☃️January 6th - By faith Noah, being warned by God . . . prepared an ark for the saving of his household. - Hebrews 11:7 - A Rescue Boat
☃️January 13th - Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty! - Psalm 93:4
☃️January 20th - The rainbow is the sign of my covenant . . . between me and every living thing on earth. Genesis 9:17
Rainbow of Promise
☃️January 27th - Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. - Proverbs 16:18
🧵 Sabbath, February 3rd - Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. - Psalm 37:4 - Get Ready to Move
🪡 Sabbath, February 10th - And he (Abraham) believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness. - Genesis 15:6 - What's In a Name?
🧵 Sabbath, February 17th - Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. - Psalm 37:5 - Waiting on God
🪡 Sabbath, February 24th - Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. - Proverbs 3:5
- Test of Love
🌷 Sabbath, March 2nd - The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16 (NIV)
💐 Sabbath, March 9th - Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another. - Leviticus 19:11 (NIV)
🌷 Sabbath, March 16th - . . God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” - Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)
💐 Sabbath, March 23rd - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. - John 3:16 (NIV)
🌷 Sabbath, March 30th - The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
- Proverbs 15:3 (NIV)
Sabbath, January 6, 2024
A Rescue Boat
"By faith Noah, being warned by God... prepared an ark for the saving of his household" (Hebrews 11:7).
Materials needed: books showing an art, model of the ark from the Creation Museum, foam animals, glue, paper
Your lesson this week was about God rescuing Noah. I know your mom did your lesson with you, so I’m going to ask some questions:
- How many animals did Moses take on the ark? Oh good! You were listening! Moses didn’t take any animals on the ark; Noah did. Noah took two of each kind of land animal and bird. That means he took bugs too.
- Where did Noah put the whales? Noah didn’t have to take any of the whales, fish, or other sea creatures because they could swim just fine in the water during the flood.
- How did Noah get the big door closed? He didn’t have to worry about it. God closed him in.
- How many men and women were on the ark? Noah, his wife, Noah’s three sons, and their wives.
- Do you know the names of Noah’s sons? Shem, Ham, and Japheth
- How did Noah know how to build the ark? God taught him. God told him how big to make it, how to make levels in the ark, what wood to use, and how to make it waterproof.
- Noah had to gather enough food for all of the animals. How did he do that and gather all the animals too?! The animals came to him.
- Did Noah have to take every kind of dog in the world - German Shepherds and blue heelers, wolves and coyotes, dingos and poodles? No, Noah just had to take one kind of canine. All of the dogs in our world are descended from that one pair.
- How many cows did Noah take? Seven pairs. Why? Because they were clean animals and good for food.
- Why did God destroy all the human and animal life on earth? Because of the wickedness of the people. What does that make you think about your behavior? Do you think you ought to consider what you do?
- Will God destroy the earth again with water? No. What will He use next time? Fire.
- Why did God rescue Noah? The Bible says that Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Noah tried to live by God’s standards and obeyed what God told him to do. It’s something to think about. We certainly want to be among those that God rescues!
Sabbath, January 20th
Rainbow of Promises
Memory Verse: The rainbow is the sign of my covenant . . . between me and every living thing on earth. Genesis 9:17
Materials: CD, flashlight, prism
When you wrap a package, it doesn’t seem quite finished until you put a bow on the top. There’s something about a bow which seals the deal! We all like bows. They’re everywhere: neckties, hairbows, pins, and necklaces.
Why does a bow attract us? Perhaps it’s because bows remind us of the rainbow - the sign God Himself set in the clouds when Noah and his family came off the Ark. Our merciful God probably knew that the first time the clouds began gathering, all of Noah’s family would be afraid that it was going to happen again. After all, you can’t spend over a year on a boat without rain having a profound affect upon your emotions. Imagine how they would be tempted to run for the Ark!
But God set the rainbow, the beautiful rainbow, in the clouds so that when they would see it, they would be assured that God would not destroy the earth with water again. And ever since, we’ve been so captured by the beauty of the rainbow.
