“Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:” Exodus 19:5
Read today’s Key verse with your class. Ask your students if they know what jewels are or what a treasure is. Is it special? Is it important? In today’s memory verse, “peculiar treasure” are words used to refer to the people of Israel as God’s private possession because He chose them, delivered them from Egyptian bondage, and shaped them into what He wanted them to be (called jewels in Malachi 3:17). Just as we feel treasures and jewels are special and important, God considers His people his special treasure or jewel. Today we understand that Christians are a “peculiar treasure” to God (Titus 2:14 and 1 Peter 2:9). We are very special and important to Him.
Summary: God had delivered His people from bondage in Egypt. He had chosen them to be a special people to Him. He gave them laws so they could obey Him. He sent an Angel (Jesus) to go before them and lead them. God revealed Jesus through the tabernacle and its furnishings. God even gave them someone talented to build it and the implements to be placed inside. Even with all of this, they still forget God. They worship an idol, and Moses prays for them. God still left his Angel (Jesus) with them to lead them. When they finish the tabernacle and set it up, God comes down in a cloud of glory and dwells among His people.
Emphasis: We are to understand that Christians are to be a peculiar treasure to God. I Corinthians 6:20: “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Encourage your students to bring their Bibles and use them!
Optional Worksheets to be downloaded:
Ideas for children:
Stickers always work well with children. Often times I watch Wal-Mart or Oriental Trading Company for specials or deals on things I can use for crafts for Sunday School (i.e. foam sheets, Bible Story scene stickers, crowns, stick on jewels, construction paper, etc.). I keep a stash and when I need something, I go search in my stash! Pinterest always has great ideas!
You could have a coloring sheet that goes with the lesson.
One idea for today’s lesson: (See pictures below). One time we used Ten Commandment stickers and placed them inside of a half sheet of brown construction paper folded in half. Another time, we cut apart the printed out copy of the Ten Commandments and glued them in the correct order inside of an outline of what we envision the Ten Commandments may have looked like.
Refer to the wall in your classroom that has become a mural. Today, have them choose an implement of the tabernacle that we learned about today. Have them write how that implement reminds us of Jesus. They may want to draw a picture of one of the implements. Remind them that we are the temple of God and Jesus lives in our hearts. We need to live like we have Jesus there.
Have them each add anything else they may have brought to add to the wall. Encourage everyone to participate.