I have been working on the lessons for Vacation Bible School this week and when it came to writing a blog, I searched for something new or creative to write, but came up with nothing that really struck me outside of my prep for the adult class I will be hosting all week next week. The Theme Verse for our Mighty Fortress VBS is 1 Corinthians 15:57 “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
So, it is interesting to me how the stories are selected for these studies, because when I first looked at it, I thought that some of the selections were…well…interesting! We start off with the tale of a fortress and God’s people coming up against there enemies at Jericho. A classic VBS story for sure! Here, we can see the connection between the theme “Mighty Fortress” and the notion that this Jericho fortress was not one that the Lord God built and so it had no position or power over God’s ability to bring victory. The next two stories baffled me, the stories of Hezekiah and Josiah. I must admit that in my years going to VBS, I never remember covering these stories. The second day will cover the siege that the Assyrians placed on Jerusalem. Hezekiah was king in Jerusalem and God saved this fortress, His city, from total destruction. The lesson here is that God is our refuge and strength, a help in times of trouble. Ok - I see the connection with the theme and the Bible story really focuses more on King Hezekiah’s faith in God and prayer when Isaiah reassured the King that God was present. Now on to day three and Josiah…and here we see a different notion of “mighty fortress” in that it doesn’t have to be big walls and cities, but God’s Word and teaching! God’s story is important and obeying His word is essential if we are to experience the victory of Jesus. Josiah’s reforms, tearing down idols and restoring the Temple, showed that God was most important and this was all prompted by reading the Word of God to the people. These three lessons set up the last two days of VBS, Jesus enters into Jerusalem and Jesus dies and rises from the tomb. This is the ultimate story of God’s victory and thus our victory. Jesus is our champion, and our enemies of sin, death, and Satan are defeated and we can live the victorious life in Christ.
I look forward to a great week of VBS, and if you want to join us, bring your kids, it will be from 6-8 PM Monday through Friday of next week. I think one of the things I like most about a Vacation Bible School program is the combination between having fun and learning God’s story! Thank You to all volunteers who make these weeks possible for children, I can tell you that it makes a difference!
I want to share thoughts, insights, and scriptures that lead us in the direction of Christ.