November 30, 2014

NT 02 An Angel Visits Mary

Reference: Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-38

Big Idea and Motions: Jesus came as a human to save us from sin.
Jesus - form a cross with your forearms
Human - touch various parts of your body
Save - make the baseball “Safe!” sign
Sins - two thumbs down

Verse and Motions: Matthew 1:21 - She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (ESV)
Bear - squeeze your belly
Son - pretend to cradle a baby
Call - pretend to call on a phone
Jesus - form a cross with your forearms
Save - make the baseball “Safe!” sign
People - turn your hands upside down, interlock your fingers and wiggle them
Sins - two thumbs down

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
Who was the girl in today’s story? (Mary.)
Who appeared to her? (The angel Gabriel.)
What did Gabriel say Mary was going to have? (A baby.)
Name one thing Gabriel said about the baby. (Son of God, King, rule forever, name him Jesus.)
What happened to Mary when the Holy Spirit came down to Mary? (She became pregnant.)
Who was promised to be married to Mary? (Joseph.)
When Joseph found out Mary was pregnant, what was he going to do? (Divorce her.)
What did the angel in Joseph’s dream say? (Marry Mary; her baby is from the Holy Spirit.)
What does Jesus’ name mean? (Savior.)
What is today’s big idea? (Jesus came as a human to save us from our sins.)
What is today’s Bible verse? (Matthew 1:21 - She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. - ESV)

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November 23, 2014

OT 34 Wandering in the Desert Part 2

Reference: Numbers 11:4-35, 20:1-13, 21:4-9

Story Summary: 
     The Israelites wandered the desert for 40 years. As they travelled, they sometimes ran into problems. And when they did, they complained, "We want to go back to Egypt!"
     God gave them a special bread from heaven each day which they called "manna." They soon became tired of it and complained, "We want meat!" Their complaints angered God, who set lots and lots of quail for them to eat. God told them that they'd would eat so much quail, it'd come of out their noses and they'd be sick of it.
     Later, they couldn't find water and complained. God told Moses to speak to a rock and God would make water come out of it. But Moses yelled at the people for their complaining and struck the rock with his staff. God still made water come from the rock, but told Moses that he would no longer enter the promised land because of his sin.
     Again, the people complained about the manna. God sent poisonous snakes among them. After being bit, they begged Moses to ask God to save them. God told Moses to make a snake image. God said whoever looked at the snake would live. Moses did what God said; whoever looked at the snake lived.

Big Idea and Motions: Don’t complain! Be thankful instead.
Don’t - wag your finger “no”
Complain - cross your arms and make a complaining face
Thankful - fold your hands in front of you and bow your head

Verse / Motions: 1 Thessalonians 5:18, ESV - give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Give thanks - fold your hands in front of you and bow your head
All circumstances - gesture your arms in a wide circle
For this - hold a palm facing the ceiling; point your index finger into your palm
Will - form the letter “W” with your fingers
God - point up
Christ Jesus - form a cross with your forearms

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
What did the Israelites want to eat instead of manna? // Meat
When they complained, how did God feel? // Angry
What meat did God send for them to eat? // Lots of quail
How long did God give them quail for? // A whole month, until it came out of their noses
When God sent the plague, what happened? // Some people died
What did God want Moses to do to give them water? // Speak to a rock; water will come out
What wrong thing did Moses do to the rock? // Hit the rock, disobeyed God
What was Moses’ consequence for disobeying? // Couldn’t go into the promised land
What did God send because the people complained about manna? // Sent poisonous snakes
How did the people get better from the snakebites? // Moses put a bronze snake on a pole; they looked at it and lived
Who and what should the snake-on-a-pole remind us of? // Jesus being lifted up on the cross to save us

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November 16, 2014

OT 33 Wandering in the Desert Part 1

Reference: Exodus 15:22 - 16:36

Story Summary: 
     The Israelites wandered the desert for 40 years. As they travelled, they weren't able to find water and complained to Moses and against God. When they did find water, it was bitter and the people complained. But God told Moses to throw a stick into the water. When he did, God made the water taste sweet.
     Later, the people complained that they didn't have food to eat. They wished they were back in Egypt, where they were slaves, but at least they had food. But even though the people complained against God, he provided food for them anyways.
     That night, God made lots of quail come, birds for the people to eat. And in the morning, God made a special dew cover the ground. When it dried, it left white flakes that tasted like honey wafers. The people called it "manna" because they said, "What is it?" when they first saw it.
     Each day God made manna appear for the people. If they tried to save it overnight, it would stink and be
filled with maggots. God sent twice as much manna on the sixth day, so they could rest on the Sabbath day and not have to gather manna.

