Lesson 3 (Lesson 29): Judges 1-12: Decline of the Judges

Key Verse:

“The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”  Proverbs 15:3

Read the Key Verse with your class.  Ask your students if they can see everything all of the time.  Help them understand that we are limited in what we can see.  God is not.  Help them understand that God can see everything, everywhere, all of the time!  Even when we don’t think God knows what is going on, He does.  Today we see what happens to a people who forgot God.  The people turned their heart from Him and did evil.

Summary:  Judges was a sad time in Israel’s history.  Notice:  Judges 3:7 “And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves.”   They did not obey the commands God had given them.  There was a vicious cycle that began of the people forsaking God, God allowing the enemy to oppress the people, the people crying out to God, and God sending a deliverer (a judge) to end the oppression.  (They had a people and land but rejected their God.)  We see the rejection go from actions to a verbal request.  In spite of the people’s rejection of God, we see that God never forsook His people.  He continued to send a deliverer each time they cried out.

Encourage your students to bring their Bibles and use them!

Emphasis:  The people in Judges became like the people who lived in Canaan land, the people they did not remove from the land.  When they became like them, their hearts were turned from God and God allowed the enemies to oppress them.  We, today, must not be like the world around us, or they will turn our hearts from God.


Optional Worksheets to be downloaded:

Lesson 29 – Volume 1 Children’s Worksheet 1

Lesson 29 – Volume 1 Children’s Reinforcement Worksheet

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 picture below).  For today’s lesson we made a coloring book for each child.  Because Gideon is such a popular judge, there were many choices of coloring pages.  I chose some that told the story of Gideon’s life.  I had a book of construction paper cut and stapled together for them to glue the different pictures into in the correct order.  We colored some of the pictures in them with the time we had left.  They were then able to take their books home to color the rest of the pictures as they had time, helping them remember what we had learned in class that day.

Mural idea:

Refer to the wall in your classroom that has become a mural.

By now your class should be in a groove as to the direction and areas in which they need to focus and work on to improve their Christian lives.  Use this knowledge to help you address specific areas in each lesson that your class can discuss and share as you add new things to your mural.  Continue to watch as your class grows in their knowledge of not only God’s Word, but areas in their lives that can be corrected, drawing them closer to the Lord.

Have them each add anything else they may have brought to add to the wall.  Encourage everyone to participate.

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