We buy prisms so we can throw rainbows whenever we want. We buy kaleidoscopes so we can imitate the wonder of color. We encourage children to draw rainbows, and they readily oblige.
So it is no wonder that such a symbol of life and of God’s promise would be very annoying for Satan. God has given us a beautiful sign every time it rains. It is a perpetual reminder that He is in control and that, in the end, righteousness and love and justice win. It will be a perfect world.
Do you know how a rainbow works, scientifically? When the light hits the water droplets, the light is bent (or refracted). When you bend light, the various colors bend at different angles. Red bends the most; violet bends the least. They bend in this order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Without the moisture in the air, you don’t see the rainbow.
You can use other things to get the light to refract. You can sometimes see the rainbow in butterfly wings, using a prism, or on soap bubbles. The light shining off a CD can also refract to create a rainbow.
I love how God placed the rainbow in the cloud as a promise to the earth that He would never again completely destroy the earth by flood.
But I also love how God created the rainbow using two symbols that we often associate with Him: light and water. Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12). God is light (1 John 1:5), and in Him there is no darkness at all. Jesus is also the source of living water (John 4:10, 14; John 7:37). If you believe in Jesus, the Light of the world, you will be given the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39), that living water will flow out of you.
Then the Light of God shining on you and your life will display the promises of God for all to see. You become a witness to the greatness, the majesty, the awesomeness of our God. Your life reflects God’s love and mercy. You testify to everyone around you that God is the source of life and salvation.
God’s promises are displayed for all to see in the rainbow. But God’s promises are also displayed in your life for all to see. Think about how well you allow others to see Jesus in you the next time you see a rainbow.
Tower of Trouble
Memory Verse: Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. - Proverbs 16:18
Materials Needed: deck of cards
Have you ever built a tower of cards? How many levels could you build before it all collapsed? Have you tried building towers out of any other materials? What works well? Doesn’t work well? What can you do to make your tower more permanent?
Why do people want towers? Sometimes they’re used to see what is coming. (But your tower has to be high enough to see over the trees!!) Sometimes they’re used to spot fires before they become blazing infernos. Sometimes the height advantage allows you to get your bearings and readjust the course of your travels.
In Genesis 11, this tower was proposed as a way for the people to do two things: 1) get honor for themselves; and 2) keep from being scattered over the earth. Why was this a problem?
God had given specific instructions to Noah after the Flood. They were to spread out over the earth to repopulate it. They weren’t supposed to congregate in a big city. So deciding they didn’t want to be scattered over the face of the earth was in direct conflict with God’s directive.
That unwillingness to obey God had its roots in their first reason for building the tower. The people wanted to make a name for themselves. They wanted glory and honor. They wanted to put themselves and their wishes and desires before God’s commands. Their glory and honor was more important to them than giving glory and honor to God.
Do you see how this applies to you today? Your desire to give God glory and honor before anything and anyone is demonstrated in your willingness to obey God’s commands.
The people of Babel were so very foolish! It hadn’t been that many years since the Flood when all of humanity, except Noah and his family, were wiped from the face of the earth. You would think that people would be very willing to do whatever God said. But, no. As Albert Einstein said, “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.” Our sinful nature makes us stupid, infinitely stupid - so stupid that we think we can succeed in doing something God doesn’t want done. It’s like building a house of cards. There’s no way it will stand for long.
Sabbath, February 3rd
Get Ready to Move
Memory Verse: Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. - Psalm 37:4
Materials Needed: Sequence strip from YEA resources (YE2E.10), kids tent, color tools, scissors, tape, construction paper, a set of index cards with priorities for each child/family.
Imagine God talking to you one day. That would be startling in itself. But then if God told you to move, to leave your family and your home, and go some place new, that would be very startling. And if you didn’t know where you were going, you just had to trust that God would show you, you would definitely have an opportunity to show just how much you trust God.
Would it make a difference if I told you to go somewhere or if I told you to come to where I was? The word that is typically translated “go” in Genesis 12:1 is the Hebrew halakh. It can be translated “go” or “come” or “walk.” What if God was telling Abraham “come to Me”? Isn’t that what Jesus Christ said in Matthew 11:28? “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (ESV). [Invite the kids to come sit in the tent with you.]
