Entries in cities of the bible (9)

Wednesday
Sep112019

Level 2 Lesson Plan: The Town of Sychar

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 30- to 40-minute lesson plan to fill out the post “Cities of the Bible: The Town of Sychar.” It goes with the lesson objectives “Learn of the main milestones in Jesus’ ministry on earth” (Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: Jesus-1c). “Be able to describe the various ministries of disciples, and how utilizing one’s gifts and talents for God’s glory and the furtherance of the great commission is one way in which disciples serve God; identify men and women in history who were disciples and/or missionaries” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Discipleship-2b).

Read Cities of the Bible: The Town of Sychar.”

Locate Sychar on a map. Take note that it is in the area of Samaria and is situated between Capernaum and Jerusalem.

Read John 4:3–43.

View a picture of Jacob’s well mentioned in John 4:5–6.

ReadJesus and the Woman at the Well.”

ReadFaith-Filled Models from the New Testament: The Woman of Samaria.”

Explain how during the time that Jesus was living on earth, the area of Samaria, home to the Samaritans—a people of only partial Jewish heritage—was a place that Jewish people tried to avoid traveling through, even though it was the shortest route between Jerusalem and Galilee. However, Jesus not only passed through there with His disciples, but He also spoke with a Samaritan woman and then spent two nights there teaching the people.

Apply this example: Are there perhaps children of a different ethnic background, social class, or religion (or even lack of religion) in your neighborhood or your child’s school? Talk about how building friendship is part of being a witness of God’s great love for each person, and how no one is outside the circle of His love.

Discuss how the woman reacted to the encouraging things Jesus told her. Did she keep it to herself? What did she do with this news? How can we apply that in our lives?

ReadFill Up to Pour Out!” and “Get Recharged.” Reread John 4:10–14 where Jesus tells the woman about “living water.” As you read John 4, you’ll see that she started taking part in the cycle of living water by telling her friends in town about Jesus.

Did you know that the Samaritan woman from this story is known in church history as the first Christian evangelist? You can be one too by helping others know of the love and friendship you’ve experienced from Jesus.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: Jesus-1c and Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Discipleship-2b

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Copyright © 2019 by The Family International

Friday
Aug092019

Level 2 Lesson Plan: The Town of Capernaum

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 45- to 60-minute lesson plan to fill out the class “Cities of the Bible: The Town of Capernaum.” It goes with the lesson objectives “Learn the major stories of the New Testament” (Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1e); and “Learn of the benefits that loving others brings both to oneself and to others” (Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: God’s Law of Love-1e).

Read Cities of the Bible: The Town of Capernaum.”

Locate Capernaum on a map.

Read Matthew 9:1. Ask your child why he thinks Matthew referred to Capernaum as Jesus’ own town. (We can only presume since the Bible doesn’t tell us why.)

Listen to An Audio Bible Adventure: A Soldier’s Great Faith” or read Luke 7:1–10.

Discuss the faith that was shown by this centurion. Jesus answered the centurion’s request without even going to the man’s house. We too can believe like this centurion did; even though we don’t see Jesus physically with us, we can believe that He’s able and willing to answer our prayers.

Read Mark 1:16–20.

Read Mark 1:21–34.

Read Matthew 9:1–9.

Imagine with your child a person lying on a mattress on the floor, someone who is unable to walk. Next, imagine the person being told to pick up his mattress and start walking. Have your child consider how he or she would react to seeing Jesus perform this miracle.

Ask your child what the names are of the four fishermen and the one tax collector from Capernaum who became Jesus’ disciples. (Answer: Simon [Peter], Andrew, James, John, and Matthew.)

Read Matthew 11:20–23 or Luke 10:1–24.

Reflect with your child on ways the people in Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum saw Jesus manifest His great love for them through the many miracles He performed and through His teachings. (This map shows the close proximity of these towns.)

Read these excerpts from Matthew 5:1–16 and Matthew 5:38–48 of the Sermon on the Mount, teachings that Jesus gave to a large crowd of people at an area near Capernaum.

Discuss possible reasons why the people of these cities might have rejected Jesus and His teachings. (Possibility: Jesus didn’t stop the Romans from taxing the people, nor did He lead them in battle to chase out the Romans. Instead Jesus taught them to treat their enemies with loving kindness.)

Explain that approximately 70 years later, at the time when the Romans destroyed the temple in Jerusalem, they also destroyed Capernaum and the surrounding towns. Referring back to Matthew 5:38–48, ask your child how things might have turned out if the people in these towns had treated their enemies, the Romans, with loving kindness even though the Romans treated them roughly.

