This week, we finished our unit where we learned every week about God’s holiness. We followed the story of the Israelites in the wilderness, making their way towards the promised land. Along the way, God gave them laws to guide them in how to live and to help them understand His perfect holiness. God also gave the Israelites rules for worship. Throughout this unit, we learned that God’s laws show that no one can keep all of them perfectly, except Jesus, and that the only way to be right with God is through faith in Jesus Christ.
Every week, we’ve seen how God is holy through our Bible stories and that the rules God gave the Israelites not only can apply to us today, but they also show that He is in control and He is holy! One more time, our key verse for this unit is Leviticus 11:45, which reinforces the idea that because God is holy, we should be holy. Review our key verse with your children, 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.” Leviticus 11:45
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
The Big Picture Question has been a great reminder to us every week about God’s holiness. It’s always fun to review this with your children throughout the week like we do on Sunday mornings in Kids City. Review this question with your kids now: Who can keep God’s law? No one can keep God’s law perfectly except Jesus.
Not only can we review God’s holiness through answering the Big Picture Question, but also through the Main Point of each lesson. These short statements help us to remember the Bible story easily. Share with your children that this week’s main point is God reminded His people of His covenant (agreement) with them.
This week’s Bible story comes from Deuteronomy 5:1-6:25; 8:1-11:1, 26-28. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
Here’s a quick summary of the story to use with the Bible reading.
God had an important message for the Israelites, and He spoke through Moses. “Here are some of the rules and laws I am telling you today. Learn them and obey them,” Moses said. Moses reminded the people that God had made a covenant, or an agreement, with the Israelites on Mount Sinai. God said, “If you listen carefully to Me and keep My covenant, you will be My people.”
God gave them the Ten Commandments:
- Do not have any other gods besides Me
- Do not make an idol for yourself
- Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God
- Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy
- Honor your father and your mother
- Do not murder
- Keep your marriage promises
- Do not steal
- Do not lie
- Do not want what belongs to someone else
“God wants you to obey all of His commands,” Moses said. “God wants me to teach you all of His rules and laws, and He wants you to obey them exactly as He commanded. If you do, things will go well in the land He promised to give you, and you will live there for a long time.”
Moses said, “Israel, listen to me! The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Teach these commands to your children. Talk about these commands when you are home. Talk about them when you are walking along the road. Talk about them at night when you go to bed. Talk about them when you get up in the morning.”
God had wonderful plans for His people. He promised to bring them into the promised land. He was going to keep the promise He made to their fathers – Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God always keeps His promises!
“When you get to the promised land, don’t forget the Lord. Remember what He has done for you. The Lord rescued you from slavery in Egypt. Worship Him, and worship only Him.”
Then Moses made a very important point. “God is not doing this because you are righteous,” he said. “God is keeping the promise He made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Finally, Moses said, “Love the Lord your God. If you obey His commands, you will be blessed. If you do not obey, you will be punished.”
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- What did God want the Israelites to remember? (God wanted His people to remember His covenant with them.)
- What would happen if God’s people obeyed Him? (They would be blessed.)
- What would happen if God’s people did not obey Him? (They would be punished.)
- What is a covenant? (a special agreement or promise)
- Where were the people headed at the beginning of the story? (to the promised land)
- Name the Ten Commandments. (Do not have other gods besides Me. Do not make an idol for yourself. Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God. Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. Honor your father and your mother. Do not murder. Keep your marriage promises. Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not want what belongs to someone else.)
- What would happen if the Israelites obeyed God’s commands? (God would bless them)
- How often were the Israelites to talk about God’s commandments? (all of the time)
- Who can keep God’s law? (No one can keep God’s law perfectly except Jesus)
God loves when we worship Him and it’s so important for kids to see their parents worship. Now is a great time to worship together as a family. You can sing a personal favorite or you can use this lyrics video to sing All the Saints (Holy, Holy, Holy).
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.
God reminded His people of His promise. God wanted to bless His people, but He knew they would disobey Him. God had a plan to send His Son, Jesus, to make a new promise. Jesus obeyed God perfectly. He was punished for our sin so we could be forgiven.
God kept His promise to give land to the families of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. As the Israelites stood at the edge of the promised land, God reminded them of His covenant. He commanded them to be holy and to obey Him, but He knew they would not. God was working out His plan to send Jesus to rescue people from sin and bless the whole earth.
Pray and thank God for reminding His people of His covenant with them. Praise God that He is the only God, holy and good. Ask God to help us become holy like Him. Thank Him for sending Jesus to rescue us from sin so that we can trust in Him and become holy too.