He Knows My Name
Hey kids, it’s time for Bible study. Today, though, we’re going to have a special Bible study, and you’re going to help. “Oh,” said the children with excitement, “What are we going to do?”
Well, I bought some poster board. Either you can work together or work on your own. I bought some really big black ones, so that it can be your background night sky.
You have a choice. You can draw as many stars on the page as you can with white crayons, or you can use the Elmer’s glue to make dots, but the game is to make as many stars as you can on the poster. If you use dots from the Elmer’s glue, I have bought special silver sparkles to put on the dots. The children got real excited, because they had never had the chance to have a Bible study such as this!!!
Jessica used the glue and was excited to fill in as many dots as she could fit unto the poster. Charles, on the other hand, drew his out his stars with white crayon. The two youngest worked together to create their own star posters. It took quite awhile until they were done, as it was a challenge for them to fill the poster with all those stars. Because it took so long, they began to get quite tired after awhile. Very good, said Mother, I see you spent a lot of time. They’re beautiful!
Afterwards, we sprinkled the glue with sparkles. It was an awesome sight. The kids were told to leave the bottom of the poster for a sentence for add a few scriptures.
“Wow, that was fun Mom.” Oh, but we’re not done yet children. Now I want you to count all those stars. So they did. There were so many! Wow, that was hard because they were already tired of making SO many stars. Afterward, they said “Ok Mom, what do we do now?“ Now I want you to name each one and write their names underneath each star. The children began to name them all, the older children helping the younger children to write the names of each star. After a time, they couldn’t come up with any more names because they were so many stars; so they tried to make it a contest who could give the most silly names, but after awhile they began to get weary even of this.
Wow, what a great job you did kids. We’re going to hang these pictures up when you’re through and when the glue dries.
My oldest son then commented, “Mom this is not a Bible study. It’s just an art project!” We’re not done yet children. With that, she then proceeded to take them all outside in the starlit night. Look up at the stars children. The night was clear and the stars seemed so beautiful and bright and practically endless against the night sky.
Ok, children I want you now to count all the stars. After some time of counting them, they began to get tired and weary. That’s ok, I said, how wonderful that you counted so many! You did so great! She told them not to be disheartened. The scientists cannot even number them. Every time they think they have a number, they find more! Can you imagine all those stars?! No, they exclaimed, that’s a lot of stars! Then I ask them to name all the stars they counted. Sigh, oh Mother, we just got through naming all our stars on our poster, can’t we skip this part? But Johnny wouldn’t hear of it. He loved a challenge. So, he began to name the stars one by one until he couldn’t come up with any more.
The scientists cannot even number them. Every time they think they have a number, they find more! Can you imagine all those stars?! “No,” they exclaimed! “That’s a lot of stars!” Then I ask them to name all the stars they counted. Sigh, oh Mother, we just got through naming all our stars on our poster, can’t we skip this part? But Johnny wouldn’t hear of it. He loved a challenge. So, he began to name the stars one by one until he couldn’t come up with any more.
Is this our Bible study mom?
Why yes it is. Let’s go back inside and look and see what God’s word says about stars. Remember how tired you were after you made all those stars on the your poster? Ah yes, they exclaimed, and there were so many that I had to count.
Well, said Mother, did you see how many stars were up in the night sky tonight? “Yes,” they said, “but there were too many to count.” God knows how many are out there. In fact, he knows each one by name, every last single one. How long do you think He took to make them? “I don’t know,” they exclaimed. “Do you know Mother?” Well, let’s look. Get you Bibles out and we’ll see. Turn to Psalm 147:4.
Psalm 147:4 He tells the number of the stars; he calls them all by their names.
Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: “he made the stars also.”
Psalms 148:5 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.
Psalms 148:3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.
Psalms 148:6 He hath also established them forever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.
So you see, God didn’t take a long time to create the stars either like you did on your posters. How long did it take for you to make your stars? “Oh, quite a long time said the children”. Well mother said, God spoke and it existed. He just said the words, and the were created.
That’s a pretty powerful and mighty God, don’t you think?
They looked at her with astonishment. That’s why we praise God for His awesome works. David praised God in Psalms all the time how wonderful and creative God is.
Did it make you tired drawing all those stars and naming them? “Yes,” the children sighed, but were happy to have created such a beautiful poster nevertheless.
God doesn’t gets tired. Mother said. The Bible says He never slumbers nor sleeps.
Psalms 121:4 Behold, he that keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
There is nothing too hard for God to do. Isn’t God powerful and strong? God wants us to praise Him for all the wonderful things He has done for us, not because He thinks He’s great, but because He wants you to remember how much He loves you and has given you all these beautiful stars and other things in nature to tell you how much He cares.
What’s more important is that God loves you more than the stars, and He knows all of us each by our own name even though there are so very many people on this earth, as many as the sand of the sea. That’s how much He cares for you and me. In fact, He made all those stars, just so that you can see how much He loves you. He doesn’t care for the stars as much as you, because they are not made in His image. You are!!! “Oh, we must be pretty important!” Yes, said Mother. You are more important than anything else He created, because He created it all for you and I.
“Thank you Mother. This has been one of the most fun Bible studies that we have ever had. Can we do one like this next time?” We’ll see, but you all have to be getting to bed now. Just remember as you sleep, He’s awake, He’ll keep those stars up there shining to remind you how special you are to Him, ok? “Goodnight Mother.” Good night special little ones!
He knows MY name!