Nature Window: Cat's Eyes
God gave cats a very special ability. They can see very well at night. He gave their eyes an extra mirror in the back that reflects the tiny bit of light at night twice for them, so that darkness doesn't look very dark to them. This allows cats in the wild or outdoors to be able to continue hunting at night. It's very hard to hide from a cat.
Cats' eyes remind me of the Bible verses, Job 34:21,22, which say, "For [God's] eyes are on the ways of man, and He sees all his steps. There is no darkness..." (NKJV). Did you know that God's eyes are even better than a cat's eyes? Whenever we do naughty things, we are in the dark. We may even think that no one sees us, but God sees us. There was a prophet in the Bible named Jonah who actually tried to runaway and hide from God. Of course, God saw him and even sent a giant fish to catch Jonah. We will learn more about Jonah and God's great love in our Bible story today.
On your nature walk today or looking out your nature window, see if you spot a cat. Notice how good cats are at just watching things. They stay very still, especially if they are interested in getting closer. Can you sit still while listening to your Bible story? Close your eyes and see if you can picture it.
Memory Mastery: The Godhead
This quarter we are learning more about the Godhead. During our time, we will unpack a little of the mystery of God to help the children understand some important principles. At the end of our questions and answers, you will find a poem about the Godhead that I want the children to memorize.
Who is God?
Did God really make everything? What was there before Him?
Reference: Acts 17:24-28
Do you like to be alone all by yourself? Neither does God.
In fact, did you know God has his own family?
References: 1 John 5:7; Mark 1:9-11
Can we see God?
References: 1 John 4:12; John 6:46; Hebrews 4:14; John 15:26; John 14:7-9
Here is a poem I wrote to help us remember each person of the Godhead.
(This poem is the actual memory mastery project we will memorize as a class.)
Mission Trip: A Secondary School for Gabon
Our 13th Sabbath mission offering is going to help build a new Seventh-day Adventist secondary school in Franceville, Gabon. Secondary schools there serve children in grades 6 to 12. Can you set aside your coins this quarter to help with this special mission project?
Pretend you are part of the mission team to help build a school for our friends in Gabon. Find some blocks or use Play-doh and craft sticks to build your school.
The official language of Gabon is French. Can you say, Happy Sabbath, in French? Bon Sabbat!
Bible Story: God Sends Jonah to Nineveh
Reference: Book of Jonah
God told his prophet Jonah to visit the Assyrian city of Nineveh and warn the people there. God was going to punish them if they didn't stop doing wicked things. Jonah didn't want to go to Nineveh. He got in a boat headed for Tarshish instead.
While Jonah slept on the boat, God sent a great wind storm to rock the boat. The men in the boat thought they would all die. They wondered why this storm attacked their boat.
The men on the boat woke up Jonah and asked him if he knew why there was this big wind storm. Prophet Jonah told them that he had disobeyed God. With Jonah's permission, the men threw Jonah over the boat into the water. Immediately the storm calmed down.
Jonah thought he would die, but he prayed to God for help. God sent a big fish to swallow Jonah. He was in the fish's belly for 3 days and 3 nights. He told God he was sorry for not obeying His command to preach to Nineveh. The fish spit Jonah out of its mouth on dry ground.
Prophet Jonah went to Nineveh and preached to the people there. He told them God would punish them in 40 days if they did not stop doing wickedness. The people listened to Jonah. Even the king listened to Jonah. Everyone was sad and sorry. They prayed to God for forgiveness. God decided he would not punish the city.
Our prayer verse is Numbers 14:18, which says, "The Lord doesn’t become angry quickly. The Lord has great love. The Lord forgives sin and law breaking. He has great mercy" (ICB). God loves all the people of the world. He wants all of them know of His love. He wants to help everyone to do what is right. This is why He sent prophet Jonah to Nineveh. This is why we can always come back to God and say, I'm sorry. He will welcome us and help us.
Dear Father God, When You show me that I am doing wrong, help me be sad for my sin and say, I'm sorry. Thank You for Jesus who died for me. In Jesus' Name, Amen
Let's play a game called Hug and Seek. I will close my eyes, and you will hide. When I find you, we will hug and say, I love you. Now, let's switch turns.
The Bible says we are "lost" when we do naughty things. When we see that God sent Jesus to die for us, we are sad for the naughty things we did. When we say, I'm sorry, to God, God "finds" us again with His love. This is what happened to Jonah and the people of Nineveh who became sad for the bad things they did and asked for forgiveness from God.
Adapted from Children's Ministry Magazine Online.