Into the Lesson
Display the following four scrambled words as your class assembles: AAOPSSTY: CIIRSS;ACEEENNPRT; ACDEEEILNRV. Also display a poster board circle, 12″ in diameter that is centered and attached by a paper fastener to a poster board circle that is 2W in diameter. On the smaller circle have an arrow pointing from center to edge. Work the attached circle until it rotates easily.
As class members decipher the four scrambled words (apostasy, crisis, repentance, deliverance), write each respectively at the 12 o’clock, 3o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock positions on the larger circle. Make a short statement based on the lesson writer’s comments on the cycle of destruction from the lesson Introduction.
Into the Word
As today’s text pictures the foolish sinfulness of the people of Israel, it also reveals the grand characteristics of God. Display each of the short affirmatives about Gout below, but don’t reveal the verses and thoughts that are in italics. (This can be done wills simple paper strips, with an overhead transparency, or as a PowerPoint. presentation.) As each affirmation is revealed, ask your class, “How and in what verses is this at-tribute of God revealed in today’s text?”
Sample verse numbers and explanations are given here, but accept other reasonable and insightful responses. (Though listed in a verse-by-verse sequels, the statements should be displayed randomly.)
(1) “God is a moral God”(vv. 11, 12 affirm that God sees evil and it angers Hint);
(2) “God is not bound by time or space” (vv.11, 12 affirm His relationship with previous generations and His presence in Egypt is a given);
(3)”God can decide not to impose His will over human choice” (v. 13 indicates that He can be ignored, at least temporarily);
(4) “God will demonstrate His justice and wrath” (v. 14 pictures His punishment of His wayward nation);
(5) “God controls the destinies of all nations” (v. 14 indicates God’s use of pagan nations as His agents);
(6)”God loves His people” (v. 16 reveals that the judge-deliverers were God’s loving idea);
(7) “God expects His people to obey His commandments”(v. 17);
(8) “God will support individual leaders to fulfill His purposes” (v. 18 stales that God was with the judge He called forth to service);
(9) “God stays the same; His expectations and His mercy do not vary” (see v. 18);
(10) “God deals with people individually, one generation at a time” (v. 19pictures the failure of succeeding generations and individuals to remain consistent to God’s truth);
(11) “There is a limit to God’s patience with sinfulness” (vv. 20, 21 describe God’s decision about His sinful people);
(12) “God will test the faith of His people” (v. 22 indicates God’s plan to prove His people by allowing sinful nations to continue alongside them);
(13) “God can intervene on be-half of His people, or He can choose not to” (v. 23affirms God’s decision not to intervene, not to overwhelm Israel’s enemies).
A similar activity is included in the student book.
As adults, your class members need to take an active role in the Christian education of their own children, grandchildren, and other children of your church and community. “Faithful unto death” should be each generation’s goal. But all godly parents will look beyond their own generation to help the next generation to gain a faith that will last a lifetime.
Ask your class to make a list of the various ways that they can participate in the godly nurture of your church’s children and teens. When the list is complete, indicate that you will make copies and distribute them next Sunday. Then each class ‘limber can choose one way to en-large his or her presence in the lives of the next generation