope will be a great week! Now I’m off to make stickers to put into those FBI badge wallets tomorrow!