Today let’s focus on teaching kids a Bible miracle from the book of Acts. God miraculously foils a plot to kill Paul. (Acts 23:12-22)
Paul has come back to Jerusalemr after a missionary trip and is put under armed Roman guard when His words to the Jewish leaders almost start a riot. Some of the Jewish leaders hated Paul so much that…
Ask the children?
What plan was hatched against Paul?
“The next morning a group of Jews got together and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul. 13 There were more than forty of them in the conspiracy.” (Acts 23:12, 13)
How were they going to carry out this plan?
“They went to the leading priests and elders and told them, ‘We have bound ourselves with an oath to eat nothing until we have killed Paul. 15 So you and the high council should ask the commander to bring Paul back to the council again. Pretend you want to examine his case more fully. We will kill him on the way.’” (Acts 23:14, 15)
How did God miraculously expose this plan and keep Paul safe?
“But Paul’s nephew—his sister’s son—heard of their plan and went to the fortress and told Paul. 17 Paul called for one of the Roman officers and said, ‘Take this young man to the commander. He has something important to tell him.’” (Acts 23:16, 17)
Sometimes we only think of miracles in terms of someone rising from the dead or someone being instantaneously healed of a disease. But God is doing all kinds of miracles every day all around us. Like this one in our passage. Paul’s nephew just happened to hear about the plot. This wasn’t an accident, it was God miraculously putting Paul’s nephew in the right place at the right time.
Ask your children if they can think of any of these coincidence/miracles that happened to them within the past few days? Share a few of your own experiences. Pray and ask God to reveal these daily miracles as they are happening and then praise Him for his daily miracle working in your lives.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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