Sunday School To-Go – Lesson 24
In this Bible story, several years had passed since David was anointed by Samuel. King Saul and his army were once again fighting the Philistines. When David arrived at the Israelite camp, things began to change.
The Philistines were a warlike people who lived along the Mediterranean coast just west of Israel. The Philistines continually raided Israelite territory and tried to expand their national borders to include the western hill country of Israel.
The Philistines had a tremendous advantage over Israel because they controlled the “iron industry.” Most of the iron that was mined, smelted, and used for weapons was controlled by the Philistines. This meant that swords and other iron weapons were often in short supply in Israel.
During this particular encounter, the Philistines appeared to have another advantage over Israel. They had a giant. Goliath was over nine feet tall. Not only was he huge, but the armor Goliath wore protected him from most harm.
This is truly a story of contrasts. Goliath was an experienced warrior; David was a shepherd. Goliath was huge; David was small. The giant wore armor; the boy refused to wear armor. The warrior carried a sword, a spear, and a shield; the shepherd carried a staff, a sling, and five smooth stones. Goliath scoffed at the God of Israel; David trusted the God of his fathers.
When the dust of the battle settled, it was apparent to all that the superhuman strength of the giant Goliath was not an advantage over the almighty power of the God of Israel.
As we admire David’s heroic courage, we need to remember that it was the God of Israel who enabled him to overcome Goliath. This is the same God who is with us today. When we trust in Him, God can enable us to overcome our giants too.
Sunday School To-Go – Lesson 23
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of a boy named Samuel. You may remember that Samuel’s mother was a woman named Hannah. She wanted a son more than anything, so she prayed and asked God to give her a son. She promised God that if he would give her a son, she would give him back to the LORD to serve him all the days of his life. God gave Hannah the son she asked for and she kept her promise to God. When the boy was old enough, she took him to the temple and presented him to Eli the priest. So Samuel served in the temple under Eli.
One night Samuel was sleeping when he heard someone call his name. He got up and ran to Eli. “Here I am; you called me,” he said to Eli.
“I didn’t call you,” Eli answered, “go back to bed.” So Samuel went back to bed.
Again the LORD called, “Samuel!” Samuel jumped out of bed and and went to Eli. “Here I am; you called me.”
“I didn’t call you, go back to bed,” Eli answered a second time.
A third time God called Samuel and Samuel got up and went to Eli. “Here I am; you called me,” he said.
Finally, Eli realized that it was God who was calling Samuel. He told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you again, say, ‘Speak LORD, for your servant is listening.”
Samuel went back to bed and sure enough, again he heard the voice of God calling, “Samuel! Samuel!” This time Samuel answered as Eli had told him, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
Some people think that God only calls grown-ups. That is why I like the story of Samuel. Samuel was just a young boy when God called him.
God knows your name just as he knew the name of Samuel and God still calls boys and girls today saying, “Come, follow me.” So, listen for God’s call and answer just as Samuel did, “Here I am!”
Sunday School To-Go – Lesson 22
God is our Redeemer. He’s demonstrated this through the biblical role of the kinsman-redeemer. In the book of Ruth, Boaz showed himself as Ruth’s kinsman-redeemer and gave Ruth favor and abundant blessing. He met all her needs, and she flourished in his care. As best illustrated in Ruth, a male relative had the privilege and responsibility to act sacrificially for any relative who was in trouble, danger, or in need of vindication.
Although the term “kinsman-redeemer” is used only eight times in the 1984 New International Version of the Bible—solely in the book of Ruth—the Hebrew word ga’al (from which both of these terms are translated) is used over 100 times and is interchangeable with both “redeemer” or “near relative.” In Ruth 2:19–20, “Ruth told her mother-in-law about the one at whose place she had been working. ‘The name of the man I worked with today is Boaz,’ she said. ‘The LORD bless him!’ Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. ‘He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.’ She added, ‘That man is our close relative; he is one of our kinsman-redeemers.’”
As a kinsman-redeemer, Boaz offered Ruth protection and gave her an abundance of exactly what she needed. Eventually, Ruth, the Moabite, and Boaz, the Jew, formerly sworn enemies by birth, became one in marriage and had a son they named Obed. He became the father of Jesse, who was the father of King David, from whose family line came the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Sunday School To-Go – Lesson 21
During the time of the judges, God appointed a few men and women to deliver Israel from her enemies and bring her back into relationship with Him. Othniel, the first judge, was a God-fearing man who led Israel from sin to repentance and a season of rest. Following Othniel were the judges Ehud, Deborah, Gideon, Jephthah, and Samson.
