Aim of Lesson: To teach God's Word is true. To understand we must believe and obey it to be acceptable (right) before the LORD.
Felt Story Teacher’s Script ~ Shown Below in New King James Version
5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, (Place felt piece #37 ~ included in both felt sets) and his wife Elizabeth. (Place felt piece #94 ~ included in both felt sets)
6 And they were both righteous (point to word definition) before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. (Add 10 Commandment felt piece #281 ~ included in the Old Testament felt set only)
7 But, they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they both were now well advanced in years.
(That means they were very old.)
8-9 When it came to pass, (pause to remove all felts except Zacharias) that Zacharias’ turn came to burn incense (add felt alter #240 ~ included in the Old Testament felt set), he went into the temple of the Lord. (Place scene columns, curtain and steps ~ included in the throne room overlay set)
11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
(Add angel felt #9 ~ included in both the old and New Testament felt sets)
Question for Students: “Let me ask you. How would you feel to see one of the LORD’s glorious angels appear as you pray to God? Would you be scared or frighten by him being near you?” (Allow class to discuss)
Listen as I read what Luke wrote to Theophilus of how Zacharias felt.
12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
13 But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.
14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb.
16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, 'to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,' and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."
18 And Zacharias said to the angel, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years."
19 And the angel answered and said to him, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. 20 But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time."
21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he lingered so long in the temple. 22 But when he came out, he could not speak to them; and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned to them and remained speechless. 23 And so it was, as soon as the days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house. 24 Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying, 25 "Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people."
End of Teaching Script
Review this Week’s Memory Verse:
Thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways. Luke 1:76 (KJV)
After Lesson Activities: