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Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: Lesson 42 “Samuel – God Heard”

Featured Passage: 1 Samuel 1-2

As 1 Samuel begins, we are introduced to a woman from the strange-sounding city called Ramathaimzophim! Her name was much easier to pronounce than her city! She was called Hannah.

Hannah was a faithful woman, and loved God. But God had not blessed her with the one thing that she desired most – a child. In time, Hannah and her husband travelled to Shiloh to offer sacrifices to God. As she prayed quietly, she began to weep, begging God to give her a child. If only He would bless her with a son, she prayed, she would dedicate the boy to serve God all his life. God heard the prayer of faithful Hannah, and fulfilled her request. Her son Samuel followed Hannah’s example of faithfulness and dedication to God, giving his life in service for decades to come.

Discuss:

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  • Hannah dedicated her son to God.  What does it mean to be dedicated to God?
  • Hannah named her son Samuel which means “God heard”. Why do you think Hannah chose that name for him?
  • Samuel lived and served in the tabernacle from the time he was very young. What do you think it would be like to grow up working in the Tabernacle of God?
  • Just as Samuel’s story shows, you’re never too young to serve and obey God. How can you be like Samuel today? 

Memory Challenge: 

1 Samuel 2:26

 And the child Samuel grew in stature, and in favor both with the Lord and men.


Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: Lesson 41 “Deborah and Barak Go to War”

Featured Passage: Judges 4:13-24; 5

As God instructed, Deborah and Barak prepared the army of Israel to fight against their enemies, the Canaanites. Sisera, the commander of the Canaanite army heard what the Israelites were doing, so he gathered together his own army—with 900 chariots of iron! He may have thought his chariots were prepared to meet the Israelites in battle, but He wasn’t ready to fight against God! God had a plan to stop those chariots—and they were stopped. They got stuck in the mud! Sisera, seeing the Israelites coming against his army leapt from his chariot and ran away on foot—right into a trap! 

 Discuss:

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  • The Canaanites had a superior army to the Israelites because they had chariots made of iron, which is a very strong kind of metal. Israel did not have iron weapons, so how were the Israelites able to win the battle against the Canaanites? 
  • How did God stop the chariots so that they got stuck in the mud? 
  • What happened to Sisera after he ran away from the battle? 
  • Who was the woman that Deborah was talking about when she told Barak “the Lord will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman”? Deborah mentions her in the song she sang with Barak after the battle. 

Memory Challenge:

Judges 5:31 

Thus let all Your enemies perish, O Lord! But let those who love Him be like the sun when it comes out in full strength. 


Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: Lesson 40 “Deborah Judges Israel”

Featured Passage: Judges 4:6-12

Israel had no king and the people were being treated harshly by their enemies the Canaanites. God told Deborah the judge that the time had come for deliverance and He had some special instructions for the Israelites. Deborah sent for a man named Barak who she knew would be able to prepare an army as God had instructed. The problem was, Barak did not want to go—unless Deborah came with him. So, together, Deborah and Barak went to gather an army for Israel in preparation for a battle that God Himself was planning. 

Discuss:

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  • Deborah was both a judge and a prophetess. There are several women besides Deborah mentioned as prophetesses in the Bible, including Miriam (Exodus 15:20), Isaiah’s wife (Isaiah 8:3), Huldah (2 Chronicles 34:22), and Anna (Luke 2:36). 
  • God reveals to a prophet or prophetess what He wants the people to know, and they have the responsibility to tell it to the people.  What instructions from God did Deborah pass on to Barak? 
  • God told Deborah He was planning to deliver Israel from their enemies the Canaanites if they followed His directions. What are some promises God gives us if we follow His directions? 
  • Why do you think Barak wanted Deborah to go with him to gather the army for battle? What did Deborah tell Barak would happen if she went with him? 