Big Idea and Motions: Don’t complain! God saved you. Of course he’ll take care of you
Don’t complain - cross your arms and make a complaining face
God - point up
Saved you - do the baseball “safe” sign
Of course - do a “duh!” gesture/expression with your hands and face
Take care - give yourself a hug

Verse / Motions: Matthew 6:25, ESV - ...do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.
Anxious - put your hands on your cheeks and look worried
Life - pause and take a deep breath while “wafting” air towards your face with your hands
Eat - pretend to eat a sandwich
Drink - pretend to drink from a cup
Body - thump your chest
Put on - pretend to pull on pants

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
Where were the Israelites wandering for 40 years? // The desert.
Why did the Israelites complain at first? // They had no water to drink
What was wrong with the water they found? // It was bitter, tasted bad
What did the Israelites do when the water tasted bad? // They complained
What did God tell Moses to do with the water? What happened? // Throw a stick in the water, it tasted good
What did the Israelites do when they were hungry in the wilderness? // They complained
What meat did God give them to eat? // Quail.
What bread did God give them to eat in the wilderness? // Bread from heaven, manna
What does the word “manna” mean? // What is it?
What happened to the manna when people tried to save extra? // It smelled and was filled with maggots
Why did they collect double manna on the sixth day? // God wanted them to rest on the Sabbath day

Google Docs Links:
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November 9, 2014

OT 32 Spies in the Promised Land

Reference: Numbers 13-14

Story Summary:
     God told Moses to send men to go and check out the land of Canaan, the land God promised to give the Israel-ites. Moses select twelve men. He sent them to spy out what the land and the people there were like.
     The spies spent 40 days in Canaan before returning to Moses. They said that the land was a good land, filled with milk and honey. They showed the people the fruit the had brought back from the land, a large cluster of grapes it took two men to carry.
     The 10 spies said the people of Canaan were too power-ful and would destroy them. The people of Israel believed the spies, complained, and wished to go back to Egypt. But the other two spies, Joshua and Caleb, told the people to trust in the Lord; God was strong enough to help them.
     Because the people didn't trust him, God told Moses he would destroy them. But Moses asked God to forgive them and he did. Still, God told the people and the 10 spies that they couldn't go into the promised land. Instead, they would wander the desert for 40 years. Only Joshua, Caleb, and the children would eventually go into the promised land.

Big Idea and Motions: Trust in the Lord.
Trust - pretend to grasp a rope in front of you with two hands (the ASL sign for “believe/trust”)
Lord - point up

Verse / Motions: Proverbs 3:4, ESV - Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.
Trust - pretend to grasp a rope in front of you with two hands (the ASL sign for “believe/trust”)
Lord - point up
All - gesture your arms in wide circles
Heart - put your hands over your heart
Lean - fold your arms and lean to the side
Understanding - tap your temple

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week

  • How many men did Moses send into the promised land? // 12
  • What were the men supposed to do in the promised land? // See what the land was like
  • How many days were the spies in the promised land? // 40
  • What good things did the spies say about the promised land? // Filled with milk and honey
  • What bad things did the 10 spies say about the promised land? // Large cities and scary people
  • Who were the two spies who trusted God to help them go into the promised land? // Joshua and Caleb
  • What did the people do after hearing the spies? // Complained, wanted a new leader and go back to Egypt
  • What did Joshua and Caleb say to the people? // God will help us go into the promised land
  • What did Moses do when God said he would destroy the people? // Asked God to forgive them
  • What punishment did the ten spies and the people receive? // Couldn’t go into the promised land, wander the desert for 40 years
  • Who could go into the promised land? // Joshua and Caleb, the kids


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November 2, 2014

OT 31 The Golden Calf

Reference: Exodus 32

Story Summary:
     Moses was on Mount Sinai with God for a long time, receiving the laws God wanted his people to follow. The people were unsure if Moses would ever come back. So, they asked his brother, Aaron, to make a god to lead them.
     Aaron collected all their gold earrings. He melted them down and formed them into a golden calf. When they saw the idol of the golden calf, the people said, "Here is your god, who brought you out of Egypt."
     The next day, the people held a feast. They ate and drank. And they danced wildly in front of the idol of the golden calf.
     God, of course, knew what the people had done. He told Moses, still on the mountain, that he would destroy the people and build a new nation with Moses. But Moses prayed that God would save the people and God listened to Moses' prayer.
     When Moses came down from the mountain, he was angry that the people had made an idol to
worship. He destroyed the idol, ground it into powder, and put it into the people's water to drink. And the Lord punished the people with a plague.

