Psalm 77:13-14; and Psalm 78:11-16
Today is the twenty first day of the Lent season. The lesson today is another one of my favorites. It is a very popular Bible story for children. In the Gospel of John 6:9 Peter says "Here is a boy with five small loaves of barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will that go among so many?". Jesus had been preaching to a huge crowd, and at the end of the day the disciples told Jesus that He should send the people away because they were getting hungry. Jesus told the disciples to feed the crowd, but they only had five loaves of bread and two fish. That was barely enough to feed Jesus and the disciples. Jesus had compassion for the people, so He told the disciples to bring the food to Him. He blessed it by saying a prayer to God. They passed the food out and amazingly there was enough for the crowd of 5,000 people to be full, with more bread and fish left over than when they began.
God cares about us, and He does not forget about our needs. When you realize that our God is the one who made the whole Universe, then you will understand that God can do anything. God can feed the whole world so Jesus realized that feeding 5,000 was no problem. The Scriptures today are about the Miracles of God.
Almighty and everlasting God, Thank you for this time of year that we remember what Jesus did for us so that we can become Your children, and live with you forever in heaven. Help us to learn more about You and Your Son from Your Word, the Bible. And help us to learn to say NO to sins and YES to obeying your commandments and spending more time with you. Thank you for being the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Click on the Picture of the High Tower to read about God never forgetting you. - Lesson from Rainbow Castle in God's Kingdom.
19 “Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the wilderness. By day the pillar of cloud did not fail to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take. 20 You gave your good Spirit to instruct them. You did not withhold your manna from their mouths, and you gave them water for their thirst. 21 For forty years you sustained them in the wilderness; they lacked nothing, their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet become swollen."
13 "Your ways, God, are holy.
What god is as great as our God?
14 You are the God who performs miracles;
you display your power among the peoples."
1 "They forgot what he had done,
the wonders he had shown them.
12 He did miracles in the sight of their ancestors
in the land of Egypt, in the region of Zoan.
13 He divided the sea and led them through;
he made the water stand up like a wall.
14 He guided them with the cloud by day
and with light from the fire all night.
15 He split the rocks in the wilderness
and gave them water as abundant as the seas;
16 he brought streams out of a rocky crag
and made water flow down like rivers."
13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” 16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” 17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. 18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
More Ideas and Links:
Lesson from Garden of Praise.com
Power Point Presentation from Sermons 4 Kids.com
The Old Testament and Gospel Bible Text is from NIV and copied from Bible Gateway.com