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In all likelihood, many of you have an established curriculum in your Sunday Schools. Our goal is to augment your lessons with additional information. When we finish our study of the Bible, you will be able to access any section we've researched to support your own lesson plans. You may want to use some of the questions in the activities section when these stories are in your lessons. For the past two months we've taken an in-depth look at Moses, the Children of Israel, and the Ten Commandments. This month we are looking at the significance of the Tent of Meeting; survival in the Wilderness; and preparation for the Promised Land.

In addition to your own inspired and creative activities, you may want to consider some of the following ideas.

The Activities section focuses all four Sundays in September on God's patience and grace for the Children of Israel.

Bible Characters gives a comprehensive background of Aaron.

Swap Shop shares how puppets help to tell familiar Bible stories.

Bible Overview delves into the last discourses of Moses in Deuteronomy.

Teaching the Bible - looks at the importance of the Tent of Meeting.

Kids Korner - Bible Characters - lists six different stories for various age groups: "Water Out of the Rock," "The Bronze Snake," "Exploring Canaan," "Moses Sets Up God's 'Church' ," "The Tent Where God Lived Among His People," and "How they Worshiped God in the Tabernacle."

Teachers, you might like to suggest to your students' parents that they read and discuss the special Bible stories about Moses' life before tucking them into bed at night. Help the children learn to tell Moses' story. Talk about his character and what your children might do in similar circumstances. Would they have complained and blamed God for everything that went wrong? Would they willfully disobey God's commands? Are they willing to have a God-centered life?

Below is a sample calendar of Bible verses and related questions to read and discuss each week in September. Work with your child and your students to learn each week's memorization verse. Then, discuss the meaning of the verse and how it can be applied to their everyday lives. On Sundays during class, riding in the car, or at dinner, it's fun to share stories of how the children have used the verse in their lives that week. Encourage your children and Sunday School pupils to share lessons learned from working with Bible verses and stories.

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September 7-13 September 7-13 September 7-13
September 14-20 September 14-20 September 14-20
September 21-27 September 21-27 September 21-27
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Week of September 1-6
Memorization verse: II Tim 2:15 KJV Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Sunday September 7
Ask the students to recite this week's Bible Verse: II Tim 2:15 KJV Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

  • How do we gain God's approval?
  • How hard do you have to study?
  • Why would a workman be ashamed?

Select age appropriate questions for your classes.

Younger Classes and Older Classes

Do a quick review of Moses' life and the Ten Commandments.

  • What mnemonic did you write to help you remember the order of the Ten Commandments?
  • Share the Ten Commandments you wrote for yourself, your home, school, church, and play.
  • How are you doing in learning the books of the Bible in order?
  • Let's practice saying the books of the Torah (first five books of the Old Testament).

Read Exodus 17 and Numbers 20: 1-11

  • Describe what the people were complaining about.
  • What did God tell Moses to do?
  • Why did the Children of Israel keep forgetting what God could do?
  • What does God's power mean to you?
  • What can we do to remember God's power and presence?
  • Do you like complainers?
  • How did God handle the complaints?

Read Exodus 24:12-18; 32-34

  • Look at Ex. 24:12 And the Lord said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.
  • What did God ask Moses to do?
  • What does it tell us we should do? (go to God)
  • What does it mean to "be there?"
  • Have you ever heard your teacher speaking, but you didn't listen?
  • Do you think God was telling Moses not only to be obedient but also to be alert and listen?
  • While Moses was away, what did the people do? (Ex.32:1)
  • What did the Children of Israel ask Aaron to do? (make a graven image)
  • What did they make out of gold? (golden calf)
  • Why do you think the people did this?
  • Their excuse was that Moses hadn't come back, but they had just promised to obey the Ten Commandments. Was this a good excuse? (no)
  • Which commandments forbid the use of idols? (1 & 2)
  • What was Moses' reaction to the golden calf? (Ex. 32:19-29)
  • What do you think you would have done in Moses' place?
  • Why was it wrong to make the golden calf?


Younger Children:
Read Water out of the Rock in Kids Korner. Ask parents to read "Moses Sets Up God's 'Church' " and work with the Interior of the Tabernacle to help children fill in each aspect of the Tabernacle.

Older Children:
Read Hurlbut's "The Tent Where God Lived Among His People," and "How They Worshiped God in the Tabernacle." Fill in the details of the Tabernacle. Look at the Healing Message about 9/11.

