God Sees Everything and Knows Everything (Joshua 6 & 7)

God Sees Everything and Knows Everything (Joshua 6 & 7)

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This post is part of our Teaching the Catechism in a Protestant Church series. If you’re new, here’s a few more related posts to check out:

This week, we’re diving into Q&A 11 and 12 while using the story of Achan. Our pastor preached a great sermon on this while I was in high school, so it’s a powerful story for me.  In the story, Achan, a soldier in God’s army, tries to hide some of the treasure he found while raiding Jericho.  He forgot that God can see everything and knows everything.   That’s what we’re focusing on this week.

Question #10

Can You See God, Q10

Answer: No.  I cannot see God, but He always sees me.

Supporting Scripture:

Exodus 33:20, John 1:18, 1 Timothy 6:16, Psalm 139, Proverbs 5:21, Hebrews 4:12-13

Question #11

Q11 New

Answer: Yes.  Nothing can be hidden from God.

Supporting Scripture:

1 Chronicles 28:9, 2 Chronicles 16:9, Luke 12:6-7, Romans 2:16

Achan’s Sin

The Bible passage we’re focusing on this week comes from Joshua 6 & 7.

Achans zonde // Achans Sin- Teaching Resources

Here’s a few more activities to go along with this passage.

Games

Gold Coins

Hide the Gold

Play a game of  hide the gold.   Just like Achan tried hiding his treasure, tell the kids you’ve hidden some treasure (gold spray painted rocks or gold coins) around the room.  Have the kids find the gold and then ask, “Wouldn’t it be great to know where the treasure is right away?”    Remind them that God knows everything and sees everything and nothing surprises him.

God Sees Everything: Lesson Ideas for Kids

Peek A Boo

Put some random thing inside of a sack or pillow case.   Ask a child to guess what’s in the bag.  After several failed attempts, remind them that God knows everything and God sees everything.  He knows what’s in the bag.  Ask the child if they’d like a “peek”.  After they have a peeked, can they identify?   Maybe after a quick peek, they still can’t.  Tell them that sometimes God gives us a quick peek at his plan.  Sometimes we can see things clearly, but sometimes we still can’t make out the object, but we have a little clue (like it’s color or shape).  We can have a peek at all God sees through prayer and His Word, but only God knows all.  Adapted from Grace Church Kids. 

Crafts

Lesson Ideas or Discussion Questions

Writing a Poem

Image Credit: Writing a poem by Kristina Alexanderson (Flickr)

Check out the poem on this page and read all or part of it to the kids.  Encourage the kids to write their own poem retelling a part of the story.

Achan's Sin

Check out the lesson at Mission Bible Class for discussion questions, activities using a “Where’s Waldo” book, and a cool flip book you can use to retell the story of Achan.

Frozen Heart

Image Credit: Flickr by by Roger Spencer

Check out this lesson from Kids Discover for some discussion questions, lesson objectives and lots of activity ideas including one dealing with God’s holiness and one dealing with Israelites melting hearts.  Also has 3-4 well done coloring pages.  Great stuff here!  I especially love the progression of sin worksheet.

Image from Mr. Biblehead

This lesson from Calvary Kids has a origami box that helps retell the story of Achan along with a color by number page and some game suggestions.

God Sees All & Knows All

If you want to dive a little deeper into the questions and answers themselves, here’s a few options for you!

Ministry to Children Lesson: The Three “Alls” of God

God Knows All: Lesson Based on Psalm 139

God Sees Us: Toddler Lesson From the Book of Jonah

Ministry to Children Lesson: God Know Me (Preschool)

Math and Word Puzzles: God Knows Everything

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