So when Abraham was 75 years old, he left Haran with Sarah, his wife, and his nephew Lot. They carried their possessions with them and went where God told them to go (or come).
Likely, Abraham and Sarah had a nice house in Haran. But when you move, and you have to carry whatever you’re taking, you prioritize what’s most important. And you leave the rest. That’s not surprising. That’s what most people do when they move. But do you know what Abraham and Sarah did for the rest of their lives? They lived in a tent!! That means Abraham spent 100 years living in a tent. How much stuff do you accumulate when you’re living in a tent? Not nearly as much as when you live in a house!! Why did Abraham do that? Abraham’s whole life became a living object lesson that his life is temporary, so he was keeping his eyes focused on God and the things that are most important to God. That’s why he let Lot choose the best land. Abraham knew that what he had was given to him by God. If God wanted him to have more land, He would give it to him. If God wanted Abraham to be wealthy (which he was), God would cause Abraham to succeed in whatever he did - raising livestock, growing crops, fighting battles - all of it. If God wanted him to have descendants - so many that it was like the stars in the sky, God would accomplish it. Abraham just needed to make God his first priority. So he lived in a tent the rest of his life - and trusted God.
What about you? What are the priorities in your life? What things do you want people to remember about you? Serving God? Having integrity? Doing things with excellence? Serving others? Making the world beautiful? Spending time resting and relaxing? Being with family? Being with friends? Making lots of money? What is most important to you? It’s important that you not only think about it, but that you order your life to display what’s most important to you. But because God is your Creator and Redeemer, I’d definitely recommend that you put Him first always.
Sabbath, February 10th
What’s in a Name
Memory Verse: And he (Abraham) believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness. - Genesis 15:6
Materials Needed: name cards for each child, YEA book (YE2F.1)
Do you think names matter? Shakespeare pen that “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Perhaps it would smell as sweet, but what if we called them manure flowers? Would you like a bouquet of manure flowers? What if we called them diamonds? Would you like a bouquet of diamonds? We attach meaning to words and to names based on our experiences.
When I was teaching, I had a couple of rough boys. There’s no way I would ever name one of my sons “Kyle.” I had a Kyle who completely ruined the name for me. But the name Kyle means “slender” or “strait (that is, “narrow” or “constricted”). The Bible tells us to find the strait way, the narrow way, because broad is the path that leads to destruction. So perhaps I need to rethink how I feel about the name Kyle.
Names meant something. God changed Abram’s name. He changed Jacob’s name. He changed Saul’s name. Why did God change those names? Each of these men were changed by their relationship with God; it only made sense that what they were called would also change.
So what about the name Isaac? Why did Abraham and Sarah name their son Isaac? It means “laugh” or “laughter.” Why did Sarah laugh when the angel told her she would have a son that time the next year? Abraham and Sarah had wanted a son for a very long time - like 25 years a long time!! Do you think it’s possible that they didn’t think God was going to keep His promise to give them a son? Perhaps she was laughing at the idea of a 90 year-old lady having a baby and chasing him around. But when they did have a son, Abraham and Sarah named him Isaac. Why? Did they want everyone to laugh at him? I suspect they named him Isaac to remind themselves that they had started to doubt God and they shouldn’t have! They might have also wanted the reminder that Isaac, as the child of promise, was bringing them so much joy (laughter) just because he was there - and sometimes you are so happy you just laugh with delight.
So . . . do you like your name? I know that for some of you, your parents were very intentional to choose names based on their meanings.
Bereckyah = God has blessed; Zevadyah = God has given; Shelevah = peaceful, tranquility; Mitkah = sweet; Luke = light-giving; Matthew = Gift of God; Peter = stone, rock; Clara = bright, famous; Abigail = my father’s joy; Noah = rest, respite; Naomi = pleasant, gentle
These are cool names with very important meanings! But like God promised Abraham and Sarah a son, God has promised to those who overcome a new name. What do you think God will name you? What do you think your name will mean?
