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"Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up" Deuteronomy 6:5-7 (NIV).
What is a super hero? (Listen for answers. i.e. comic book heroes, sports and real life heroes.) What are some characteristics of super heroes? What are they like? Can you name any Super Heroes? (Listen for answers.)
Super heroes are people of honor; they are courageous, or brave. They are people with integrity, having good reputations. People of honor know right from wrong and choose to do right. People think well of them and say good things about them. We respect them and hold them in high regard.
Sometimes heroes are famous, and sometimes they aren't. But the one characteristic that makes super heroes different from other people is that they have willing hearts to do a special task to rescue others. They put other people before themselves, and sometimes endanger their own lives!
Have you ever heard the Bible stories of David and Goliath? Or Noah's Ark? Have you ever stopped to consider what would have happened if David the shepherd boy had said, "I'm too young to serve God. Ask someone else to be king." or "I'm too busy tending my sheep." or, "I'm way too small to defeat Goliath! He could kill me!"? All those excuses would be true, but what might have been the result? Well, Goliath and the Philistines might have defeated Israel, and God's people would have died.
What if Noah had said, "Rain? There's no such thing as that much rain that could flood the earth!* I can't build an ark to save my family, because if I do my friends and neighbors will make fun of me!" What would have happened if Noah said this? Well, maybe the entire human race would have been destroyed!
The truth is that God has a plan for all of his creation. If Noah or David hadn't obeyed God, he would most likely have used someone else to do these special tasks. But think of the miracles and the super hero experiences they would have missed out on by not having willing hearts to obey God! You see, God loves us and gives us the privilege to work with him to carry out his will! All it takes is a willing heart, ready to obey him!
Super Heroes of the Bible looks at the lives of David and Noah, as well as some other men and women, and boys and girls, and some famous and not-so-famous people from the Bible, who had willing hearts to obey God. And by obeying him, they were used in miraculous and powerful ways to help change the course of history!
Help your children discover how they can become a super hero for Jesus! Learn more about our Super Heroes of the Bible Lesson Plans.
* Genesis 2:5-6 indicates that rain did not exist before the flood.