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Children’s Bible Lessons – Level 3: Lesson 10 “”From Abram to Abraham: Promises of Blessings”

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Read Together: Abram left Haran and headed for Canaan at 75 years of age. The life that God had called him to was filled with adventure. Sarai was Abram’s wife. Because of Sarai’s beauty, Abram found himself in trouble with the Pharaoh of Egypt and later with Abimelech king of Gerar. But God intervened to save them. When Abram’s nephew Lot was kidnapped in a war, Abram put together an army from his own servants and rescued Lot. Throughout life’s adventures, Abram never lost sight of what was important. He obeyed God and walked with Him. God promised that Abram’s children would be greatly blessed, but Abram asked God how the promises could be fulfilled when he had no heirs. At the age of 99, God again appeared to Abram and promised that he would be a father of many nations. God changed Abram’s name to Abraham to reflect His promise. He also changed Sarai’s name to Sarah. God let Abraham know that Ishmael, Abram’s son through Hagar, was not the promised heir and that he and Sarah would have a son whose name would be Isaac. Isaac would be the son of promise, because God promised that he would be born.

Read Together: Genesis 12:1–20; 14:1–24; 17:1–27; Galatians 3:29

Discuss:

  • Talk with your child about some of Abraham’s adventures. God delivered him from them all. Remind them that nothing is too difficult for God!
  • Explain that God always keeps His promises, though sometimes we have to wait for a long time. He teaches us patience. Explain that Abraham and Sarah learned patience by waiting a long time to have their son, Isaac.
  • Explain to your child that true Christians, no matter what race they are, are considered by God to be Abraham’s spiritual children because they obey God just as he obeyed God.

Review memorization:

Galatians 3:29 “And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

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Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 9 “Abram”

Read Together: After the flood, the earth began to be repopulated by Noah’s sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Abram was born 292 years after the flood, the youngest son of Terah, who was of Shem’s lineage. An interesting fact is that Noah and Shem were still alive during Abram’s lifetime. Abram was born in the city of Ur. He married his half-sister Sarai. His father Terah left Ur for Canaan and took his family, including Abram, with him. They stopped in Haran where Terah died, and perhaps Abram would have remained there. However, God spoke to Abram and told him to leave his family and go to an undisclosed place. God promised to make Abram a great nation and his name great. He promised to bless those who blessed Abram and curse those who cursed him, and that all nations would be blessed through his seed. Abram believed God, and without hesitation, he left Haran.

 

Read Together: Genesis 11:1032; 12:14; Hebrews 11:810.

Discuss:

  • Explain to your child that marriage between relatives was common in the earlier years after the flood. Remember, everyone was closely related initially. However, God forbade such relationships later (Leviticus 18:618).
  • Point out that God’s promises to Abram were conditional. He first had to obey God.  Remind them that obedience must always come first.
  • Abram was already quite wealthy; he had servants and animals. He was comfortable where he was. Ask your child if they could see themselves leaving the comfort of home to embrace the unknown? Point out that Abram had a very difficult choice to make, but he did it without hesitation.
  • Explain that the promise to bless all nations through his seed is stating that the Messiah would come from Abram’s lineage. Clearly God taught Abram the gospel of the Kingdom of God.

Review memorization:

Genesis 18:19 “For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice, that the LORD may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.”

 

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Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 8 “The Two Trees”

Read Together: God created the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, and placed them in a beautiful garden filled with beautiful plants and trees. However, God placed two trees that had special significance in the midst of the garden, and He gave Adam special instructions about them. The name of one tree was the tree of life and the name of the other was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God told Adam that he could eat of the tree of life, but he was not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because in the day he ate of it, he would die. The instructions about the trees and the consequences for disobedience were clearly stated. God gave mankind free will to choose, but He wants us to choose to do as He says. The two trees were used to test whether mankind would obey God.

Read Together: Genesis 2:89, 1617, 2123, 3:16; 1 John 2:16

Discuss:

  • Remind your child that these were literal trees in a literal garden even though they symbolized choosing the way that leads to life or the way to death.
  • Discuss the implications for the way of “knowledge of good and evil”. How do we see “good and evil” played out in our society today?
  • Examine Eve’s excuse for disobeying God. Note how the lust of the eyes and the pride of life played a part in her decision.
  • God often tests His people with trying or tempting situations. Ask your child why they think God does this. Be sure to inject that making choices builds character.
  • Discuss the two trees – that there are always two choices, God’s way and the wrong way. Note that both trees looked good but only one was good.

Review memorization

Deuteronomy 30:1920 “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days….”

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Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 7 “The Creation of Mankind”

Read Together: God restored the earth creating the perfect environment for mankind. God always starts things out small, so He created one man, Adam, as the beginning of His family. God made Adam from the dust of the earth to look like Him and breathed life into him. God placed Adam in Eden, a beautiful garden created just for him, and told him to maintain the garden. Every beautiful tree and seed-bearing plant was in Eden. It was a beautiful beginning for mankind. Contrary to what evolutionists teach, God created a literal Adam and Eve who were placed in a physical garden, and from these two human beings came all the people who have ever lived.

