Beulah Land: Exodus, Part II
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. Exodus 20:2
Summary: The Exodus story picks up this week with God’s provision in the desert. Moses goes to receive the commandments from God, but comes back to find the Israelites have built a golden calf to worship! Even though they Israelites sinned, God forgave them and gave them a chance to receive the commandments again — and to put them in a special place signifying that He was near them. The story ends with Joshua leading God’s people into the land He promised Abraham.
Wondering: I wonder what the Israelites thought about the desert? I wonder what manna tasted like? I wonder what part of this story is most important? I wonder why the Israelites built something else to worship? I wonder why God decided to forgive the Israelites?
Family Followup: See if you can remember the 10 Commandment hand signals we learned in the downstairs worship service. Practice those with your child to memorize the 10 Commandments.
Hymn of the Month: This month’s song is the DOXOLOGY. Find the song HERE to practice at home!
Godly Play I: Ark and the Tent
I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God. Exodus 29:45
Summary: This week’s lesson focuses on the presence of God with the Israelites. God would not leave His people as they wandered nor as they entered the Promise Land. But how will He make his presence known? The Israelites were afraid to approach him at Mt. Sinai, but He is also too holy to be addressed in an ordinary way. Your children will discuss the way God commanded Moses and the Israelites to set up the tabernacle in order to have His presence. An important phrase repeated in this lesson is, “God made a way for the people to come near.”
Wondering: I wonder what we do to prepare to hear from God? How do we “‘get ready” to listen to God? I wonder what is different between us and the Israelites? I wonder how God makes a way for the people to come near? I wonder how He makes a way for us to come close to Him?
Family Followup: Look up pictures of the Ark and tent! Talk about how God comes so close to us that He gave us Jesus and sent His Spirit to dwell in us. Bless your children each night as they go to bed with the Aaronic blessing from Numbers 6:24-26: The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Godly Play II: Isaiah
Answer me, Oh Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again. Kings 18:37
Note: This is our third week studying a prophet in GP II. Isaiah thru Malachi are sometimes referred to as the “latter prophets”. The prophetic books are also divided into “major prophets” (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel) and “minor prophets” (Hosea through Malachi). The term “major” and “minor” simply refer to the length of writings and have no bearing on level of importance!
Summary: This week’s story is about the prophet Isaiah. It will cover the entire book, highlighting some particular prophesies. God sent messages through him to warn the people of judgment through exile and assure them of future restoration after the exile. Like all prophets, we see Christ anticipated. One way we see this in Isaiah is with “respect to Isaiah’s servant motif” (Reformation Study Bible). Jesus fulfilled several of these including being a light to the Gentiles (49:1-7), by bringing justice to the nations (42:1-4) and take away the sins of the elect (52:13-53:12).
Wondering: I wonder what it was like to be Isaiah? I wonder why he was afraid when he saw God and thought he was not good enough to be near God? I wonder what it was like for Isaiah to know about the future exile? I wonder why he told people to make a garment of splendor to go back home in?
Family Followup: We now have a Prophet Flashcard game for you to take home! This is a game some of our RMC Kids ministry team members created based off the specific stories we are using this year in Godly Play. One side has an image that correlates with one we use to tell the Godly Play story. The other side has the name of the prophet, what the image is, and the chapter where the passage can be found. Your child can get a point for each one they name (so up to 3 points per card). Or you can just use it to review and not get points. This is a great way for everyone to memorize some of the prophet content. It will not cover everything, but is a good start!
I am including a few blank cards for your child to create a prophet card or two of their own if they can remember other parts of a prophet’s story! If they do, let me know and I’d love to include it in next year’s Prophet Flashcard game.