February 10

An Image Of Idolatry
(The Golden calf)

Exodus 32; 34

Preschool

Bible Story Summary:

  • God’s people worshiped a golden calf.

  • God was angry with the people’s sin.

  • Moses asked God to forgive them.

Key Passage:
Exodus 15:2a

Christ Connection:
God’s people disobeyed God, and Moses asked God to forgive them. Moses talked to God for the people. When we sin, Jesus talks to God for us. Jesus never sinned. God forgives those who trust in Jesus.

Big Picture Question:
What is worship? Worship is celebrating the greatness of God.

Story Point:
God’s people worshipped a golden calf.

Big Ideas:

  • God’s people worshiped a calf made of gold.

  • Moses asked God to forgive the people.

  • God forgives people through Jesus.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Define idol as anything a person puts in the place of God. Talk with children about things you are tempted to put before God. Ask if they can think of anything that might be an idol for them.

  • Who talks to God for us when we sin?

  • How can we be forgiven when we sin?

Family Activities:

  • Identify a people group that worships physical idols. Pray for that people group to worship the one true God. Pray that your family would worship God alone.

  • Model confession by confessing sin in front of your children this week.


Younger Kids

Bible Story Summary:

  • Moses spent a long time on the mountain with God.

  • The people were impatient, and decided to make a false god out of gold.

  • God disciplined His people for worshiping a golden calf.

Key Passage:
Exodus 15:2

Story Point:
God disciplined His people for worshiping a golden calf.

Big Picture Question:
What is worship? Worship is celebrating the greatness of God.

Christ Connection:
God’s people sinned against God, and Moses asked God to forgive them. Moses acted as their mediator, standing for them before God. Moses could not do anything to make up for their sin, but we have a better Mediator — Jesus. Jesus paid for our sin on the cross and stands for us before God. When we trust in Jesus, our sins are forgiven.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why is it wrong to worship anything other than God?

  • What are some reasons God deserves our worship?

  • What kinds of things do we sometimes worship instead of God?

Family Activity:

  • Go on a nature walk with your kids. Discuss the amazing things you see. Each time you notice something, say a quick prayer to thank God for making such amazing things. Praise Him for being the wonderful Creator of everything. Remind your kids that worshipping creation is foolish.


Older Kids

Key Passage:
Exodus 15:2

Story Point:
God disciplined His people for worshiping a golden calf.

Big Picture Question:
What is worship? Worship is celebrating the greatness of God.

Christ Connection:
God’s people sinned against God, and Moses asked God to forgive them. Moses acted as their mediator, standing for them before God. Moses could not do anything to make up for their sin, but we have a better Mediator — Jesus. Jesus paid for our sin on the cross and stands for us before God. When we trust in Jesus, our sins are forgiven.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why did Aaron make a golden calf?

  • Moses talked to God for the Israelites. Who talks to God for us?

  • An idol is anything a person puts in the place of God. What things or people might be idols in your life?