The Annunciation Object Lesson

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Splitting the red sea and walking on dry land…city walls falling down…chariots of fire? The Bible is filled with impossible sounding events. Angels? Talking to people? In this Annunciation object lesson, discuss the conversations Gabriel had with Zacharias and Mary and how God continues to do the impossible.

In this Annunciation object lesson, discuss the conversations Gabriel had with Zacharias and Mary and how God continues to do the impossible.

Scripture Focus: Luke 1: 5-40

Materials:

  • Joke book (HERE is a fun place for Bible jokes.)

Geography: Galilee, Nazareth

Background: God has been silent for 400 years.

The Annunciation Object Lesson:

{Pull out the jokes. Ask:}

  • Do you like to laugh? Do you like to tell jokes? [Allow answers; Read 3 or 4 jokes and enjoy them with the children.]

God created us to smile and laugh. He enjoys us and likes to bless us. And while I think God has a great sense of humor, I do not think God jokes around. If you think about it, jokes are meant to trick someone, or make fun of something. And God doesn’t do that. He never tricks us. He is always honest with us. That was what Zacharias and Mary found out.

The Annunciation Bible Lesson:

{Read Luke 1:5-40. As you read, stop and discuss vocabulary words and ask the questions below.}

It was Zacharias’ turn to go to the temple. He only had one time in his life to do this. And his lot was cast. This meant Zacharias’ name was drawn for the group of available priests. He went to Jerusalem. Zacharias was an old man and his wife was old as well. He was a priest and had no children to pass on the priesthood. It was his turn to go into the temple and burn the incense in the Holy of Holies. He was a righteous man, blameless, and walked in the commands of God.

This was a yearly event. So the people were standing outside the temple as Zacharias went in. They wanted to be sure that he came out and those who really believed in the Lord wanted to be sure their sins were forgiven.

{Ask:}

  • How do you think Zacharias felt seeing an angel? [Allow for answers; remind them God has been silent for 400 years. He was troubled, scared.]
  • What were the first words the angle said? [Do not be afraid.]
  • What other couple have you learned about who had a baby in their old age? [Abraham and Sarah]
  • What prayer do you think was heard? [Allow for answers; The priest was to go in and pray over Israel and the people so their sins would be forgiven.]
  • What message did the angel give to Zacharias? [His wife Elizabeth was going to have a baby and his name should be John.]
  • Why do you think God sent an angel to deliver this message? [Allow for answers; this was the beginning of an amazing event…the Good News was coming! Such a message deserved a celestial messenger.]
  • How would Zacharias and others feel when John was born? [They would feel joy, gladness, and many would rejoice.]

When he sees the angel, it’s almost like Zacharias asked the angel if God was joking. But God was about to start the events that would save His people from their sins, beginning with Zacharias, a righteous man whom God wanted to bless in his old age.

God was being serious. But God doesn’t do things the way people think He should.

{Ask:}In this Annunciation object lesson, discuss the conversations Gabriel had with Zacharias and Mary and how God continues to do the impossible.

  • What was the consequence for Zacharias’ unbelief? [He was not allowed to speak until the prophesy came true. He was a priest and knew the prophesies. He had no excuse for his disbelief.]
  • How did all of the people respond when Zacharias finally came out of the temple? [They had been waiting and thought it strange that he took so long. When Zacharias came out and could not speak they understood that he had had a vision.]
  • What happened to Elizabeth? [She became pregnant.]
  • After 4 moths, what did Elizabeth do? Why? [ She hid herself. When women become pregnant, their bellies swell and the baby cannot be hidden.]
  • What was the name of the angel who told both announcements? [Gabriel]
  • What were the first words told to Mary by the angel? [Rejoice! highly favored one!]
  • How must Mary have felt seeing this angle? [Scared, because the angel continued and told her to not be afraid.]
  • How does one find favor with God? What pleases Him? [Read Hebrews 11:6. Without faith it is impossible to please God. To find favor we must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who diligently (really care) to seek Him.]
  • What would Mary’s baby be called? [Jesus, the Son of the Highest]
  • What was Jesus going to be? [A king]

Everyone would know that Elizabeth was old and going to have a baby. This was strange! However, Elizabeth knew that God had not forgotten her and had decided to finally bless her with a baby so people in the town would not disapprove of her anymore. In Jewish society, if a woman was barren, people disapproved, or thought the woman was sinful in God’s sight.

Mary went to her cousin’s house. Mary had a different problem than Elizabeth. She was going to have a baby. She was engaged to Joseph, but not married yet. Having a baby when you aren’t married was a scandal! It was considered a bad thing. Mary knew that the people around her would not be happy.

Perhaps Mary went to Elizabeth’s house because she knew that Elizabeth was going through a strange time as well. Both wanted to hide from people. Two very special people who had two very special babies.

{Ask:}

  • Is anything impossible with God? [No]
  • List some other “impossible” things God has done through the Bible, and YOUR life. [Allow for answers. Lead the children to see the “impossible-ness” of the idea of a perfect person dying on the cross and the being resurrected.]

In this Annunciation object lesson, discuss the conversations Gabriel had with Zacharias and Mary and how God continues to do the impossible.

Life Application of The Annunciation:

God enjoys His people, but He does not joke around with us. He takes Himself, us, and sin seriously. He is Truth. He will always tell you the Truth. He will not hide from you. He wants you to seek Him. He wants to show you that He can do the impossible.In this Annunciation object lesson, discuss the conversations Gabriel had with Zacharias and Mary and how God continues to do the impossible.

The Bible is filled with prophesies, such as a king being born in the town of Bethlehem – or – an older woman named Elizabeth having a baby.

Even though Zacharias had a lack of faith, Elizabeth and Mary were committed to God’s will right from the start. They did not know how their lives would change, but they knew God would take care of them.

God takes care of you too. Sometimes He does the impossible. Sometimes He asks US to do impossible things. But if you are committed to Him, even if your life changes, God will take care of you.

If you are committed to Jesus and repent of your sins, God will forgive you. How amazing it is that an all-powerful, just God would forgive the sins of rebellious people like us. It sounds impossible, but it is true.

What can we learn from the annunciations to Zacharias and Mary? No matter how impossible something sounds, if God tells you it will happen…then it will happen. He is trustworthy.

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The Annunciation Object Lesson — 2 Comments

  1. enjoyed this bible lesson! I learned that God does not intend for us to be without laughter and joy…but that does not mean that we are not to take him serious and believe everything he says….it is a fine line for most of us…leading some Christians to think it is wrong to laugh…while others believe that we should only laugh and sing….can be confusing at times. I will be back to partake of more bible lessons at your blog! God bless you!

    • You are right that there is a fine line. God gives us joy through the Holy Spirit, but does not promise us happiness. God is such a paradox. 🙂

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