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Experiment - Hydrogel beads: ‘The important task of a prophet’

A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads on the important task of prophets like Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and many others.

In the Bible we find a whole list of prophets:

Aaron (Exodus 7:2), Abraham (Genesis 20:7), Agabus (Acts 21:10), Agur (Book of Proverbs 30:1), Ahijah (1 Kings 11:29), Amos (Amos 7:14-15), Anna (Luke 2:36), Asaph (2 Chronicles 29:30), Azariah (2 Chronicles 15:8), Barnabas (Acts 13:1), Daniel (Matthew 24:15), David (Hebrews 11:32), Deborah (Judges 4:4), Elijah (1 Kings 18:36), Elisha (2 Kings 9:1), Enoch (Jude 1:14), Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:3), Ezra (Book of Ezra), Gad (1 Samuel 22:5), Gideon (Judges 6 through 8), Habakkuk (Habakkuk 1:1), Haggai (Haggai 1:1), Hanani (2 Chronicles 16:7), Hosea (Book of Hosea 1:1), Huldah (2 Kings 22:14), Iddo (2 Chronicles 13:22), Isaiah (2 Kings 19:2), Jacob (Genesis 28:11-16), Jehu (1 Kings 16:7), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 20:2), Joel (Acts 2:16), John the Baptist (Luke 7:28), John of Patmos (Revelation 1:1), Jonah (2 Kings 14:25), Joshua (Joshua 1:1), Judas Barsabbas (Acts 3:15), Lucius of Cyrene (Acts 13:1), Malachi (Malachi 1:1), Manahen (Acts 13:1), Micah (Micah 1:1), Micaiah (1 Kings 22:9), Miriam (Exodus 15:20), Moses (Deuteronomy 34:10), Nahum (Nahum 1:1), Nathan (2 Samuel 7:2), Noah (Genesis 7:1), Obadiah (Obadiah 1:1), Oded (2 Chronicles 28:9), Philip the Evangelist (Acts 8:26), Paul the Apostle (Acts of the Apostles 9:20), Samuel (1 Samuel 3:20), Shemaiah (1 Kings 12:22), Silas (Acts 15:32), Simeon Niger (Acts 13:1), Urijah (Jeremiah 26:20), Zechariah (Zechariah 1:1), Zechariah (2 Chronicles 24:20), Zephaniah (Zephaniah 1:1)

But what does a prophet do? What is one of the most important tasks of a prophet?

It is to bring God’s people back to God! In the Bible we see that time and time again God’s people wander away from him. They start worshipping other gods and commit awful sins. They backslide and then... God sends a prophet to relight the fire and their devotion to God. 


In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate the importance of the prophets in the Bible and to think with the children about the following questions:

- Do you think that being a prophet was a fun job?
- Why did the Israelites turn away from God time after time?
- How do you respond when someone tells you that you are doing something wrong?
- How does it make you feel?
- How did people react to what the prophets said?

This object lesson will really help you to look at the role of the prophet within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry.


Prophets, idols, turning back to God, repentance, role of the prophet


You can download a complete worksheet which will help you to do the object lesson and teach on the role of the prophet.

Tags: Object lessons, Experiments , Demonstration videos, Children's moments in church, Downloads - lessons and extra material, Faith / Unbelief, Obedience / Disobedience, Holiness / Sin

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