Accomplishing Great Things with Help

Scenarios
Child is trying to do something challenging and not accepting any help; child failed to accomplish something he tried doing by himself; siblings are not working together

Scripture Lesson
After Moses freed the Israelites from the Egyptians and while traveling through the wilderness, they were attacked by the Amalekites, a group of robbers led by a man named Amalek. At this time, Amalekites were kind of like pirates or bandits who wandered around the desert looking for people to rob and kill. Moses told Joshua, one of his assistants and the one who would succeed Moses as prophet, to gather an army to defend themselves. Joshua did as Moses asked and went to battle while Moses along with Aaron and Hur watched from the top of a hill.  

Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand. So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: (Exodus 17:8-10)

As they fought an incredible miracle happened. While holding his staff, when Moses would raise his hands in the air Israel would start winning the battle and when he would put down his arms the Amalekites would start winning.

and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. Exodus 17:10-11)

Question
Doesn’t that sound like a super easy way to win a battle?
How long do you think a battle usually lasts?
Do you think you can hold up your hands that long?

Activity
Have your kids raise both their arms in the air and see how long they can last.

It was looking like a sure win but we all know when arms stay in the air too long they start to get tired and that’s exactly what happened to Moses. His arms became heavy.

Question
What do you think Moses should do to keep his arms up?

Well, listen to what they did.

But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. (see picture above) And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. (Exodus 17:12-13)

Question
What kind of help did Aaron and Hur give Moses?
What do you think of their solution?

Joshua and his army were able to win the battle. Moses knew that the only way he could accomplish this great miracle was with the help of Aaron, Hur, and God. The story isn’t quite done. Just a few more verses. Let’s see what God told Moses to do next.

And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah-nissi: For he said, Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation. (Exodus 17:14-17)

Moses was told to do what he could to remember this story and share it from time to time with the Israelites so they would remember what God had done to help them.

Question
Why do you think it is important to remember the things God has done for you?

Application
Question
How does this story apply to our family?
Next time someone in our family has a problem to overcome, what should the rest of us do?

God Provides our Knowledge

Scenarios
Child has been bragging about how smart they are;

Scripture Lesson
King Nebuchadnezzar was king of Babylon, a once powerful empire, that captured Jerusalem in 597 BC. During his reign, one night, he had a dream that troubled him. He knew the dream was important but didn’t know how to interpret it so he asked all his wise men. 

And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him. Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king. And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream. Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack, O king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation. (Daniel 2:1-4)

Question
What did the wise men ask the King before they could interpret the dream?

However, King Nebuchadnezzar knew that if he told them his dream they could interpret the dream however they wanted whether it was right or wrong, so instead he asked them to tell him what his dream was and then interpret it.

The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me. But if ye will not make known unto me the dream, there is but one decree for you: for ye have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, till the time be changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that ye can shew me the interpretation thereof. (Daniel 2: 8-9)

However, the wise men could not provide such a thing and the King became furious.

The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king’s matter: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean. And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there is none other that can shew it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh. For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon. (Daniel 2: 10-12)

Question
Why didn’t the Chaldeans or the other wise men just guess what the king’s dream was?

Let’s see what happens next.

Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation. Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions: That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him. I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king’s matter. Daniel 2: 20-23)

Questions
-It’s subtle, but what did Daniel and his friends do to learn the King’s dream?
-What was the first thing Daniel did after he was shown the King’s dream?
-Why do you think he thanked God?
-Why don’t you think he said, “Yes, I’m a genius! I figure it out!”?
-Why is it important for us to thank God when he gives us knowledge?

Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king; But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Daniel (2:27-28)

He then continued to tell the King his dream and the interpretation of it. As you can imagine, the King was quite impressed. (If the kids are interested in the dream see Daniel 2:31-45)

Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him. The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret. Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon. Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.(Daniel 2:46-49)

Questions
-Who was the King impressed with? Was it Daniel, God or both?
-What did the King do with Daniel?

Application

Questions
-Who is the provider of all our knowledge?
-Even if you are the one who reads the books and goes to classes? Is God the provider of knowledge then?
-Why is it important for us to acknowledge God is our provider of knowledge?
-Next time you get a good grade in school or on a test, what should you do?