Memory Challenge: 

Judges 4:9

“So she said, ‘I will surely go with you; nevertheless there will be no glory for you in the journey you are taking, for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.’ Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: Lesson 39 “Deborah”

Featured Passage: Judges 4:1-5


A woman named Deborah lived in the foothills of Ephraim. The Bible tells us that she was a prophetess and married a man named Lapidoth. Deborah lived during a time when an evil Canaanite king named Jabin ruled in the land. He and his powerful army persecuted the Israelites. Deborah and her people longed for relief from their cruel enemies. 

Discuss:

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  • Deborah had faith in God and He gave her the help she needed to be a good judge. If we have faith, do you think God could use us to do amazing things? 
  • The people suffered greatly under the Canaanites. Why did God allow Israel to suffer? Remember, God promises that obeying Him brings blessings, but disobeying Him brings trouble (Deuteronomy 30:1520).
  • The Bible says that the evil king Jabin had 900 chariots made out of iron! The Israelites were crying out to God for help! Have you ever asked God for help when you were scared? How can we know He will help us? 

Memory Challenge:

Judges 4:4-5

Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, was judging Israel at that time. And she would sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the mountains of Ephraim. And the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.



Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: Lesson 38 “The Time of the Judges”

Featured Passage: Joshua 24 & Judges 1-3

Israel served God all the days of Joshua, and they continued to serve God under the elders who had been trained by Joshua. However, after Joshua and the elders he trained died, things quickly changed. They soon forgot all about God, and began to do their own thing. When they began to stop obeying God, one of the nearby nations would attack and oppress them. The Israelites would call out to God for help, and in His mercy He would soon send them a leader to save them. This happened again…and again…and again…and again…

Discuss:

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  • Joshua was a good and righteous leader. What is a leader? What does it mean to be a good leader?
  • During this time, Israel did not have a human king. Who was their king? 
  • In the book of Judges, we see that Israel was led by people called (of course!) judges!  What is a judge? 
  • God corrected the Israelites when they disobeyed him. Why did God correct them and why does He correct us? (Hebrews 12:6). 
  • Israel continued to make the same mistakes over and over – they didn’t learn from their mistakes. How can we avoid following their bad example…how can we learn from our mistakes?
  • How did God show his love and mercy for Israel during the period of the Judges?

Memory Challenge: 

Judges 2:18 “And when the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge…”



Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: Lesson 37 “Joshua’s Leadership in the Promised Land”

Featured Passage: Joshua 2-6


After Moses’ death, God selected Joshua to lead the children of Israel into their new homeland. But it would not be easy! The Canaanites lived there, and would not leave willingly, even though God had promised this land to the Israelites hundreds of years earlier. Joshua knew that God would fight for Israel, if necessary, to fulfill His promise. In Egypt God brought Pharaoh to his knees with plagues, forcing Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go. What miracles would God perform to help His people this time? How would He bring the Israelites into a land flowing with milk and honey? How would God help Israel now? 

Discuss:

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  • Israel fought many battles to go into the promised land, but who was the one who made sure they won against their enemies?
  • How did Joshua show loyalty to God? 
  • What were some of the miracles that God performed for the Israelites as they came into the land of Canaan?
  • Joshua set a good example as Israel’s leader. What are some things we can do to set a good example for others?

Memory Challenge: 

Joshua 6:27 

So the LORD was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout all the country.




Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: Lesson 36 “Joshua Becomes Israel’s Leader”

Featured Passage: Deuteronomy 31 – Joshua 1

The children of Israel refused to go up to the Promised Land as God had told them. Because of their disobedience, God caused Israel to wander in the wilderness for 40 years. All the adults of that generation died in the wilderness except for Joshua and Caleb. After a long and productive life, it was time for Moses to die. God selected Joshua to be Israel’s next leader and gave him some very important instructions. 

Discuss:

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  • Why did God allow Joshua and Caleb to survive the 40 years in the wilderness?
  • Joshua had served Moses for more than 40 years, before assuming his role as the new leader of Israel. What are you learning today that will help you be a better leader in the future?
  • God always has a work for His people to do. Joshua’s mission was to lead the children of Israel into Israel, with God’s guidance. What is our mission today? 
  • God inspired Moses to challenge Joshua to be strong and courageous. In what ways do you show strength and courage?

