On Sunday, our Community Kids learned about the ark of the covenant being a physical reminder of God's tangible presence with his people. The ark was kept in the holy of holies in the tabernacle, except in times of war or when the people of Israel were on the move. Once a year, a priest would approach the ark and sprinkle blood on the mercy seat on the ark's top for the forgiveness of the people's sins. The ark and what it represented was temporal and pointed forward to the substantial reality of God who would come and live among His people.
As we enter this Thanksgiving season, we can be filled with thankfulness when we realize that Jesus is better than the ark because He is always with us. He lived a perfect life and then died in our place. He is better than the bulls and goats whose blood was sprinkled on the ark because His sacrifice is once, for all time (Heb. 10:10). Jesus then was resurrected and ascended into heaven where He, in His glorified human body, now prays for us. We should be humbled and filled with confidence that no matter what we face, God's Holy Spirit is with us. The Son is interceding for us. Because Jesus stands between the Father and us, we can "approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time” (Heb. 4:16). We can go before God daily because of Jesus. We have so much to be thankful for. And when we are filled with thankfulness, it should move us to worship.
Find resources designed to help you lead your family in a worship experience at The Gospel Project At Home: Eli's Sons Disobeyed God.
"Enter his gates with thankgsiving and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name." Psalm 100:4
FAMILY TALKING POINTS
This is the big idea of how this week’s Bible story points to Jesus.
● Toddlers: God sent His Son, Jesus, to be with His people forever.
● Preschool: The ark of God reminded the Israelites that God was with them. Many years later, God gave His people something even better to remind them that He was with them. God sent His Son, Jesus. One of Jesus’ names is Immanuel, which means “God with us.”
● Kids: The ark of God reminded the Israelites that God was with them. Years later, God gave His people something greater than a sign that He was with them; God gave them His Son, Jesus—God in the flesh. One of Jesus’ names is Immanuel, which means “God with us.”
BIG PICTURE QUESTION & ANSWER
This is an important biblical truth that your child will encounter each week of this unit.
● Preschool: What is the punishment for sin? The punishment for sin is separation from God.
● Kids: What is the fair payment for sin? The fair payment for sin is death.
This is a Bible verse that relates to what your child will encounter each week of this unit.
● Babies & Toddlers: God gives life forever. Romans 6:23
● Preschool: For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
● Kids: For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
** Next Community Kids Gathering (12/3): God Takes Sin Seriously (Ephesians 2)