Gospel Project (Feb17)


Unit 6, Session 2: The Tabernacle Was Built


Thirteen of the last sixteen chapters of the Book of Exodus contain instructions for building the tabernacle. The word tabernacle means “dwelling place.” The tabernacle was a portable tent where God met with His people. God wanted to dwell among them. (See Ex. 29:45-46.)

Moses had been on the mountain talking with God for 40 days. God wrote the Ten Commandments, the words of the covenant, on tablets. When Moses returned to the camp, he called all of the Israelites together and gave them the instructions God had given him. (Ex. 24:3-4)

God’s directions for building the tabernacle were very detailed. God was not trying to burden the people; He was trying to show them His holiness and absolute authority. God appointed Bezalel and Oholiab to oversee the building of the tabernacle, giving them wisdom, understanding, and craftsmanship. Every skilled person “whose heart moved him” eagerly worked on the tabernacle of the Lord. (See Ex. 35:30-35; 36:1-6.)

God gave the Israelites the tabernacle as a visual picture of His dwelling with them. The tabernacle—and later the temple that replaced it—was a temporary place for God’s glory to dwell until the coming of Christ. (2 Cor. 4:6) Every part of the tabernacle was designed to illustrate God’s relationship with His people.

Jesus is the New Testament fulfillment of the Old Testament tabernacle. John 1:14 says that “the Word became flesh and took up residence among us.” Jesus made His dwelling with people.

As you talk to your kids about the building of the tabernacle, show them God instructed the Israelites to build a tabernacle where He would dwell with them. God desires to be with His people. As part of His plan to save sinners, God sent Jesus to “tabernacle,” or dwell, with people on earth.Emphasize that in the future, He will dwell with us forever. (Rev. 21:3)

 

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

     Babies and Toddlers

      God is holy.
      God wanted to be with His people.
      God told His people how to build a special tent.
      God sent Jesus to earth to be with His people forever.

     Preschool

      What is worship? Worship is celebrating the greatness of God.
      God told His people to build the tabernacle.

      Kids
      What is worship? Worship is celebrating the greatness of God.
      God told His people how to build the tabernacle where He would dwell with them.

 

Gospel Project (Feb 10)

Unit 6, Session 1: The Golden Calf 


God led His people into the wilderness, but He did not leave them there alone. The Lord was with His people. He provided meat, bread, and water. He guided them to Mount Sinai, where He met with their leader, Moses. The Lord came down on the mountain in fire, and He spoke through thunder. The Israelites could not have ignored His presence.

But when Moses went up on the mountain and did not return for several weeks, the Israelites felt abandoned. They appealed to Moses’ brother, Aaron: “Come, make gods for us who will go before us because this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt—we don’t know what has happened to him!” (Ex. 32:1)

Aaron’s response led the people to commit a terrible sin. He gathered gold from the people and made an image of a calf, and the people worshiped the golden calf. God saw what the people were doing, and He told Moses to go down the mountain at once. Moses confronted his brother. Aaron claimed that when the people gave him the gold, he threw it into the fire, and “out came this calf!” (Ex. 32:24)

God punished His people for worshiping a golden calf, and Moses returned to the mountain to ask the Lord to forgive the Israelites’ sin. Moses could not atone for the people’s sin; God said He would hold the people accountable for their sins, but the Lord did not abandon the Israelites.

Introduce your children to the concept of idolatry. An idol is anything a person puts in the place of God. Explain that idolatry is a sin. The Israelites deserved to be punished for their sin. In the same way, we deserve to be punished for our sin. Point out that God’s people sinned against God, and Moses asked God to forgive them. Moses acted as their mediator, standing for them before God. Moses could not do anything to make up for their sin, but we have a better Mediator—Jesus. Jesus paid for our sin on the cross and stands for us before God. When we trust in Jesus, our sins are forgiven.


FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

Babies and Toddlers

      God is holy.
      God’s people worshiped a calf made of gold.
      Moses asked God to forgive the people.
      God forgives people through Jesus.

Preschool

      What is worship? Worship is celebrating the greatness of God.
      God’s people worshiped a golden calf.

Kids
      What is worship? Worship is celebrating the greatness of God.
      God disciplined His people for worshiping a golden calf.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

Matthew 22:37-39 (Matthew 22:37 for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Souper Bowl



I hope you enjoyed the (not-so)big game last week. We had a lot of fun cheering against the team who shouldn't have been there anyway.
Next Sunday, February 17, We are hosting a soup cook-off. We are calling it the Souper Bowl. Please feel free to bring your crock-pots stocked with your favorite soup. We will vote with dollars on who has the tastiest. Last year we raised nearly $1000 dollars for Family Ministries and helped send 9 children to camp. Can you claim the Golden Ladle? Don't miss out on the fun, fellowship and fundraising. Join us February 17 after church for the 2nd annual Souper Bowl.