Before we begin this next lesson I want to share an idea that will give your children years of enjoyment. Make a Map of the Bible Lands Jesus will be passing through. Sounds hard and boring right? Wrong. This is not done on paper, this is a building project using cardboard and whatever you and your children's imagination can come up with around the house or yard.
To start with, right now we are still at the mountain with Jesus, near the Sea of Galilee. So make a mountain--It could be a large rock your children find outside, or make one out of paper mache', clothing, cardboard, a cup, whatever your children think would make a good mountain for them. Then make the Sea of Galilee--A paper plate will do well for this, they can color it the color they think the Sea should be. Glue some sand and shells along the edges, or just shells if you can't stand the thought of sand around the house. Place the Sea where it can be seen from the mountain, because that's where it was. You might make small boats out of milk caps, match sticks and paper or small cuts of cloth for sails. Or whatever ideas you and your children can come up with on their own. Save these items to put out for the next lesson. You might want to add horses or mules, maybe they have small characters that can be Jesus, the disciples or the people. Add some clips of evergreen's or artificial plants to place where they want them. Let them pretend they are Jesus talking to the people, or they are the people listening and talking about Jesus. After they started, walk away and let there imaginations run wild. You will be surprised when you come back later and they are still playing on their own. My children loved making buildings out of cardboards, (you can get quite a bit from your local newspaper office, they usually keep the ones they put in the front of the boxes that they advertise with and will be more than happy to let you have some. My children made whole towns, and we saved every bit of it for a long time. They will eventually look forward to the next adventure and what they can make next.
Now, on with the lesson...
Matthew Chapter 6
In Chapter 5 we began our journey to a mountain to hear Jesus Sermon on the Mount. Today that very mountainside in Israel is now called "The Mount of the Beatitudes" and their is a Church built their, The Church of the Sermon on the Mount. From that Church one is able to view the Sea of Galilee. Such a wonderful place to learn God's will for our lives.
So far Jesus has taught us the beatitudes 5:1-12, (how many can your remember?). He told us that we should be the salt of the earth, a light to the world, and teachers of God's commandments, 5:13-19. He taught us not to murder be angry unjustly, to forgive, not to commit adultery, not to make oaths we cannot keep, not to get even or retaliate for wrongs done to us, and to love one another 5:20-48.
Let us see what else He has to say. Shhh, here He is now:
Read Chapter 6 first then answer True or False to the following. (If you recall my hearing is not good and you have to help me).
***Did Jesus Say:
1. I could do all my charitable deeds where everyone can see me and think I'm swell? (verses 1-4)
2. When I pray I should go into my room and do it in secret and God will reward me openly. (verses 5-15) Bonus: What example of prayer did Jesus give us?
3. I don't have to forgive anybody of anything!
4. I should make marks all over my face and put old clothes on and beg for food so people know that I have been fasting.
5. I should treasure heavenly things and not things on the earth that rust and decay. (verses 19-34)
6. I should be careful what I look at with my eye's because bad things will cause me to sin.
7. I cannot serve two masters. I cannot live for the devil and God at the same time.
8. I should worry about my clothes and what's on sale and if I can afford it, or what I'm going to eat.
9. I should worry about what is going to happen tomorrow because God's not paying attention.
10. I should seek the kingdom of God first and His righteousness, and He shall take care of me.
1)F, 2)T - "Our Father who...", 3)F, 4)F, 5)T, 6)T, 7)T, 8)F, 9)F, 10)T