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LEGO Samson

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

LEGO-Samson

Have you ever thought of creating scenes from the story of Samson with LEGOs? Samson was definitely an interesting man from the book of Judges. His hair was extremely long, and for some reason the length of his hair had something to do with his incredible strength. Never has a man existed with more strength than Samson.

Maybe the reason why his strength left him when Delilah betrayed him by cutting off his hair–maybe the reason he was no longer strong was because God had commanded him not to cut his hair, and cutting off his hair was an act of rebellion to God.

I find it interesting that God chose such a womanizer for a judge. It seems like he kept falling in love with women who were not God’s people. He reaped the consequences for His sin.

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So we made a LEGO Samson scene by starting with a green LEGO base. The building and pillars were made from white LEGOs, and my son set Samson right in the middle of the center pillars. The other LEGO men are walking around as if they were at a party.

This is the final scene of Samson’s life, after his enemies had gouged out his eyes as a result of Delilah’s betrayal. They made sport of him at a banquet hall, and they set him beside two posts that apparently held up the whole building. He asked God for strength one last time, and he was able to push down the pillars and destroy more of God’s enemies with that moment than all the rest of his life combined.

I hope you enjoyed our LEGO Samson scene! For more LEGO activities, click here.

LEGO Gideon

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

LEGO-Gideon

You can have your kids act out the story of Gideon by creating a LEGO Gideon scene! The most exciting scene of the Gideon story is when Gideon divides his 300 men into groups with everyone holding a pot and a trumpet. As soon as they blew the trumpet, they smashed the pots, which were hiding flaming torches. The enemies were routed by thinking they were surrounded by a much larger army, and they began turning on each other. So the victory was won because God granted them the victory by instructing Gideon exactly what to do. When we obey God, He blesses us with eventual victory, even when the odds seem stacked against us!

You can make the white LEGO tents of the enemy in the middle of the LEGO base while surrounding the camp with soldiers who have a trumpet and a pot.

You can read the story in Judges 6-7. Gideon was actually quite wimpy and scared when the angel of the Lord approached him and said he was a valiant warrior. He refused to obey at first until God provided two miracles: one with a fleece that was wet while the ground was dry, and the other with a fleece that was dry while the ground was wet.

He even had to whittle down his army from thousands to only 300. Random actions like lapping water from a brook instead of scooping it with their hands caused some soldiers to be chosen by God while others were sent home.

Gideon was nervous with such a small army. God’s word that they would win was not enough for him. It wasn’t until he heard the enemy had a nightmare that Gideon won the battle that Gideon finally had the courage to obey God.

This story encourages me that even if my faith falters, God will always follow through on His word, and He can always be trusted.

For more ideas to bring to life the Gideon story: Gideon Unit Study.

Crossing the Jordan in LEGO & Jello

Friday, October 16th, 2015

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Have you ever thought of creating the scene of “Crossing the Jordan” in LEGO and jello? This activity is super cool and a sure hit in your home or Sunday School to bring this story from Scripture to life for kids. This story can be found in Joshua chapter 3.

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To build a “Crossing the Jordan” scene with LEGOs, begin with a green base. Build up huge waves on both sides with your blue LEGOs. Make them almost crash over the LEGO people that you place in the middle. You can also make an Ark of the Covenant with LEGOs for the priests to take across. Add plants and rocks to complete your scene.

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To make a jello “Crossing the Jordan” scene, start by making two large boxes of blue jello with Knox gelatin. I used 3 packages of Knox gelatin and one cup less of water than called for. Place your jello in the fridge until it hardens. Then using a sharp knife, cut a path through the Jordan River. Pull out the pieces with your fingers.

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Place some chocolate pebbles on the bottom of the path, and LEGO people walking through the middle of the path. Now you have completed your “Crossing the Jordan” scene in jello. The children will enjoy eating this scene.

crossing-the-jordan-jelloFor more fun hands-on activities for Bible class, as well as unit studies for the books of the Bible, join the Unit Study Treasure Vault.

Abraham and Isaac in LEGO

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Abraham-and-Isaac-LEGOWhen studying the patriarchs from Scripture, you can have your kids create a scene of Abraham and Isaac in LEGO. One of the most poignant scenes in Scripture is when Abraham is commanded by God to be willing to sacrifice his son. He loved his son so much because Isaac was a miracle baby. Sarah and Abraham were beyond childbearing years, being 90 and 100 years old, so the fact that God did a miracle to enable Sarah to conceive made the pregnancy even more intensely precious.

We are told in Hebrews 11:17-19 that Abraham knew that God was able to raise Isaac from the dead because he was certain that God had promised that from Isaac would come a nation as vast as the sand on the seashore. Because Abraham trusted God, he followed through on the command, and an angel held back his hand. God provided a ram in the thicket. Abraham had previously told his son that God would provide the sacrifice.

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Often we accidentally put relationships with people higher than our love for God. When this happens, we make that person an idol. This happened to me when my only daughter almost drowned at age 1. I was so close to rage at God that He would dare to take her away from me. In that moment I realized I loved my daughter more than God. I was shocked, but most parents have the same sin. God worked in my heart to build my love and trust for Him.

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of Me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.  – Matthew 10:37 ESV

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The other beautiful blessing that Abraham received was to understand what it was like for God the Father to sacrifice His Son, Jesus Christ, to save people from their sins. The agony of God the Father was experienced by Abraham, and understanding God is always a deep, incredible blessing!

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