SOLOMON AND THE TEMPLE
Foundational Truth : God is good
Lesson Focus : Solomon was wise, but as he got older, he disobeyed God. Jesus is the true wise King.
This term at Church, Sunday School is learning about God’s people the Israelites in the Old Testament. The Old Testament tells us about God and His people before Jesus came to save sinners. God’s people in the Old Testament were waiting for Jesus to come and save sinners. Last week we learnt about Solomon building God’s special house the temple. On the count of three, say, “Solomon!” 1-2-3 Solomon! Today we are going to learn about what happened to God’s people the Israelites when Solomon their king disobeyed God.
When Solomon was a young man he was very, very wise. He was famous for his great wisdom! But as Solomon grew older, he disobeyed God. God’s people the Israelites - On the count of three, say, “Israelites!” 1-2-3 Israelites! – the Israelites disobeyed God as well. Because God’s people didn’t follow His commands, God divided the kingdom of Israel.
(Hold up your bible) The bible is God’s true Word. The bible is from God and about God. Let’s read about how God divided His people.
READ : 1 Kings 11:31-33
“this is what the LORD, the God of Israel says: “See, I am going to tear the kingdom out of Solomon’s hand and give you ten tribes. But for the sake of my servant David and the city of Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, he will have one tribe. I will do this because they have forsaken me”.
God divided His kingdom because Solomon led Israel to disobey God. So the Israelites were split into two groups: Israel in the north and Judah in the south – As you say this put one arm up pointing north and one arm down pointing south. And now God’s people had two kings instead of one – Have your children hold up one finger on one hand and two fingers on the other hand. But even with two kings, the Israelites kept disobeying God. But God is good, so He kept His promise to His people. God is good so He sent Jesus to be our true wise king - on the count of three, say, “Jesus!” 1-2-3 Jesus! Jesus was much wiser – stretch your arms out wide – than Solomon. Jesus always obeyed God. And Jesus helps God’s people to obey God too! God gave us our King, Jesus, so that we might know and obey Him. God is good!
On the count of three whisper “God is good”: 1-2-3- God is good!
Now, on the count of three say in a normal voice “God is good”: 1-2-3- God is good!
Now, on the count of three shout “God is good”: 1-2-3- God is good!
REVIEW QUESTIONS - Great for 3-5yrs - for littles you can go through the questions and help them to say the answers with you
This is where we are in God’s Big Story timeline. (You and your children point to the God’s people wait section) SEE HERE
Which king led the Israelites to disobey God? (Solomon)
Who were God’s people? (the Israelites)
What happened to God’s Kingdom? (it was divided into two kingdoms – hold up two fingers)
How many kings did Israel have now? (two – hold up two fingers)
Did God keep His promise? (Yes!)
Who did God send to be our true wise King? (Jesus!)
Is Jesus wiser than Solomon? (Yes! Hold out your arms and say “much wiser”)
Did Jesus always obey God? (Yes!)
Is God good? (Yes!)
Go through the Gospel Finger play SEE HERE
REPEATED PRAYER - help you children repeat this pray in small chunks after you if they would like to. Otherwise you can just lead your children through this prayer as a family.
Dear God – we praise you - for you are good! - Thank you – for sending Jesus – our true King. Help us – to obey You. – In Jesus name - Amen.
Get your Sunday School craft pack. Find the craft stencil and envelop labelled lesson
1. Get your Sunday School craft pack. Find the craft stencil and envelop labelled lesson
2. Glue blue crepe paper balls on the map for water. Colour in the two kings. Glue one king onto each of the kingdoms. Glue green crepe paper balls on the map for the southern kingdom Judah. Glue red crepe paper balls on the map for the northern kingdom Israel.
3. Glue your craft into your creche book.
1. Pick an area of your property that you can divide in two. This might be a single room, the living room area, your backyard, your driveway etc. Find a way to divide up that area into two. You might use a sheet/blanket, chalk, pillows, tape, rocks etc.
2. Divide your family up between these two halves. Pick someone to be in charge of each kingdom.
3. Take turn making rules. Parents will need to give ideas/ set the example. These rules might be things like – “everyone in my kingdom has to run on the spot”, “everyone in my kingdom has to clap their hands”, “everyone in my kingdom can’t speak” etc.
4. Then spend some time talking with your children about how even though having your own separate kingdoms can seem fun at first, it stops being fun very quickly.
5. Talk about how hard it would be to not be altogether. Name the things you would miss about spending time together.
6. Talk about how tempting it is to look at what the other kingdom is doing and try and copy them.
7. Talk about how God’s people did this, and it led them astray.
8. Talk about how great it is that Jesus came to be our one true King.
9. Talk about how good it will be to gather again with our Church after the Coronavirus!