Before jumping in, read Genesis 17 with your students.
- One pencil (for the magnetic pencil trick. If you want to embellish the trick as some clips show online, use two pencils and either a watch band or a rubber band)
**Teacher words are in bold**
What is a miracle? Let children answer.
Why is it a miracle that Abraham and Sarah had baby Isaac? Because Abraham was a hundred years old and Sarah was ninety.
That’s old isn’t it? Do you know how old your grandparents are? Answers should be around 50-70. Abraham and Sarah were old enough to be your grandparents’ parents! So, we know that God is surely able to perform miracles—if He wants to.
So why doesn’t God perform miracles all the time? Why doesn’t God just find the car that I want most and drop it in my driveway? Allow them to answer in their own ways; it should be interesting. Some might say because he wants you to earn it.
If I got the car I wanted, then I might ask for a mansion. God doesn’t want us to be greedy about material things, does he?
There’s another good reason God doesn’t do miracles all the time—especially when it comes to people who say, “Let God prove Himself if He’s real!” Listen to this scripture from Matthew 16: The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. He replied… ”A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it…”
God did so many miracles in the Bible. When people ask for more miracles so that He can prove himself…how does He feel? Frustrated and angry.
He wants us to believe him the first time. We can demonstrate with this magic trick I’m going to show you.
You’re going to do the very easy “magnetic pencil trick.” Turn left, with your right shoulder to the children. Take a pencil and hold it in your right fist in front of you, so the children can only see the back of your fist. Your fingers should face away from them.
Watch. When I grip my wrist, the pencil will stick. When I let go, the pencil will drop.
Wrap your left hand around your right wrist, but use your index finger to the pencil in place. Spread the fingers on your right hand. The index finger from your left hand will be holding the pencil in place. Let go of your wrist, the pencil will drop. Do it quickly, so the children can’t study it too carefully.
For stronger variations, simply surf Google for “magnetic pencil trick,” and you will see both clips and diagrams.
Would you like to see it again? Yes. If some guess how you did it, don’t confess, but repeat the question.
Why? I already did it once. It is a trick. It is not a miracle. You all saw me do it. You believe now that I can do the “magnetic pencil trick,” right? Yes, but we want you to do it again.
See, this is what God goes through when he performs a miracle. People want to see it again. They want to dissect it and look at it closely. They want to explain it.
GOD JUST WANTS YOU TO BELIEVE IN HIM BECAUSE OF IT. ASKING HIM TO REPEAT HIS MIRACLES OVER AND OVER SHOWS A LACK OF FAITH, and that’s why He got mad at those Scribes and Pharisees.
We’re supposed to believe the miracles of the Bible, according to Jesus. God should not have to prove himself to us now after all he did then.
Do you think your students will enjoy this Sunday school lesson (and the “trick” that goes along with it)? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below.