For the past few weeks I have been teaching, yes, you guessed it Leviticus in my children’s Bible Fellowship Class.
I warned the kids going in, that the book we were about to study was considered boring by most, and confusing by others.
I explained that it was a book filled with laws, (do this, don’t do that.) A book about sacrifices and offerings, with all the specifics of such things.
They looked at me like I was a bit crazy.
Then I asked them does this book apply to us today? Is it important for us to know and understand?
When they didn’t answer, I held up my Bible and asked, is the Bible important? Does it apply to us today? Yes, they answered. I asked is Leviticus in the Bible? To which they smiled and said yes.
See we can not pick and choose what parts of the Bible are important, and which parts are not. Because they are all the inspired Word of God.
Likewise in kid’s ministry, we should not pick and choose the exciting Bible stories, and leave out the others.
Far too many Children’s Bible Study curriculum materials are limited to creation, Noah’s Ark, David and Goliath, the story of Daniel, and so forth, leaving out way too much our kids need to hear and understand.
So why is Leviticus important to kid’s ministry?
I believe Leviticus is important because it allows us to teach our children what holiness is, and that God requires this of each of us.
It allows us to explain that just as God chose Israel to be set apart and different from all the other nations, He calls us to be set apart and different as followers of Christ. Which impacts what we do, what we say, how we dress, and how we act.
Leviticus teaches our kids about offerings made to God, and how they were required to give the Lord the best. Teaching our kids that God desires our best in all things as well.
Ultimately it allows us to teach our kids how impossible it is to keep all the laws, and that only Jesus could keep them perfectly on our behalf.
The laws are there to reveal to us all our sinfulness. Something our kids need to understand.
They are there to show us we could never earn our salvation, no matter how hard we tried. We could never be good enough. Another thing that must be instilled within our kids minds.
Way too many teens and adults have the mindset that they are pretty good because they compare themselves to others. I have met many who believe they will go to Heaven because they are good people.
Leviticus makes it clear, as do the teaching of Christ, that being a good person will not get us into Heaven.
Our best works are as filthy rags to the Lord.
Kid’s ministry teachers, our kids get enough self help and self motivation from the world and their teachers at school. They get awarded often for just showing up. The world we live in tells them they deserve.
We must be the voice of truth that shows them what the Scriptures says, and that truthfully they deserve nothing, rather all they have that is good, comes from the mercy and grace of our God.
Teachers, God has given us a high calling. May we not take it lightly, but may we teach God’s Word in it’s fullness to those children He has given to us.