Scripture: Matthew 4: 1 – 11 or pages 362 – 363 in the Golden Children’s Bible
Target Age Group: 1st through 6th grade
Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.
Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.
Have the children open their Bibles to Matthew 4 or pages 362 – 363 in The Golden Children’s Bible. (If you are using The Golden Children’s Bible. Explain to them that Satan probably isn’t red with horns as in the illustration, but that he might even look appealing, like an angel.)
(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)
- Where did Jesus go after his baptism? The wilderness
- Why did He go there? The Holy Spirit led him there.
- It says that He was fasting for 40 days. Do you know what fasting is? Not eating – usually to focus only on prayer.
- Do you think that you would be really hungry after fasting for 40 days? Jesus was, too.
- So, what did Satan tempt him with first? He told him to turn stones into bread.
- How did Jesus answer him? “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Deut. 8:3)
- How does memorizing scripture help to keep you from being overcome by temptation? It teaches you and reminds you what God expects you to do.
- What was the second temptation? He told Jesus to throw himself down from the top of the temple because the scriptures say that angels will protect him from being hurt.
- How did Jesus answer him? “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” (Deut. 6:16) Again He quoted scripture.
- What was the third temptation? Satan would give Jesus the kingdoms of the world if He would worship him.
- How did Jesus answer him? “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” (Deut. 6:13) Again He quoted scripture.
- What did Satan do then? He left.
- Who came to minister to Jesus after that? Angels.
- What do you think might help you to resist temptation? Have Bible verses memorized that will help me to do what is right.
- Do you think that angels minister to you, too? Yes.
- Let’s pray and thank the Lord for giving us His Word, and Holy Spirit to help us to resist temptation and do what is right…
During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…
Psalms 119:11 “Thy Word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee.”
Invite a hunter or fisherman to the class to show them different snares and lures that they use to “tempt” their prey to take the bait. Explain that Satan uses lures to tempt us to sin in the same way.
Read the story “Storing Up Wisdom” from Keys for Kids.
Play Character Jenga.
Play Temptation Limbo.
Sing “Thy Word” by the Cedarmont Kids (It’s on i-tunes) Or sing and do the motions along with this video of the song “It Is Written”.
Here are some other temptation activities.
Evaluate what the children have learned. While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.
Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.