Needed: (Optional - picture of Adam and Eve in the Garden, a piece of fruit, picture of the Ark of the Covenant. Pictures included at bottom.)
Ask students, How many of you remember the story of Adam and Eve?
Adam and Eve were the first man and woman that God created.
Where did they live when God created them?
In the Garden of Eden.
And what did God tell them not to do?
God told them not to eat fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
But Adam and Eve saw that the fruit looked good (show children your fruit) and they wanted to eat it. God told them not to eat it, but they wanted to eat it, so what should they have done? Was it a good idea for them to eat the fruit or was it a bad idea for them to eat the fruit?
It was a bad idea because God knows what's best and He told them not to eat the fruit.
Well, how about this one? (The following summarizes 1st Chronicles 13:1-11. You can choose to read the passage here if you'd rather not use just the summary.)
When David became King of Israel, he wanted to bring the Ark of the Covenant to the city where he lived. Does anyone what the Ark of the Covenant was?
The Ark of the Covenant was a specially decorated box that had the Ten Commandments inside of it from when God wrote them down for Moses. The Ark of the Covenant was so holy, so special, that God told everyone not to touch it. It was kind of like how God told Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit. God told people not to touch the Ark of the Covenant. They could only carry by its poles, not touch the actual box.
So King David wanted to bring the Ark of the Covenant to the city. But while the men were carrying the Ark of the Covenant, it started to fall, so one of the men, named Uzzah, reached out and touched it to catch it from falling.
Now, God had said not to touch the Ark of the Covenant, but Uzzah thought that he should touch it to keep it from falling, so what should Uzzah have done? Was it a good idea for him to touch the Ark of the Covenant or a bad idea for him to touch the Ark of the Covenant?
This is a hard one, but it was a bad idea because God knows what's best and He told people not to touch it. If it was going to fall, God could have caught it Himself. He didn't need Uzzah to touch it.
So do you remember what happened to Adam and Eve after they ate the fruit God told them not to eat?
They were punished. They had to leave the Garden of Eden and life became a lot harder and they eventually died because they didn't listen to God.
And because Uzzah didn't listen to God - he touched the Ark of the Covenant when God told him not to - God killed Uzzah as a punishment.
So remember to always listen God. Even if you think something is a good idea, like Adam and Eve thought it was a good idea to eat the fruit and Uzzah thought it was a good idea to touch the Ark, listen to God first.
Let's pray about that.
Sample prayer: Father God, we thank You for giving us Your rules. We pray that You will always help us to remember Your rules and to make good choices in our life. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
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