Teaching Goal: God is our protector from Satan and evil.
Scripture: Zechariah 3:1-2 Then he showed me Jeshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you Satan. The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you. Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?”
Zechariah 10:4 From Judah will come the cornerstone, from his the tent peg.
Luke 22:31 Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayer for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.
Materials: Campfire Long stick
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ACTIVITY #1: Build a campfire. Make sure the long stick is in the campfire and is charred or burning. While building and sitting around the campfire give the background and tell the story of Jeshua.
We are going to learn the story of Jeshua. Does anyone know about Jeshua? Listen to answers. The story of Jeshua is found in the Old Testament in the book of Zechariah. Jeshua lived in a dangerous and exciting time. The Israelites, God’s chosen people, had been taken captive by the enemy, the Babylonians. Many Israelites had been killed and their cities, including Jerusalem had been destroyed. For years, the surviving Israelites lived as captives spread across the foreign lands of Babylon. Finally, it was time for the Israelites to go home. God was calling his people out of captivity in foreign lands to return to their home in Jerusalem.
Jeshua was the high priest, like an important pastor or church leader today, during this exciting time. God called Jeshua to be a leader of the Israelites as they returned to Jerusalem.
Does anyone know who Zechariah is? Listen to answers. Zechariah was a prophet who lived at the same time as Jeshua. God would give messages to Zechariah in visions and Zechariah had a vision about Jeshua.
The vision: Jeshua was standing between an angel and Satan. Satan was accusing Jeshua of many things. But in the vision, God says to Satan, “Enough!” God rebukes Satan and stands up for Jeshua. God compares Jeshua to a burning stick that is snatched from the fire. Read Zechariah 3:1-2.
Pull the long stick out of the fire. It should be charred or burning. USE CAUTION AND BE SAFE! What do you think God was saying when he compared Jeshua to a burning stick snatched from the fire? Listen and encourage guesses. Who is the stick? What is the fire? What is the charred part of the stick? Who pulls the stick out of the fire? The charred wood might represent the things Satan accused Jeshua of doing. If God had not protected Jeshua he might have been destroyed by the bad things just like this fire would destroy the stick.
How does this story apply to our lives? How could your life or someone else’s life be “charred” today? How does Satan try to accuse you of mistakes you’ve made or problems you struggle with? Can you sense God standing up for you saying, “Enough. Get away Satan.” God wants to forgive our sins while Satan just wants to torment us with guilt over our sins.
I am not a loser, Jesus says, “Enough!” To Satan the accuser,
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