Big Idea: God has made a way for us to be forgiven from all our sin!
Bible Passage: Joshua 7
In this story we learned that a man named Achan stole something and hid it, thinking that he would get away with it. God commanded all his people not to take anything from the cities they over took, but Achan disobeyed God and lied about it. The next time Israel went into battle, they lost. They were afraid, so Joshua cried out to God. God told Joshua, "Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep." Achan and his whole family were punished for their sin.
God was angry at the people's sin: God had commanded them to keep the covenant He gave them. Even though the people broke the covenant and were not perfectly obedient, God kept saving them from battle. The people repented, and God forgave them and protected and saved them.
God keeps His promise to us, too. He knows we cannot be perfectly obedient, so He sent Jesus to die for our sin, so that we can repent and be forgiven and be made holy as God is holy. Our God didn't have to keep His promise to save us. He hates sin. Yet, He took the punishment our sin deserves so that we could be forgiven. We can bring our sin to Jesus knowing He sees it all, and loves us anyway. There is no shame for those who call on the name of Jesus.
Hide some gold coins around the house and have a treasure hunt. Remind children when they find the money that God can see all things, even things we think we can hide. Ask children what are some things they feel like they need to hide? Remind children that nothing is hidden from God, and that because of Jesus, we don't need to feel ashamed or hide our sin from God, because He always loves and forgives us, no matter what we do. Encourage children to bring the things they want to hide from God to him in prayer together. Remind them that there is no shame for those who call on the Name of Jesus.