Story Overview: Paul continued to teach about Jesus as he began making his way toward Jerusalem. In Caesarea a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea to tell Paul that the Jews in Jerusalem would arrest Paul if he went there. Despite the danger, Paul continued on to Jerusalem. Some Jews saw Paul with four young Jewish men at the temple. Wrongly thinking that Paul had brought Gentiles to the temple, these Jews got a whole crowd angry at Paul. When a Roman official noticed the mob he arrested Paul. As he was being led up the steps to his prison cell Paul again preached to the crowd about Jesus.
Suggested Emphasis: Have the courage to do what is right even if others (friends or enemies) oppose us.
|Background Study||Way to Introduce the Story||The Story|
|Review Questions||Craft and Activity Ideas||Online Resources|
Way to Introduce the Story:
Before class, write some names, phrases, and words from previous lessons on cards or pieces of paper. Let the children take turns choosing a card and acting out the word for the class. The class can guess what the word is. “Did you know that people in the bible sometimes acted out things and let people guess what they meant? Sometimes they even acted out messages from God. In the story today we are going to learn about a time when a man named Agabus acted out a message from God. Let’s talk about how Paul met Agabus.”
From the very first day that Paul began to follow Jesus, he started telling others about the Good News. He told them that they could be Christians too. Paul travelled to faraway places to tell about Jesus. He went on many missionary journeys. Paul always went where God wanted Him to go.
Paul believed that God wanted him to go to Jerusalem. People in churches told him he should not go because there were Jews in Jerusalem who did not like Paul. They did not believe in Jesus and they might try to hurt him. Paul’s friends even begged him not to go because it would be too dangerous. Paul listened to his friends but he decided that he should do what was right even if they did not agree.
As Paul travelled to Jerusalem he stopped in Caesarea to visit his friend, Philip. While he was there a prophet of God named Agabus came to Caesarea to give Paul a message. Instead of telling Paul the message, he acted it out instead. Using Paul’s belt, Agabus wrapped his own hands and feet. Then he told Paul and the rest of those watching, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘This is how the Jews in Jerusalem will tie up the man who wears this belt. Then they will give him to the non-Jewish people.’” Now his friends really tried to get Paul to change his mind! Paul would not change his mind. He said that he would go to Jerusalem because he believed that is where the Lord wanted him to go.
When Paul arrived in Jerusalem the Christians there were happy to see him. Paul went to visit the Jewish temple. Some Jews saw him there and started telling lies about him. They said that he was bringing people into the temple area even though it was against the law. This was not true but many people in the crowd believed them. The people were getting more and more angry.
A roman guard saw that an angry crowd was about to kill a man. He told them to stop. They would not stop! They said that Paul had broken the law. The Roman soldier could not even hear what Paul had to say so he decided to take him to the soldier’s sleeping quarters and let him answer questions there. The crowd was so angry that soldiers had to lift Paul up and carry him to get him away safely.
They carried Paul up some steps. Just as they reached the top, Paul asked the commander if he could talk to the crowd. The commander said he could. Paul tried once more to talk to the crowd. He told them about Jesus and how Jesus loved them. This made the crowd even angrier. The soldiers took him inside.
- Even though people told Paul that there was much danger there, what city did Paul really want to go to? Jerusalem
- Why did the prophet, Agabus, use Paul’s belt to tie his own hands and feet? He was acting out the message: “the Holy Spirit says that the owner of the belt will be tied up by the Jews”.
- What did the Jews in Jerusalem say Paul was doing wrong? They said he was bringing Gentiles into the temple area where only Jews could go.
- Why did the Roman soldiers carry Paul to their barracks? To arrest him and save him from the angry mob of Jews who were trying to kill him.
- What did Paul do when he was on the steps of the soldiers’ barracks? He preached about Jesus.
- Continue to trace Paul’s third missionary journey on the map you enlarged last week.
- Have the children role play waking up and getting ready to attend the Sunday morning worship assembly. The phone rings and the child answers it. The teacher or another child speaks as if on the other end of the line. This person is trying to convince the first child that he should do something else instead of attend worship. The first child chooses to do right in spite of opposition. Act this out a few times using different situations (friend, cousin, coach, or anyone could be ringing them.)
- Song: I Can Be a Missionary
- Craft: Make a relief map of Paul’s Journies featuring the place in today’s story. If you are studying about Paul’s journies over a few lessons then you could add more details to the map each time you learn about another stop on the journey. Instructions on how to make a relief map at http://www.squidoo.com/salt-dough-maps
- Colouring page and puzzle worksheets at http://www.calvarycurriculum.com/pdf/childrenscurriculum/NEW/CURR265.PDF
- Online slideshow at http://biblelessonsite.org/slideshow98.html
- A good selection of puzzles and games to print at http://www.gardenofpraise.com/bibl72s.htm
- Craft: Doorknob hanger from http://www.sundayschoolcrafts.net/paul-doorknob-hanger.php
- Craft: Patterns and instructions for a boat and people at http://www.sundayschoolkids.com/activities-nt/1-nt-boat-for-jesus-instru.htm
- Review: Create a “passport” that covers the life of Paul. Good visual ideas and activities. Could be split up to go with several lessons or taught all together as a review of previous lessons concerning Paul found at http://kidsbibledebjackson.blogspot.co.nz/2013/03/review-of-pauls-life.html