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Photo Credit: Gospelgifs.comHey guys, thanks stopping by and visiting! We are glad you like this site. We always enjoy having company come over. Please go to our NEW Facebook and be one of the first to like us. There you will receive new posts, updates, devotions, Sunday School lesson ideas and more (all the great little extras and things you won’t find here). Thank you for your support! (Click the Facebook logo or here) I look forward to meeting you!Sunday School is a vital part of any ministry. In it one is able to experience a deeper knowledge of God’s Word. We here at “Word For Life Says” want to help you help others. Below you will find resources to help you prepare for your upcoming lessons. May God bless you!August 18, 2013(Click here for the WORD document of the lesson: Dedication of the Wall Sunday School Lesson or simply click the print button below. Enjoy!)Introduction“In the Bible times most cities were walled and fortified for protection against an enemy. Those living in a city without walls would be interested in having walls built for them,” (Bible History Online, click here for more).Walls (picture here) were essential in the care and well-being of the people who depended upon them. Walls offered a sense of security as opposed to feeling opened and unguarded to one’s enemies. Walls also identified a certain area as belonging to that city, to those people. For all the above reasons is why Nehemiah was interested in getting involved in the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem.Yet, as with any project one seeks to do for God and/or His people, they can always expect some sort of adversity from opposing forces. Nehemiah experienced this first hand. “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day?” came the taunting of their enemies. “Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish – stones that are burned? . . . Whatever they build, if even a fox goes up on it, he will break down their stone wall,” they mocked (Neh. 4:2-3).This is what the Jews faced as they sought to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Their enemies despised their attempt at restoration, chiding their valiant efforts at work. Nonetheless, their work did not cease. Nehemiah offered up a prayer of confidence to God, “Hear, O our God, for we are despised,” (Neh. 4:4). And, the work was completed, “So we built the wall, and the entire walls was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work,” (Neh. 4:6).Even when their enemies became all the more angry and outraged at them, they did what they could as a people and continued on leaving their trust in the hands of God, “Our God will fight for us,” (Neh. 4:20). “So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in fifty-two days. And it happened, when all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations around us saw these things, they were very disheartened in their own eyes; for they perceived that this work was done by our God,” (Neh. 6:15-16).Their hard work and devotion spent toward the completion of the wall paid off. Yet, none of it would be possible without God’s continual protection, help and intervention. Now that it’s completed it’s time to dedicate and celebrate. It’s time to worship God and offer up thanksgiving for what He has done. This is where this week’s lesson picks up.“Let the Preparations Begin!”Nehemiah 12:27 “And at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought the Levites out of all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem, to keep the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings, and with singing, with cymbals, psalteries, and with harps.”Throughout all of these lessons we have been learning a great deal about how our ancient brothers and sisters celebrated. It seemed that with every success and every milestone this people made toward their overall restoration was a cause to rejoice.Their rejoicing and celebrating, though we may think is simply done, was a rather complicated affair. In our day we can whip up a party in no time flat when friends and relatives decide on a get together. But, for these returnees there was a whole lot more involved in their festivities. In their hearts, their celebration went past the activity itself to focus on the One who led them to that point to experience such a time of jubilee. In their observances of these joyful times, their all was to worship God. This could not be done lightly in a quick get together affair. There had to be precise planning that honors God who is at the core of the celebration.Here, in verse 27, some of the preparations for the dedicating of the walls get underway. As part of their preparation they first “sought the Levites out of all their places.” The Levites were descendants of the tribe of Levi. These men were consecrated for the service of the Lord. They worked alongside the priests in the house of God, assisting and managing God’s services and the work therein. These special men were called “out of their places” to come and assist/work at the dedication ceremony. They places where they were probably called from was “in Judah, and in Benjamin,” (Neh. 11:36) because they had no inheritance of their own for “the LORD is their inheritance,” (Deut. 18:2).The purpose of seeking these men was to “keep the dedication.” That word “keep” can also mean to “work” in. In other words, their services were being sought to help work in the celebration at the “dedication.” They were being called into active duty to participate in getting the people and the celebration itself to the point of honoring God.