Memory Challenge: 

Joshua 1:9 

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.



Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: Lesson 35 “Joshua’s Faithfulness in the Wilderness”

Featured Passage: Numbers 13-14

Israel tested God over and over again while in the wilderness. They were constantly complaining and often refused to obey God. However, Joshua had a different attitude. When the Israelites reached the entrance to the promised land Moses selected one man from each tribe to secretly go into Canaan and spy out the land. Joshua was selected from the tribe of Ephraim. The twelve men were to report back on what they saw. Was the land truly flowing with milk and honey? Were there big walls around the cities? The Israelites waited expectantly to hear what the spies would say. 

Discuss:

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  • Why was Joshua selected to be one of the spies? 
  • Did the spies find a truly rich land just as God had said? How did they describe it?
  • Why did the spies demand that Moses take them back to Egypt?
  • Of the twelve men sent to spy out the land of Canaan, only Joshua and Caleb brought back a good report. Why was their report different from the other men?
  • Joshua and Caleb were faithful to God even when everyone else wanted to give up. How did God bless them for trusting in Him? 
  •  God always blesses and rewards those who are faithful to Him. How can we show faithfulness to God?

Memory Challenge:

Numbers 14:6–7

But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land.”



Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: Lesson 34 “Joshua in Training”

Featured Passages: Exodus 17, 24, 32

In the tribe of Ephraim, there was a man named Nun who had a son named Hoshea, whom Moses called Joshua (Numbers 13:16). Joshua was a slave in Egypt when God sent Moses to deliver Israel from bondage. Joshua and his family left Egypt with more than two million other Israelites as Moses led them toward the Promised Land. Moses saw potential in Joshua to be a good leader, and God began to use Joshua in His service. What did the future hold for this young man? In the book of Exodus we begin to uncover the beginning of Joshua’s adventures. 

Discuss:

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  • Joshua went from being a slave to commanding the armies of Israel in a very short period of time. How does having a relationship with God help us to be successful in our lives?
  • Joshua was with the elders when they ate before God. He was with Moses on the mountain for forty days when Moses received the Ten Commandments. What lessons do you think Joshua was learning from these opportunities?
  • Joshua served Moses, but he also developed a personal relationship with God. What can you do to help you be closer to God? 
  • How do you think Joshua’s service to Moses was preparing him to be a good leader?

Memory Challenge: 

Exodus 24:13

“So Moses arose with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up to the mountain of God.”



Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: Lesson 33 “Joseph Saves Israel”

Featured Passage: Genesis 37-50

 Jacob had twelve sons, but Joseph was his favorite. Seeing the special treatment he received from his father, Joseph’s older brothers became very jealous of him. They were also annoyed that Joseph would tell their father what they were doing, and would bother them by talking about his crazy dreams. One day, when they saw him coming, they decided to get rid of him for good and sold him to some traders as a slave. They thought they would never have to see or hear from him again. How wrong they were! Joseph ended up being taken down to Egypt and sold to an officer of Pharaoh named Potiphar. This was only the beginning of Joseph’s adventures, and as time went by, God began to work out his special purpose for Joseph. Little did his brothers know that Joseph’s dreams were about to be fulfilled in a way they would never have imagined. 

Discuss:

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  • God was with Joseph throughout his trials. How do you think Joseph was able to stay close to God even when things got tough?
  • What was the important position that Joseph had in Egypt under Pharaoh?
  • God used Joseph to save many people in the area from starvation, including the Israelites and the Egyptians. What was Joseph’s plan to make sure that the people didn’t go hungry during the seven years of famine?
  • Jacob blessed each of his sons near the end of his life. Joseph, who was the firstborn son of Rachel, was given a double portion and Ephraim and Manasseh (Joseph’s sons) were given an inheritance with Israel’s sons.

Memory Challenge: 

Genesis 45:8

“So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.”