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Unit 10: King Saul
Key Passage: Isaiah 6:5
Big Picture Question:
Why does sin separate us from God? Because God is holy, sin has broken our relationship with God.
When God's people wanted a king to be like the nations around them, God warned them but gave them what they wanted. King Saul seemed to be the ideal king, but he proved not to be the king the people needed. When Saul sinned against God, God judged him and promise to remove him as king.
Session 4: God is Good to Judge Sin
Bible Passage: Genesis 18
God is good to judge sin. He is the Judge of all the earth, and He always does what is right. God will punish the guilty. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus took the punishment our sin deserves, and everyone who trusts in Him is declared righteous before God.
God is Good to Judge Sin
Abraham was the father of God's chosen people. When Abraham was old, the Lord appeared to him. Abraham looked up on a hot day and saw three men standing near his tent. He invited them to rest, and he gave them food and water. The men told Abraham that his wife Sarah was going to have a baby. Sarah listened at the entrance of the tent, and when she heard this news, she laughed to herself.
When the men got up to continue their journey, Abraham walked with them for a ways. They looked out over the city of Sodom, and the Lord decided to tell Abraham about His plan.
The Lord said, "I've heard about Sodom and Gomorrah. The people living there are wicked and their sin is very serious. I'm going to go see if they are as bad as people say."
The men turned and went toward Sodom. Abraham stood there and asked, "Lord, do you plan to destroy the good people along with the evil people? What if there are 50 good people in that city? Will you still destroy it? Surely you will save the city for the 50 good people living there. You are the judge of all the earth. Won't you do what is right?"
The Lord said, "if I find 50 righteous people in Sodom, I will spare the whole city for their sake."
Then Abraham answered, "What if there's not quite 50? Will you destroy the whole city if they're five short?"
The Lord replied, "I will not destroy the city if I find 45 righteous people there."
Then Abraham asked, "What if there are 40?"
God said, "I will not destroy the city if there are 40 righteous people."
"What if there are 20?" Abraham asked.
The Lord said, "I will not destroy the city if there are 20 righteous people."
Abraham asked, "Suppose there are 10?"
The Lord answered, "I will not destroy the city if I find 10 righteous people."
Then the Lord departed and Abraham went back to his tent. The next morning, Abraham returned to the place overlooking Sodom and Gomorrah. All he saw was smoke because God had destroyed the cities.
Christ Connection: God is good to judge sin. He is the Judge of all the earth, and He always does what is right. God will punish the guilty. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus took the punishment our sin deserves, and everyone who trusts in Him is declared righteous before God.
- How does sin affect our lives? (Remind kids that God is holy, and sin separates us from Him. Invite kids to consider how sin also hurts our relationship with each other. Ask kids how sins like lying, cheating, and stealing hurt other people.)
- How can we fight against sin in our lives? (Tell kids that we can always pray and ask God to help us. Explain that God will help us fight sin when we seek to obey Him. Invite kids to memorize Bible verses about temptation, such as 1 Corinthians 10:13, and recite the verses when they are tempted to sin.)
- Why should we tell others about the effects of sin? (Remind kids that sin separates all people from God, and God wants a restored relationship with all people because He loves everyone so much. Encourage kids that they obey God when they tell others about the effects of sin and Jesus' sacrifice on the cross to take away our sin.)
- What does this story teach me about God or about the gospel?
- What does this story teach me about myself?
- Whom can I tell about this story?