Memorization for Les...

Psalm 23:1-6 1-The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2-He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, 3-He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. 4-Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will...

LESSON 54 – Ruth and...

Discussion (FYI – The book of Ruth may have been written by Samuel, and it was always read at Pentecost, the harvest festival. Ruth has been called “the romance of redemption”.) Ruth 1:1-5. [Take out your map and find Bethlehem and Moab and trace the journey.] Why did...

Judges of Israel Ref...

Judge and Tribe Scripture reference Major Events Enemies of Israel Period of Oppression Period of Rest 1. Othniel (Judah) Son of Kenaz the younger brother of Caleb Judges 1:11-15; 3:1-11; Joshua 15:16-19; 1Chron. 4:13 Othniel was the nephew of Caleb (Judges 3:11) and became...

LESSON 53 – Sa...

Discussion Judges 15 What acts of revenge are found in 15:1-8? (Samson, hearing that his wife is given to his best man, feels justified in taking revenge by destroying the Philistines’ grain harvest with foxes bound together with burning tails. So then the Philistines get revenge by...

LESSON 52 – Sa...

Discussion Judges 13- Samson, though listed in the “heroes of the faith” in Hebrews (11:21), does not always choose God’s way of doing things.  He is picture of Israel at this time:  knowing God’s Law, but not always obeying it fully. Who was oppressing the Israelites this...

LESSON 51 – Gi...

Discussion Judges 6:1-24: Gideon’s Call. How were the Midianites are oppressing Israel? (6:2-6). {FYI – The Midianites were descendants of Abraham and Keturah, Abraham’s wife after Sarah died.} What unusual thing was Gideon doing when approached by the Angel of the Lord (a...

LESSON 50 – De...

Discussion Judges 4:1-10 Who are the two main oppressors of Israel this time? (vs. 2-3. Jabin, king of Canaan and his army commander, Sisera. They had 900 hundred iron chariots – these would be impossible to fight against if all your army was on foot as the Israelites were.) How...

LESSON 49 – In...

NOTE:  In Joshua 23 and 24 Joshua says farewell to his people.  Twenty-five years have passed and the land has been divided between the tribes (see map from the last lesson).  He reminds the people of God’s provision and kindness to them, but he also warns them about the people left in...

LESSON 48 – Th...

Discussion Note: We will only be looking at several passages in this section. Don’t try to read through the whole book while doing this lesson! High school students should, however, read the whole book on their own. Joshua 9. This chapter opens with a list of people groups that are...

LESSON 47 – Fa...

Discussion Joshua 7:1-9 What do we know at the beginning of this story that Joshua and the soldiers don’t know? (7:1 – Achan, a man from the tribe of Judah, had taken things for himself from Jericho. God is very angry.) What is the military plan to take the city of Ai? NOTE: Look...

LESSON 46 – Th...

Discussion Note: For families with several children, this is a great story to act out. Use stacked pillows for the wall and be sure a “Rahab” is inside. Have the rest march around and act out the trumpet blasts. I have included two maps at the end of the lesson that might be helpful...

LESSON 45 – Cr...

Discussion Joshua 3 – It is finally time for the people to cross the Jordan and begin the main campaign of conquest. What was to go first across the Jordan River? (The Ark of the Covenant- see picture at end of lesson.) What were the instructions given about the crossing?...

LESSON 44 – Jo...

Discussion The author of Joshua is not clearly identified, but Josh. 24:26 seems to indicate it was Joshua himself. It covers a 25 year period and describes the conquest and settlement of Canaan by the Israelites under the leadership of Joshua and by the power of God. The three most...

LESSON 43 – Th...

FYI – The book of Numbers covers the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, but Deuteronomy only covers 2 months, counting the 30 days of mourning for Moses.  Discussion As the 40 years of wandering come to a close and the book of Deuteronomy opens, we find the...

Memorization for Les...

Joshua 1:8-9 (NIV) 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be...

LESSON 37 – Go...

Discussion Due to the difficulty of explaining the typology of the tabernacle to our youngest students and our limited time, a study of the Tabernacle is not in this week’s lesson. For those of you dads with older children who wish a deeper study than the giving of the Ten...

LESSON 36 – Go...

Discussion Ex. 15:22-27. – After the miraculous deliverance of Israel from the Pharaoh’s pursuing army, it doesn’t take too long for the Israelites to move from praise to complaint. What is the problem in this passage? (vs 22.23. They traveled for three days and couldn’t...

LESSON 35 – Th...

Discussion Exodus 12:1-30 – What does God ask Moses to do in verses 1 & 2? (Make the month they were in the beginning of their year. He was asking them to change their calendars.) List the things God asks the Israelites to do in verses 3-11. (Take a lamb, a year-old lamb with...

LESSON 34 – Th...

Discussion Why do you think that God sent the plagues on Egypt?(By demonstrating His power and sovereignty over Creations God showed Israel their true God [Ex. 6:3] and showed Egypt their gods were false. Bring judgment that was due to the Egyptians.) Each plague was a personal attack...

