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That's What You Learned???

The teacher manual wanted me to discuss how God created work for man even before sin entered the world. Instead, I was struck by Genesis 2:7 “Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”

So on the night that I met with my three middle school girls, we read the suggested passage beginning in Genesis 1:27 through the end of chapter two.

Following the study, I asked them what they learned about God. When they were done I told them how all week long I had thought how personal God really is. After all, sharing your breath from mouth to nose is about as intimate and personal as it gets.

I sat in silence to allow the three to contemplate this intimate relationship between God and man.

Then one of the girls asked, “How did Adam and Even know how to mate? Did God tell them how? Did they just know? Or did they learn from watching the animals?”

It reminded me of the time I substituted for the younger elementary Sunday School class. Not having the teacher manual, I decided to go with a lesson I had prepared in the past. Luke 19:1-10, the story of Zacchaeus. Again, my goal was for the kids to see how awesomely personal our Lord is.

The key verse was Luke 19:5 “When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.”

Jesus knew exactly where Zacchaeus was waiting. Jesus called him by name and then invited himself over to dinner.

However, the only biblical truth the first and second graders took away from my lesson that day came from the warm-up trivia quiz I administered at the beginning of class. For some reason, known only to them, they thought it was hysterically funny that God commanded Ezekiel, Jeremiah and Apostle John to eat scripture.

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