“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me.” Exodus 20:2-5
The Israelites were given a clear and simple commandment, but when they were faced with fear and anxiety by the absence of Moses for forty days they rebelled against God. They asked Aaron to make them an image of their supposed god and worshiped it in the most depraved ways.
There is a lot for our kids to learn from this Bible story. God is the only true living God. To worship anyone or anything besides Him is a sin and an open attack against who He is. Our kids should learn that we shouldn’t worship any image, idol or rendering of God because those things are not God. There is no way we can ever fully represent the holiness and awesomeness and perfection of God through an image. We would fail before we even began.
“4 Their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands. 5 They have mouths but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. 6 They have ears but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. 7 They have hands but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk. They cannot make a sound with their throats. 8 Those who make them are just like them, as are all who trust in them.” Psalm 115:4-8
- Print the templates onto cardstock. (Template)
- Color in the templates.
- Cut out all of the pieces, including cutting on the dashed lines of each piece.
- Glue both neck pieces together to form a single piece. Do the same for the body and the legs.
- At this point if you choose you can glitter each individual piece. Allow the pieces to dry.
- Attach the pieces together to form the golden calf.
God gave Joseph amazing dreams, but time and time again Joseph goes through many difficulties and tribulations. During this difficult time he never gets angry at God or shows any resentment towards Him. Joseph completely trusted God because he knew that God never abandoned Him. One day God gives Pharaoh two strange dreams that no one seems to be able to interpret. Luckily for the Pharaoh there is one man in prison who can give him the meaning behind his dreams. A God fearing man who would rise to become second in command over Egypt and be used by God to save the nation of Israel.
- Print the template. (Template)
- Color and cut out each piece. Make sure to leave the blank rectangle attached on the nose.
- Glue the body of the cow onto a piece of cardstock or construction paper.
- Next glue on the head to the body on the same piece of construction paper.
- Cut out the figure.
- Fold the blank rectangle on the nose back and then glue the nose to the head of the cow. The top ridge of the nose will align with the 4 dash lines on the cows head.
- Glue the cow foot to a popsicle stick and allow it to dry.
- Make a small cut with scissors or a knife on the tongue, just big enough for the popsicle stick to be able to go through it.
- Stick the popsicle stick inside through the slit.
From the back of the cows head the children will be able to move the popsicle stick up and down, back and forth. This will make it appear as though the leg is moving inside the mouth.