Week of September 8-13
Memorization verse: Ps. 62:2 NIV He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

  • What does this verse mean to you?
  • How can you use this verse this week as we think about 9/11?

Sunday September 14
Ask the students to recite this week's Bible verse above.

  • Discuss the meaning of the verse.
  • What have they discovered about God as their rock and salvation?
  • What is a fortress?
  • How is God our fortress?
  • Why is it important never to be shaken?

Younger and Older Classes (pick and choose questions and activities appropriate for your age group)

Teachers: The materials for this Sunday include a description of the high priest's garments and the tabernacle (also called, the Tent of Meeting, the Pattern of the Mount, and the Tent of Congregation). When God calls Moses to meet him in the Mount, He describes the Priest's garments and the building of the tabernacle. When Moses comes down from the mountain, the people have already made a golden calf. When the people who chose not to follow one God were separated from the congregation, Moses put the wheels in motion to make the garments as God described and build the important tabernacle where the twelve tribes would learn that God was to be in the midst of them. It was a movable church. Three tribes camped on each side of the Tent of Meeting. The tabernacle was a tent. The Tent of Meeting was the first thing set up after each journey. This impressed upon the people the importance of having God-centered lives. The duty of the High Priest was to help everyone maintain a God-centered existence.

Open your Bibles to Exodus 28 - this is the discussion of the high priest's garments. See High Priest picture in Kids Korner.

  • What are the items they needed to make? (A breastplate, an ephod, a robe, a broidered coat, a mitre, and a girdle)
  • What is an ephod? (a sleeveless vest made of linen)
  • What colors were in the ephod? (gold, scarlet, purple, and blue)
  • What is a girdle? (In Biblical times it was a sash or belt)
  • Describe the breastplate.
  • How many jewels were in the breastplate? (12)
  • What do the numbers represent? (The twelve tribes of Israel. The jewels close to the high priest's heart represented "the whole nation, carried into the presence of God. This jeweled pouch was also called the "breastpiece of decision" Ex. 28:29, because it held the Urim and Thummim used to discern God's will. Most believe there were stones engraved 'yes' and 'no,' which God caused the high priest's hand to grasp when people came to 'inquire of the Lord.' Thus the breastpiece not only symbolized Israel's entry into God's presence, but also portrayed the Lord's continuing guidance of his people." [Richards Complete Bible Dictionary, p. 170.]
  • What is a mitre? (A turban worn by the high priest)

Turn to Exodus 40 and read about the construction of the Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting. See Interior of the Tabernacle in Kids Korner.

  • What is a Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting? (the first design of the Tabernacle was a portable worship center. The Tabernacle traveled with the Children of Israel from Mt. Sinai to Canaan where it was set up in Shiloh. It was moved to Nob after the Philistines threatened it in Shiloh. Solomon completed a stationary Temple and used the furnishings from the original Tabernacle. Richards Complete Bible Dictionary.)
  • What was so important about the Tabernacle? (the design of it was given by God to Moses)
  • What is the significance of the Tabernacle? (God is willing to meet with His children)
  • Why was there only one door? (Only one way to go to God)
  • What was the purpose of the altar of brass? (Sacrifice)
  • What are we asked to sacrifice today? (Human will)
  • What was the laver used for? (Cleaning)
  • What was in the Holy Place? (Seven-branched Candlestick; Table of Shewbread; and Altar of Incense)
  • How many loaves of bread were on the Shewbread table? (12)
  • This number represents? (Twelve tribes of Israel)
  • What covered the Holy of Holies? (veil)
  • Who could enter the Holy of Holies? (Only the high priest. They tied a rope on his leg. In case anything happened to him they could pull him out since no one else could go into the Holy of Holies.)
  • What was in the Holy of Holies? (The Ark of the Covenant)
  • What was in the Ark of the Covenant? (the Ten Commandments)
  • Why is this so important? (If you look at Jesus' life and the statements he made about himself, what others called him, and what he did, you can see the pattern of the Tabernacle in his life. When he refers to his body as the Temple [tabernacle] that he will raise up in three days, he is letting each of us know we are the temple of God. Look at his statements - or ask students to find these statements:
    • Entrance to the Tabernacle - Jesus said I am the door. John 10:9.
    • Altar - John called Jesus the Lamb of God. John 1:29 The lamb was used for sacrifice.
    • Laver- purification - Jesus washed his disciples feet - he purified their footsteps
    • Golden Candlesticks - Jesus said I am the light of the world. John 8:12
    • The shewbread - Jesus said I am the bread of life. John 6:35
    • Incense - gratitude and prayer - Jesus began many of his healings in prayer or thanksgiving.
    • The Veil kept everyone but the high Priest out of the presence of God. Jesus' death on the cross ripped the veil in the temple showing that man has free access to God.
    • The Ark of the Covenant contained the Ten Commandments - the laws that Jesus lived and taught. He also summed up the Ten commandments in two -
  • Matt 22:37-39 Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
  • Jesus took those commandments from
    • Deut 6:4,5 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
    • Lev 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.