LESSON 33 – Th...

Discussion How does God identify himself to Moses? What does God tell Moses to say to the sons of Israel? I am the LORD I will bring you out I will deliver you I will also redeem you I will take you for MY people I will be you God I will bring you to the land I will give it to you...

LESSON 32 – Mo...

Discussion Chapter 4:18-31 What does God say to Moses about what to expect from Pharaoh? What prophecy about his son is Moses directed to deliver to Pharaoh? Did the people question the message from Moses and Aaron? What did they do when they heard that God was concerned for...

LESSON 31 – Mo...

Discussion Exodus 3:1-10 – In this section Moses will receive his call from God to go back to Egyptand free his people from slavery.  What is Moses’ occupation in Midian? (vs. 1 – He has been a shepherd for his father-in-law, Jethro.  Moses is learning to do what...

Memorization for Les...

Exodus 6:6-8 “I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians, I will free you from being slaves to them and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people and I will be your God. Then you will know...

LESSON 30 – Th...

Discussion Ex 2:1-10. From what tribe was Moses? (Levi.) How old was Moses when his mother hid him? (3 mos.) What did the mother do instead of drowning her child like the Pharaoh had decreed? (She put him in a basket and put it in the river with his sister nearby, watching to see what...

LESSON 29 – In...

Discussion Overview: We broke the book of Genesis into two sections: events (creation, fall, flood and the Tower of Babel) and Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob & Joseph). Now we move on to the book of Exodus which begins the next stage in Biblical history: The Exodus Stage. It...

LESSON 28 – Ja...

Discussion Gen. 46.  Jacob is overjoyed and overwhelmed to find out his son Joseph is still living. He packs everyone up and they head for Egypt, but first he stops at Beersheba (find it on the map). What happens there? (vs. 1-4 Jacob offers a sacrifice and God talks to him. He tells...

LESSON 27 – Jo...

Discussion Gen. 42 – The scene now switches back to Canaan from Egypt. Jacob and his family are feeling the effects of the famine.  What does Jacob suggest to his sons and what do they do? (vs. 1-5) What doesn’t Benjamin, the youngest, go? (Jacob was afraid harm would come to him...

LESSON 26 – Dr...

Discussion Gen. 40:1-25.  Who is sent to the same prison as Joseph? (vs. 1 – Pharaoh’s cupbearer and baker) These men are high government officials – not mere servants. For some reason we are not told why the Pharaoh became angry with them and threw them into jail. In an...

LESSON 25 – Jo...

Discussion (You can just read this story to younger children. You don’t need to go into much detail. It’s pretty clear what the wife is asking is wrong. One suggestion from The Greenleaf Guide to OT History, page 27, was that if your children wanted more information was to say,...

LESSON 24 – Jo...

Discussion– For the rest of Genesis we will be studying the life of Joseph.  No other person’s life in the Bible parallels the Lord’s more closely than Joseph’s life. Be on the lookout for ways that Joseph and Jesus are alike in their experiences. {NOTE: On the print version for...

LESSON 23 – Ja...

Discussion – NOTE:  Obviously, we will not be going over every verse of every chapter in this section. Instead will do an overview. This will be how the rest of the year will be; rather than a verse by verse study, we will be summarizing the main points and looking at key stories. ...

LESSON 22 – Jacob’s ...

Discussion Read 29:1-30.  Who does Jacob meet when he gets to Mesopotamia? (vs. 7-11. He meets his uncle’s daughter, Rachel) How is this story a bit reversed from the one with Rebekah? (vs. 10 – Jacob waters Rachel’s sheep.) Jacob kisses Rachel and reveals that he is her cousin. She...

LESSON 21 – Isaac’s ...

Discussion Read 27:1-17.  At the age of 137 Isaac, blind now, thinks his days are numbered. His brother, Ishmael died at the age of 137 (Gen. 25:17), and perhaps Isaac thinks he will die at that age too. {Actually, Isaac will live to be 180!} In ancient cultures the eldest son received a...

LESSON 20 – Isaac’s ...

Discussion– We will discuss only chapter 25 here. Older children should read both chapters on their own and br prepared to answer the basic facts about chapter 26) Chapter 25 Who does Abraham marry and how many more sons does he have? (Keturah; 6) Midian, one of the sons...

LESSON 19 – Isaac Lo...

Discussion Chapter 23 tells us about Sarah’s death and burial.  How old was Sarah when she died? (vs 1 – 127 years old) What does Abraham decide to do? (buy some land and bury her) Abraham eventually purchases a portion of land called Ephron’s field near Mamre and puts Sarah’s body...

LESSON 18 – Abraham’...

Discussion Read Genesis 22:1-19. What does the reader of Genesis 22 know that Abraham does not? (Vs 1 – That this is a test of his faith.) What does God ask Abraham to do? (vs. 2 – take his son to Moriah [note: Moriah is the place in Jerusalem where the temple was eventually built –...

