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.
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)
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.
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.
a. Introduction to God Rock's Lesson Planning System - Click Here.
5. Unit 2, Week 1 - Fasting and Looking Gloomy - Click Here.