LESSON 2: TEACH THE CHILDREN WELL
When we think of Daniel we think bravery, good looks, government leader, survivor of the lion’s den, prisoner of war, advisor to kings, child… What? Where did child come in? Let’s think about it for a moment.
We know from Scripture that Daniel was a youth, probably about 14 years old (think 8th grader), when he was taken from his home in Israel and into captivity in Babylon. Upon his arrival he was offered the best food and wine in the palace, but thought of a plan to keep himself kosher. Already as a young teenager Daniel was knowledgeable about his God and his faith. I’m fairly sure that the King of Babylon didn’t have any Hebrew schools at the palace. So Daniel had to have had a very solid understanding of his faith, the food laws, the teachings regarding the worship of Yahweh alone, and most importantly a deep respect for the Lord BEFORE arriving in Babylon. When he came to Babylon he then was taught about, “all kinds of literature and learning,” but what he knew about his faith was already so ingrained that he held steadfast to the God of his fathers.
There are two important lessons for us here. 1. The mind of a child is more than capable of taking in and assimilating deep truths about God, and 2. What we believe about God and the world around us, our “worldview” and morality, are pretty well set in stone by the age of 14 and will not easily be changed. In short, we are working with young people in the most crucial time of life for the mind.
Let’s help the children this week understand the aspects and power of the mind in our lives. How can each be renewed by the power of Christ?
BIG IDEA: Love God with your thoughts, imagination, and your smarts.
MEDITATING ON THE WORD:
Daniel 5:12, 14
1 Samuel 3
2 Corinthians 10:5
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. – Mark 12:30
Don’t live any longer the way this world lives. Let your way of thinking be completely changed. Then you will be able to test what God wants for you. And you will agree that what he wants is right. His plan is good and pleasing and perfect. – Romans 12:2
- Who was Daniel and what can we learn from him?
- What kind of a person was Daniel?
- Can we fully understand God? How then can we love Him with our understanding?
- How can we love God with our thoughts?
Think about some areas and thoughts in your mind that you have not yet submitted to Jesus. Ask Him to give your mind a makeover.
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