Lead God’s Flock with Faith and Humility
Lord, help our children to trust in you like Gideon did, whose soldiers carried flames in jars.
Choose any of these children's learning activities that fit their needs and level of maturity.
1. An older child or teacher reads or tells by memory the story of Gideon, Judges 7.
· The Midianites had invaded Israel and were robbing everything of value.
· God let the Midianites punish his people, because they worshipped idols.
· This story tells how Gideon led God’s people to victory, because he trusted in God.
After relating the story, ask these questions about Judges 7:
· Why did God tell Gideon to send home men who were afraid? [See verse 2]
How did God show to Gideon which
soldiers he should keep with him in the battle?
· What did their enemies dream that showed they would lose the battle? [Verses 13-15]
· What three things did the Israelite soldiers carry with them? [Verse 16]
How did God use 300 soldiers to
defeat the enemy army? [Verse 20. They broke the clay jars that hid
the torches and blew the trumpets. The sudden flames and noise confused
the enemies, who fought one another in the darkness.]
2. Dramatize parts of the story of Gideon’s Victory.
· Arrange with the main worship leader to present this drama.
Prepare the children during
their study time.
· Older children or adults play these roles:
Narrator (Summarize the story and help the children remember what
to say and do.).
Younger children play these roles:
Frightened Soldier, Careless Soldier. (Hold a bowl.), Watchful Soldier, Enemy soldiers (Hold imaginary spears or swords.)
Tell the first part of the story, from Judges 7:1-8.
“You have too many soldiers.
“All of you who are afraid, go home.
soldier Set the
bowl on the floor and put your head down, pretending to lap the water.
soldier Bring the water up from
the bowl to your mouth with your hand. Say loudly,
Tell the second part of the story, from Judges 7:9-19.
Voice of God “Go to the enemy camp and listen to what they say.”
Gideon Walk up quietly behind the Midianite soldier and listen: cup a hand by your ear.
soldier “I had a dream.
Go back to your soldiers and say,
Tell the third part of story from Judges 7:20-22).
Gideon Shout, “Now!”
soldier Blow the trumpet,
pretend to smash the pot and raise the torch high. Then shout,
around confused and pretend to fight with each other.
Narrator Thank all those who helped with the drama.
3. If the children dramatize this story for the adults, then let the children also ask the adults the questions under #1 above.
the drama, ask the people to give other examples of how God uses us
even when we are weak,
4. Draw a picture of a jar, a torch and a horn for the children to copy.
· Let the children show their pictures to the adults or their parents, and explain that it reminds us that God uses weak people if we trust Him. Let the older children help the younger.
Some children might like to copy
or colour the picture found at the end of this lesson.
5. Poem. Let 2 or more children recite the verses of Psalm 23.
6. Memorize Mark 9:35:
He called the twelve and said to
them, “If anyone wants to be first,
7. Let older children write poems, songs or drama about someone who is led by faith as Gideon was.
They might do this during the week.
8. Let an older child pray:
“Lord, you are almighty. You always win against the enemy. We are weak, but we trust your power, no matter what happens. We are conquerors through Christ.”