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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Elijah on Mr Carmel -- 1 Kings 18

Wednesday evening we finished up studying Elijah and the widow. We also made some good progress on our memory work (Psalm 1). This morning we will be studying about Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mt Carmel. This is a fascinating story that I didn't really appreciate until I was grown. I'm not sure if it was because I had never studied it as a child or if I just never appreciated it.

God has been showing his power to His people ever since they were in Egypt. The Israelites continually choose to follow the people around them and worship their gods. What an insult to the one true God -- the one that made us all -- the one that made the wood and the stone that the false gods were formed from. This test on Mt Carmel put the prophets of Baal as well as Ahab to shame. Did their desire to worship earthly gods change?

I would like to think if I was there at the foot of Mt Sinai or if I was on Mt Carmel or if I had been there at the fall of Jericho that I would have been one that chose to follow God. That I would have been the mother that trained her children well enough that they trained their children to follow God. It's easy to look back and say, "Why didn't they follow God?" But, are we doing the very thing today that they did then?


Lesson Plan:


Psalm 1: Read it from the back of their notebook. Say in unison what we've memorized so far. If anyone would like to say the memory work on their own, we'll give them time to do that.

Review: Review the story of Jeroboam. Review chapter 17 of 1 Kings.

Bible Story: Read/paraphrase 1 Kings 18. I may use the white board to draw some of this story for them.

Map work: Talk about some of the key places on the map. Take off 2 or three labels per student and let them see if they can remember where to put them.

Worship Notes: Pass out worship notes.

Sing: Sing: Rehoboam/Jeroboam.

Prayer

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Elijah -- 1 Kings 17

Summer is here and I am less organized. That seems to be the pattern of my summer Bible classes. I just don't seem to get my act together to jot down a lesson plan before class. Such was the class Wednesday night. We finished up studying about Jeroboam. The lesson was presented by reading from the Bible and paraphrasing as necessary to keep the kids' attention. At this age, the kids are all pretty familiar with the more prominent Bible stories -- David, Noah, Joseph, Jonah, etc. This is usually the first time they actually remember much about most of these kings. They listened like it was the first time they had heard it. I think that's one of the reasons I enjoy teaching this age. They love to hear any Bible story but when it's one that is so exciting and one they've never heard, then they are enthralled. They were really interested in the part where the man of God is killed by the lion and the lion and donkey just sit there on the side of the road. To tell you the truth, I was fascinated too and I've taught this lesson before.

Tomorrow, we'll study about Elijah. They should be familiar with the part where Elijah is fed by the ravens. They will probably even be somewhat familiar with the story of the widow and her son. (That's how far we'll get tomorrow). What they probably haven't heard until now is why there was no rain. So we'll talk about Ahab tomorrow as well.

We got a good start with Psalm 1 Wednesday evening. We didn't get it started Sunday because when I went to the building to make copies, the color copier was broken. So, we put it off until Wednesday. We had a little extra time at the end of class so they took turns choosing one of the other Psalms we had memorized to say by themselves. Of course, they all chose Psalm 23. We then did Psalm 100 and Psalm 127 together.


Lesson Plan:


Introduce Psalm 1: Read it from the back of their notebook.

Review: Review the story of Jeroboam. Give a brief synopsis of the kings of Israel up until King Ahab.

Bible Story: Read/paraphrase 1 Kings 17. There will probably be time to cover the whole chapter but if not, we can do it Wednesday evening.

Map work: Talk about some of the key places on the map. Take off 2 or three labels per student and let them see if they can remember where to put them.

Worship Notes: Pass out worship notes. Some of the kids really like doing these. Some don't.

Sing: I wrote a new song for this lesson -- Rehoboam/Jeroboam.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Jeroboam

Today starts a new quarter. We will be studying the divided kingdom. One thing I wish I had concentrated on during our study of the united kingdom was the map of that time. To go in now and say that the kingdom is divided won't make much sense to them because they never really got a full grasp of what the kingdom was like before. So, I put a large map (enlarged with an overhead) on one wall. The map is unlabeled. I will put velcro dots on the map and let the kids put the labels on the map. Hopefully, after a few weeks they'll get the idea of what this map looks like.

We will be memorizing Psalm 1 this quarter. It should take approximately 7 weeks to get it memorized.

Lesson Plan:

Introduce Psalm 1: Read it from the back of their notebook

Review: Since we have been studying the books of poetry for the last quarter, we need to spend quite a bit of time reviewing the whole Bible story. We will use the timeline in the room to help with this review. This will also be a good time to introduce the large map on the wall.

Bible Story: Tell the story of how Jeroboam became king. The rest of the story will be saved for Wednesday night.

Worship Notes: Pass out worship notes. Some of the kids really like doing these. Some don't.

Sing: I wrote a new song for this lesson -- Rehoboam/Jeroboam.