Week 6

Gifts for the Tabernacle (Exodus 35-36)

Big Ideas – Our caring Creator provides all that we need for this body and life. More than that, He has provided all that is needed for us to have eternal life – our Saviour Jesus. We, God’s children, respond to such great love with thanks and praise as we worship Him.

 

As God led His people through the wilderness on the way to the Promised Land, they faced many trials. God was always there to care for them and protect them. Even when they grumbled and complained along the way, God remained steadfast to His promise. Often there were consequences that the people had to face for their actions. However God’s forgiving love was always present. It was after one of their most serious breaches of God’s commandments that our lesson for this week takes place.

 

After experiencing God’s forgiveness once again, the people responded with grateful hearts. They brought gifts and offerings for the tabernacle. The tabernacle was the “tent church” that God’s people carried along the way in order to have a place of worship. God gave specific instructions on what the furnishings for the temple should be and God’s people responded by giving their best.

 

This relates to us in that we all can experience the gracious love and forgiveness that Jesus has given us through His  death and resurrection. We then can also respond with generosity in the giving of our time, talents, and treasures for the good of others in our service to God.

 

Bible Memory Verse:  "We love because [God] first loved us." 1 John 4:19

 

Praying: Teacher-led prayers, echo prayers, prayer list for request, "Thank you" and "forgive me" prayers.

 

Songs we may sing:

"Inright, Outright"

"Who Could Take Our Sins Away?" (action poem/chant)

God Cares (chant)

Pharaoh, Pharaoh

Baby, Baby

We Love

 

Resources that may be used:  Internet pictures of the Tabernacle, What's in the Bible Videos (Vol. 2.2.4 "God's Covenant with Israel" (4:15) and Vol. 2.2.5 "Bibleland (Tabernacle)" (6:00)), and a simplified version of the 10 Commandments.

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