One of our favorite things to do in Kids City every week is to participate in big group worship! We love gathering all the kids together, singing songs, learning the Bible story, and getting to worship God. This week, as we continue to learn about how Moses led the Israelites through the wilderness in our Bible story, we learned that God is the one true God and that we are to worship only Him!
Not only do we worship God because He is the one true God, but we also worship Him because He is holy. We want to become more like God everyday and in everything we do. By worshipping Him, we can see just how holy He is! 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.”
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
The Big Picture Question is a great way of reminding us of one of the many truths about God. This is something that you can ask your children throughout the week and during this devotion! Ask your children: Who can keep God’s law? No one can keep God’s law perfectly except Jesus.
The Main Point of each lesson is another snip-it of truth about God! These short statements are great reminders of what we can learn from the lesson each week. Share with your children that this week’s main point is The Lord alone is God; there is no other besides Him.
This week’s Bible story comes from Deuteronomy 1 and Deuteronomy 3:23-4:40. 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.
Moses and the Israelites had wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. Some of the people were old now. They had been young when Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, away from Pharaoh and slavery. Some of the young people had been born in the wilderness and they heard stories from their parents and grandparents about the things God did to help His people.
Now the Israelites were at the edge of the promised land – the land God had promised to give His people. The promised land would be their new home. But before they could go into the land, Moses told the Israelites everything God had commanded him to say.
First, Moses reminded the people of why they were in the wilderness. “Many years ago, God told us to go into the promised land,” Moses said. “But we were afraid of the people who lived in the land, and we did not go in. We did not trust God.”
“So God said that everyone who chose to disobey Him would not enter the promised land – not even me. Only their children and Joshua and Caleb (who had trusted God completely) would go in. Now it is time for God’s people to enter the promised land.” God told Moses to make Joshua the leader of the Israelites, so that is what Moses did. Joshua would go with the Israelites into the promised land.
Since Moses was old, he wanted to remind the Israelites of God’s commands: “Follow these commands when you live in the promised land,” Moses said. “Do not forget them, and don’t forget what the Lord has done. Teach these things to your children and grandchildren., and tell them about God.”
Moses told the people to be careful. He said, “Do not worship things you created, and do not worship things God has created. Worship only God! If you do not do what is right, God will scatter you to other lands. But He will not leave you. Your God is a compassionate God.”
Moses told the people to remember all the things God had done – all the wonderful things since He created the world. Moses said, “Know this: The Lord alone is God; there is no other besides Him. The Lord is God in heaven above and on earth below. The Lord alone is God,; there is no other besides Him. Obey His commands so that you may live long in the land the Lord is giving you.”
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- How long did Moses and the Israelites wander in the wilderness? (40 years)
- Where was God leading them? (the promised land)
- What did Moses tell the Israelites? (“Worship only God!”)
- Why should we worship only God? (the Lord alone is God)
- How many years did the Israelites wander in the desert? (40 years)
- Which leader gave the Israelites a message from God before they entered the promised land? (Moses)
- Could Moses enter the promised land? (No, Moses and Aaron disobeyed God too)
- What would happen to the people if they did not worship only God and obey His commands? (God would scatter them to other lands)
- Who can keep God’s law? No one can keep God’s law perfectly except Jesus.
Now that we’ve learned about why we should worship God, this is a great opportunity to worship Him together. You can sing a personal favorite or you can use this lyrics video to sing Here I Am to Worship.
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.
Moses told the people to obey God and worship only Him. Jesus brings us to the Father, and we obey Him because only He is God.
Moses commanded the people to obey God so that they would live. He told them to worship only God – the one true God. We receive eternal life from God by trusting in His Son, Jesus, and we obey Him because only He is God.
Pray and thank God for all of the amazing ways He has shown us His power and His love for us. Praise Him because He alone is God. Ask Him to help us trust and follow Him in all of our lives. Thank Him for sending His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross and rise again to forgive us and give us life with Him forever.