Part 1 - Lesson 2

God's Great Clock

This lesson is from Matthew 4:1-11

We all know how happy we are when summer vacation time comes around. We count the days and the hours until school is out. On the last day, we watch the clock as the ! minutes slowly tick away, and we wish they would hurry, but they seem to take forever. When the day is nearly over, the whole room seems to get more excited and at last the time comes! How good it feels to know that we have the whole summer ahead of us. Teacher tells us not to run in the halls, but we can hardly wait to get outside and begin our summer vacation.

So it is with God’s great clock of time. The hands move slowly, but surely, and God’s plans are always right on time. Not long after the creation of the world, people became very wicked. God wanted them to know that He and His Son, Jesus, had a plan to save them from the results of their wickedness. He sent an angel to tell them that a Savior would be born in Bethlehem of Judea who would carry out God’s plan. He told the teachers and leaders of the people that they must let the people know that Jesus was coming. He told them that Jesus’ mother would be from the family of King David. He even told them when Jesus would be born in Bethlehem.

Because the time on God’s great clock was a long way off, not many of the people believed what the teachers told them. The few people who did believe were very anxious for the Savior to come.

All the world could have known the time and been ready, but the priests in the temple did not think it was important. Neither they nor the people were ready for Jesus to come. Some of the teachers knew about the specia God’s clock kept moving toward the special hour.

When the great clock of time pointed to the year, the angel that carries God’s messages came down to the earth again.

The Lord sent Gabriel, His very own angel, with a most important message. The angel went to the village of Nazareth in Galilee and spoke to a young woman named Mary. Mary loved God and had always tried to do what He wanted her to do. Joseph, the man she had promised to marry, was a good man. They both loved God and expected to have the kind of home that He would like them to have.

The angel said: “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” (Luke 1:28)

Mary was frightened. She had never heard an angel speak to her before. She did not understand what his strange words meant.

“Do not be afraid, Mary,” said the angel, “for you have found favor with God.” Then the angel told her she was to have a son. “And behold, you will . . . bring forth a son, and shall call His name Jesus,” the angel told her. “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David” (Luke 1:32-33).

Mary bowed her head and answered: “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).

How thrilled and happy Mary must have been! She must have gone about her work singing. She was to be the mother of the Savior!

Then God’s own angel went to Joseph. He told Joseph that Mary was to be the mother of the Savior! The angel said: “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).

There were a few people who knew about the great clock of God. They knew that the year had come when the Savior would be born, and so they were watching for Him and studying the word of God, the Bible.

Wise men in a far-off country knew that the Savior was coming. They had studied the stars, watching for something that would tell them that the Savior had come. All the angels in heaven knew that the hands of God’s great clock were pointing to the time. The next story will tell about when God’s great clock struck the hour, and of how angels sang and a bright new star shone in the sky.

On The Bible Trail

Turn to Luke, the third book of the New Testament. In the first chapter you will find the story of the angel that talked to Mary. Read Luke 1:26-33. Find the second book of the Old Testament. Turn to the twentieth chapter. The Ten Commandments, God’s Law, are written in verses 3-17. (Exodus 20:3-17) Our Treasure Chest Verse is found in Matthew, the first book of the New Testament.

Tresure Chest Verse

Our Treasure Chest Verse is found in Matthew, the first book of the New Testament.

“. . . you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21