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The Word and My Lamp

The Word and My Lamp

Materials You Need:

Two E260 balloons (any colour).

Making the Bible:

  1. Inflate a balloon except for 50 mm and burp before tying off.
  2. Twist a 25mm bubble and then a chain of six bubbles - 50mm, 150mm, 50mm, 50mm, 150mm and 50mm bubbles for the other frame of the Bible.
  3. Twist-connect the last bubble to the first small bubble to give a book shape.
  4. This is the "Mirror".
  5. Twist off another 150mm bubble and connect this to the centre of the Bible on the opposite side.
  6. Move the bubbles into place to form an open book.
  7. Any excess balloon forms the "Bookmark".
  8. The small bubble at the top can be hidden at the back of the Bible.
  9. The bubble at the bottom can be moved to the back to make a "Bookstand" for the Bible.
  10. This completes the "Bible".

Making the Candlestick:

  1. Fully inflate a balloon except for 40 mm and burp well before tying off.
  2. Twist off a 20mm bubble.
  3. Twist a 100mm bubble, bend into a circle and twist-connect to the small bubble.
  4. Push the small bubble into the circle to complete the "Handle".
  5. Twist off a 250mm bubble and bend this bubble into a circle and twist-connect to make the upper loop of the Candle Stick.
  6. Twist off a 50mm bubble.
  7. Twist a 350mm bubble and bend this into a circle and twist-connect this to the 50mm bubble to make the lower loop of the Candle Stick.
  8. Twist off a 50mm bubble and then pass the remaining balloon through the two loops to make the "Candle".
  9. Arrange the loops so that the candle stick will "sit" flat on the table.
  10. The short length of uninflated balloon to forms the "Wick" and this completes the Candle Stick.



Making the Word


  Making the Candlestick


A Bible is made and shown as the open Word of God that we must read, and then a candle) is made to remind us that God's Word is a lamp unto our feet.



(Start making the Bible).  What did you see when you looked into the mirror this morning?  Well that's not what God saw.  I will tell later what God saw, but first let me tell you about King David.

The story of how David was chosen to be King is interesting.  David had seven brothers who were in King Saul's army.  David, being the youngest had to stay at home and look after the sheep for his father, Jesse.   One day God sent the Prophet Samuel to Jesse's house at Jerusalem.  God said, "I have chosen one of his sons to be king".  So Samuel did what the Lord had said and went to Jerusalem.  He invited Jesse and his sons to a sacrifice.

When they arrived, Samuel saw the eldest son, Eliab and thought, "Surely this is the Lord's anointed".  But in 1 Samuel 16:7, God said to Samuel:

"Do not consider his appearance nor his height, for I have rejected him.
The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.
Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."

Then Jesse called his second eldest son, Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel.  But Samuel said, "The Lord has not chosen this one either".  Jesse then had the next son, Shammah pass by, but God did not choose him.  Jesse had all seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but each time Samuel said to him, "The Lord has not chosen this one".

At last he asked Jesse, "Are these all the sons you have?"  Jesse answered, "There is still the youngest, David, but he is tending the sheep".  Samuel replied, "Send for him, for we will not sit down until he arrives".  So he sent for David and had him brought in.  Now David had a fine appearance and handsome features.  Then the Lord said, "Get up and anoint him, for he is the one".  So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed David as King in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came upon David in power.

The mirror

I am going to make a special "Mirror" from this balloon.  (Make the mirror).  Do you like my "Mirror"?  Well, I am going to look into it and what do I see?  Just the outside of the skin on my face!  Do you remember that I asked you what you saw, when you looked into the mirror this morning?  Well, what did God see?  He looked right past your skin and bones and looked right into your mind and saw what you were thinking about!

Samuel was told not to look at the outside appearance of Jesse's sons.   God looked at the inside of them, and only David had a heart that was right with God.  For this reason he was chosen to be King.

The Bible

Now, I am going to change my "Mirror" into a book.  (Complete the Bible).  There, what do you think of it?  It is my "Bible".  Why isn't it closed?  Books are only any good if we open them to read what they contain.  My Bible must be an open book because we must read it.  It has a handle to remind me that it is easy to pick up since I must read the Bible everyday.  The Bible is the most important book in the world and more copies have been printed than for any other book.

The Bible is the Word of God, and tells us who God is.  It tells us about Jesus and how He died for our sins on the cross at Calvary, how He rose again on the third day, that He is now the King of Kings, and is coming again soon.

The Bible also has many stories that teach us how to live our lives.  The Bible is the "Sword of the Spirit" and makes us aware of our sins, and that we need to accept Jesus as our Saviour and Lord.  We learn that Jesus loves us with an everlasting love, and is with us every moment of every day.  That He is our Best Friend and loves us so much that He is preparing a place for us in Heaven right at this moment!

(Start making the candlestick).  Yes, the Bible is truly the Word of God.  In Psalm 119:105, David said:

"Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light for my path."

For this reason we need to memorise verses so that they can guide us in our daily lives and help us to obey God.  If we do this we will please God and grow up to become good Christians.

(Finish the candlestick and hold it in front of the Bible).  We need God's light to shine upon the Bible like this candlestick, so that we can understand it.  To do this, we need to first pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help us understand it.  Why not do this every morning as you read a portion or a paragraph from Luke, John or Acts?

If you serve God faithfully, it could be that in the future God will choose you, just like He chose David.  Perhaps He has plans for your life that includes doing some great work.  You never can tell!

God bless.

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