LESSON 17 – Abraham ...

Discussion Read chapter 20. {You may summarize the story for your children if you wish.} What sin does Abraham repeat in this passage? (He moves to the land of the Philistines and tells people of the Negev – find it on a map – that Sarah is his sister. Lying. Self-protection.} Evidently,...

LESSON 16 – The Dest...

Discussion (FYI- If you have younger children, it is not necessary to describe the content of the sin of the people of Sodom.  The evilness of the people is established in the earlier chapters. Skip 19:5-11, if you don’t want to discuss the sin of fornication and...

LESSON 15 – Abram an...

Discussion Read Gen. 16:1-6.  Who is Hagar? (She was a maid of Sarai’s from Egypt – she had come to them when they were there.) What really bad idea does Sarai have and why? (She sees that no children have yet been born from her. Since she’s 77 at the time of this story, she probably...

LESSON 14 – God’s Pr...

Discussion Read Gen. 15. (or summarize the story briefly to your child) What promises does God make in Gen. 15:4-7? (His own son from his own body would be his heir, his family would be as  many as the stars, he would own all of the land God promised him through this heirs) Abram asks God...

LESSON 13 – Abram Re...

Discussion Genesis 14:1-9 is full of difficult names to pronounce. You may not want to try to read this section out loud so you could summarize the story for your children in this way: War broke out between the kings of the land and a group of kings attacked the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah....

LESSON 12 – Abram an...

Discussion Read Gen. 13. Abram and his entourage go back to the Negev and then on to Bethel where he made another altar and sacrifice. Traces the return trip on your map.They were right back where they started from! There Abram finally called on the name of the Lord.   Were Abram and Lot...

LESSON 11 – Abram in...

Discussion – Read Gen. 12:10-20.  Why did Abram go to Egypt? (vs. 10 – there was a famine in Canaan) Did God tell him to do that? (It isn’t mentioned in the Bible that He did.) What plan did Abram come up with on the way to Egypt and why did he think he needed...

LESSON 10 – God’s Co...

{Refer to pages 89-100 of Genesis: Finding our Roots for this lesson. This concludes our use of  this book.} Discussion– This lesson marks a change in the Biblical narrative. Before this the Bible has dealt with the world as a whole. Different men have been mentioned but the...

LESSON 09 – The Towe...

Discussion– See Genesis: Finding our Roots pages 82-88. Read Genesis 10:8-10.   Who was Nimrod? (the grandson of Ham, the son of Cush, a mighty warrior, an empire-builder, he built many cities, one of which was Babylon, in Shinar) Shinar is the Biblical name for Sumer. Sumer was the...

LESSON 08 – Noah’s S...

Discussion– IMPORTANT FYI – Those of you with younger children can, if you wish, skip the story of Noah’s drunkenness. However, this is a good story about the importance of respecting parents. Review it before deciding to cover the story or not. Read 9:18-28. What...

LESSON 07 – God’s Pr...

Discussion {Refer to pages 59-72 of Genesis: Finding Our Roots} Read 9:1-17. This passage is called the Noahic Covenant. It recounts the promises from God to Noah and gives new instructions about how the people were supposed to live. What is the first command God gives Noah in 9:1?...

LESSON 06 – Noah �...

Discussion Read chapter 7.  How many people got on the ark? (8 – Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives) How long were Noah, his family and the animals in the ark before the flood came? (7 days.) Did Noah have to go out and gather up all the animals? (vs. 7 & 15) Who shut the...

LESSON 05 – No...

Discussion Read 6:1-4. Who are the sons of God and daughters of men listed in this section? We really don’t know for sure!  There are two main views. Some Bible commentators insist that the sons of God are evil angelic beings who came down and married women.  Others say the sons of God...

LESSON 04 – Noah’s F...

Discussion Read 5:1-2.  Whose family is going to be listed in this passage? (Adam’s) In verse two it says God called the male and female, “man”.  “Man” or “mankind” in Hebrew is Adam. The genealogy in chapter 5 is very important. It gives us the list of men starting...

LESSON 03 – Cain �...

Discussion Adam and Eve have children. We are told of only the boys in this passage, but we know from reading further that girls were born as well. Why? Where else would have they gotten wives as mention in 4: 17-23? The age-old question of “Where did Cain get his wife?” is really...

LESSON 02 – The Fall...

(NOTE: The lessons that cover the first 11 chapters of Genesis will reference a book, Genesis: Finding Our Roots, by Ruth Beechik. You can purchase this book at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/094031911X/002-2148983-8501635?v=glance&n=283155. It is not necessary to have the book,...

LESSON 01 – Creation...

(NOTE: The lessons that cover the first 11 chapters of Genesis will reference a book, Genesis: Finding Our Roots, by Ruth Beechik. You can purchase this book at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/094031911X/002-2148983-8501635?v=glance&n=283155. It is not necessary to have the book,...