We weren’t sure that we were going to announce our summer curriculum yet – but after talking with our team at Illustrated Children’s Ministry the past couple days – we just couldn’t contain our excitement about it any longer. We have spent the past couple months preparing, designing and creating what we think is probably going to be one of the most groundbreaking children’s ministry curriculum to date: An Illustrated Leviticus.
Now…before you leave, just wait. I know what probably all of you are thinking: no one could find enough material in the book of Leviticus for a children’s ministry curriculum. But that’s where you’re wrong. Once we really got into the book of Leviticus – it was…amazing. It was like we couldn’t get through one chapter, one paragraph even, without seeing some of the amazing ways in which God could use this curriculum in the life of a young child.
Nadab and Abihu
My son Caleb is 4 years old. And I like to think he’s a pretty smart kid. You should have seen the way his eyes lit up last night when I read to him about burnt offerings and grain offerings. And when we got to the story of Nadab and Abihu – it was amazing. The story is short, and can be found in Leviticus 10:1-2:
1 Now Nadab and Abihu, two of Aaron’s sons, each took an incense pan. They put fire and incense on them and offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, which he had not commanded them. 2 Then fire flew out from before the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord.
You should have seen his face after I read these two verses…JUST TWO VERSES. I didn’t even have to explain anything to him. He was speechless. He didn’t know what to say. He just sat there. I think I may have even seen a small tear form in his eye. It was clearly a meaningful story for him.
But I didn’t stop there. These stories found in Leviticus are just SCREAMING to be illustrated. It’s like the writer knew that one day, Illustrated Children’s Ministry would create a curriculum based on the book. So, after I read the story to Caleb, I sat down and drew an illustration of the story. I know you want to see it – but it’s going to be included as one of the Illustrated Children’s Moments in the Church Edition…and this is a spoiler free blog post. But again…he was so absolutely dumbfounded by the way in which I was able to convey such convicting biblical truths on paper with just a pen and some watercolors.
It was a very profound spiritual experience for me to be able to share with Caleb and I can’t wait for you to be able to have similar experiences with your children – both in the faith communities that you serve and with the children that you are raising.
If you want to learn more – just watch the video below to see what An Illustrated Leviticus is all about.