Sunday, November 25, 2012

Review of Solomon's Poetry Books

1. Lesson 

  •  We’ve been looking at some of the books of the Bible that Solomon wrote:
    • Song of Solomon 
    • Proverbs
    • Ecclesiastes
  • Let’s see what you can remember from it:
    <use pix to associate each book>
    • Song of Solomon 
      • Who were the 2 main characters?
        The Shulamite girl and the shepherd/King Solomon
      • How did the Shulamite see herself?
        Dark skinned, unwanted by her own family
      • How did Solomon see the Shulamite girl?
        Fair, beautiful, flawless in every way >> God sees us the same way
      • How did the Shulamite girl see Solomon?
        Attractive and full of love >> Picture of Jesus

      • Key lesson: In Song of Solomon, we are reminded that God sees us as beautiful; We see Jesus as beautiful!

    • Proverbs
      • What’s a proverb?
        Wise sayings about life

      • Who wrote Proverbs?
        Solomon: the wisest man in the world

      • What is the main theme from the book of Proverbs?
        Wisdom: to learn to become wise, make right choices, live life of peace/prosperity, avoid bad mistakes etc
      • Who is our Wisdom?
        Jesus is our Wisdom

      • Who teaches us to live wisely?
        The Holy Spirit

      • Key lesson: In Proverbs, we are reminded to Choose Wisdom, Choose Jesus! 
      • Revise Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
    • Ecclesiastes

      • What does Ecclesiastes mean?

      • What’s the main word found in Ecclesiastes?
        “Meaningless” — at the end of his life, Solomon found the pursuit of pleasure, wisdom, work and wealth all meaningless
      • Solomon’s life didn’t end well because he started to worship other gods, introduced by his many wives. How many wives/concubines did he have? 1,000!! (700 wives — wives of royal birth — and 300 concubines) 
      • Solomon said there was “nothing new under the sun”. Who then should we look to for meaning in life?
        The SON: Jesus — who came to make all things, including us, NEW!
      • Revise John 6:29: Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
      • Key lesson: In Ecclesiastes, we are reminded that for true meaning in life, Don’t look under the sun. Look to the SON!

    Flash the 3 photos one by one (in random order). Each time, kids should say out the key lesson of that book. Repeat until most kids get it.
    • Song of Solomon: God sees us as beautiful; we see Jesus as beautiful!
    • Proverbs: Choose Wisdom, Choose Jesus!
    • Ecclesiastes:  Don’t look under the sun. Look to the SON!

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