Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Lessons on Obedience Pt. 1

Lately my children have been, shall we say, not as obedient as I would like.  So to make sure that I've covered the bases and done what I need to do, we are going to do some lessons on obedience in school.  Instead of reading through our childrens Bible each morning for their Bible study, they are going to be reading verses, memorizing verses and doing a character study on someone who is obedient or disobedient.  I am also going to make them take a test at the end.  Kyle will likely have an oral test.  I haven't decided about Amanda's test yet.

The first book that I went to for a reference to verses was Bible Truth For School Subjects Volume 1 Social Studies.  I have the whole set of 4 encyclopedias that was given to me from a good friend from high school who was homeschooling her son.  I wanted to start at the beginning so here is the first lesson.

Lesson 1: Parent's Responsibilities
A. Parents must teach their children.
       Exodus 10:1-2
       Deuteronomy 4:9-10; 6:6-9, 20-23; 11:18-21
       Psalm 78:5-8
       Proverbs 4:1-4, 10-11; 22:6
                                                               Ephesians 6:4
 B. Parents must provide for their children.
       1 Samuel 2:19
       Proverbs 13:22
       Luke 15:20-24
       2 Corinthians 12:14
       1 Timothy 5:8
C. Parents must control their children.
       Exodus 20:10
       Deuteronomy 5:14; 21:18-21; 32:46
       Numbers 30:3-5
       1 Timothy 3:4-5, 12
       Titus 1:6
D. Parents must correct their children.
       Proverbs 13:24; 19:18; 22:15; 29:15-17
       1 Thessalonians 2:11-12

I wanted to provide this information first because I often explain to my kids that I have to punish and discipline them because God expects me to do that so they will grow up to be good people.  

Lesson 2 Children's Responsibilities
1. Children are responsible to God, especially as they come to maturity.
      Judges 6:25-27
      1 Kings 15:11-13
      2 Chronicles 7:17-22; 28:22-25; 29:2-9; 34:1-8
      2 Kings 22:2, 22-25
      Proverbs 20:11
      Ecclesiastes 12:1
2. Children must obey or submit to their parents.
      Exodus 20:12
      Deuteronomy 5:16; 21:18-21
      Judges 11:36-39
      Proverbs 1:8; 4:1; 6:20; 13:1; 23:22
      Jeremiah 35:18-19
      Matthew 15:4
      Luke 2:51-52
      Romans 1:30
      Ephesians 6:1-4
      Colossians 3:20
      1 Timothy 3:4-5, 12
      Titus 1:6

I am aware that quite a few of these verses are repeated in each lesson and heading.  But repetition is the best thing to make them remember!  Plus they are also going to choose 2 verses to memorize for their test.  

For the rest of the lessons I am going to be reading some Bible stories to them that show obedience and the reward of that and disobedience and the discipline of that.  Here are the next sequence of lessons.  I will do one story a day and I have different books that I will read these stories from.
Jonah and the Whale
Noah's Ark
Saul Disobeys God
Adam & Eve Disobey God
The Walls of Jericho coming down

After those stories have been read, I have one book on a little girl who is disobedient that I am going to throw in for a story time one day.  Then they will choose one of those people that I read them a story about and do a character profile on obedience with them.  For example: if one chooses Daniel, I have worksheets from just about every person in the Bible's name on it.  They have a place to draw a portrait of that person, lines to write description and 2 other boxes to draw a picture or put other information in.  I will give that child the sheet with Daniel.  Then it will be their job to create that profile with the disobedient/obedient act and either the rewards of obedience or the punishment of the disobedience.

The come the tests.  I want to do a test because I want them to realize I am serious about this.  I want them to know it's a BIG DEAL to me!  They must be obedient.  When  I come up with how the test is going to be done I will post that.


  1. Wow Dani this is just amazing to me! I have you in my prayers and would love to keep hearing about the lessons!