Sabbath, February 17th
Waiting on God
Memory Verse: Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. - Psalm 37:5
Materials: stack of books, paper, egg timer
How are you at waiting? Waiting for your birthday? Waiting for someone to come to your house? Waiting for someone to get out of the bathroom? Waiting . . . Even watching an egg timer and waiting for the sand to run out can feel like forever - especially if I tell you that you have to hold absolutely still while we watch!
Very few of us like waiting. We want to get whatever it is that we want - right now!!! I want it like . . . yesterday! And that totally makes sense if it’s something that isn’t going to be around long, like ice cream. I want the ice cream cone now, not in 20 minutes when it’s melted all over the floor.
So I have a visual for you: Let’s say that I have a task that needs to be accomplished, like moving an entire stack of books without touching them. I have this nice, handy dandy piece of paper under the books. Now, if I try to pull them on the piece of paper quickly, what happens? The force overcomes the friction and the paper comes out without the books moving. But if I very slowly pull, maintaining a slow and steady force, friction and gravity will keep the books on the paper - and I can accomplish my goal of moving the pile of books without touching them.
So how does that relate to our sabbath lesson? Well, you can tell me what happened when Abraham and Sarah tried to move too quickly! Ishmael was born - which caused a lot of unnecessary stress for everyone involved.
Another Bible example of the necessity of waiting and doing exactly what God has told you is King Saul (1 Samuel 13). Saul was told to wait for Samuel to come to present the offering to God. When Samuel was delayed, Saul didn’t wait . . . and it cost him the kingdom. Saul should never have thought that it would be okay to directly disobey instructions from God; he should have waited!
So what is your memory verse? Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. - Psalm 37:5 I guess you’re just going to have to get used to waiting.
Sabbath, February 24th
Test of Love
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. - Proverbs 3:5
Materials needed: Love Languages for kids test, pencils, YEA lesson YE2F.3
What kind of behavior do you like? More specifically, how do you like people to show you that they love you? In 1992 Gary Chapman published a book called The Five Love Languages. He explained that, to have the best relationship possible, you need to show that you love someone by treating them the way they want to be treated, that is, specifically, showing love to them in the way they want to be loved.
Since then, quizzes have been developed to help determine what the primary (and secondary) languages are for the user. Adult, teenager, and child versions are available.
So what is your primary love language? Do you prefer 1) acts of service; 2) words of affirmation; 3) gifts; 4) physical touch; or 5) quality time.
The idea is that if you prefer quality time and you don’t get quality time, and you get any of the other love languages, you are not going to feel as loved. Each of us has an idea of what being loved looks like, and when those actions are not present in our relationships, our relationship suffers. Even if the person spends time with you, but you fight the whole time, that doesn’t show love. Or if they bring you a gift and the gift is something you don’t like or don’t want, you may not even count it as a gift. And if you know that the other person knows what you like, and they choose not to love you in that manner, you kinda start to question if they really love you at all. Their attitude towards showing you love matters!
Do you think that God has a love language? Absolutely! God tells us multiple times that His love language is obedience. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15, ESV) This phrase is stated directly seven times (Deuteronomy 7:9, 10:12-13, 30:16; John 14:21; John 15:10; 1 John 5:1-5) and a myriad of other time indirectly, i.e. like when God told Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. Abraham proved his love and commitment to God by his unquestioning obedience to God’s commandment, despite the difficulty of that obedience.
Christians like to say they love God. Well, words don’t mean anything if your actions don’t prove your words. So - do you love God? AKA do you keep God’s commandments? Do you want to keep God’s commandments, or do you look for excuses not to obey Him?
If you don’t think that you love God, because your actions say you don’t, then the question is, why not?! He has given you everything: life, a family, health, the air you breathe . . . we could sit all day naming things because God created it all.
If you think you do love God because your actions say you do, then the question is “How much do you love Him?” Do you love Him enough to do exactly what He says immediately? Do you “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind”? Think about it. What you do - and your attitude about doing it - matters!