February 17

A Place for God’s Presence
(The tabernacle was built)

Exodus 35-40

Preschool

Bible Story Summary:

  • God wanted to be with His people.

  • God told His people to build the tabernacle.

  • The people built the tabernacle just as God had said.

Key Passage:
Exodus 15:2a

Christ Connection:
God told the people of Israel to build a tabernacle where God would meet with His people. God wants to be with us. As part of His plan to save people from sin, God sent Jesus to earth to “tabernacle,” or live with us.

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

Story Point:
God told His people to build the tabernacle.

Big Ideas:

  • God wanted to be with His people.

  • God told His people how to build a special tent.

  • God sent Jesus to earth to be with His people forever.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Who lives with you? What is it like to live with others?

  • Why would God want to live with His people?

  • Who came to earth to live among people and then rescue us from sin?

Family Activities:

  • Use blankets and furniture to make an indoor tent. Climb into the tent and read the Bible together.

  • Look at clouds. Talk about how the Israelites followed a cloud and Jesus left earth on a cloud. Talk about what it will be like when Jesus comes back to earth and we will live with Him forever. See Acts 1:9-11 and Revelation 21:3.


Younger Kids

Bible Story Summary:

  • God told His people how to build the tabernacle where he would dwell with them.

  • God gave them the skills to make the tabernacle just the way He instructed them to.

  • God’s glory filled the tabernacle and the people could worship God there.

Key Passage:
Exodus 15:2

Story Point:
God told His people how to build the tabernacle and where He would dwell with them.

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

Christ Connection:
God instructed the Israelites to build a tabernacle where He would dwell with them. God desires to be with His people. As part of His plan to save sinners, God sent Jesus to “tabernacle,” or dwell, with people on earth.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why does God want to dwell with people?

  • Why is it good for us to have God with us?

  • How does God dwell with His people today?

Family Activity:

  • If weather permits, spend a night camping outside in a tent. Tell stories around a campfire of times you felt God’s presence with you. Discuss the difference between the tabernacle and your family tent.


Older Kids

Key Passage:
Exodus 15:2

Story Point:
God told His people how to build the tabernacle and where He would dwell with them.

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

Christ Connection:
God instructed the Israelites to build a tabernacle where He would dwell with them. God desires to be with His people. As part of His plan to save sinners, God sent Jesus to “tabernacle,” or dwell, with people on earth.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • What was the purpose of the tabernacle?

  • Who brings sinners back to God?

  • How can your family spend time with God?