Welcome to another week of Wednesdays Around The World. Working through sickness in the family, we still managed to have several great lessons in our Mystery of History studies.
In lesson 45, we read about Israel and how they fell to Assyria. By using prophets as His messengers, God had warned them to not sin.
2 Kings 17:13
13 Yet the Lord warned Israel and Judah by every prophet and every seer, saying, “Turn from your evil ways and keep my commandments and my statutes, in accordance with all the Law that I commanded your fathers, and that I sent to you by my servants the prophets.”
He told the people of the Northern Kingdom that if they continued to sin, they would fall to their neighboring nation.
6 The thing itself shall be carried to Assyria as tribute to the great king.
Ephraim shall be put to shame, and Israel shall be ashamed of his idol.
We talked about what types of bad things that the people of Israel were doing. They worshiped idols, practiced witchcraft and set up pillars and wooden images. So many horrible things! God was very angry with all that they did, especially since they knew they were doing wrong! God’s response was harsh, but well deserved. While the Assyrians thought they won, God had actually allowed the Assyrians to take the people of Israel.
2 Kings 17:23
23 until the Lord removed Israel out of his sight, as he had spoken by all his servants the prophets. So Israel was exiled from their own land to Assyria until this day.
What exactly happened? The people of Israel were taken to the land of Assryia. They were removed from the Promised Land and others were sent to live in the land that God had promised the Israelite people. There were over 27,000 people that left the land God had promised them, because they disobeyed God.
This was a very good lesson, because it taught the kids that disobeying has its consequences. If we continue to disobey we can loose what has been given to us.
Lesson 46 talked about the Hosea, the prophet that God sent to Israel to warn the people about their sins. Not only did God use Hosea to speak to Israel, God also used Hosea’s life as an example. He told Hosea to marry a harlot. By doing this, Hosea’s life showed what God was feeling through pain and true love. You see, God loves us so much and it pains Him so much to see his people disobey.
The activity that we did for lesson 45 was to show the children that the 27,000 were a lot of people. The kids were to find 100 of an object. Then we were to talk about how there were 272+ more groups of the 100 objects to equal the amount of people that had to leave the Promised Land. The kids actually found 100 pennies, but also found a few dimes and nickels. We were able to get a little math in while adding up to 27,000+.
The activity for lesson 46, we were to bake a cake. Well half-bake it. How disappointing is a half baked cake? very disappointing because you can’t eat it! The Israelite people disappointed God tremendously.
8 Ephraim mixes himself with the peoples; Ephraim is a cake not turned.
I also wanted to highlight a couple of those who linked up last week. The first one is Judy from Contented at Home and How They Use Mystery of History. I love how they switch things up just a bit to make it work for them. The next one is Stacey from Layered Soul. They built a fort using food items!
What have you covered in history? Any exciting lessons or activities? I can’t wait to see what you all have learned about!