“Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.” Amos 5:14
The word seek means “to search”. We must seek good things in this world, not evil. In our lesson today, we find that God’s people had quit seeking good and were continually doing evil. Remember, God spoke to His people through prophets many years ago. God sent his prophets to tell the people to seek God and follow His commands.
If you think about it, the prophets had a fascinating role in history. God sent His prophets to tell the people to seek God and follow His commands. They were entrusted with God’s Words to be delivered to the people. Exposing the sins of the people and revealing the need for repentance (turning a humble heart back to God), took much courage. Although it was a difficult task, we see faithful men accomplish what God asked of them. Even when the people refused to listen at the time, we see God working to fulfill His plan. As students of the Bible, we should never be afraid to study the words written in the books of prophecy. Remember, the prophets also reminded the people that the Promised One (Jesus) would come. Take note: God knew and chose these men.
Keep in mind that much of the prophets’ message was to “seek good, and not evil.” Seek means “to search”. We must continue to seek good and learn to always obey God’s commands.
Optional Worksheets to be downloaded:
Ideas for children:
In any lesson, you may want to work on your coloring timeline – especially when it relates to the lesson.
Display the poster of the books of the Old Testament (may be downloaded from lesson 4 blog). Review the books of the Major Prophets (showing them on the poster). You may have them draw a picture of their favorite event from the books of the Major Prophets. Review the 3×5 cards if you made them, practicing the divisions. Focus on putting the books of the Major Prophets in order for today’s lesson.
Because Daniel’s life is such a popular event in the Bible, you may find some Daniel stickers to work on. Or you may find a coloring picture that fits today’s lesson. There are many free coloring sheets online. Just type in a favorite and search away!
On the wall you have chosen in your classroom to become a huge mural: For this week, have them each choose a Major Prophet. Have them write a few things that they learned that helps identify them from the other prophets. Encourage them to include the time God called them to become a spokesman for God. Have them look for opportunities that God places before them (especially this week) to be a voice for God in this world.
Continue having them bring a picture, a news article, a poem they have written, a picture they may have drawn, etc. of something that is relevant to each of the following week’s lessons. Encourage everyone to participate. Watch as it grows weekly, as they express what God is revealing to them through our study of how the Bible fits into His plan to help us become more like Him.