As spiritual leaders, the judges devolved steadily—starting with righteous Othniel and ending with unrighteous Samson. Gideon has been called a “bridge judge” because he formed a bridge between the earlier, stronger judges and the later, weaker ones. As a judge, Gideon was both strong and weak. He showed great courage when breaking down the altar of Baal and following God into battle with only 300 men. But he also argued with an angel, asked God to prove His presence with him through signs, and doubted God’s promise.
Though Gideon was flawed, God still used him to accomplish His purposes and bring glory to Himself. God used Gideon to lead 300 men in victory against an enemy’s entire army to show He would win the battle for His people. God used Gideon—a man both faithful and fearful— to show that only He is worthy of glory.
Sunday School To-Go – Lesson 20
God is with us. He stayed with the Israelites as He led them into the Promised Land. And He gave them very clear instructions: “Be careful not to make a treaty with those
who live in the land where you are going, or they will be a snare among you. Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones … Do not worship any other god” (Exodus 34:12–14a). God repeated this command many more times.
The Israelites knew what needed to be done, but instead of obeying God, they broke the commandments by mixing with the people and worshipping false gods. Thus began a cycle of rebellion, repentance, and restoration that lasted for hundreds of years. Every time Israel “did evil in the eyes of the Lord” by worshipping other gods, God allowed enemies to conquer them (Judges 4:1–2). God used these nations to bring about repentance. The oppressed Israelites invariably realized their sin and repented. And God raised up deliverers, known as judges, to rescue the people.
But these “judges” weren’t like the judges of today. Though Deborah was a prophetess, judges were usually tribal rulers who also served as military leaders. The judges recorded in Scripture were charismatic individuals, but their charisma wasn’t what brought them victory. The Holy Spirit descended on at least four of the judges to empower them.
While it might seem that during the time of the judges God abandoned His people to their enemies, He didn’t. In fact, even though the Israelites continually disobeyed, God was there all the time, waiting to rush in and deliver them when they turned back to Him. In spite of what His people deserved, God was always with them.
Sunday School To-Go – Lesson 19
God is faithful. He proves this to His children again and again. Still, the first generation that left Egypt during the exodus had a hard time trusting God. They knew the promise God gave to their forefathers—to take them to a land flowing with milk and honey, where they could live as a nation set apart for Him (Exodus 33:1–3). They also agreed to the covenant at Mount Sinai, during which God gave His people the Ten Commandments and called them His treasured possession.
The Israelites saw God’s faithfulness when He rescued them from slavery in Egypt. They experienced His provision when He gave them food in the wilderness. Yet they continued to grumble and complain because they didn’t truly trust Him. And though their spies discovered that the Promised Land was, indeed, a good land, the people weren’t excited, for they also heard the cities were full of powerful men (Numbers 13:26–29). Their fear blinded their trust that God would be faithful to His promise. Because of this, God said that no one in the first generation would enter the land (Deuteronomy 1:35–36).
The next generation, though they also would grumble and complain, spent their entire lives depending on God to provide for their every need. When God asked them to do unconventional things, they followed His lead. Because God was with them, the second generation crossed a flooded river, marched around the fortified city of Jericho, and overtook it. The second generation saw the land God had promised.
God kept the promise He made to bring His people into a good land, and He proved to His people that He was—and is—always faithful. He only asked that they trust Him and follow His lead so He could transform them into faithful people who served Him with their whole hearts.
Sunday School To-Go – Lesson 18
After the Israelites built the tabernacle, God’s presence came down and dwelled among the people. What did it look like when God’s presence came down? A cloud covered the tabernacle. When the cloud lifted from the tabernacle, the people started traveling again. If the cloud stayed put, what did the people do? . Yes, the people stayed put too. God came to His people and stayed with them always. He never failed the Israelites.
As God led the Israelites, where were they heading? That’s right! Into the Promised Land. Long before the desert, God promised Abraham that He would give Abraham’s family members, the Israelites, a land in which to live. The Israelites were ready to be in their home. After all, they’d spent over 400 years as slaves in Egypt!
God promised the Israelites a home. Even better, in their promised home they would be free to worship God and free to raise their children to worship Him too.
God never fails His people. He would keep His promise to give them their home.
Sunday School To-Go – Lesson 17
God dwelled with His people in the desert after He freed them from Egypt. And when God called Moses to go up Mount Sinai, He revealed His instructions for the tabernacle, the ark, and other structures—as well as the Ten Commandments and more than 600 laws (sometimes referred to as the book of the law).The tabernacle would be the place where God dwelled among His people, and the instructions, found in Exodus, are very detailed.
If the tabernacle was where God dwelled among His people, the Holy of Holies was where God met with the priests within the tabernacle. Inside the Holy of Holies sat the ark of the covenant. It might be tempting to suppose that God dwelled within the ark, but the mental image Exodus gives us is God’s presence hovering above it. Outside the tabernacle, God’s presence came down as a cloud, and through the cloud, God led His people through the desert. It must have been reassuring to know that God was with them, but also a fear-inspiring reminder that they had agreed to follow and obey His laws as His covenant people.
