Scripture: I Kings 10 and 2 Chronicles 9
- Students will learn the news of what God had done for Solomon had spread to many other countries.
- Students will learn the Queen of Sheba was willing to travel a long way to learn from Solomon’s wisdom and praised God.
- Students will learn when we let others see how God has blessed us and use godly wisdom, others will want to learn more about God.
- Students will learn how to say and write large numbers.
Guiding Question: How does godly wisdom influence others?
Materials: Paper, pencil, modeling clay/Playdoh
Procedure: Review the story of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Explain that many people knew about what God had done for Solomon as it had been spread to many countries. This made people interested in God and want to know more about being a Christian. The Queen of Sheba was so interested in Solomon’s godly wisdom that she chose to travel a long way just to hear about God. Have the students share what kind of things in the world today people would travel a long way just to learn about, see, explore, etc. After sharing, explain how news about God is so important for all to hear and be influenced by. The good news is something all people can learn from. One way we can influence others is by giving godly wisdom and spreading the news of God. The more people it is told to, the more it will travel.
Introduce the activity. Explain that Solomon had many possessions in such large amounts that we may not always know how to read the big numbers in the Bible. Give the students modeling clay or Playdoh and have them practice making large numbers. After the practice making the number, have them say the number and write it down on a piece of paper. You can change the activity to work with larger or smaller numbers depending on the age/class of students.
Additional Questions: How can students practice putting large numbers in order?