God’s Spring Festivals – Part 2: Feast of Unleavened Bread

Artist: James Mitchell – Kingston, Jamaica

The second festival on God’s Holy Day calendar

that immediately follows the Passover is the Feast of Unleavened Bread. This festival is also often called the Days of Unleavened Bread as it goes for seven days. Just like Passover, the Days of Unleavened Bread remind us of events that happened in the past. This festival reminds us of the events in Exodus, when God brought the Children of Israel out of Egypt, yet these special days are meant to teach us some important spiritual lessons as well. What does God want us to learn from this Feast of Unleavened Bread that will help prepare us to be in His family? Wait and see!


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God’s Spring Festivals – Part 1: Passover

Artist: James Mitchell – Kingston, Jamaica

“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

‘Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: “The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.”’” (Leviticus 23:1-2). In that incredible moment, God announced that He wanted His people to keep His feasts and to keep them every single year! Through these special feasts, or holy days, He wanted to teach His people the wonderful and exciting plan He has for every human being that has ever lived! Each year, God’s feasts give us time to reflect on God’s plans while also giving us a reason to celebrate! God set up the feast calendar so the first feasts in His plan happen in the springtime. Like the season of spring where the flowers and trees begin to grow again after a long, cold winter, God knew it would be the perfect time to begin a perfect plan. 


How it works:

This Study Guide is written for the purpose of helping parents teach their children vital Biblical topics in a focused, easy-to-follow format. Each section is not meant to be taught in one lesson, rather the topics are organized so parents can choose specific areas of focus and gear lessons toward the learning styles and ages of their children. Each topic is presented in a straightforward manner with accompanying verses for study. The main study should always come from the Scripture itself, while these lessons can act as a guide for reading passages from the Bible. Each lesson packet includes memory verses, questions for meaningful discussion, and activities (added at the end of the packet). Also, though some things may be labeled as Level 1, 2, or 3, the activities, questions, and scriptures for memorizing can be used to fit the needs and learning levels for children of all ages. Enjoy!


Programa Bíblico para Niños – Nivel 3: Lección 15 “Dios declara los Diez Mandamientos”

Pasajes Destacados: Éxodo 19:12–25; 20:1–26


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Los hijos de Israel se prepararon por tres días para venir ante Dios. Cuando Dios se acercó a la montaña, hubo truenos y rayos; la montaña tembló y el suelo donde ellos estaban parados se sacudió. ¡Hubo un despliegue impresionante del poder de Dios conforme Él descendía a la montaña! Y el pueblo observaba el estruendo y los relámpagos y temblaron. La cima de la montaña parecía estar en llamas mientras Dios declaraba los Diez Mandamientos con voz de trueno. El despliegue era para mostrar a los israelitas cuán poderoso era Dios, y para que lo recordaran y lo obedecieran. Los israelitas estaban tan abrumados por el poder de Dios que suplicaron a Moisés que pidiera a Dios que ya no les hablara directamente, porque temían por sus vidas. Dios pidió a los israelitas que guardaran los Diez Mandamientos, y ellos estuvieron de acuerdo.

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Discusión:

  1. Explique a sus hijos que los Diez Mandamientos continúan vigentes (Mateo 5:17-18).
  2. ¿Por qué es importante el mandamiento de guardar el día de reposo o sábado?
  3. Explique que los Diez Mandamientos fueron dados por Dios para nuestro bien y no son una carga (1 Juan 5:3).
  4. Discuta las repercusiones positivas de guardar los Diez Mandamientos. ¿Cómo sería el mundo si nadie mintiera o si nadie tomara lo que no le pertenece? ¿Cómo se transformaría el mundo si todos pusieran a Dios primero y lo amaran?
  5. Discuta la relación entre la obediencia a los Diez Mandamientos y la paz que la humanidad desea. Ayude a sus hijos a comprender que el quebrantar las leyes de Dios es lo que conduce a la infelicidad que experimenta la humanidad. Use un ejemplo como robar o mentir para demostrar esto.
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Para Memorizar:

Éxodo 20: 1–17

Los Diez Mandamientos (El texto completo y sin resumir).


