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Gideon and the Midianites:


Craft:

An easy craft would be to take a small dollar store jar and have the children decorate it.  We did a fun craft that wasn't related to the story this time.  We took accorns, and hot glues them to a string and decorated them.  Probably would've been nice with a devotion about seeds - parable of the soils or soemthing, but nevertheless, it was a fun craft.


Message:



Judges 7-8:21

This story continues where the last one left off.  Gideon is now convinced that the Lord is calling him to deliver the Israelites from the oppression of the Midianites.  But God isn't done there.  Next, God wants the Israelites to understand that God doesn't need man to accomplish his purposes.  He can do miraculous works with just a few people, He doesn't need great armies.  So God wants to sift through the Israelites.  If you want, depending on how many kids you have, you can set them up in a big group and ask how many would be scared (raise your hands).  Those that are scared can sit down, those that arent scared come with me to the front of the room.  Just like this, God reduced Gideon's forces from 22,000 to 10,000.  Next, God seperated them from 10,000 down to 300 based on the way they drank water.  You can do something similar to divide up the kids (like telling them to think of a number 1 or 2 and picking the smaller amount of children-or if you have too many just pick a couple kids).  So now you should only have a couple kids left, and a lot of kids that weren't "volunteers".  Everyone else that is left will be your Midianites.

You should now equip the Israelites with a jar, a torch (glow stick) and a trumpet (we used vevulzas from our nearby five below).  You will explain that there were other people with the Midianites and they spoke different languages.  Does anyone know someone who doesn't speak English?  It's hard to talk with them right?  So God had the Israelites go to the top of a hill in three groups so they looked surrounded.  Then Gideon had them smash their jars, show their torches and blow their horns.  The Midianites jumped out of their tents and thought they were being attacked, so they all were running around and fighting each other while Gideon and his troops just hung out on top of the hill and waited.  Eventually, Gideon and his troops waited until there weren't a lot of troops alive and then they killed the leaders of the Gideonites.

So God used just a few people to defeat an army of over 100,000!

There are things that you will see happen in your life and think there is no way that I can overcome this.  Maybe in school you will have a test that is really difficult, or maybe someone is picking on you at school.  Well God knows what is going on, and He can help and deliver you despite all odds.

gideon skit pic


Verse:

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" - Philippians 4:13