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Upper Elementary

Always True

Lesson 11 


Summer 2022


By: RLD Editorial Team 


August 14, 2022

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Lesson Focus:

God’s Word is true anytime, anyplace.

Bible Basis:

Jeremiah 36

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Students will learn God’s Word is true anytime, anyplace, no matter the circumstance.

Memory Verse:

All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.
—Psalm 119:160

Step 1:

Students will learn God’s Word is true anytime, anyplace, no matter the circumstance.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Have you ever experienced a situation where everyone knew the rules had to be followed—no matter if they were posted or not? A time when the rules were just understood? (Answers may include: yes, when a substitute teacher comes in and doesn’t know our teacher’s rules, but we still know how we’re supposed to act; the rules are known when driving, like not running red lights or speeding, etc.)
  • Have you ever disagreed with a rule or tried to get one changed? (Answers might include something like: We tried to sign a petition at our school to change the dress code, but it didn’t work; I don’t agree with my parents’ rules to go to bed at 9 M., but there’s no changing their minds, etc.)

A few years ago, there was a lot of controversy over the rules in the NFL after a very bad call was made during an important championship game. Refs refused to make a call that was clearly a violation of the rules of the game. Everyone knew the rule hadn’t been followed, everyone except for the referee, it seems. The missed call most likely caused the Saints football team to not make it into the Super Bowl. Everyone called for the rules of the game to be changed. 

In an effort to make sure all of the referees keep the game fair and make the right calls, the NFL has recently voted to change their rules! From now on, any questionable calls can be reviewed and overturned if need be.  

Although the NFL officially changed the rules, some calls made in official games don’t seem to line up with this new rule. In the 2022 Super Bowl of Rams versus Bengals, there was a very controversial call when what appeared to be pass interference wasn’t penalized. Let’s watch.

Play the following clip [1:28]
How is This Holding? Worst Call in Rams vs Bengals Super Bowl

  • After watching this clip, how did you feel about this call? Did you think it was a violation of the rules? Why or why not? (Answers will vary.)
  • Have you ever tried to enforce the rules, but no one listened or believed what you had to say, even when you knew what you were saying was right? Tell us about it. (Students may refer to incidents similar to these: Yes, I was telling my brothers not to sneak candy into the movies because it wasn’t allowed, but they did it anyway; I told everyone to stop talking when the teacher stepped out into the hallway, but they wouldn’t listen to me and then we all got in trouble for talking and lost recess time, etc.)

Rules are made for our protection and to help us, not to harm us. Rules make the expectations clear, so that everyone understands how things should run and there’s no confusion.  In the NFL’s case, the rule was made concerning pass interference; however, the referee made a mistake and didn’t make sure those guidelines were followed and chaos followed. 

In today’s story, King Jehoiakim decided God’s rules didn’t have to be followed.  In fact, he chose to burn parts of God’s message in clear defiance.  What would happen to the king for his rebellion?  Did God’s rules still stand, whether the king decided to follow them or not?  Let’s find out.

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

Step 4:

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Index cards
  • Pens/pencils

If your class is meeting online, invite students to bring index cards and pens/pencils to class.

Earlier we saw that God’s Word is true anytime, anyplace. Whether or not we decide to believe the Bible doesn’t change the fact that it will always be true. The Bible has been translated into many languages and versions since it’s been written. Millions of people have read and chosen to follow the Author of this Book. No matter what language, translation, or code it comes in, God’s Word is always true. Nothing will ever change that. Today you’re going to create your own translation of some truths about God for others to decode.

Students will create their own secret codes using a favorite verse, phrase, or word that shares truth from God. Pass out index cards and pens/pencils (or invite students to have supplies ready at home) for your preteens to create their messages. Examples for secret messages may include: Today’s memory verse, Psalm 119:160; “God’s Word is Truth!”; “Believe”; “Faith”; or other favorite verses, etc. Encourage students to come up with one on their own so a practice inner-class decoding will be a challenge (if everyone uses the same one, decoding won’t be any fun).

Pull up the following website and show students how to use the reflect method:
Using Simple Ciphers and Codes (Kids)

Give students time to trade cards and solve each other’s messages.

  • How can we learn what God’s Word says, so we know His truth when we need it? (Answers: Read the Bible; do a family devotional or personal Bible study; pray Scripture; listen to our teachers and pastors, etc.)

Take your decoded messages with you and put them someplace where you can see it this week. Challenge your students to write out additional coded messages about God’s Word for their friends and family to decode this week (they can try using other coding methods on these if they like). Remember that God’s Word is always true. We can depend on it, no matter what situation comes our way. God Most High sent His Word to help us through life, to guide us, and to ultimately point us to Him and His glory.  Let’s learn it and follow it!  

Pray to close.

Spread the word

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