This week in Kids City, we got to learn about the story of Gideon and how He used Gideon’s weaknesses for His good. It’s really amazing to see how God uses people to accomplish His plan for His glory and our good! Follow along with this devotion, which you can walk through with your family in 10-15 minutes one night this week or review it in 3-5 minutes over the course of the week.
KEY VERSE – DAY ONE:
Review the key verses and hand motions for this unit with your children.
“Then Jesus spoke to them again, ‘I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.’” – John 8:12 (Backyard Kids Club Cave Quest Key Verse)
“For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our King. He will save us.” – Isaiah 33:22
BIG PICTURE QUESTION – DAY ONE:
Ask your children the Big Picture Question for this unit: How does God accomplish His plan? God uses people for His glory and our good.
MAIN POINT – DAY ONE:
Share with your children that this week’s main point is: God used Gideon’s weakness for His glory.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from Judges 6-8. This story can be found on page 64 of the Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
The Israelites did what is evil in the sight of the Lord, so God allowed them to be ruled by their enemies, the Midianites. The Midianites were very mean to them, so the Israelites cried out to God, “Save us!”
The Angel of the Lord came and sat under an oak tree. He appeared to a man named Gideon and said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior!”
Gideon was afraid. His family was the weakest family in his tribe, and he was the youngest son in the family. But the Lord chose Gideon to deliver the Israelites from the power of their enemy. He assured Gideon, “I will be with you.”
That night, God told Gideon to tear down the altar to a false god. So Gideon obeyed God, but Gideon did it at night because he was afraid of the men in the city. The next day, the men in the city saw that the altar was torn down. “Who did this?” they asked. When they found out Gideon had torn down the altar, they wanted to kill him.
Some time later, Israel’s enemies gathered together. So Gideon blew the ram’s horn. An army of men gathered behind Gideon, ready to fight. Gideon still wanted a sign from God. “If You will deliver Israel by my hand, as You say, I will put fleece on the ground. If the fleece is wet with dew, but the ground is dry, I will believe You.”
That is exactly what happened – the fleece was so wet Gideon squeezed enough water out of it to fill a bowl! Again, Gideon asked for a sign. This time, the fleece was dry and the ground was wet.
God told Gideon that he had too many people with him. They let anyone who was afraid to go to battle go home. There were 10,000 remaining. “That’s still too many,” God said. God made a test for the people. All of them were to go to the river to drink the water. Anyone who knelt to drink water was sent home, but whoever lapped the water with his tongue stayed. Three hundred men remained.
The next day, the army carried torches, blew their trumpets, and shattered pitchers before running toward the camp of Midianites. God gave Israel the victory, and everyone in the Midianite army ran. Gideon and his army chased them away.
The Israelites said to Gideon, “Rule over us, for you delivered us from the Midianites.” Gideon said. “No, God will rule over you.” But after Gideon died, the Israelites did not remember the Lord, who had delivered them the power of their enemies.
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- Who appeared to Gideon? (the Angel of the Lord)
- What did the Angel of the Lord call Gideon? (mighty warrior)
- Did God tell Gideon he had too many men or not enough? (too many)
- What did Gideon say when the Israelites wanted him to be their king? (God will be your King)
- Who attacked the Israelites? (Midian)
- What kind of tree did the angel sit under? (fig)
- What did the angel call Gideon? (mighty warrior)
- When did Gideon tear down the altar to the false god? (at night)
- What did Gideon set out as a sign for the Lord? (fleece)
- How many people were left in Gideon’s army after God told him to send back the people who were afraid? (10,000)
- How many people were left after they drank water? (300)
- How did God use Gideon? (God used Gideon’s weakness for His glory)
WORSHIP – DAY FOUR:
CHRIST CONNECTION – DAY FIVE:
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
The people of Israel needed help. They asked God to help them. God used Gideon to help the people, and God fought for them. We need help too. We need God to save us from sin. We cannot save ourselves. God sent His Son, Jesus, to save us.
The Israelites cried out to God because they knew they could not save themselves. Even Gideon was not enough to save them; God used Gideon to save His people, but God fought the battle for them. The people needed someone who was mighty to save. Jesus Christ came to save us from sin because we cannot save ourselves. Only God, through Christ, can save us.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
Pray and thank God for always helping His people when they are in need. Thank Him for giving us people like our parents and teachers to help us when we need help. Thank Him most of all for giving us Jesus, someone who we need most and who can save us from sin.