Read Together: Genesis 2:48, 15, 1920.

Discuss:

  • Help your child understand that Adam was the beginning of God’s plan to have a family.
  • Ask your child what job God gave to Adam.
  • Talk about the beautiful garden and the animals.
  • Ask your child what kind of animal they would like for a pet if it were possible. (Use this as an opportunity to talk about the wonderful world tomorrow.)
  • Talk about the close bond and loving relationship that Adam had with God.

Review memorization:

Genesis 1:27  “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”


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Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 6 “The Re-Creation: Days 1-7”

Read Together: Genesis 1:1 describes God creating everything in the visible universe. He created everything in a harmonious and beautiful state. But Genesis 1:2 describes the earth as a very hostile and uninhabitable place. So, what happened between verses 1 and 2? This is a period of time, possibly millions of years. During this time Lucifer rebelled against God, and his name was changed to Satan. The destruction on the earth was a result of Satan’s war with God. The seven days of re-creation was God “cleaning up” the mess! Thankfully, God rehabilitated the earth, making it suitable for human life again. He restored the earth’s beautiful atmosphere, He made the land appear, He caused the plants to grow, created the birds and fish, and finally, land animals and the first humans. Then, God created the Sabbath on the seventh day of creation by resting in it, setting mankind an example to do the same.

 

Read Together: Genesis 1:12:3; Psalm 104:59, 30; Isaiah 45:18

 

Discuss:

  • Explain that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” in Genesis 1:1 is referring to God creating the physical universe in a state of beauty and harmony.
  • Explain that “create” in Genesis 1:1 literally means “create” (out of nothing).
  • Help your child grasp that a lot of time could have transpired between verses 1 and 2 of Genesis.
  • Explain that when Genesis 1:2 says the heavens and the earth were in a state of destruction and chaos, it means they “became” that way because of Satan’s rebellion.
  • The word “was” in Genesis 1:2 comes from the Hebrew word meaning “to become, to come to pass.”
  • The words “without form and void” in Genesis 1:2 come from Hebrew words meaning in a state of confusion or emptiness.
  • Isaiah 45:18 says God “did not create (the earth) in vain” (in a state of confusion or emptiness) so it had to become that way.
  • Explain that after Satan’s rebellion damaged the surface of the earth, God “renewed it” (Psalm 104:30) in the “re-creation week” to make it habitable for human beings.
  • Ask your child why God re-created the surface of the earth. Remind him/her of the importance of the human family to God.

 

 Printable PDF – L3.6

 

 

Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 5 “Satan’s Rebellion”

Read Together: Lucifer was created by God as a powerful archangel with great responsibilities. However, he allowed pride and vanity to pervert his thoughts and actions. Lucifer began to believe that he knew better than God and that his way of competition and get was better than God’s way of cooperation and love. He devised a plan to try to overthrow God. He convinced about one-third of the angels to rebel with him to take over God’s throne. Lucifer wanted God’s job! Of course, the created being was not more powerful than his Creator. God threw Lucifer and his angels back to the earth. God names things what they are, so when he rebelled, God changed Lucifer’s name to Satan, which means adversary or enemy, and Satan’s angels He called demons.

 

Read Together: Isa. 14:1214; Ezek. 28:1517; Luke 10:18; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6; Rev. 12:79; 20:13,10.

 

Discuss:

  • Help your child to prove that the law existed before Moses. Have them read 1 John 3:4 KJV and 2 Peter 2:4 and guide them in their conclusions.
  • Explain that we have nothing to fear from Satan because God is in charge and Satan can do nothing to us without God’s permission.
  • Explain that everyone will be given a chance to be in God’s family and that only those who willfully reject God will be burned up in the lake of fire (Mal. 4:1, 3).  No human being will spend eternity burning in hell fire.

Review memorization:

Hebrews 1:1314  “But to which of the angels has He ever said: ‘Sit at my right hand till I make your enemies your footstool?’ Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister to those who will inherit salvation?”

Printable PDF – L3.5

Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 4 “God Creates the Universe”

Read Together: There was a time when there was only God – two Beings that included God and the Word. God purposed to expand His family. He first created other spirit beings, including angels. Afterwards, God began to create the physical universe; at the instant the universe came into existence, time began. God’s creative ability is truly amazing! The whole universe, everything seen and unseen, was created in preparation for the future sons and daughters of God Almighty.

Read Together: Gen. 1:1; John 1:13; Job 38:47; Heb. 1:10, 1314; Rom. 8:19.

 

 

Discuss:

  • Make these verses “come alive” by asking your child questions about what it must have been like before God and Jesus Christ (the Word) created anything.
  • Explain that Jesus had a different name to begin with (the “Word”) and that He later was born as God’s Son and was given a new name, Jesus.
  • Talk about how God and the Word wanted a family and built a creation for them to enjoy. Originally, it was just the two of them – the Father and the Word – and they wanted a much bigger family.
  • Help your child understand that God is the creator and that only God can create, i.e., make something from nothing.
  • Explain that God created the angels before creating the physical universe.
  • Ask your child what things in God’s creation they enjoy the most. Help him/her understand, in a simple way, God created all of these things for us!

