Teaching from Bible stories
Job 1:1, 8-12
1 There once was a man named Job who lived
in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a
man of complete integrity. He feared God
and stayed away from evil. 8 Then the Lord
asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job?
He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a
man of complete integrity. He fears God
and stays away from evil.” 9 Satan replied to the Lord,
“Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. 10 You
have always put a wall of protection around him
and his home and his property. You have made him
prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is!
11 But reach out and take away everything he has,
and he will surely curse you to your face!”
12 “All right, you may test him,” the Lord said to Satan.
“Do whatever you want with everything he possesses,
but don’t harm him physically.” So Satan left the
God let Satan try to persuade Job to stop trusting in God, break him, and cause him to lose his faith in God. Satan is always trying to cause us to stumble and turn away from God. Sometimes we listen to Satan and do things we shouldn’t do. There are many times that I catch myself doing something wrong and tell him to go back to hell and leave me alone.
Teach your children to recognize the difference between what is of God and what is of Satan.
- If you find your child being mean to another child, ask them if they would like to be treated like that
- With an older child if you find they have broken something, talk to them about the reason they did it
- Was the object not working the way they wanted it to
- Did the object remind them of something that made them sad
- Are they upset about something and taking out their aggression
Once you have the child settled down talk with them about how they feel. If it is a bad feeling then Satan is trying to make them misbehave. Tell them to think first before acting. Would God or you, the parent, be happy with what they are about to do? Explain that God is always there and wants to help them to be good.
1 Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in
mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD
therefore I shall not slide. 2 Examine me, O LORD,
and prove me; try my reins and my heart. 3 For thy
lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked
in thy truth. 4 I have not sat with vain persons, neither will
I go in with dissemblers. 5 I have hated the congregation
of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.2
In this reading from Psalms David is putting his life before God. He says that he has tried to do as well as he can in the sight of God. The psalm goes on to ask God to help him keep his eyes on God and to not sin.
When your child is facing a tough decision ask them to think about the consequences:
- Is what they are about to do going to hurt anyone including themselves
- Would God be happy with their choice
- Is what they are about to do going to help someone else
We too face times we need to ask these same questions of ourselves and our choices. Share this with your child so they can see how you have found your answer.
Jesus Christ Is God’s Son
1 Long ago God spoke many times and in many
ways to our ancestors through the prophets.
2 And now in these final days, he has spoken to
us through his Son. God promised everything to
the Son as an inheritance, and through the
Son he created the universe. 3 The Son radiates
God’s own glory and expresses the very character
of God, and he sustains everything by the
mighty power of his command. When he had
cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the
place of honor at the right hand of the majestic
God in heaven. 4 This shows that the Son is far
greater than the angels, just as the name
God gave him is greater than their names.3
In the Old Testament the prophets talked about the coming of the Messiah, the coming of the Son of God. Then in the New Testament God’s Son is born. He tells us that Jesus will walk with us and tell us what His Fathers words are for us. He sits at the right hand of God and is above all including the angels.
We need to share this good news with our children. That God loved us so much that he sent Jesus to be on earth to walk and talk with people. Also that He can relate to what we go through in daily life. That He has experienced everything that we do.
- He fasted: so He felt hunger
- He went to a wedding: He had a good time at a party
- His friend Lazarus died: so He felt loss
- He was beaten: He felt the pain of bullies
- He died on the cross for us: He made it possible for us to come blameless and talk with God.
- Without His death and taking away all of our sins, we couldn’t be in the presence of God
- The Holy Spirit speaks for us when we don’t have the words to say
- Because of His love we can feel His loving arms around us, supporting us
Use these lessons to strengthen your faith and to teach your child of the love of God.
1 Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Job 1:8–12). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.
2 The Holy Bible: King James Version. (1995). (electronic ed. of the 1769 edition of the 1611 Authorized Version., Ps 26:1–5). Bellingham WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
3 Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Heb 1:1–4). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.