Consider with your child any situation they are aware of in their personal life where deeds of loving kindness could change things for the better.

Additional material:

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1e and Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: God’s Law of Love-1e

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Friday
Jul052019

Level 2 Lesson Plan: The City of Jerusalem

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is an hour-long lesson plan (which can be divided up and studied in three sessions if desired) to fill out the class “Cities of the Bible: The City of Jerusalem.” It goes with the lesson objectives “Learn the major stories of the Old Testament” (Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d); and “Understand that God will give courage and provide strength in order for His will to be performed” (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2b).

ReadCities of the Bible: The City of Jerusalem.”

PART 1
REVIEW PARAGRAPH 1:

Look up a map and pictures of the Judean Mountains. (Here is an informative Wikipedia article about the Judean Mountains.)

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 2:

Read Psalm 76:1–2.

Read Genesis 14:18 and Hebrews 7:1–2 .

View this show about “Abram and Melchizedek.”

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 3:

Read Judges 19:10 where Jerusalem is referred to as Jebus.

Read 2 Samuel 5:6–7, 9 about how Jebus (Jerusalem) came to also be known as the “City of David.”

View this short explanation about “Jebus, City of David.”

PART 2
REVIEW PARAGRAPH 4:

Read Joshua 10:1.

Explain that Joshua chapter 10 is both the first place where the city of Jerusalem is mentioned by the name “Jerusalem” in the Bible, and it is also the chapter where the amazing story is told about the sun standing still for one day.

Listen to An Audio Bible Adventure: The Hoax of the Moldy Bread and the Day the Sun Stood Still.”

PART 3
REVIEW PARAGRAPH 5:

Read 2 Chronicles 3:1.

View this description of “Solomon’s Temple.”

Read page 3 of “King Solomon and the Temple.” (See page 4 for a coloring page.)

Read Nehemiah 2:1–6

Listen toAn Audio Bible Adventure: The Man Who Built a Dream” and “An Audio Bible Adventure: In Defense of the Poor.”

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 6:

Find the State of Israel on a world map. Clicking on the name “Israel” on this map will give you a close-up view.


Additional material:

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d and Character Building: Values and Virtues: Courage-2b

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Copyright © 2019 by The Family International

 

Tags: cities of the bible, courage, bible knowledge, great men and women of god, level 2 lesson plan

Friday
Jun072019

Level 2 Lesson Plan: The City of Babylon

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 30- to 45-minute lesson plan to fill out the class “Cities of the Bible: The City of Babylon,” that goes with the lesson objective “Learn the major stories of the Old Testament” (Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d).

ReadCities of the Bible: The City of Babylon.”

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 1:

Read Genesis 11:1–9 about the Tower of Babel.

REVIEW PARAGRAPHS 2 and 3:

Read the chapters below about some of the adventures of Daniel and his friends in Babylon. After reading them, see if the children can name the four kings Daniel served. (Answer: Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, Darius, and Cyrus. This information can be found in chapters 1, 5, and 6.)

Match the Hebrew and Babylonian names of the four Hebrew friends (answers are found in Daniel 1:7):

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 4:

View one of these videos about the Hanging Gardens of Babylon: “Gift for a Queen” or “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: Gardens of Babylon Part 1 and Part 2.

BABYLON TODAY:

View on this map where the ruins of Babylon are found today. Zoom out and you will see the ruins are located south of Baghdad in modern-day Iraq.

View these pictures of a reconstruction of the Ishtar Gate at the Pergamon Museum of Berlin, Germany.

Additional material:

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2019 by The Family International

Friday
May032019

Level 2 Lesson Plan: The City of Nineveh

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 30- to 45-minute lesson plan to fill out the class “Cities of the Bible: The City of Nineveh,” that covers the lesson objectives: “Learn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a); and “Be able to describe what it means to be judgmental, and the negative effects of such an attitude; identify ways to show compassion rather than passing judgment.” (Character Building: Social Skills: Compassion-2b).

ReadCities of the Bible: The City of Nineveh.”

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 1:

Read Genesis 10:1–11 and help the children find the answer to these questions:

  • Was Nineveh built before or after the flood in Noah’s lifetime? (Answer: After.)
  • Besides being the founder of Nineveh, what else was Nimrod known for? (Answer: Being a great hunter.)
  • What was the ancient name of the region where Nineveh was built? (Answer: Assyria.)

Read 2 Kings 19:31–36 and Isaiah 37:33–37 (For those interested, here is the fuller story in Isaiah 37:10–37.)

