Over the past couple of weeks in Kids City, we’ve been learning about the rules that God has given in both the Ten Commandments and in His instructions for how to build the tabernacle so that He could dwell the Israelites. This week, we continued our study on the rules that God has given us by looking at the rules He gave the Israelites for sacrifice in the book of Leviticus. While we may not obey all the rules in Leviticus today because of our trust and faith in Jesus, who obeyed God’s law perfectly for us, the rules for a blood sacrifice God gave the Israelites a picture of the ultimate sacrifice that was to come.
The rules that God gave the Israelites and to us are examples of just how God is in control and that He is holy. Our key verse for this unit reinforces this too! Our key verse for this unit is Leviticus 11:45, which says, “For I am the Lord, who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.” God gives us these rules to teach us how to be more like Him, and because He is holy, we are to be holy too!
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
As we continue making our way through this unit, we have to keep asking ourselves the Big Picture Question, as a way of being reminded of the truth these lessons teach us about God. Ask your children: Who can keep God’s law? No one can keep God’s law perfectly except Jesus.
Not only do we get to learn truths about God through the Big Picture Question, but also through the Main Point of each lesson every week! Share with your children that this week’s main point is Because God is holy, God requires a sacrifice for sin, which is the way God provided to forgive His people.
The rules that God gave for sacrifice can be found in Leviticus 1-27. We understand that this is a lot to cover with children, even in the course of a week! Feel free to refer to the Bible Story summary below or you can use the Big Picture Interactive Story Bible to read. (If you’re using The Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook, this story is found on page 40.)
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
Here’s a quick summary of the story to use with the Bible reading.
God gave many laws to Moses while they met on Mount Sinai. These rules showed the people what it looks like to be holy, because God is holy and He desires for His people to be like Him. God gave the people rules about how to live, how to worship God, and what to do when they sinned.
First, God gave rules about offering. Offerings are gifts that people give to God. Different types of offerings were needed at different times. When people wanted to praise God, they gave burnt offerings. When they wanted to say they were sorry for sin, they gave a sin offering.
God also gave rules about the priests. Priests were leaders who helped people worship God by making sacrifices. The priests took care of the tabernacle, and they taught the people God’s rules for living holy lives.
God told Moses about a special day that would happen once a year. It was called the Day of Atonement. Atonement means making right what had been wrong. The people needed to atone for their sin to make their relationship with God right again.
On the Day of Atonement, the people paid for their sins. The high priest offered a special sacrifice. He took the blood of an animal and went into the most holy place of the tabernacle. This sacrifice was important because it paid for the sins of the people of Israel. God said, “On the day your sins will be paid for. You will be made clean. You will be clean from all of your sins in my sight.”
God also gave the Israelites rules about how they should live. He said, “Be holy because I, Yahweh your God, am holy.”
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- What do we call a gift someone gives to God? (an offering)
- Who were leaders who helped God’s people worship God by making sacrifices? (priests)
- What does atonement mean? (it means making right what is wrong)
- Why was the special sacrifice the priest offered on the Day of Atonement so important? (it paid for the sins of all the people)
- When people wanted to praise God, what kind of offering did they give? (burnt offering)
- When people wanted to say sorry for their sins, what kind of offering did they give? (sin offering)
- Priests had many responsibilities. Can you name a few? (making sacrifices, taking care of the tabernacle, teaching people the rules for living holy lives)
- What does atonement mean? (making right what had been wrong)
- Who can keep God’s law? No one can keep God’s law perfectly except Jesus.
God loves when we worship Him, both at church and in our homes and in everything we do. We love singing songs in Kids City every Sunday that bring praise and glory to God, so now we invite to worship through song with your family. You can sing a personal favorite or you can use this lyrics video to sing Nothing But the Blood.
As we’re going through the Gospel Project every week in Kids City, we’ve been able to see how the things that happened in the Old Testament – thousands of years before Jesus came – are connected to Jesus and the Gospel. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
The book of Leviticus is about the sacrifices God told His people to offer. God wanted to show the Israelites that He was going to forgive people who disobeyed Him. God sent His Son, Jesus, to be the perfect sacrifice. Jesus forgives our sin for good.
The sacrifices God required of His people were a hint of what God was going to do to forgive sinners. We no longer need to offer sacrifices because we trust in Jesus. Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice that takes away our sin once and for all.
Pray and thank God for giving the Israelites rules to make their relationship right with Him. Thank God for sending His Son, Jesus, as the perfect sacrifice, the only One who perfectly obeyed God’s law. Praise God for allowing our sins to be forgiven through the blood of Jesus that was sacrificed for us.