Our topic for the week is the Minor Prophets. That's a lot of ground to cover in 2 class sessions. There is so much to talk about. So, we will just center on one thing that Amos prophesied about. Hopefully this lesson will plant the seed of how we should apply the lessons God was teaching the Israelites to us today.
Amos 5:21-23 says: I hate, I despise your feast days, and I do not savor your sacred assemblies. Though you offer Me burnt offrerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them, nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings. Take away from Me the noise of your songs, or I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments.
The people still worshiped God. They offered sacrifices to Him. He had told them to do that years ago. Now, He's saying He won't accept them. Why? It was just noise to Him. They didn't love Him or consider Him the One True God. They also worshiped false gods that they had built with their own hands. Because of this God was going to bring destruction to them, take them away from the land He had given them.
How do we apply this to ourselves today? We look at what God expects from us in our worship? Are we free to do what we please? God has given us instructions through commands and examples of how we would worship Him. Today in class we will talk about the different aspects of our worship and how we are to worship in God spirit and in truth. Not just make lip service so we can say it is done.
Kings of Judah: Review the Kings from Timeline then sing The 20 Kings of Judah (another of Glenda's songs).
Proverbs 6:6-11: We did our 2nd copy work on Wednesday evening. The kids are really enjoying this one. I have trouble getting them to say the Proverbs and not sing Glenda's "Go To The Ant" song.
Discuss Prophets: Discuss what a prophet is -- messenger of God, who they were, who they prophesied to and what Jesus said about them in Matthew 5.
Amos: Read Amos 5. Go back and talk about verses 21-25
Worship: Talk about the things God wants us to do to worship Him. I have a folder activity and a memory game from a previous class that we will use to help them remember this part of the lesson.
Sing: We Worship God
Review previous lessons by singing songs we've learned
Worship Notes: Pass out worship notes.