Sharing Time August 2012- Weeks 3 and 4: I should do things on the Sabbath that will help me stay close to Heavenly Father.

Thoughts:  I love the idea of Sabbath observance.  I love the idea of taking a break from the normal world and stepping back and creating space for God.  But in all reality with kids and teaching primary normally I need 6 days to recover from Sunday 🙂

I really love the idea of emphasizing that we are so busy that we often miss the beauty that God had created for us on Earth.  In my house we try to talk about appreciating beauty on Sunday.  Beautiful books, beautiful conversations with family members, beautiful art, and beautiful time together.  We also eat dessert on Sunday.  I try to make sabbath not something to dread but something to create, to appreciate, and to worship.

 

Identify Doctrine:  I want to tell the children how other religions celebrate the sabbath on different days.  And even in our church if you live in Dubai (the Muslim Sabbath is on Friday) that you will go to church on Friday.  If you live in Israel  you would go to church on Saturday.  In Hong Kong they have church every day because so many people have to work and Jesus wants as many people as possible to come to church and to take the sacrament and to see their friends at church.

I wanted to show a map and say that you could actually go to church 4 times a week.  Start in Hong Kong on Thursday, Dubai on Friday, Israel on Saturday, and Europe on Sunday.   My father in law actually does part of this some weeks.  His travel is crazy.  He says sometimes he has a 5 day weekend 🙂

But that as Christians we celebrate the sabbath on sunday because Jesus raised from the dead on Sunday.  Jewish people celebrate it on Saturday because that was the day God finished creating the earth.  And muslims celebrate the ability to gather for prayer on friday.

 

Encourage Understanding:  Have the children think about what they do on a typical Sunday.  Ask how it is different from what they normally do on every other week day.  It is important to also let children express frustration with NOT being able to do some of their favorite activities.  I am a big believer in allowing children to hold opinions and to have a safe place for them to express their feelings.  Even as an adult sometimes I really wish I could just treat Sunday like Saturday and get so much done.  It is also important to consider that small children do not have the autonomy to choose a lot of their sabbath activities.

Scripture Activity: What did Jesus do on the Sabbath?

Jesus attended Synagogue and Healed on the Sabbath

Matthew 12:9-13: “Now when Jesus had departed from there, He went into their synagogue. {10} And behold, there was a man who had a withered hand. And they asked Him, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”; that they might accuse Him. . . .{13} Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other.”

In essence, Jesus went to Church and He visited the sick. Jesus healed on the Sabbath. There are seven (7) healings recorded in the New Testament of Jesus Healing on the Sabbath. (Request our free article: “Jesus Performed Seven Sabbath Miracles”.)

Following Jesus’ example, we can go to church and keep the Sabbath. We may not be able to heal people as Jesus did on the Sabbath BUT we can pray for their healing and we can visit the sick.

Jesus Taught on the Sabbath 


Mark 1:21: Jesus and His disciples “went into Capernaum; and straightway on the Sabbath day Jesus entered into the synagogue, and taught.”
On the Sabbath Jesus taught God’s way of life to others. The greatest evangelism that we can do is to teach our children and grandchildren God’s way of life.

 

We are faced with a question in the Church today of: Where are our Children?
Many have quit attending Church and are not keeping the Sabbath. What can we do? We can set the right example, encourage them and pray for them.

Jesus kept God’s Law

Matthew 12:1: “At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. And His disciples were hungry, and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat.”
Obviously, Jesus and His disciples harvested a small handful of grain and ate on the Sabbath. This was permitted by God Law (Leviticus 23:22, Deuteronomy 23:24-25, Hebrews 4:15 ). Humorously we can conclude that we can eat on the Sabbath.

Do Good on the Sabbath

Matthew 12:11-12: Jesus “said to them, “What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out? {12} “Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.””
It is lawful to do good and help an animal or a man on the Sabbath. Luke 6:9: “Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one thing: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy?”

Jesus is saying that we can do good on the Sabbath and to save a life. We then could visit someone who is sick and prepare a meal for them.

Activity:  Bring in things that are beautiful and talk to the children about how God created them for us to enjoy.  And how we can use the sabbath to find beauty in our lives, to create beauty, and to create beauty and kindness.

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One thought on “Sharing Time August 2012- Weeks 3 and 4: I should do things on the Sabbath that will help me stay close to Heavenly Father.

  1. I love the idea of letting our Primary children think of how other good people who also love Jesus worship. It will be healthy for them to be more aware and less afraid of something different than what they know as they grow older and want to share their own testimonies with those who may want to learn more about how we worship.

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