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The Temptation of Jesus in the Wilderness
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This set was completely revised and improved in 2016.
There is a similar version of Matthew's story in Luke 4:1-13.
Key Verse: Jesus rejects temptation, saying, "Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.” (Matthew 4:10, NRSV)
The background helps us understand how we should teach this story to children, what it's key ideas are about, and how Christians from across the theological spectrum can address the presence of the devil in this story.
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Students will create a "Wilderness Jar" to use at home around the dinner table during Lent, or as a personal devotional prompt. In the jar are prepared devotions that share the story and its subject matter, and invite response. Ideally for use during Lent, or whenever and wherever they want to use their jar.
Students will play a unique "tug-o-war" quiz game about the Wilderness Temptation story based on their knowledge and listening skills. The game demonstrates the "tug" of temptation and how we can get help to "tug back"!
Using Kid Pix 4 software, students will adapt and caption a set of terrific cartoon illustrations that imagine what Jesus was doing and thinking during his 40 days in the wilderness. How Jesus prepared himself to resist temptations and commit to God's plan.
In addition to electronic copies of the llustrations, they are provided in a handout for discussion and take-home.
Taking our cue from Jesus who responds three times to The Tempter with the words, "It is written," students will use "piped" edible words and Word! to remember and reflect on this story. The lesson's appliance requirements consist of only a microwave and freezer —allowing churches with more "minimal" facilities to enjoy a cooking workshop.
Students will take part in a special dramatic reading and acting out of the scripture, then perform "temptation-response" skits. A special non-reader adaptation is included.
Students will first watch the teacher perform a trick with balloons, then learn how to do it themselves in a lesson that vividly demonstrates the destruction that giving in to temptation can cause —and ways to resist it.
Students will watch and discuss two video clips depicting Christ's temptation in the wilderness. Both re-tell the story in a unique way and create opportunities for discussion.