5 (Isaiah 9:6) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Discuss: The name and it's meaning(s) . You may also wish to point out that because of God’s exceptional strength he is not overwhelmed by our problems, in fact he is always powerful enough to overcome them.
SCIENCE EXPERIMENT/CRAFT: In ancient Egypt, bricks were made by the Israelites to be used in building the “mighty” pyramids and statues. On the next page you will find an experiment on brick-making where your children make their own bricks and then test them for “hardness.”
MATH: Study weights and measures with the younger child. The older child may be interested in physics and mathematical formulas used in testing for “strength.”
LANGUAGE ARTS: Look up "mighty." What does it mean? How does it pertain to Jesus? Use the words for a vocabulary activity. (fortress, bulwark, etc.) Look up more verses with the word "mighty."
JOURNAL ACTIVITY: Find pictures that show "mighty." The great Redwood Trees. The bright sun. A high Mountain. A weight lifter. Christ is mightier than all of those. Cut out the pictures to put on page for journal
HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY: You may wish to study “mighty” warriors in history … Alexander the Great, Napoleon, Genghis Khan, Charlemagne, etc. Compare the “mightiness” or “greatness” of the historical figure(s) with the mightiness and greatness of Jesus.
COOKING RECIPE: Some ideas include making barbell shaped cookies, skewering meatballs on both ends of a toothpick (to look like a barbell), and other weight-training themed finger foods and goodies.
SERVICE PROJECT IDEA: Check your community for charities that specialize in home repair or home building. Become involved in this charity and use your strength to help “build” a better future for someone else.
SAMPLE PRAYER: Thank you for being so strong that no matter what my problems are, I can come to you and you are strong enough to conquer them. Help me to remember to always lean on you for my support.
ALTERNATIVE BIBLE VERSE CITATIONS: Psalm 28:7, Proverbs 18:10, 1 John 4:4, Luke 1:37, Ephesians 6:10
HANDWRITING SHEET: See day two for a handwriting sheet for Isaiah 9:6
The Mighty God
J V L P O G E L S U T D G U I
E G Z U X N N F S J T A G P D
H E W W F O O R E K A M E Y P
O M I F Y R Q C R E A T O R Y
V E X N C T E J T O U B F T G
A R X E V S Q W R L W V I C I
H P F G N I L L O R T N O C H
N U P E K A N S F P I H J F P
L S T E F Y B C Z V L O C M K
I N A M N A T L I C T L D I P
I F P D H I N D E B V I A G E
D K K I N W V G R L L N N H F
N Y J U O M N I P O T E N T V
O W T A A M X T D Q L S R Y S
K S O Y N G O F A Y Z S V W Q
"My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in
God my Savior...for the Mighty One has done
great things for me -- holy is his name."
Luke 1:46, 49 (NIV)
The Ancient Middle East: Brickmaking Clay was ancient Mesopotamia’s most important raw material. Most buildings were made out of clay bricks. Even the huge, protective walls that surrounded the cities were made of clay bricks. Here are simple directions for experimenting at making a clay brick.
2. Mix different cominations of dirt, sand, clay, grass, weeds, straw, flour, and water. You may not use any cement, plaster, or tile grout.
3. Tightly pack your mixture into your mold.
4. Allow your brick to dry in a warm place for several days.
5. Remove the dried brick from the box. If the brick is still damp, allow to finish drying.
In ancient Mesopotamia, a brick was considered goo if:
*Bricks can be rolled to building sites without crumbling or falling apart.
*Bricks can withstand the weight of other bricks stacked on top of them.
*Bricks are dried so well that they do not wash away in the rain.
How do you think your finished brick(s) will measure up?
1. Roll your brick end over end five times. Does it crumble apart?
2. Stack 50 pounds of weight on top of any brick that passes test #1. Does your brick break or crumble?
3. Submerge any brick that passes both tests #1 and #2 in a bucket of water for 30 seconds.
If your brick doesn’t fall apart after test #3, then your brick would pass ancient Mesopotamian brick standards! Congratulations!!