Psalms 3.5 and 2 Kings 7.3-14
PURPOSE OF THE LESSON
Teach children that we should not be afraid of anything for Jesus is with us.
VERSE TO MEMORIZE
“I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me” (Psalms 3.5)
Biblical Educator, take to the class a sheet of office paper write FEAR on the front and NO FEAR on the back. Start by saying the following: When I show you this paper you will read with me and stand still, nobody can move and when I turn it over and read what’s on the back then you can move, understood? Biblical Educator, show the word FEAR and observe if they are all still, then show them NO FEAR.
Conclude: Children, today we learn that when we are afraid we are paralyzed but when we are not afraid, we are brave and we win. Let’s hear the story? I’m about to start!
THERE WAS in Samaria four lepers. Little friends, do you know what leper means? (Wait for their participation). A leper is someone who has a very serious disease called leprosy; it makes the body full of bruises and can pass from one person to another. That’s why leprous people lived separated from others, for their neighbors were afraid of getting the disease because then there was no cure.
The city of Samaria was surrounded by an army of enemies, food supplies began to run out and people were starving. Including the four lepers, who were at the entrance of the city. But one day, they had a brave idea and they said:
- Why are we sitting here? If we enter our city we will die of hunger, but if we stay here, we will also die. Let’s go to the enemy’s camp! If they let us live, we will live; if they kill us, we will die anyway.
Children, what a brave attitude, right? They knew that in the enemy camp there was food and they decided to use the courage.
At nightfall, the four of them went to the entrance of the camp where the enemies were living and, when they got there, they saw no one. The enemies had ran away leaving everything behind, including riches and plenty of food. Do you want to know what happened? (Wait for their participation).
While the lepers were walking towards the camp, God made the enemies hear a strong noise, like the sound of a big army marching up to them. Scared, the enemies thought that the king of Israel had paid other armies to attack them so then ran away. Then the lepers entered the tents of the camp and they ate, got silver, gold, clothes, everything they thought the enemies had left there. Class, the lepers did not consider only themselves, they told the king of Samaria that the enemy had run away from the camp and had great riches and enough food for all the people.
When we believe in God we are not afraid of anything. The courage of those lepers made them and the people of Samaria safe from hunger. In Psalms is written: “I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.” (Psalms: 3.5). The lepers were not afraid therefore God was manifested. Who here will always trust in God say “I will”.
Biblical Educator, take to the class pictures (big) of injections; children in bed (sleeping alone); rainy day with thunder; students taking test. Stick (on the board or on the wall) with adhesive tape on the reverse side. Write on a piece of cardboard the sentence OVERCOMING FEAR and stick it above the pictures. Turn over one picture at a time and ask the class, for example: Who here is afraid of injections? Who here is afraid of sleeping alone in the dark? Who here is afraid of rain, thunder and lightning? Who here is afraid of taking a test? For each picture you should wait for the participation of the class then continue to show the other pictures. After talking about each picture say to the class: Children, we who are from God should not be afraid of anything because the Lord Jesus is with us in every moment and He will not let any harm happen to us (show the pictures again and keep talking). Why be afraid of an injection if it does well for someone who is sick? Why be afraid of the dark, if in the dark we sleep better? Why fear the rainy days, if the rain does so well to nature? And what about the test? If you studied and prepared yourself then there is no reason to fear, right?
Little friends, fear makes people become paralyzed at what they fear. The four lepers from today’s story knew that if they stood there they would end up dead and they were not afraid of the enemies, but they stood up and went to them. That made God act and they won that situation getting food and riches. Therefore if you are afraid of something pray and ask God to expel all fear. At the end, make a prayer for all children.
ACTIVITIES OF THE WEEK (Make copies of the drawings from the Educator’s magazine)
SUNDAY-Painting. The four lepers were courageous, they were not afraid of anything. Paint it well. Biblical Educator, give crayons for the kids to paint. (Page 5)
MONDAY-Inventing sounds. Biblical Educator, start this activity by saying: Children, we heard in today’s story that God made the enemies hear a loud noise. They got scared and ran away, and then the four men could eat at ease. The enemies ran away because of the noise made by God. Who here knows how to make
several kinds of sounds or noises? (Wait for their participation). Let’s make up sounds? Everybody should imitate me. (Biblical Educator, for each gesture you make ask the children to do the same, congratulate and encourage them). Put them to sit in a circle and say: Let’s make sounds with our feet (stomp your feet on the ground). Now clap your hands slowly, that’s right! Now go faster, faster. Nice! You did it well. Class, now be silent and raise your right hand (Biblical Educator, show them your right hand) and slowly slap it on your
leg, hear the sound it makes. Did you hear it? What about making noises with our mouths? Let’s pretend that we are blowing out a birthday candle. Imitate me, children, blow hard. Now we are horses, make the sound of a horse galloping. A train,túúúú, túúúú. All whistling, now laughing. How nice! You did it well, congratulations! Biblical Educator, continue the game until they lose interest.
WEDNESDAY-Activity. For this activity, you will need glue, crayon markers, white office paper, colored paper (office paper, cardboard or crepe paper) in yellow, blue, red, green, pink, brown and orange. Biblical Educator, cut the colored paper in squares of 8x8cm. You will need four cards of each color. Separate seven white office papers and write with blue crayon marker the word blue; write with the yellow crayon marker the word yellow and so on. Biblical Educator, prepare this material in advance. Arrange the chairs in a circle and put two tables (side by side) inside. Spread the 28 squares and the seven sheets on the table. Begin the activity by saying: Children, we learned today the story about four brave men. How many? Four (show four fingers and ask them to imitate). That’s right! Now you are going to help me to set up several colored sheets, let’s go? Biblical Educator, call a child to pick up a square (any color) and apply glue on it.
Show the child on which sheet he/she should glue the square for it must be according to the color indicated on the paper sheet. For example, the blue square should be glued on the paper sheet with the word blue. For each square call a different child. At the end you say: Let’s count? How many blue squares are there in this paper sheet? One, two, three and four (count and ask them to imitate). Very well! Count all the sheets always mentioning the name of the colors. At the end, conclude by saying: How many brave men were there in today’s story? Four. That’s right! You learned it well. Congratulations!
SUNDAY-Coloring. We have learned today about four brave lepers. Paint it correctly. (Page 22)
MONDAY-Secret word. Write the initial word of the pictures and find out how we should be. (Page 23)
TUESDAY-Which way? The brave lepers decided to face the enemies. Paint the right way. (Page 24)
WEDNESDAY-Connect the dots. Connect the dots from 1 to 19 and discover where the lepers got food. (Page 25)
THURSDAY-Keen eye. We have learned today about four brave lepers. Mark what is not part of the scene. (Page 26)
FRIDAY-Drawing. Biblical Educator, distribute white paper and ask the children to draw the part of the story they like the best.
SUNDAY-Be smart. The drawings below seem to be the same. However, If you are alert, you will see that one of them is different. Find which one it is and paint it. (Page 59)
MONDAY-Free drawing. Distribute sheets of office paper to the children and ask them to draw something related to the story.
TUESDAY-Activities. 1. Complete the sentences using the words below. 2. In your opinion, what is the main message of today’s story? (Page 60)
WEDNESDAY-Exercising. 1. Change the numbers to letters and discover the message. 2. Make a sentence with the word BRAVE. (Page 61)
THURSDAY-Frame-verse. For this activity, you will need pencils, colored pencils, glue, gouache, swab, plastic straw, office paper and a piece of cardboard. Write the verse of the week: “I lie down and sleep; I
wake again, because the LORD sustains me” (Psalms 3.5), on the cardboard. Give a pencil and two sheets of paper to each child and ask them to glue one sheet over the other then write the verse in big block letters. Distribute other materials. After writing the verse, thechild will have the option to paint the letters with colored pencils or to use cotton wool with gouache. Wait a few minutes (to dry) and ask the class to make a frame for the picture with the straw. Help the kids in need. Once finished, memorize the verse with the class. Tell them to put the framed-verse next to their bed, read it and pray before going to sleep.
