Hebrews 4 describes the Bible as alive and powerful. What a difference from how it often gets treated – like an old, stuffy book filled with rules and stories that may not mean much to us today. But it doesn’t take much time spent in God’s Word to realize that Hebrews 4 is absolutely true! God desperately wants us to know Him and to gain understanding of the Truth. The Bible is a gift from Him that helps us in toward that end – we can know God by reading His Word.
KNOWLEDGE: Gaining understanding of the Truth
MEMORY VERSE: “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment." Proverbs 9:10 (NLT)
This Week’s Finish Line: Know God by Reading His Word.
Right in the middle of our Bibles is the book of Psalms. Psalms are basically poems that were written to worship God and declare who He is and how awesome His works are. Psalm 19 was written by a man named David. We can read about David in other parts of the Bible too, like when God used David to defeat a giant named Goliath, even though he was just a young shepherd boy, or when David was one of the most faithful kings of Israel. We don’t know exactly when David wrote Psalm 19, but we do know that David is making it clear how amazing God is and that one amazing gift that God has given us is His Word, the Bible. He describes God’s Word as perfect, trustworthy, right, clear, true, and more! David is writing that God’s Word isn’t just a rule book or a bunch of stories that don’t really matter for us today. He says that God’s Word gives us wisdom, brings us joy, and is a treasure more valuable than gold. Psalm 19 reminds us that when we spend time reading and learning from God’s Word, we get to know God more!
READ PSALM 19:7-9
- What are some words in these verses that also mean “Bible”? (Instructions, decrees, commands, commandments, and laws)
- What are other words used to describe the Bible? (perfect, trustworthy, right, clear, forever, true, fair)
- Does this sound like we can trust what the Bible says? (Yes!) Why? (Since it is the written word of God, we can trust that it’s true now, then, and forever!)
- What are some things you call a “treasure”? What is the best present you could hope to get or your favorite thing? These verses say that the Bible is more of a treasure than anything we could think of or want!
READ DANIEL 3:14-18
- Look at the end of verse 15. What did the king think about God? Who did he think was in control? (The king didn’t believe anyone had more control than he did.)
- Look at verse 27. How had the fire hurt Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? (It didn’t hurt them at all, but it did burn off the ropes they had been tied with. They didn’t even smell like smoke when they came out of the fire!)
- Reread verse 17. How do you know the 3 men trusted that God was in control? What did they believe God could do? (They said they knew that the God they served could save them because He was more powerful than the king.)
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Bring it Home Conversations & Activities:
Teacher: Meal Time
Reread Psalm 19:7-11. Can you get to know God the same way you do with your friends or other people? How can we get to know Him if we can’t have a conversation with Him face to face? One of the ways we can get to know God is through the Bible. Why do you think it’s important for us to get to know God? What are ways we can get to know God through His Word as a family?
Friend: Drive Time
Keep a Bible in your car this week and use drive time to help your kid(s) become more familiar with looking up verses/stories in their Bibles. At church, they learned that the Bible has 66 books that are broken into chapters and verses that makes it easy to find information no matter what Bible you have. As you’re driving, call out a Scripture reference to your kiddos and have them practice looking them up by book, chapter, and verse. Feel free to make it into a game!
Thank God for the gift of the Bible. Ask Him to teach you more about who He is and His love for you through His Word. Thank Him for how His Word encourages, teaches, and grows those who are faithful to read it.
Set aside time this week to lead your kids in what it looks like to have a quiet time in effort to show them more about how you can know God by reading His Word. This could be as simple as choosing a Bible story and then talking about what they learned about God from it. You could also have questions ready for them to journal their answers to with questions like “What was your favorite part of what you read? What was confusing that you have questions about? What did this teach you about God?” Click here for another great resource for guiding your children through a quiet time with the Lord.
Thank God for the gift of the Bible. Ask Him to show more of Himself to you thru His Word. Thank Him for ways you have seen Him use His Word to encourage, teach, and admonish you in your life.
Next week we will continue learning about KNOWLEDGE!
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