Like King Josiah, We Respect the Authority of Godís Word

 

Those who teach children should read study #25 for children.

 

Prayer: ďHoly Spirit, illuminate our minds to learn and obey your Word with all our hearts. Help us make it clear to others, so they can share in our joy.Ē

1.    Prepare your Heart to learn from Godís Word

Read 2 Chronicles 34 and find:

         How Josiah broke with some human religious traditions, in order to obey God.
(Answer: See verses 3-7. Josiah rejected the peopleís idols. We, too, must shepherd Godís flock in the way that God requires, not according to human traditions.)

         How hard Josiahís people worked to find the Word of God.
(Answer: See verses 8-15. The Word of God had been lost in the neglected temple.)

         Godís Word is hidden from many people today, wherever no one has yet translated it correctly into their language. Many translators work hard to provide accurate translations.)

In ancient times books were written by hand on scrolls that rolled up.

 

         How Josiah sought Godís help as he studied the Scriptures.
(Answer: See v. 21-28. The Holy Spirit dwells in us believers and guides us into truth (John 16:13). We ask Him to illumine us as we study Godís Word (Eph. 1:15-18).

         The authority that Godís Word had for Josiah, and what he did.
(Answer: See verses 30-33. We receive Godís revelation with faith and obey it.)

Find in Matthew 4:1-11 how Jesus resisted Satan.

         In what three ways did Satan tempt Jesus?

         What did Jesus quote, to answer Satan after each temptation?

         Who came to care for Jesus after His temptation?


Background

         The Holy Spirit inspired devout men to write Godís Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17). They wrote the Old Testament in Hebrew and the New Testament in Greek:

         Hebrew is read from right to left:

         Greek is read left to right.

         We can understand a Bible passage better if we know:

Who wrote it, to whom and why.

Where and when the events happened.

Who was speaking in the passage.

What it prepares us to do.

We can also understand some parts of the Bible better, if we know the customs, history and geography of ancient Israel. Learn these in other Paul-Timothy shepherds and supplementary studies, (see P-T User Menu, Bible section).

2.    Plan Activities to Do During the Week

         With your co-workers, help families to begin studying the Word of God diligently during the week.

         Find how you can support translation and literacy in your area.

3.    Plan with Co-workers the Upcoming Worship

         Choose activities that fit the occasion and local customs.

         Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide the flock with Godís Word during the worship.

         Praise God for the truth revealed in His Word. Ask for testimonies and reports of how the Holy Spirit used the Bible last week to help people find joy and holiness.

Tell or act out the story of King Josiah.

         Prepare a helper to relate 2 Chronicles 34.

         First, ask everyone to listen to find how the Word of God changed the lives of the people of Israel. Ask the believers what they discovered. Ask the questions listed under Part 1, above.

Dramatize how the Holy Spirit uses Godís Word to illuminate our minds.

Learner: Light a candle on a table, then look the other way.

ĎDemoní:

         Sneak up to the candle, blow it out and laugh evilly.

         Tie a cloth over Learnerís eyes, lead him by the hand. Say ďCome!Ē (Walk.)

         Point at the people and read or recite this poem (If you translate the demonís poem, you do not need to preserve the rhyme):


ďYou fools obey my Enemy! Iíll stop your bold sedition!

Iíll turn you from His Word, youíll see, by teaching manís tradition!

You mortals dare with Him to sup, whose cup delivers from hellís fire?

I warn you, stop opposing or youíll feel the sting of hellís hot ire!Ē

Evangelist (shout):

         ďStop, demon! Or you will fall into a deep pit!Ē

         Read 2 Corinthians. 4:4 (Ďthe god of this world blinds usí).

         Light the candle and hold it over the Bible in front of ĎDemoní and Learner.

ĎDemoní: Cry in pain and shrink away. Cover your eyes. Shout, ďTake away that horrible light!Ē (Leave)

Evangelist: ďSatan, the god of this world, tied this blindfold over your eyes.Ē (Untie it.)

Learner: ďI did not know that I was blindfolded!Ē (Take the Bible and read John 16:13-14.)

 

Memorize together Matthew 4:4.

Ask the Children to present the poem drama and questions that they have prepared.

Announce the activities that you planned to do during the week.

To introduce the Lordís Supper read 2 Chronicles 30, verses 5-6 and 25-27. Explain that before Jesus came, Godís people sacrificed a lamb and ate it to recall how God had saved them from slavery in Egypt. Now, Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away our sins.

Gather in groups of two or three. Pray, confirm plans, and encourage one another.

 

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