“With gladness, both with thanksgiving, and with singing, with cymbals, psalteries, and with harps.” This was going to be an all-out affair as opposed to the “solemn assembly” that was noted in Nehemiah 8:18 of “The Festival of the Booths” Sunday school lesson. I imagine it did not take any convincing for them to respond to the call to action for this was a time of “gladness.” They were going to celebrate and worship God with “thanksgiving, and with singing.” As Psalm 50:23 says, “Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me.” With their “cymbals, psalteries, and with harps” they gathered themselves to prepare to praise God. These are instruments often found in use when the people praised God. Psalm 150:5 says, “Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.”“The Singers”Nehemiah 12:28-29 “And the sons of the singers gathered themselves together, both out of the plain country round about Jerusalem, and from the villages of Nethophathi; Also from the house of Gilgal, and out of the fields of Geba and Azmaveth: for the singers had builded them villages round about Jerusalem.”Both of these verses speak of “the singers.” These are those who make and sing beautiful melodies that honor God. 1 Chronicles 15:16 talks of “lifting up the voice with joy.” As the musical instruments would be put into play and so would the human mouth enjoined with the heart.God had done a tremendous thing for the people in the way He has worked through time to orchestrate their release from captivity, including all the plans He set in advance to secure everything they needed to rebuild and restore. Now, as they are preparing for this great celebration of worship they put “singers” into place who will help draw the people in the right atmosphere of praise by “lifting up the voice with joy.” Never underestimate the power of good, anointed music in God’s worship services. “Serve the Lord with gladness: come into His presence with singing,” (Psalm 100:2). This is what Rob Smith quoted from bishop J.C. Ryle in his article on The Briefing titled The Role of Singing in the Life of the Church:There is an elevating, stirring, soothing, spiritualizing, effect about a thoroughly good hymn, which nothing else can produce. It sticks in men’s memories when texts are forgotten. It trains men for heaven, where praise is one of the principal occupations. Preaching and praying shall one day cease for ever; but praise shall never die. The makers of good ballads are said to sway national opinion. The writers of good hymns, in like manner, are those who leave the deepest marks on the face of the church. (Click here to read the article in its entirety. It’s packed full of great information.)“Time to Clean Up”Nehemiah 12:30 “And the priests and the Levites purified themselves, and purified the people, and the gates, and the wall.”All things were “purified” before the service began. The fact of the matter is we serve a holy God. There is no spot or blemish in Him. In honoring God for His holy status, “the priests and the Levites purified themselves.” The leaders of the people were not exempt from this process. In fact, as leaders, they were the first partakers of the ritual. Albert Einstein once said, “Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others, it is the only means.” These men, as leaders, recognize first their own need to be “purified” (which requires an honest reflection of self) so that they can set an example for all else to follow.The word “purified” brings to mind the process of which silver is refined. One way of refining is to heat it to a very high degree to get out all the impurities and waste so that it can be the precious metal it is meant to be. When these men took to purifying themselves they were separating themselves from the impurities of the world to draw close to a God who is nothing but pure.“And the people, and the gates, and the wall.” The word shipshape pops into my mind at this point. They were getting their “house” in order, so to speak. “The people” followed what the leaders did before them. Then, “the gates and the walls” were taken care of. In the following verse these two structures were key factors in their worship and had to get up to par with everything else. It was the walls that were being dedicated therefore they had to be holy which means to “set apart.” There is a difference between holy and unholy, between the clean and the unclean, so they and the walls and the gates that hung from the walls needed to be “purified,” (see also Ezekiel 22:26).