Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Unit 3 / Week 2 - Easter Is Coming: Righteous Indignation - Matthew 20:17-19

Unit Theme: Easter Is Coming, Easter is Coming
The "Road to Easter" is, in a very literal way, the road to Jerusalem, and begins with Jesus telling the 12 what will happen. In Mark 10:32 (NIV) we read, "They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him."  It is important to note that even though this was the 3rd time Jesus told him his "fate", they were astonished and afraid.  Astonished because their understanding of what Jesus' mission as the Christ was flawed, even though he had taken 3 years to teach them. Afraid, because they were human, and their faith was week.  This is instructive for all of us because even though we know Jesus was fully human, out knowledge of him also being fully God can get in the way of understanding what happened and what it meant to die on the cross; however, the 12 were fully human and they erred.  It is in some ways comforting to realize that even those who were his closest brothers and students, who lived with him for 12 years, made mistakes and didn't always get it right.

Unit Verse: Matthew 20:17-19 (NIV) Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them,"We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!"

Unit Warm up Before Class

Name of Game: What Would You Give Away?
Equipment: 
   a) Index Cards. Oxford 3X5 Glow Index Cards, Ruled, Assorted Colors, 300 Count (81300). I use colored ones, so I know by a glance what they meaning of each card is, because of a color code, but is is not necessary to the game.
   b) Some marker to write with, large enough print for all children to read.
   c) Someone to interview students before class as they come in, and to record answers.

How to Play the Game:
   a) Have 1 or more people ask each student 2 questions, writing the answers on color coded cards if you are using them. The 2 questions are always the same.  What would you Give Up and What would you NOT Give Up.  For Example:
     
     1) Question 1 on Pink or Orange cards: What would you give up or give away to someone without hesitation.  If they say anything, seek deeper, making sure they know they will never get it back.  This is not a morality play, but a real question.  Like, would you give your cat or x-box away?
     2) Question 2 on the Yellow or Green cards: What would you NOT or Never give away.  Same thing, if they give crazy answers or difficult to believe answers, keep asking questions.

   b)  Once you have enough cards (Keep them and add to them each week - you can even even make up some answers so you have enough, before you start classes this cycle) put one child in the middle of the room in a chair, pick a card at random, and have the other children ask 20 Questions, trying to guess what is on the card.  DO NOT TELL them about the color code (if used) ever, and do not even concern yourself with it, until the game is over.  If they do not guess what is on the card, in 20 questions, the person is middle wins and selects the next student to sit in the chair.  If they do guess it, the person who guesses it is the winner, and sits in the chair. Keep the card that was used, and pick on at random or what appears to be random, and give it to the new player. 
       Repeat until you have run out of time or it is time to start regular class.

Why we are Playing the Game – Purpose: At the end of the game, pull all the children in, and then read the cards that were things that SOMEONE WANTED TO GIVE AWAY.  Ask them if they would want to give them away and why.  Then repeat with the things that SOMEONE DID NOT WANT TO GIVE AWAY, and ask them if they would give those away and why.  The first 4 weeks, just play the game.  In week 5, Ask them what Jesus had that he would not give away.  Go with the flow, but lead them to he gave up his life, even though he knew it was going to hurt and he was going to die as a human.
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God Rocks Lesson Plan Unit 3 Week 2

Purpose: Teach the students “the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law” Was the result of Jesus bringing the TRUTH about God into Judea and in particular, into the Temple.Matthew 21:12-13 (NIV) Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.“It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’”

There are countless episodes where Jesus confronts the teachers and priests of the time, and all of them added together explain why they were so angry. Feel free to mention any of them that are important to you.  I picked this one, because is falls on the heels of the unit verse, and is believed to have happened right after he entered the Jerusalem.

Order of Class:
(1-3 are always the same, and totally optional)

1) Opening Prayer - mention anything you think needs to be prayed about, including the needs of your students.  You might want to ask them their needs.

2) Praise and Worship

3) Offering - make sure they know where or what the money collected is going toward.  You are not teaching them anything if they are not participating by choice.

4) Interpretive Bible Reading.



     4a) Supplies: You will need a Bible, and someone to read it and someone who does not mind people laughing as they "Act."  Normally, in the first week, I am the "fool" acting, and another adult or teen reads, and we move toward the students taking both rolls as the unit unfolds. 

     4b) How to Play: Some will read these verses, stopping every line or so: 

Matthew 21:12-13 (NIV) Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.“It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’”

If you are looking for a good illustration to better understand what happened, visually, this is one of my favorite mental images for this part of scripture.  

       
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     4c) Debrief the Game: Ask them if they know what a temper tantrum is?  Duh.  Of course they do, but if you ask them, it is like asking their permission to teach them, so they are involved more. Then:
          a) Ask them what kids have  temper tantrums over?
          b) Pick one of the reason, and have someone or more than 1 act that out.
          c) Ask them was Jesus having a temper tantrum? (NO)
          d) Ask them what the difference is?  (Anger has a place, if our Lord can act out in anger, to protect the image of his God, from those who knew better - the priest and teachers - then there is a place for our anger too.)
          e) Ask them where or when it might be ok to act out our anger?  (Examples: Someone uses violence on someone else, and you stop it.  Someone is getting hurt by careless behavior - etc.)

Now Play the Game again, and read the Unit Verse - taking more time on the part in red, this weeks section.

Matthew 20:17-19 (NIV) Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them,"We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!"

Ask them why the priests and teachers of the law were so mean to Jesus?  (The above example)


5) Summary - Read the verse again, and ask what the whole thing means.  Help them come to understanding each time a child asks any question.
     This is your chance to make sure they know the wonder of the scripture and the power of God's love, so follow your calling, being a teacher.  The Spirit is within you and with you; Just go with it. 

6) There is Still Time: If you have run out of things to do but still have time, then play - The Bible reading game with the Unit verse.
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Lesson Plans in the God Rocks Curriculum Before this One:

a. Introduction to God Rock's Lesson Planning System - Click Here.
1. Unit 1, Week 1 - Being In Christ - Click Here
2. Unit 1, Week 2 - New Creation - Click Here.
3. Unit 1, Week 3 - The Old Has Passed Away - Click Here.
4. Unit 1, Week 4 - The New Has Come - Click Here.
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5. Unit 2, Week 1 - Fasting and Looking Gloomy - Click Here.
6. Unit 2, Week 2 - What Reward Did They Get - Click Here.
7. Unit 2, Week 3 - Remember Who it is For - Click Here.
8. Unit 2, Week 4 - Remember Who it is For - Click Here.
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9.   Unit 3, Week 1 – Entering the City of David - Click Here.
10. Unit 3, Week 2 – Righteous Indignation - This Article
11. Unit 3, Week 3 – Even the 12 Doubted 
12. Unit 3, Week 4 – The Arrest of Jesus 
13. Unit 3, Week 5 – Jesus on the Cross

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