|Sunday School Lesson|
Today our Sunday school lesson is going to focus around Gideon in the bible. He does what we all want to do from time to time. He asks God for a sign. When he is asking God for a sign, God gives him one. Actually, God gives him several.
Let's look at what God needs Gideon to do and how Gideon reacts by asking God to give him a sign.
Gideon - Bible Story for Children
An idol can be anything that takes more of your time than you give to God.
The Sunday School Lesson
Start the story by telling the kids how the children (or people) of Israel would worship God for a
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Sunday School Activity
At a time when the children of Israel were worshipping idols, God began to let the Midianites come into their land to take their food, destroy their crops, and take their animals. He wanted Israel to look to him instead of the idols.
The bible tells us that there was a young man by the name of Gideon whom God chose to save Israel.
Now, that doesn't mean that Gideon went right then at that very moment to take on the entire Midianite army by himself. No. He needed to be sure that God was really going to go with him and that God was really going to use him to save Israel.
You see, Gideon's family was poor and he was the least of his brothers. Gideon wondered why God had chosen him instead of someone stronger or richer.
Explain to the children that God doesn't make mistakes.
Bible Verse for this Sunday School Lesson
God Can Use You Too
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for your kids.
Did you know that God can use you too. He may not use you to defeat a huge army, but he may need you to bring your friends to church, to help your grandparents with work that needs done, or even to grow up to teach others about him?
Gideon didn't think he was the right man for the job, so he asked the Angel of the Lord for a sign.
The angel gave him a sign he couldn't miss...
The angel told Gideon to set his meat and bread onto a rock, then pour broth over the food. When Gideon did as the angel said, fire rose up out of the rock and consumed the food. Immediately, the angel disappeared out of his sight.
Another Sign from God
After this, Gideon still wasn't sure. So, days later, Gideon began asking for another sign from God.
This time, he laid a sheep's fleece on the ground and asked God to make the fleece wet with dew during the night, but keep the ground dry. Then, Gideon went to bed.
The next morning, the ground was dry and the fleece was so wet that when Gideon wrung it out, there was a whole bowlful of water that came out of it.
|Gideon Sunday School Lesson|
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Gideon still wasn't sure God was going to use him to save the Israelites.
So, what did he do?
He asked God for another sign.
This time, he laid the fleece down on the ground and asked God to make the ground wet, but to leave the fleece dry. Then, he went to bed.
The next morning, Gideon went to the fleece.
The ground was wet and the fleece was dry just as Gideon had asked God to do.
This was the third sign from God Gideon needed. Finally, Gideon was ready to go into battle.
What We Learned from This Sunday School LessonGideon shouldn't have needed a sign from God. God told him he was the one and he told him he would go with him. Still, Gideon doubted.
We are like that sometimes.
Did you know that God speaks to us too?
Think about it.
Have you ever been about to do something wrong and you 'feel' like you shouldn't? It's that feeling that tells you not to do something you know is wrong.
Maybe you have a friend at school or a family member that doesn't know about Jesus. Have you ever had a 'feeling' that you should tell them about Jesus or ask them to come to church?
That feeling is God.
He is talking to you from the inside. The next time you have that 'feeling' listen to it and obey it.
You don't need a sign from God. He is already there telling you what you should do.