“Getting Into Position to Worship”Nehemiah 12:31-36 “Then I brought up the princes of Judah upon the wall, and appointed two great companies of them that gave thanks, whereof one went on the right hand upon the wall toward the dung gate: And after them went Hoshaiah, and half the princes of Judah, And Azariah, Ezra, and Meshullam, Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemaiah, and Jeremiah, And certain of the priests’ sons with trumpets; namely, Zechariah the son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Michaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph: And his brethren, Shemaiah, and Azarael, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethaneel, and Judah, Hanani, with the musical instruments of David the man of God, and Ezra the scribe before them.Really getting into these you can see the preparations for the service and how the service itself was carried out. Think of your own church for a moment. For a program to go off just right on a Sunday morning there are several factors that come into play: light/sound check, who is making and designing the programs itself? Who is going to say the prayer and read the Scripture? What groups are singing and what songs will they sing, and so on and so on? A lot of behind the scene stuff goes on. So, getting into position to worship best describes these verses because it reminds me of our own local preparations.In the Bible the walls itself have been used for protection, for a place for the watchman to stand and for soldiers to guard what’s within. Here, the wall itself is used for the place of worship. Can you imagine ascending this great structure to sound out the glories of God? Awesome! It’s an event I would have wanted to see.Now, the choirs are mounting the walls. The text says there are “two great companies appointed” which other versions call choirs. We can now understand better the need for the gathering of the singers in verses 28 and 29. One choir went to the “right” and “the other company . . . went over against them.”Their singing was going to focus on giving “thanks.” Psalm 100:4 says, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” They had an attitude of gratitude which would be the right frame of mind for any who worship before the Lord.They knew where they had come from and the struggles it took to get where they currently are. That knowledge comes out in a heart overflowing with “thanks.” “Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God,” is the command that comes from Psalm 147:7. They were blessed because of Him and they were not going to take God for granted again (for a short posting on this check out my article: “How Blessed Are You?”).“Time to Rejoice!”Nehemiah 12:43 “Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.”In the verses in between the two great companies, the leaders/rulers, and those that had trumpets all stood together. Verse 42 says, “And the singer sang loud.” Praise was going up before God mightily. The service was in full effect.“Also that day they offered great sacrifices and rejoiced.” As part of their worship they gave unto the Lord. There is worship in giving. This is not about trying to pay God back, for one could never return to Him all the graces, love and mercies He has favored our lives with. But, because they were so thankful, aside from singing they wanted to show God in more ways than one their genuine appreciation, “for God had made them rejoice with great joy.”“The wives also and the children rejoiced.” Everybody had a reason to be thankful and everybody “rejoiced.” Psalm 32:11 says, “Be glad in the LORD and rejoice.” If God has made you happy than you should show it. (This reminds us of the song “If You’re Happy and You Know it” which would be great to implement with younger students for this lesson). This is not just for the leaders but the Bible says, “Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD,” (Ps. 150:6).“So the joy of Jerusalem was heard afar off.” Such was their “joy” that it could not be contained within the city walls. When they let it out, they really let it out. Their praise for God traveled and His testimony rang out and was “heard afar off.” I wonder what their enemies must have thought at that moment. If they didn’t believe God’s people were truly back before, they surely understood it now.This is same noise they “heard” at the laying of the foundation of the temple in our lesson: “The Temple Restored” Ezra 3:13. When God’s people get really glad about what He has done for them the effects can be far reaching.ConclusionThe dedication of the wall was more than a story about a wall. It was about the ins and outs of worship. Not only the importance of preparing for worship with holiness on the mind, but also one’s attitude of gratitude during worship.Like the people in Jerusalem, God has brought us a mighty long way and we should be glad about what He has done. Think of your own life, your own testimony and where you would be if God had not intervened to save you. Now praise Him because He did. He reached out where you and I were and pulled us out of the muck and mire. In turn, we should have no problem publically praise our God. Get glad about so that other people will know what a great God we serve.Below you will find Activities, Resources and Coloring Pages to help support the lesson for this week. Enjoy!Wordsearch: Dedication of the Wall Wordsearch Answers: Dedication of the Wall Wordsearch AnswersClick on PDF link above to print accuratelyCrossword: Dedication of the Wall Crossword Answers: Dedication of the Wall Crossword AnswersClick on PDF link above for accurate printingMatch the Word: Dedication of the Wall Match the Word Answers: Dedication of the Wall Match the Word AnswersClick on PDF link above for accurate printing“Dedication of the Wall” Activity: This is a very simple and easy activity for your class to do. Simply print out the PDF: wall 2 on cardstock. Click on the link here