Last week, we learned about God calling Gideon to be a judge.
Today, we will read about Gideon conquering the Midianites who had taken over the Israelites’ land.
The passage is found in Judges 7:1-25. Some of the key points are:
- God can always provide the victory.
- It is about God not us.
- We should always praise God not men.
Lesson walkthrough and overview
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Remind the child of Gideon and his call to be a judge and conquer the Midianites. Ask the child if Gideon was excited or scared when God called him. Point out that the army of the Midianites was very large and strong.
Ask the child if they think a big or a small army would be better to defeat an enemy with lots of soldiers. Point out that God told Gideon to make the army smaller so that everyone would know that God alone gave Gideon the victory. Remind the child that God still can provide people who trust Him with the victory.
Put out a bowl of water and tell your child to take a drink (this is better done outside to avoid a mess). Depending on how your child chooses to drink, you can talk about whether or not he would have been part of Gideon’s army. Point out that if someone drinks with their face in the water, they cannot see what is going on around them. Talk about how the men who drank by cupping their hands and lifting the water to their mouths showed wisdom by watching their surroundings and being aware.
Read Psalm 20:7, “Some trust in chariots, others in horses. But we trust the Lord our God.” Gather a flashlight/torch, a paper bag, and a horn or paper towel tube. Ask the child if it looks like these items would defeat an enemy. You can play with the items and use them as they appeared in the story by hiding the torch in the paper bag and using the paper towel tube to create a trumpet. Shout, “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon,” as you reenact the steps the soldiers took to defeat the Midianites. Point out that even though things might seem silly and small, God can use them to give us the victory.
Think about some talent that your child has. Consider some ways that God can use the talent to glorify him. Point out that if God can use torches and trumpets, he can also use our abilities.
Talk about how anyone can pray. Think about someone in need of prayers for health, salvation, etc. Set aside a period of time (according to child’s age) and teach them a simple prayer for that person.
Pray with your child and thank God that He can give the victory to those who call on His name.
Games and Activites
Included in this week’s downloadable lesson is a selection of games and activities that can be used to reinforce this week lesson.
- Find with a flashlight
- toy maths
- Flashlight tag
The goal of the worksheets is to teach the lesson of the lessons of Gideon’s army of 300, while supporting educational development and teaching. This weeks lesson includes:
Arts and Crafts
In this weeks lesson you will find:
Lesson includes a free template and instructions.
Looking for a horn craft to go along with this week’s lesson? There is a free template and instruction in our Battle of Jericho lesson.