  • The historical context

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 2:

Read Jonah, chapters 1–4 or a shorter version in a children’s Bible.

Reflect with the children about how it must have been for Jonah. The people of Nineveh were known for being cruel and evil, even posing a threat to the people of Israel. Maybe that’s why he didn’t want to warn them. When he finally did, thinking they would be judged, he was disappointed when they repented and were shown mercy.

Ask the children if they have ever been upset at another child who has been unkind to them, and maybe even thought it was unfair when the other child received attention from other friends, family, or teachers rather than consequences. Talk about how in such situations, even if it’s difficult to show the same mercy God shows, we can look to Jesus for help to do so.

Reflect with the children on how the people of Nineveh did not know how to live right (Jonah 4:11). Then talk about how helpful it is for us to have the examples in the Bible, especially in Jesus’ life, of how to live in a compassionate and caring manner.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 3:

Read Matthew 12:38–41.

Ask the children what similarities there were between Jonah’s and Jesus’ messages to the people, and how these messages helped to change them.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 4:

Find on a map the city of Mosul, where remnants of old Nineveh can be seen today.

Additional material:

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a and Character Building: Social Skills: Compassion-2b

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Copyright © 2019 by The Family International

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DOCX: Level 2 Lesson Plan: The City of Nineveh (Spanish)
DOCX: Level 2 Lesson Plan: The City of Nineveh (Portuguese)

Friday
Apr052019

Level 2 Lesson Plan: The Village of Emmaus

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 30- to 45-minute lesson plan to fill out the class “Cities of the Bible: The Village of Emmaus,” that covers the lesson objective, “Learn of the historical backings to the life of Jesus, His death on the cross, and His resurrection.” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Jesus, God’s Son-2a)

ReadCities of the Bible: The Village of Emmaus.”

Check out the possible location of the village of Emmaus on a map. The village no longer exits, but some believe it might have been located where it is shown on this map.

Look up Luke 24:13–35.

Read Luke 24, verses 13–16.

Ask your child for ideas of why these two disciples didn’t recognize Jesus at first. Some possibilities could be:

•    They knew He had died, so it didn’t occur to them that this could actually be Jesus, Himself.
•    They were not among His closest 12 disciples and perhaps didn’t see Him up close or long enough to remember how He looked.
•    In those days, there was no video or even photographs to help become familiar with how someone looked.

Read Luke 24, verses 17–24.

Imagine with your child the pain and disappointment Jesus’ followers must have experienced when He died, and how their hopes had been dashed for the country of Israel to be restored by Jesus. Then imagine with your child the added confusion His disciples might have experienced when His body had disappeared, thinking it might have been stolen.

Read Luke 24, verses 25–27.

Follow up by reading Messianic Prophecies and Their Fulfillment, Part 1,” and “Messianic Prophecies and Their Fulfillment, Part 2.”

Read Luke 24, verses 28–35.

Imagine with your child the disciples’ surprise and joy as they suddenly recognized Jesus when He blessed and broke the bread.

View Road to Emmaus.”

Reflect how God can use a small village for such a wonderful story. He can do mighty things with each of us, no matter how insignificant we might feel at times.

Additional material:

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Jesus, God’s Son-2a

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2019 by The Family International

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DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: The Village of Emmaus (Spanish)
DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: The Village of Emmaus (Portuguese)

Friday
Mar082019

Level Two Lesson Plan: The City of Dothan

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 30- to 45-minute lesson plan to fill out the class “Cities of the Bible: The City of Dothan,” that covers the lesson objective, “Learn the major stories of the Old Testament.” (Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d)

ReadCities of the Bible: The City of Dothan.”

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 1:
Read
Genesis 37:13–17.

Locate the city of Dothan on a map of Old Testament Israel.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 2:
Read
Genesis 37:3–11.

Discuss together what the causes might have been for Joseph’s brothers being jealous of him.

Discuss together what Joseph could have done differently concerning the dreams he had.

Explore what steps the brothers might have taken to overcome their understandable jealousy in this difficult situation:

  • They could have ignored Joseph when he began to boast.
  • They might have talked with their father directly about why they felt jealous, telling him how they felt he loved the youngest sons more than them.
  • They might have also told their father how they were hurt by Joseph boasting.
  • It’s possible they took these steps but their father wasn’t able to stop Joseph from bragging. If so, the brothers could have focused more on being thankful for good things in their personal lives and not as much on these difficult issues. Though this would not have solved the problem, it would have made it easier to bear.

Read Genesis 37:12–36.

