Idolatry-Discerning: Needing God's power against evil.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Not by might nor by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord Almighty.
The Elder is threatened by the possibility of the school. He sees it as a threat to his power over the islanders. Whenever Satan feels threatened, the church and believers can expect opposition. Have you ever had things inexplicable go wrong when you are trying to go on a mission trip, or help out at a local mission? That is the struggle of the forces of evil against the forces of good, the forces of God.
The verse for this episode comes from the writings of the prophet Zechariah. These are words of hope and encouragement to Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel was rebuilding the temple and was experiencing opposition of their enemies (Ezra 4:1-5, 24), as well as a lack of perseverance on the part of the people of God (Haggai 1: 14, 2: 1-5). See also Zechariah 4: 6-9.
We have that same Spirit working today. God encourages us by reminding us that the battle is to be fought in the power of the Spirit and the outcome is guaranteed – God will win! It may not be in the way or time that we would like, but God knows the whole picture. God knows what we do not about how the coming of the Kingdom will succeed. We need only to be faithful.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What are Liz and his friends doing while they are in Gadamascar?
A. Helping the Hendersons build a school for the village.
Q. What do the Hendersons hope to do with this school?
A. Teach children to read so that they can read the Bible for themselves.
Q. Why is progress so slow in building the school?
A. Building materials disappear.
Q. Who does Spike think is causing all the mysterious happenings at the school building site?
A. The Elder.
Q. Who does the Elder say is causing the problems?
A. The spirits who don’t want the school to be built.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
What does God give us to protect us in the struggle against the forces of evil?
His special armor – see Ephesians 6:10-16. See this week’s devotions for more explanation of the armor of God.