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This Bible object lesson uses an umbrella to demonstrate how our submission and obedience to God's will actually is for our own benefit. When we are willing to step under, He covers us with His love and protection!
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Jesus often taught with parables. A Bible object lesson is similar in that it takes an earthly object and uses it to teach a spiritual lesson.
Bible Lesson: Obedience to God brings great benefits!
Lesson Title: God's Umbrella
Object: An umbrella
Primary Scriptures: Job 22:21-22, James 4:7, 1 Peter 5:5
Main Point: When we step under God's will, He covers us with His care and protection.
Hold up an umbrella and ask:
Ask for a volunteer. Open the umbrella, but have the volunteer stand outside of its cover. Ask if this would help that person if it was raining.
Hold the umbrella above them over their head. Ask again if this would help if it was raining.
Stay where you are holding the umbrella and ask if the person under it could step out from under it. What would happen then if it were raining?
Have students look up the three Bible verses below and. Have find the word that is in all three verses - "submit". Depending on the age you are teaching you can tell them the word to look for or have them figure it out in pairs or groups.
You could also write these on a white board and have them spot the word, raise their hand and call it out.
Ask if anyone knows what the word "submit" means. Allow time for answers; you could also write these on the board.
The word “submit” speaks of - accepting or yielding to a superior force or to the authority or will of another person.
Think of an officer in the military who has authority over a group of soldiers. His authority isn't for his own pride and benefit, but it's to give leadership for the whole group's benefit and protection.
For youth and older kids, you can also include the Greek -
It comes from the Greek word “hypotasso” which means:
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So in using the Bible object lesson of our umbrella, "submit" means to come up under the authority or will of another for the purpose of protection and care.
Imagine your parent or someone who cares about you opens an umbrella for you to step under for protection from the rain. Yes, they have control and authority over where the umbrella moves, but they are holding it in order to provide care. You know you can trust them.
Peter also addresses that God has placed people in our lives, older and wiser than us to help guide us when we will listen and heed what they say.
Ask students to try naming a few such as parents, grandparents, teachers, government, etc. These all may have rules they want us to follow, but they are for our good. You may want to allow time for students to mention certain rules like this.
God is the same way; He loves and cares for us more than anyone! It is safe to walk beneath His authority and will. His rules are for our good and protection too.
God has given each of us a free will though. He will not force us to obey or submit to His will and authority; it is our choice every day to come up under His protection, wisdom and love.
The next time we step out into a rainy day, let's be reminded that a wonderful, loving God offers to walk with us covering us with His love and protection when we are willing to "submit," "obey", "come under" His will and authority.
Use the Bible story of the Prodigal Son found in Luke 15:11-32 to reinforce this picture of God being our protective Father. When the son left the care of his father's authority, he found himself in dire straits - the pig pen starving!
And yet God is our loving Father who always awaits our return to Him even if we do wander away and disobey. He holds His umbrella of love and protection waiting for us to come back under close to Him where it's safe.
"He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9
Have different students volunteer ahead of class to look up and read the following verses. You could also put them in groups to read and summarize what they say for the class.
2 Chronicles 30:8
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You could also use Jan Brett's book - The Umbrella as a fun read aloud!
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By Jan Brett / Penguin Random House
We also have a Godprints Bible devotion "God's Umbrella" you can use with adults or for yourself.
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