Point out how originally the brothers had not planned to sell Joseph, and how the oldest brother, Reuben, protected Joseph by having him put in the pit instead of being killed as the others were planning to do.

Discuss how due to the brothers not having dealt with their jealousy of Joseph, they now acted out on it. Explain why it’s important to talk about negative experiences or conflicts with a parent, counselor, or teacher who can help to work out a solution or even just to express a conflict with a responsible individual who can help one navigate difficult situations and emotions. By talking with someone responsible, it allows one to get input on possible steps to take to rectify the situation or look for ways to deal with hurt or misunderstanding.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 3:

Read 2 Kings 6:8–23 or “Elisha’s Secret Army.”

Recall together the following points from the story:

  • three miraculous occurrences,
  • one act of mercy,
  • the conclusion.

Talk about God’s mighty power that is available for us to call on for help, and how even if we don’t see specifics that show us it is God’s intervention, we know that He’s at work giving us the assistance we need, just as He was there for Elisha and the people of Dothan.

Talk about the power of the mercy shown to the members of the Syrian army.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 4:

View a picture of Tell Dothan in recent times, found here. (You can follow this link to other pictures of Tell Dothan.)

Additional material:

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d

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Copyright © 2019 by The Family International

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DOCX: Level Two Lesson Plan: The City of Dothan (Spanish)
DOCX: Level Two Lesson Plan: The City of Dothan (Portuguese)

Friday
Feb082019

Level 2 Lesson Plan: The City of Jericho

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 30-minute lesson plan to fill out the class “Cities of the Bible: The City of Jericho,” that covers the lesson objective, “Learn the major stories of the Old Testament.” (Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d)

ReadCities of the Bible: The City of Jericho.”

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 1:
Read
Joshua 2 and Joshua 6:1–5.

Ask the children what examples of faith-filled courage they see in these two passages. (For example, Rahab’s courage to hide the spies; later Rahab’s courage to hang the red rope in her window; the priests marching around Jericho with the trumpets.)

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 2:
Read
Luke 19:1–10 and “October Hero of the Month: Zacchaeus.”

Explore with the children why people considered Zacchaeus to be a sinner.

  • You could have them imagine that an invading foreign government was ruling the country where you live and expecting people to pay taxes to the invading country.
  • Explain that Zacchaeus was collecting taxes for a foreign government, Rome, that had invaded their land, and how he likely also overcharged people in order to enrich himself.
  • Now have the children reflect on how surprising it would be for those citizens to see Jesus going to dinner with such a person.
  • Finally, have the children consider how they would feel if they were Zacchaeus and had been shown such love. Read verse 8 again to see what Zacchaeus promised to do to make amends.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 3:
Listen to “An Audio Bible Adventure: A New Leader and His Undercover Agents.”

Read Hebrews 11:30–31 and ask the children to explain in their own words why Rahab was included in this chapter as a woman of faith.

Read Matthew 1:5–6.

CONCLUSION:
Talk about what these two Bible characters from Jericho (Rahab and Zacchaeus) had in common. (Both were likely looked down on by others for their sins; both received mercy for themselves and their families; both put love into action.)

Additional material: 

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2019 by The Family International

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DOCX: Level 2 Lesson Plan: The City of Jericho (Spanish)
DOCX: Level 2 Lesson Plan: The City of Jericho (Portuguese)

Friday
Jan042019

Level 2 Lesson Plan: The City of Ur

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 30-minute lesson plan to fill out the class “Cities of the Bible: The City of Ur,” that covers the lesson objective, “Learn the major stories of the Old Testament.” (Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d)

ReadCities of the Bible: The City of Ur.”

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 1:
Learn more
about the Ziggurat of Ur here.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 2:
Study a map
to see the area of the world that is now considered to have been the land of Canaan in the days of Abraham. (Note: The biblical land of Canaan comprises the modern-day countries of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Israel.)

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 3:
Read Genesis 17:1–5 about when God changes Abram’s name to Abraham. See if your child can explain in his own words the reason God gave for changing Abram’s name.

Do you know the story about which land Abraham allowed his nephew Lot to have? (Hint: Genesis 13:1–12.)

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 4:
Read Genesis 17:15 where God changes Abraham’s wife’s name from Sarai to Sarah.

REVIEW PARAGRAPH 5:
Read Genesis 12:6–7 about Abraham and his family eventually arriving in the land of Canaan.

WRAP UP:
Read Hebrews 11:8–12 where God honors Abraham and Sarah for faithfully following Him.

Additional material:

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d

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