for the men print out from Mssscrafts.com (use cardstock also). Color and decorate and glue your little guy/gal onto a popsicle/craft stick. Punch a little hole into your paper and slip him through. There on the wall he can sing and give God the glory like those in today’s lesson. Enjoy!Click here and scroll down for directions. Enjoy!That’s right, it’s back! If you still have your moon sand from our lesson “The Temple Restored” here’s another great opportunity to use it. Let students build walls using plastic cups, blocks or what ever you find lying around. This is always an entertaining idea and the kiddos love it! And if you still have it from our previous lesson that means no preparation on your part :)! If you missed that lesson and would like to know more click on the picture above and it will take you right to it. Enjoy!This is also a simple, throw together craft for busy teachers. Visit your local dollar store and get popsicles and rocks, that’s it. Have the children put together this wall and glue our memory verse: Wall Verse onto the back of their creation. What a fun way to remember having joy on top of the wall. Enjoy!This too is an easy craft to make. Using a Christmas activity from Activityvillage.co.uk for a Pop up Santa printed on cardstock, we kept the chimney (or in our case we call it a wall) and put our little guy through as we did in the picture above. Any student would enjoy this one and he can make him go up and down on top of the wall. Doesn’t he look happy up there? Enjoy!The easiest of all, if you have blocks or Lincoln Logs students can build their own walls as a great, hands on activity without any mess (except to clean up the blocks :))! Enjoy!This lesson puts great emphasis on their praising God using musical instruments and not just the wall. Another good idea would be to make homemade musical instruments such as were seen in our lesson “The Temple Restored.” Enjoy!“Nehemiah 9:5 Coloring Sheet” from Abdaacts. This goes great with our lesson.“A Heart of Worship” from Ministry to Children“Let the World Praise the Lord” from Ministry to Children“Praise the Lord” from Childrensministry.com“Why Do We Praise God?” from Kidssundayschool.com“Praising God with Your Hands” from Ezinearticles.com“I Will Praise God” Coloring Page from Twistynoodle.com“Sing Praise to the Lord” Coloring Page from Lessons4sundayschool.com“Psalm 147:1″ Coloring Page from Ilovejesus.com“O Sing to the Lord a New Song” Coloring Page from Karla Dornacher“Make a Joyful Noise” Coloring Page from Karla Dornacher“Sing Unto the Lord” Coloring Pages from Childrens Gems in MY Treasure Box“Praise the Lord” Coloring Page from Church House Collection“When We Praise God” Coloring Page from Hem of His GarmentPingback: “A Promise of Land / The Promise of a Future” Sunday School Lesson, Genesis 15:7-15, October 6, 2013 | Word For Life Says . . .Great Ideas, Word for Life, thank you for sharing them, I have been an R.E teacher for over 15 years and taught Children for many more, both in Sunday Schools, Playgroups and Funday Schools which are for all the neighborhood children, there is as we know so much Joy in doing so , Children give as well as receive, it’s so important that Children have the right foundation and part of that foundation is True Love not rudeness and this is shown by our actions not just our words.It’s very True what you shared about Music, it all comes from God even if man distorts it and adds wrong lyrics, yes God’s seeds are everywhere but so are Satan’s, he builds walls with lies and deception so people can’t see Jesus’ Light. Thank you for your Worship focus too, God has set down guidelines for us to follow as we sing to Him, so that we can Worship in Unity, it does indeed cover all age groups, we all remember Christian songs that touched our heart and love the new ones that do this too. As I watch the Joy on the faces of the Elderly as they sing their much Loved Hymns and when I sing the songs I first sang in Unity in the Church I’m flooded with wonderful memories and then as I watch the younger people sing their songs with great expression and happiness, I rejoice and are thankful as I see God’s wisdom in giving these guidelines, they have the balance we all need.Ephesians 5:18-20 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;Colossians 3:15-17And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.Christian Love from both of us – AnneLikeLikeAmen! And, thank you for your response. Have a blessed day 🙂LikeLikePingback: “An Everlasting Covenant” Sunday School Lesson, Genesis 9:8-17, September 22, 2013 | Word For Life Says . . .Pingback: “Prosperity Belongs to God” | Word For Life Says . . .Pingback: “Created Male and Female / God’s Image: Male and Female” Sunday School Lesson, Genesis 2:18-25, September 8, 2013 | Word For Life Says . . .Pingback: “God Created All / God Creates” Sunday School Lesson, Psalm 104:5-9, 24-30 September 1, 2013 | Word For Life Says . . .Pingback: “Sanctifying the Lord’s Day / Sabbath Reforms” Sunday School Lesson, Nehemiah 13:15-22, August 25, 2013 | Word For Life Says . . .Hi I’m so thankful God’s knowledge and love continues to bring about his mighty glory today. Giving to all that lovingly praise and worship, giving honors that belong to God our Savior. Because he’s brought us from a mighty long way. The. 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