Programa Bíblico para Niños – Nivel 1: Lección 15 “Noé, el arca y el Diluvio”

Pasajes Destacados: Génesis 6:13–22; 7:1–20; 2 Pedro 2:5


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Siguiendo las instrucciones de Dios, Noé inmediatamente comenzó a construir un arca para salvar de la destrucción a su familia y a los animales terrestres. Noé debió haber trabajado en la construcción del arca por muchos años y es posible que la gente se burlara de él por construir un barco en tierra firme mientras les decía a las personas que se arrepintieran de sus pecados. Al final, solo ocho personas entraron en el arca: Noé y sus hijos Sem, Cam y Jafet y las esposas de todos ellos. Dios envió siete parejas de cada animal limpio al arca, machos y hembras, para que pudieran preservar sus vidas. También envió dos de cada animal inmundo, un macho y una hembra, así como siete parejas de aves, machos y hembras. Después de que Noé, su familia y todos los animales estuvieron adentro, Dios selló la puerta del arca. A los siete días comenzó a llover. Las aguas de debajo de la tierra brotaron y la lluvia del cielo fue derramada ¡durante cuarenta días y cuarenta noches! El agua subió tanto ¡que cubrió las montañas! Solo los del arca sobrevivieron.

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Discusión:

  1. Pregunte a sus hijos por qué Dios destruyó todos los animales terrestres, aves y seres humanos. Pregunte por qué Dios salvó a Noé y a su familia.
  2. Pregunte a sus hijos cuántas personas estaban a bordo del arca y quiénes eran.
  3. Explique a sus hijos que durante el tiempo en que estaba construyendo el arca, Noé estaba advirtiendo la gente sobre el Diluvio que vendría. Dios les estaba dando la oportunidad de arrepentirse y salvarse. Enfatice la misericordia de Dios al querer que las personas sean salvas.
  4. Explique a sus hijos qué hace a los animales “limpios” o “inmundos”. ¿Por qué Dios le dijo a Noé que metiera al arca más animales limpios que inmundos? Quizá usted desee utilizar esto como una oportunidad para hablar sobre las leyes de los alimentos escritas en Levítico.
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Para Memorizar:

2 Pedro 2:5

“[Dios] no perdonó al mundo antiguo, sino que guardó a Noé, pregonero de justicia, con otras siete personas, trayendo el diluvio sobre el mundo de los impíos“.


Programa Bíblico para Niños – Nivel 2: Lección 15 “La Torre de Babel”

Pasajes Destacados: Génesis 11:1–9


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La ciudad de Babel fue el comienzo del imperio de Nimrod y el comienzo del intento postdiluviano de la humanidad de gobernarse a sí misma olvidándose del verdadero Dios. En su rebeldía, Nimrod lideró a la gente en la construcción de una torre muy alta, por lo que Dios decidió confundir el lenguaje de las personas, quienes al no poderse comunicar claramente, tuvieron que dejar de construir la torre. La palabra “Babel” en sí misma significa confusión, y te puedes imaginar el caos que ocurrió cuando Dios confundió los idiomas. Solo podían entenderse aquellos que hablaban el mismo idioma, ya que Dios dividió los idiomas conforme a las líneas familiares. Así fue como se agruparon por familias y comenzaron a establecerse en sus propios territorios como Dios había querido que lo hicieran desde el principio. La Torre de Babel nunca se completó, pero la actitud de rebelión de la humanidad contra Dios continúa hasta nuestros días.

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Discusión:

  1. Pregunte qué hizo la gente de Babel para mostrar su desafío a Dios.
  2. Pida a sus hijos que imaginen estar trabajando en una tarea en grupo cuando de repente no pudieran entender nada de lo que decían otros miembros del equipo. ¿Serían capaces de trabajar juntos en equipo? Esta es la misma situación que ocurrió en Babel cuando Dios confundió los idiomas.
  3. Señale a sus hijos que Dios quiere que las personas se comuniquen y se entiendan unas a otras. Es por eso que restaurará un lenguaje puro para toda la humanidad en el Milenio (Sofonías 3:9).
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Para Memorizar:

Génesis 11:9

“Por esto fue llamado el nombre de ella Babel, porque allí confundió el Eterno el lenguaje de toda la Tierra, y desde allí los esparció sobre la faz de toda la Tierra”.


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: NT Lesson 14 “Peter’s Message”

Featured Passage: Acts 2


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Jerusalem was bursting at the seams with Jews from throughout the world. They had come for one of the pilgrimage festivals, the Feast of Pentecost. Jesus told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem to receive power from on high. They were to receive the Holy Spirit. When the day of Pentecost came, through an amazing miracle, Christ’s followers received the Holy Spirit. With this gift they immediately began to fulfill the commission Jesus Christ had given them – to preach the Gospel to all nations.