Review Memorization:

Isaiah 45:18  “For thus says the LORD, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: ‘I am the LORD, and there is no other.’”

Printable PDF – L3.4

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Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 3 “God Creates Angels”

Read Together: God is the Creator of all things, spirit and material. Before He made the sun, planets and stars, God created the angelic host. Angels are individually created, brilliant, powerful spirit beings with purposes and free will to exercise their intent. God made millions, and perhaps billions, of angels. They were created prior to the physical universe to assist in the work of building, governing, and managing that which was to be created.[1]  Angels were designed to be on a lower plane than God, with power and intellect superior to human beings. The angelic realm is very real, even though we cannot perceive it with our natural senses. Their primary job at this time is to minister to us, the future sons and daughters of God.

 

Read Together: Job 38:4–7; Psalm 91:11; 104:4; Colossians 1:15–16; Hebrews 1:13–14; 2 Peter 2:11; Revelation 4:1–11; 5:11 [2]

 

Discuss:

  • Remind your child that everything God creates is beautiful, and though some of the spirit beings described may seem different to the human mind, they have their own special beauty.
  • Discuss God’s throne room. Can he/she identify anything at God’s throne that we have a copy of here on earth? Explain that many of the things we have on earth are physical copies of things in heaven.
  • Explain that “sons of God” in the Bible most often refers to human beings, but sometimes can refer to angels that were created by God [Job 38:7].

Review Memorization:

Hebrews 1:13-14.  “But to which of the angels has He ever said: ‘Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool’? Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?

 

 

[1] Herbert W. Armstrong. Mystery of the Ages. (New York: Dodd, Mead, & Company, 1985) 61.
[2] Parents may wish to read Mystery of the Ages, “Mystery of Angels and Evil Spirits”, in preparation for discussion.

 

Printable PDF – L3.3

Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 2 “How Can I Know that God Exists?”

Read Together: God wants us to have faith, but our faith is not blind. We are admonished to prove all things, and there is evidence to support God’s existence. We will cover only a few ways we can know God exists here. First of all, God says that the creation declares His glory and that we can know Him through it. The complexity of even a “simple” cell requires that there is an intelligent Designer. The presence of a creation demands that there be a Creator. Another proof of God’s existence is fulfilled prophecy. Only God can say what will happen thousands of years in advance. Answered prayer is a personal way to prove God is real. God wants His children to talk with Him in prayer. Pray to God in faith according to His will, and your answered prayer will give you solid proof that God exists.

 

 

Read Together: Psalm 19:1; Isaiah 40:12, 18, 21–22, 25-26; Matthew 21:22; Romans 1:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:21, 16–17; Hebrews 11:1–3; James 1:5-6; 1 John 5:14–15.

 

Discuss:

  • Help your child to understand that it is okay to have questions and that God has the answers.
  • Ask why he or she thinks most people do not want to believe God is the Creator. Guide the conversation to show the human mind is normally hostile toward God and does not want to obey Him (Romans 8:7).
  • Have a conversation about prayer. Cite some personal examples of your prayers that God answered. Encourage your child to develop a personal relationship with God through prayer.

 

Review Memorization:

Isa. 46:9-10 “Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure.’”

 Printable PDF – L3.2

Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 1″The God Kingdom”

Read Together: The plant, animal, and human kingdoms are classifications of living things in our material world. The spirit world also has living beings, and the angelic kingdom has different classifications of angels. However, there is one Kingdom above all others, material or spiritual: the God Kingdom. God is on a level of existence that is hard for humans to understand. God is self-existing and eternal. God was, He is, and He always will be. God is the Creator of all things, spirit and material, therefore, God is above all things. God is not bound by physical laws, time, or space because God created these things and controls them all. This is why God could keep the sun from going down for Joshua and turn the sun back ten degrees for Hezekiah. This is why Jesus Christ could walk on water and calm the roaring sea. The good news is that the God Kingdom is a family, and every human being who has ever lived has the potential to be a member. You were born to be part of the family of God!

 

Read Together:  Revelation 1:8; Colossians 1:15–16; Psalm 103:19; Hebrews 1:1–3; Joshua 10:11–14; 2 Kings 20:10–11; Matthew 14:25–33; Mark 4:37–41; Revelation 21:7; 2 Corinthians 6:18; 1 John 3:1–3.

 

Discuss:

  • Talk with your child about the greatness of God, His power and majesty. State examples and ask him/her to give examples as well.
  • Discuss the fact that God is not bound by the laws of physics (like gravity, magnetism, movement of planets, etc.), which means He can do miraculous things. Discuss some miracles mentioned in the Bible that defy physical laws.
  • Explain that God is offering us eternal life in His family as His sons and daughters. We will be members of the God Family (1 John 3:2).
  • Our inheritance is the entire universe. Perhaps everyone will have his or her own galaxy. Ask what your child would do to inherit the universe. What on earth is worth giving up eternity? Nothing!

 

Review memorization:

Colossians 1:16-17 “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.”

Printable PDF – L3.1