Just as God’s presence dwelled in the tabernacle and His glory filled the temple after Solomon’s dedication, Paul says, “[We] are God’s temple and … God’s Spirit dwells in [us]” (1 Corinthians 3:16a).
Sunday School To-Go – Lesson 16
God brought the Israelites out of Egypt. He rescued them and kept His promises to them. Then He gave them His Ten Commandments and the rest of His law so they knew how to live a life of worship to God. The Israelites were supposed to show the rest of the world what it looked like to live for God. They would model God’s love to the nations around them so that others could know the one true God.
God initiates relationship with us. What does it mean to initiate? It means that I hold out my hand first. I start the handshake. When you initiate something, you start it. God initiates relationship with us—He reaches out to us first. This is just what He did with the Israelites too!
God initiated a relationship with the Israelites. He called them His treasured possession, and He invited them to know Him. God gave them His law so they could show others how to live for Him. God initiates relationship with us too! He sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for us so we could have a restored relationship with God. What an amazing God!
Sunday School To-Go – Lesson 15
God gave His law for our good (Deuteronomy 10:13). His Ten Commandments are not just for one group of people or one age group. They can be helpful to kids and adults. And if we break these good laws, we will have bad results.
The 10 Commandments show us how to love God. He made us, and He loves us deeply. So knowing the first four commandments helps us know how to love Him back.
The last six commandments show us how to love other people. It starts with our parents in the Fifth Commandment. Then the last five show how to get along with others. Thinking about what they mean can help kids be good neighbors and good future husbands and wives. Obeying them can help make other people happy. And we will be happier too.
Sunday School To-Go – Lesson 14
God provided for His people. While they journeyed in the desert, He gave them water and food—including manna, which literally means “What is it?”
According to the Bible, manna had the sweet taste of honey. Numbers describes how the Israelites could grind the manna and pound it into cake. He could have given them anything to eat, but by His mercy, He provided a delicious, rich food. They were commanded to collect only what they each needed for that day. God challenged His people to be fully dependent on His provision.
Years later, Jesus, during His earthly ministry, referred to himself as the “bread of life,” pointing back to the manna God provided in the wilderness. Consider this passage from John: “I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world” (John 6:48– 51).
In the desert, God provided for Moses and the Israelites’ physical sustenance. He gave them what they needed to live on earth. However, Jesus provides us with something much greater: life eternal. God calls us to be wholly dependent on Him each day. He asks us to be children who trust in Him, believing that He knows what we need.
Sunday School To-Go – Lesson 13
When God led the people out of Egypt, He didn’t lead them on the easiest road. He took them through the desert toward a big sea called the Red Sea. God led them by day with a big cloud and He led them by night with a pillar of fire. The cloud helped shade the people from the hot desert sun during the day and the fire helped keep them warm at night. God took care of His people.
Meanwhile, back in Egypt, when the king realized that the Israelites were gone, he changed his mind and decided he wanted them back again. “What have we done, letting our slave labor, go free?” So Pharaoh took his best men and chariots started chasing the Israelites.
When the children of Israel saw the Egyptian army and chariots coming, they were afraid. But Moses said, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord save you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”
Then Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the Lord opened up a path through the water with a strong east wind. So the people of Israel walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on each side! The Egyptians, with their horses and chariots, chased after the Israelites through the sea, but God twisted their chariot wheels, making them difficult to drive.
When the Israelites reached the other side, the Lord said to Moses, “Raise your hand over the sea again.” When he did, the waters returned and all of the chariots and horses — the entire army of the Pharaoh who chased the Israelites into the sea were drowned. Not a single one survived.
When the people of Israel saw the mighty power that the Lord had unleashed against the Egyptians, they were filled with awe before him. They put their faith in the Lord and in his servant Moses. You and I have seen the mighty power of God in our lives. Let us worship and praise him for the mighty acts he has performed.
Almighty Father, you love and care for us just as you did your children in the day of Moses. What a mighty God we serve. We worship and adore you. Amen.
Sunday School To-Go – Lesson 12
One day, when he was in the desert, Moses heard the voice of God speaking to him through a bush which flamed but did not burn. God asked Moses to lead his people out of slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land. Moses was at first reluctant, thinking that the Israelites would not believe he had heard the word of God. God then gave Moses special powers and inspired by this, Moses returned to Egypt and demanded freedom for his people.