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Discuss:

  1. What happened as soon as the disciples received the Holy Spirit?
  2. Can you name some of the nationalities of the people who were in Jerusalem? What language did each person hear spoken?
  3. What prophecy did Peter say was being fulfilled when the disciples received God’s spirit? 
  4. What did Peter talk about in his sermon? How did the people respond when they realized that they had murdered the Christ? What did Peter tell them they needed to do? 
  5. What type of attitude did the brethren have toward one another at that time? How did they express this?
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Memory Challenge:

Acts 4:29-30

“Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: NT Lesson 14 “The Lost Sheep”

Featured Passage: Luke 15


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Wherever Jesus went, people of all kinds followed Him to hear Him speak and to see His miracles. Many of them were poor or sick, but there were others who were rich and important – they all wanted to hear what Jesus had to say. One day, a group of tax collectors and sinners came to hear Him. The Jewish leaders were upset. They didn’t want Jesus to spend time teaching those kinds of people. They thought it was a waste of time. Then Jesus told them a story – it was a parable. He was explaining why He chose to teach and help the people who mostly everyone else didn’t seem to like.

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Discuss:

  1. What is a parable? (If you have a dictionary, look up the word, or you can go to dictionary.com online to find the meaning)
  2. Who does the shepherd in Jesus’ story about the lost sheep represent?
  3. What happens to the sheep in the parable? 
  4. Why do you think Jesus told this parable to the Jewish leaders? 
  5. How does God feel about all the people in the world? How does God feel when someone repents?
  6. What are some ways we can show love to other people? What about people who don’t understand God’s way?
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Memory Challenge:

Mark 16:15-18

Luke 15:7 

“I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: NT Lesson 14 “The Church Begins”

Featured Passage: Acts 2-7


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Before Jesus ascended into heaven He had told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they received the power of the Holy Spirit. The Feast of Pentecost had come and many people were in Jerusalem to keep it. The disciples were gathered together in a house to keep this Holy Day. As they were meeting suddenly they heard sounds like a mighty wind and something extraordinary happened!

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Discuss:

  1. What happened when the disciples heard the mighty wind? 
  2. What does it mean to speak in tongues?
  3. At the end of his message, what did Peter tell the people to do? How many people were baptized that day?
  4. What miracle happened when Peter and John went up to the temple? 
  5. Why do you think the Jewish leaders didn’t want Peter and John to preach in Jesus’ name? What happened after they told them not to?
  6. Why do you think Ananias and Sapphira lied about the money they were giving? What happened to them?
  7. Why was the office of deacon created? Who were the first deacons?
  8. What was Stephen accused of when he was arrested? Why do you think the Jews were so angry with Stephen after he spoke?
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Memory Challenge:

Acts 2:38 

“Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: NT Lesson 13 “The Great Commission”

Featured Passage: Mark 16


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While Jesus Christ lived on earth as a human being, during His ministry He served and taught people everywhere He went. What was He teaching? The good news of the coming Kingdom of God (aka: the Gospel). As He taught the people about the wonderful truth of God, though they did not fully understand it at the time, Jesus was training His disciples for a very important, and urgent mission. After His resurrection, Christ told the disciples that He needed to return to His Father, but first He had to give them the instructions for the mission.

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Discuss:

  1. What mission did Jesus give to the disciples? How was this mission a continuation of Jesus’ ministry? 
  2. What are the signs that Jesus said would be with those who believe? What do you think is the purpose of the signs?
  3. Is the mission over? When does God say the mission will be over? Who is responsible to carry out the instructions of Jesus Christ today? What responsibilities do you have in the mission?
  4. What are the main topics of the Gospel? If you were to explain to someone what the gospel of the Kingdom is, what would you say?
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Memory Challenge:

Mark 16:15-18

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: NT Lesson 13 “A New Apostle”

Featured Passage: Acts 1


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Jesus had died, but now He was alive!  For forty days after He was resurrected Jesus Christ had been seen by different people – He talked, walked, and ate with them. Jesus showed the people that death had no power over Him and gave them hope in resurrection from the dead for all human beings who choose to follow God. Soon it was time for Jesus to return to His Father in heaven. The disciples gathered together to receive final instructions from the Lord.

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Discuss:

  1. What did Jesus tell the disciples they were to do once they received the Holy Spirit?
  2. How many apostles were there at this time? Why do you think it was important for there to be twelve apostles?
  3. What were some characteristics the apostles looked for in selecting a new apostle? Who were the two men between whom the choice would be made? 
  4. How did they choose between the two? 
  5. Who was selected to replace Judas? What will be his reward in the kingdom (Matthew 19:28)?
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Memory Challenge:

Acts 1:8

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”