‘Grass dries up, and flowers wither, but our God’s word will last forever.’ Isaiah 40:8

 
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Week 3 objective: to think about things not lasting and then to consider what the prophet meant when he said God’s Word will last forever. 

Game - 7 mins
Aim: to play a game that includes the word ‘grass’.  
You will need: masking tape and a long piece of thick string or rope. 

Before the session stick a long strip of masking tape to the floor of your teaching space. Arrange the long piece of string parallel to the strip of tape. Make sure there is a gap of approximately 50 cm between the tape and the string. 

Encourage the children to stand in a row behind and parallel to the tape. Explain to the children that they are currently standing on ‘the path’. The gap between the tape and the string is ‘the pond’ and beyond the string is ‘the grass’. Tell the children that you are going to shout out either ‘path’, ‘grass’ or ‘pond’. If you shout out ‘pond’ the children should jump into the space between the tape and the string. If you shout ‘grass’ everyone should jump over the string and onto the ‘grass’, and if you shout ‘path’ everyone should jump back behind the tape. Keep calling out in a random order ‘path’, ‘grass’ and ‘pond’. 

After a few goes increase the size of the pond by moving the string away from the tape. This will make it harder to jump from the ‘path’ to the ‘grass’. A little while later increase the size of the pond again. If the children make a mistake or fail to jump from the path to the grass they are out. Start the game by shouting ‘pond’.


Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens, a Bible and one or two blades of grass (if possible the thick variety).

Before the session write the verse on the whiteboard or paper.

Underline the phrase ‘the grass dries up’. Talk about the many places we might find grass. Explain that in some places when a hot wind blows across the landscape the grass dries up and turns brown. When God’s prophet said these words he was reminding his listeners that many things don’t last; he wanted them to understand that things come to an end. 

Remind the children that over the last few weeks we’ve started to learn more about the Bible as we’ve looked at this verse. 

Underline the phrase ‘God’s word’. Explain that last week we learnt that Christians call the Bible ‘God’s Word’.  Remind the children that the Bible wasn’t written by one person, it was written by around 40 different writers over a period of one thousand five hundred years. Christians believe that although people wrote the words down, everything written in the Bible comes from God; God guided the writers and showed them by his Holy Spirit what to write. Christians believe that the Bible is a very special work of the Holy Spirit and it says what God wants it to say. Because Christians are so sure that what the Bible says is what God says, they call the Bible ‘God’s Word’ or ‘The Word of God’.

Now underline the whole phrase ‘but our God’s word will last forever.’

Ask the children what they think the prophet meant when he said ‘God’s word will last forever’. Does this verse mean that our Bibles will never grow old and tatty? Explain that this verse isn’t talking about the pages or the cover of our Bibles but what the Bible says. Christians believe that what the Bible says is right and true. They believe ‘God’s Word’ is right and true. They believe God’s Word will last forever because it will always be right and true. 

Older children might want to dig deeper (see Printables) into why Christians believe the Bible is right and true. 


Song - 2 mins
To the tune  ‘Amazing Grace’ 

    ‘Though grass dries up and flowers wither
    Our God his words will last
    ‘Though grass dries up and flowers wither
    Our God his words will last

    You’ll find it written in Isaiah
    Chapter forty verse 8
    You’ll find it written in Isaiah
    Our God his words will last
    

 
 
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