Friday, May 16, 2014

Lesson - The Tablets

VERSES:   Exodus 25-31

MEMORY VERSE:   Exodus 31:18   "...tables of stone, written with the finger of God."

BOOK TO REMEMBER:  Review all 39 books of the Old Testament. Do your students know how many books there are in the Old testament? (39) How about the New Testament books? (27) How about in all the entire Bible--how many books are there? (66) Since this is short lesson, the Bible teacher might want to review the books again. We will begin the New Testament books soon.

PRAYER:   Pray for our own health as well as for others who are sick or sad or going through hard times. God listens to our prayers.

SPECIAL SONG:   Read, Read Every Day (see February - Songs We Sing In Bible Class #1 on this blog.)

  • If you remember, last time we left Moses on top of the mountain for forty days and forty nights. During this time, God gave Moses many instructions concerning the priests, the tabernacle, and the special people who were going to help with their special talents. God was extremely specific when telling Moses how to make the tabernacle and how to make the priests' clothing among other things. He cared very much how everything was to be created and handled. He wanted things done His way and not the people's way. He chose the people He wanted to do certain jobs, He told Moses how He wanted them done, He chose the materials used, and He was particular in how they should be done.
  • God told Moses again that it was very important that the people rested on the Sabbath Day. He said that if anyone did any work on the Sabbath, that they would die. God always said what He meant and meant what He said.
  • At the end of saying all of these things to Moses on top of the mountain, God gave Moses two tablets of stones where He had written His laws. He wrote them with His own finger.(Ex. 31:18)
  • Next time, we will find out what happened to these two stones.
"Older Student" Tips:
  • Discuss the difference in the words "specific" and "generic."  God did not give "generic" commands concerning His laws that He gave to Moses. He was very "specific" in how all things should be created.  Examples:  candy/Snickers;  Man/Adam; Wood/Gopherwood; tree/tree of knowledge of good and evil.
ACTIVITY:   The Finger of God
Materials needed:  9" x 12" construction paper, scissors, pencil, marker or crayons.
  1. Hand out construction paper.
  2. Student points with their non-writing hand.
  3. Student traces their hand with a pencil.
  4. Outline hand with a marker or crayon.
  5. Cut out hand.
  6. Write "...tables of stone, written with the finger of God."  and "Exodus 31:18" on hand.