At first, the Pharaoh refused to let the Israelites leave, then God unleashed 10 plagues on the Egyptians. It was the tenth plague – the plague of the firstborn – which eventually persuaded the Pharaoh to let them go. It was announced that the first-born sons in every household would die, but the sons of the Israelites would be saved if they marked their door posts with the blood of a lamb killed in sacrifice. They had to cook the lamb and eat it that night with bitter herbs and unleavened bread. These are the origins of the Jewish Festival: Passover.
The Pharaoh then changed his mind, and sent his army in pursuit of the Israelites. 600 chariots pursued them, but famously, the waters of the Red Sea parted; the Israelites walked through, then the waters returned and destroyed the Pharaoh’s army.
Sunday School To-Go – Lesson 11
Except for a mother’s desperate plan, the strong will of an Egyptian princess, and the mighty hand of God, Israel’s most honored leader may never have seen his first birthday. This story recounts the early year of Moses’ life, from his dreary days of tending sheep in the Midian desert to his privileged youth in Pharaoh’s household. Watch God’s hand as a tiny baby, found in the bulrushes, is reared to be a powerful Egyptian ruler, yet is called through a burning bush to deliver Israel.
Sunday School To-Go – Lesson 10
Moses was a special baby. Moses was a Hebrew when the children of Israel lived in Egypt as slaves. The Pharaoh was afraid of the Israelite slaves because there were so many of them and ordered all the boy babies to be killed. Moses mother protected him. She saw that he was a special baby and kept him hidden for three months. When she couldn’t hide him anymore, she made a little boat, placed him in it, and hid baby Moses in the reeds on the banks of the Nile River. He didn’t stay there long before being rescued by the Pharaoh’s daughter. Being unable to nurse him, she hired a Hebrew woman to do the job. This woman just so happened to be Moses’ mother. Wow! God had an amazing plan to save Moses! When Moses was grown up, God used him in big ways. God’s people, the Israelites, were still slaves, but God had a plan to use Moses to set them free. Moses would be their leader and take them to a special land that God had promised them. In this new land, the Israelites would be able to worship God without the Egyptians getting in the way. God saved Moses and His people. We know that God has saved us too. He sent Jesus to save us, to lead us, and to teach us how to live!
Sunday School To-Go – Lesson 9
This is part two of the Bible Story of Joseph, from the Book of Genesis, and is one of heroic redemption and forgiveness. Joseph was the most loved son of his father, Jacob, and was given a robe of many colors. Joseph’s jealous brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt. But God had big plans for Joseph. Joseph found favor with Pharaoh by interpreting his dreams. Pharaoh made Jospeh his chief administrator and put him in charge of storing crops and supplies. After seven good growing years, there were seven years of little rain. (we certainly understand that in Kansas) People needed the grain that Joseph and his people had stored. Watch the video to see how Joseph is reunited with his father and his brothers and see how God can change hearts.
Sunday School To-Go – Lesson 8
The Bible Story of Joseph, from the Book of Genesis, is one of heroic redemption and forgiveness. Joseph was the most loved son of his father, Jacob, and was given a robe of many colors. Joseph’s jealous brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt. But God had big plans for Joseph. Joseph found favor with Pharaoh by interpreting his dreams. Pharaoh made Jospeh his chief administrator and put him in charge of storing crops and supplies. After seven good growing years, there were seven years of little rain. (we certainly understand that in Kansas) People needed the grain that Joseph and his people had stored. Watch the video to see how Joseph is reunited with his father and his brothers and see how God can change hearts.
Sunday School To-Go – Lesson 7
Here is a Sunday school lesson you can use with your kids this weekend. We are learning about Jacob and how he wrestled with God.
We also added four new videos for you to learn and sing along.
Sunday School To-Go – Lesson 6
Here is a Sunday school lesson you can use with your kids this weekend. We are learning about Forgiveness in the story of Jacob and Esau.
Sunday School To-Go – Lesson 5
Here is a Sunday school lesson you can use with your kids this weekend. We are learning about God’s Promise to Abraham.
⇐ This video from RightNow Media is called The Test. The kids journey to meet Abraham and his beloved son, Isaac, whom he was willing to sacrifice because it’s what God wants. Abraham puts God first in his life, above everything else. … He sacrifices what is important to him and does it because he knows it’s what God is asking him to do. Watch it together as a family.
This short video is a great intro to this week’s lesson.
Sunday School To-Go – Lesson 2
Here is a Sunday school lesson you can use with your kids this weekend. We are learning about Abraham.
Make sure you go back and view the videos from Lesson One. They are full of hope and joy.
Sunday School To-Go – Lesson 1
Here is a Sunday school lesson you can use with your kids this weekend. We are beginning to learn about Noah.
This is a Super Book Video on Noah from RightNow Media. If you do not have a password for RightNow Media, please email Karen and she will send you an invitation. All materials are free.