The promised land- The Israelites had to trust God. They had to believe that he would provide for their needs. God provided them food he gave them manna. They also had to trust that he would calm the Jordan river when they crossed the river. The theme helps me see that behind all the hard things that we go through in life there is good stuff and the end. The Israelites had to be in slavery for a long before they came to the promised land. There was blood sweat and tears. But after all that they got to the promise land. Is was cool to march around the wall and and we yelled out like the Israelites it. I was like I was letting out all my stress and emotions out. I just felt like a new person.
Symbol of lamp- God told David that his line would would run forever. He made a covenant with David. It was really cool because in when God said that he was pointing to Jesus’ coming. Jesus was related to David. I chose the spotlight because God is like a spotlight. When we are in dark times God can shine in it and make it clear. God shines the light on our path. We can be going in the wrong direction in hard times but God can help us by using that spotlight and make us go in the right direction. I think it is good to know that God is with us in the dark times. This theme fits because David was going through some hard times. Like when Sal was trying to kill him. God help David to see that he had to stay calm and treat others the way he wanted to be treated. This theme means a lot to me because there have been some hard times recently. It is good to remember that God is with us and that he is with us with that spotlight.
Call- God called people to do different things in the Bible. He called Noah to make a ark, he called Moses to deliver the Israelites out of slavery. I think one of the most important call was Moses because he had to up. He had to go in front of Pharaoh and tell him about God. That had to talk some guts to do that. I picked this visual because I think that it fits in so good. God can be calling us telling us “hey, what’s up” but it is up to us to pick up the phone and answer. It goes the same for God sometimes we call too but it is up to God to answer. God can say “not now” or “what’s up.” I think that is our job to pickup the phone when ever God is calling us to do something but that’s not the case all the time. What I took from this was. I want God to open my eyes and call me to do more. My sister had the opportunity to go the the Philippines and she was called to do that. I feel like I am the same. I really want to go the the Philippines and see life in a different way.
A Savior- Jesus comes to earth to forgive our sins. During Jesus he did so much. He did so many miracles my favorite was when he walked on water. It was so cool when Peter ran out on the water without thinking and stayed on top of the water but then he realized he was on the water and stopped focusing on Jesus he started to sink. That is the same for us we lose are confuse on God and we start sinking. What I took from this was, Jesus died for us. He lived a perfect life but yet he died for us. We need to tell people about how Jesus sacrificed so much for us. It is now are job to tell people about Jesus and heaven and how nice it is going to be. I picked the picture because when Jesus died on the cross it was like we where realist form are punishment.
Sinai Law- Moses went up the mountain to make the law but when he was up there the Israelite lost their focus on God. They became impatient. Moses brother Aaron tried to fix it by pleasing them by making a golden calf. He called for them to give him all their gold and jewelry . They did as he said. They worshiped it and God told Moses what was happening. Moses came back down. He was not happy and threw the tables on the ground. I picked this visual because it show that the is a law and boundaries. If you cross them there consequences. If we don’t cross the line and we do good we could be rewarded for our actions. It touched me when I saw all the things the Israelites had to go through when they sin. For us it is not as back because Jesus died on the cross for you and our sins are forgiven.
Covenant- God made many different laws so conditional some unconditional. Some of the most important covenants God made where the the rainbow. He said “I will never destroy the earth with a flowed again.” That covenant was unconditional he would never break that no matter what. God also gave Moses the 10 commandments. He gave us rules to follow. That was conditional because God was expecting us to met him. I chose the rainbow because it is a great visual of God’s covenant that he makes. Doing this one I thought why does God care this much about us? Why does he make this with us after all the bad this we do why does he care so much?
Conflict/Doubt- During this lesson we learned, that is is ok to have questions. We played a game. We divided the room into thirds. There was it’s ok, middle, and it’s not ok. Mr. Minkes went through different questions and we had to answer by moving throughout the room. Some of the questions were hard to to answer and made me think about it deeply. I learned that it is ok to have questions about God and if he really cares or if he is real. We just need to release that God has a plain for us. I chose this theme because, it shows that we do have questions and that we do think about things.
Names- God gave people different names. Some of the names were very significant. Some of the name of God are YHWH, and El. YHWH means, relational God. Some people in the bible names fit in so good with there life. It seems like there name was just given to them right then. It just seem like names now and days names don’t mean as much. Like mine means tiles worker. What does that mean? Am I a builder of God’s kingdom? I picked this picture because I sometimes wonder that is an interesting name. What does that mean? Does it mean something to their parents?