Have you ever been to a feast? In the Bible, people celebrated feasts for holidays. One of them was called the Feast of Harvest (sometimes called the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost). It was during harvest time – the time when the veggies in the garden were ready to pick and the grain was ripe in the fields.
Have you seen the big rolls of hay in the fields around here lately? Have you had any fresh tomatoes, blueberries, or cucumbers? It’s harvest time here now. The Feast of Harvest was a time where people remembered how God gave them the 10 Commandments. They celebrated the way that God took care of all of their needs, including making a way for them to know Him. They also gave the first things they picked as an offering to God.
Today, we’re going to talk about Ruth. Her story takes place during harvest time too.
- How did God take care of Ruth’s need for food? By helping her to find Boaz’ field.
- How did God take care of Ruth’s need to be part of His family? By having her marry Boaz and become part of God’s people, Israel.
- Nowadays, we don’t have to marry someone to become part of God’s family (phew!!).
- How do we become part of God’s family now? Through Jesus. He died and rose from the dead to take our sin and adopt us as His kids into His family.
- Open your Bible and read Matthew 9:37. This time, Jesus wasn’t just talking about wheat. He was talking about people. Jesus was explaining that people all over the world are ready to hear about Him and believe Him.
Let’s Do and Bless!
For this activity, you will need some different types of crackers, bread, or dippable veggies and a variety of dips (maybe hummus, veggie dip, marinara, ranch dressing etc.)
- Cut the breads into dip-able sizes.
- Lay out a plastic tablecloth on the floor or set a table with the breads and dips.
- Have each family member make a plate with a variety of breads and dips and sit down.
- As you’re enjoying the snack together, parents and guardians should share the story of how they came to trust in Jesus.
- To keep conversation going, consider the following questions:
- How have you said yes to God in the past few weeks?
- How have you noticed God’s blessing in your life the past few weeks?
- Whom have you been able to bless lately?
- What helps you to remember that God is trustworthy?
At the end of the snack time, bless each other with Psalm 67:1-2:
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us – so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.
- Open your Bible back up to Matthew 9:37. Read verse 37 and 38.
- What does Jesus say to pray for? To ask the Lord of the Harvest (God) to send workers out into the harvest fields (the places where people are ready to hear about Jesus).
- Did you know that we are workers? We’re the people who get to invite other people into God’s family!
When veggies grow, you have to watch them so you can see when they are ripe and ready to be picked. Then, when they are ready, someone has to go pick them! When Miss Melanie went on vacation, no one was there for pick her veggies and some of them dropped off the plants and got rotten. (yuck!) In the same way, we want to be ready when our friends and family are “ripe” to trust Jesus and become part of His family.
Think of a few people that you know who don’t trust Jesus yet.
Take a few minutes and pray for them. Ask God get them ready to trust Him. Also ask Him to bring other workers to them to share Jesus too.
Now, take a minute and ask Jesus to help you be a worker in His field – to tell people the good news of Jesus’ love.
This week, we’re going to play “Verse Potato!”
- Write the Remember Verse on a big piece of paper.
- Crumple the paper into a ball.
- Sit in a circle (or across from one another if there are fewer people playing)
- Have someone be the “tunes controller” (he or she will control the music as in hot potato)
- As the music plays, toss the paper ball back and forth to each other.
- When the “tunes controller” stops the music, whoever has the paper has to stand up, un-crinkle the paper and read the verse out loud (or have help if they are a non-reader).
- Play a few rounds until everyone knows the verse!
From all of us here at EGC Kids: Have a fantastic week! We are praying and believing with you for opportunities to share Jesus with your friends and loved ones as you celebrate the new life Jesus has given you this week!