Big Idea and Motions: Worship your Creator, not the stuff he’s created.
Worship - bow down in worship
Creator - pretend to mold something with your hands
Not - wag your index finger “no”
Stuff he’s created - point to yourself, then someone else

Verse / Motions: Luke 4:8, ESV - You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.
You shall - wag your index finger at someone
Worship - reach your hands up high, then bow down low
Lord your God - point up
Only - wave your hands back and forth
Serve - pretend to hold a gift, then give it to someone

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
Why did the people come talk to Aaron? // They didn’t know if Moses was coming back.
What did they ask Aaron to do? // Make a god to lead them
What did Aaron use to make the idol? // Their gold earrings
What did the idol look like? // A golden calf
What did the people do at their feast for the golden calf? // Ate, drank, danced wildly
What commandment did the people break? // #2 - Don’t make statues of gods and worship them
What did God tell Moses he was going to do? // Destroy the people, start a new nation with Moses
What did Moses God? // Not to destroy the people
What did Moses do with the stone tablets of the ten commandments? // He threw them on the ground
What lie did Aaron say about the golden calf? // Threw the gold into the fire, a gold calf popped out
What did Moses do with the idol? // Destroyed it, ground it into water, made the people drink it

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October 26, 2014

OT 30 The Ten Commandments

Reference: Exodus 20

Story Summary: 
     When God met with Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave his law to him. These were the rules God wanted the people from Abraham's family, the Israelites, to follow. The very first rules God gave to Moses were a list of ten commandments, the most important rules for his people to know.
     The first four commandments taught the Israelites how to love God with all of their hearts. They are: Do not put any gods in place of me. Do not make statues of gods. Do not misuse the name of the Lord. Remember to keep the Sabbath day holy.
     The last six commandments taught the Israelites how to love people as they loved themselves. Honor your father and mother. Do not commit murder. Do not commit adultery. Do not steal. Do not bear false witness…  Do not long for anything that belongs to your neighbor.
     The Israelites (and all people) broke these commandments. They needed a savior to save them from the punishment for their sin. The good news is that God sent his Son, Jesus. He obeyed God's commandments, died, and rose again!

Big Idea and Motions: We’ve broken the ten commandments, but Jesus obeyed them perfectly.
We’ve - point to yourself
Broken - pretend to snap a twig in half in front of you
Ten Commandments - hold up ten fingers
Jesus - form a cross with your forearms
Obeyed - form an “O” with your arms above your head
Perfectly - two thumbs up

Verse / Motions: 1 Peter 2:22, ESV - He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.
He (Jesus) - form a cross with your forearms
No - wag your index finger “no”
Sin - two thumbs down
Deceit - form an X over your mouth with your index fingers
Mouth - open your mouth as wide as you can

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
What is commandment 1? // Do not put any gods in place of me.
What is commandment 2? // Do not make statues of gods...
What is commandment 3? // Do not misuse the name of the Lord...
What is commandment 4? // Remember to keep the Sabbath day holy...
What is commandment 5? // Honor your father and mother.
What is commandment 6? // Do not commit murder.
What is commandment 7? // Do not commit adultery.
What is commandment 8? // Do not steal.
What is commandment 9? // Do not bear false witness...
What is commandment 10? //  Do not long for anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Google Docs Links:
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October 19, 2014

OT 29 God Gives Moses the Law

Reference: Exodus 19

Story Summary: 
     After God led them through the Red Sea, God led the Israelites to camp by Mount Sinai. There, God told the Israelites that he would meet with Moses on the mountain. God told Moses and the people to obey him completely. If they did, the nation of Israel would be his special treasure.
     God told them to get ready for his coming by washing his clothes. He said that anyone who went on the mountain would die, so he told them to place limits around it to keep the people safe.
     On the morning of God's coming, there was thunder and lightning. A thick cloud covered the mountain. A trumpet blew, the earth shook, and smoke from a fire came as God descended on the mountain. God's voice spoke from the mountain and called Moses up.
     While on Mount Sinai, God gave his law to Moses. These were the rules that God wanted his people to live by. We call the ten most important of these rules the Ten Commandments. God gave them the law so that his people would know the good he wanted them to do, be aware of the bad things they had done, and know that they needed a savior.

Big Idea and Motions: God’s law shows us the good to do, the bad we’ve done, and that we need a savior.
God - point up
Law - pretend to write on your palm
Good to do - two thumbs
Bad we’ve done - two thumbs down
Savior - do the baseball “safe” sign

Verse / Motions: Psalm 119:72, ESV - The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
Law - pretend to write on your palm
Mouth - point to your mouth
Better - two thumbs up
Me - point to yourself with your two thumbs
Thousands - gesture your arms in a wide circle
Gold and silver pieces - pretend to pull coins out of your pocket

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
What large place did the Israelites camp by? // Mount Sinai
Who met with the Israelites on Mount Sinai? // God
What did God say he’d do for the Israelites if they obeyed his law? // They’d be his special treasure
What did the people say when God told them to obey his law? // We will obey
What did God want the Israelites to do to their clothes before he came? // Wash them
What would happen to people who went up the mountain when God was there? // They would die
What scary things happened when God came on the mountain? // Trumpets blew, lighting and thunder, thick clouds, fire and smoke
How did the people feel after the clouds, thunder, smoke, and trumpets? // They were afraid
What did God give to Moses when he was on the mountain? // His law
What do we call the most important of God’s commandments? // The ten commandments

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