FRIDAY-What is the correct shadow? Today we have learned about the four brave lepers. Paint and circulate the correct shadow. (Page 62)
SATURDAY-Playing. For this game you will need balloons. Write on pieces of paper questions related to the story and the verse of the week (12 questions). Put a question inside each balloon then blow them up.
Split the class in four groups and distribute empty balloons (same quantity to each group). Each group should choose two representatives for each round. One participant (from each group) will, at the same time, blow up the balloon until it pops (Biblical Educator, pay attention that the kids are not popping it with their
nails). Once the balloon pops, the other participant from that group will pop a full balloon and answer the question inside it. Each right answer is worth one point. Next, the group will change the participant. The group that answers the most questions right wins.
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Lessons 1 for 1st Week of May
Psalms 3.5 and 2 Kings 7.3-14
Purpose of the meeting:
Teach teenagers that we must not fear anything because Jesus is with us!
“I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustained me.” (Psalms 3.5)
Initiating the meeting:
Take to the class a sheet of plain paper written “FEAR” on it and write “NO FEAR” on the back. In this moment say: ‘When I show you this paper you will read it with me and stand still, nobody can move; when I turn over the paper and read what is on the back then you can move, ok?’. Show them the side with the word “FEAR” and see if they are all still, then show them the back “NO FEAR”. In today’s study we will see which results fear and courage bring to our lives.
“Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, Why are we sitting here until we die? If we say, ‘We will enter the city,’ the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. Now therefore, come, let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they keep us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall only die.” (2 Kings 7.3-4).
The word courage means: firmness, energy before danger, audacity and boldness. Meditating on the verse above we realize how brave these lepers were. They were at the entrance of Samaria where the people were suffering with hunger because the army of Syria had surrounded the city. With no perspective of life and condemned by the terrible disease, which was incurable at the time, they had nothing to lose. If they were sitting, they would die; and no use going to the city because the only place that had food was in the camp of the enemy and they went right there! What courage and faith, right?
How many people live passive before a problem? They would rather to accept the situation than take action. Even without physical conditions, the four lepers decided to face the situation and went to the camp. Once there, they found it completely empty. The Bible explains the motive: “…For the Lord had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and the noise of horses—the noise of a great army; so they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians to attack us!” (2 Kings 7.6).
How wonderful! While walking towards the camp, God manifested in a glorious way, and the supernatural was happening. The enemy army got scared leaving everything behind: “And when these lepers came to the outskirts of the camp, they went into one tent and ate and drank, and carried from it silver and gold and clothing, and went and hid them; then they came back and entered another tent, and carried some from there also, and went and hid it.” (2 Kings 7.8).
At that time the lepers remembered the people of Samaria and said: “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent. If we wait until morning light, some punishment will come upon us. Now therefore, come, let us go and tell the king’s household.” (2 Kings 7.9). Who would have known that the attitude of faith and courage from these despised lepers would bless an entire City? If they did not act, they would die along with those people. However, the four of them overcome their complexes and fears and changed that situation.
Teens, when we use our faith God blesses our relatives, and us just as He blessed those lepers and the people of Samaria. They were safe from hunger because God manifested Himself at the moment they had a brave attitude. In Psalm 3.5 it is written: “I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustained me.” When we trust God we live peacefully even before problems because we have nothing to fear about, for we know that God is with us!
Activity for the 1st Meeting
Find the following words in the table below: LEPERS, COURAGEOUS, HUNGER, FEAR, SAMARIA, SYRIANS, NOISE, GOD.