This works as a nice summary of the commandments. The Ark of the Covenant is where the commandments were kept.

  • Where would you keep your most important treasures?


Younger pupils:

Older pupils:

Week of September 15-20
Memorization verse: Psalm 145:8 NIV The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.

  • What does this verse mean to you?
  • How can you use this verse to handle anger?

Sunday September 21

  • Ask the students to recite this week's Bible verse above.
  • Discuss the meaning of the verse.
  • How do you keep from becoming angry?

Younger Classes and Older Classes (select age appropriate questions)

Open your Bibles to Numbers 12

  • Why were Aaron and Miriam bad mouthing Moses?
  • Do you think they were jealous? Why or why not?
  • What did God say to Miriam and Aaron? (Num. 12:5-9)
  • Why was God angry?
  • Do you talk directly to God?
  • What happened to Miriam? (Num. 12:10)
  • What did Aaron do about Miriam's condition? (Num. 12:11)
  • What did Moses do for Miriam? (Num. 12:13-14)
  • Was Miriam healed?

Open your Bibles to Numbers 21:1-9

  • Tell the story about the fiery serpent.
  • What did the Children of Israel do? (complain)
  • What did they complain about?
  • What happened?
  • Doesn't complaint sound like the hissing of a snake?
  • What did God ask Moses to do for the people?
  • What did the serpent on the pole do?
  • What is your favorite commandment?
  • Did the Children of Israel break any commandments when they complained to God?
  • Which commandments did they break?
  • How do we keep from breaking commandments?

Teachers: Share information about Aaron from Bible Characters with your classes.

  • Who was Aaron?
  • What were some of his responsibilities?
  • What was his title in the tabernacle?
  • Where did Moses place blood on Aaron? (Lev. 8:23)
  • For what purpose did he place blood on Aaron? [… when Moses took some of the ram's blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron's right ear, the thumb of his right hand, and on his big toe of his right foot. The symbolism of this is that his hearing, doing, and walking would all be consecrated to the service of the Lord. He was to hear God's commands, perform them with his hands, and walk in the ways of the Lord.]
  • Approximately how many people left Egypt during the exodus? (2 million)
  • Finding enough food and water for everyone was whose responsibility? (God's)
  • What lessons were the Children of Israel to learn? (complete trust in God)


Younger Classes

Older Classes

Week of September 22-27
Memorization verse: Psalm 106:3 Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right.

  • How can you use this verse in your life?
  • What does it mean to constantly do what is right?
  • What does justice mean?

Sunday September 28
Ask the students to recite this week's Bible verse above.

  • Discuss the meaning of the verse.
  • How do we constantly do what is right?

Younger Classes and Older Classes (select age appropriate questions)

Open your Bibles to Numbers 13 - 14. This is the story of sending spies into Canaan.

  • How many spies were sent to spy out the land? (12)
  • Where did they come from? (There was one from each of the twelve tribes.)
  • What is another name for Oshea? (Joshua)
  • What kind of food did they find? (grapes, milk, and honey)
  • What did the spies discover? (men as giants that made them look like grasshoppers)
  • How many days were they gathering information? (40 days)
  • What did Caleb and Joshua report? (Num. 14:6-9)
  • What did the people want to do to Caleb and Joshua? (Stone them)
  • How did God respond to this report? (Num. 14:11-12)
  • What was their penalty for not going into the promised land? (Num. 14:34,35)
  • Why do Caleb and Joshua get to go into the promised land? (They trusted God. Those who didn't trust God never were allowed into the promised land.)
  • What was the penalty for those who didn't trust God? (They had to wander 40 years in the wilderness and they never saw the promised land.)
  • Who do you trust?
  • What does God require of each of us?
  • What happened to Moses? (Deut.34:5)

Week of September 29-October 4

Memorization verse: Deut 32:4 KJV He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

  • Discuss the meaning of the verse.
  • What is judgment?
  • Who judges?

Assignment: Read Joshua 1 - 2


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