S’WORD Drill: Salvation
Meanings of the Hebrew Letters:
HAND (PRAISE) – TEETH (DEVOUR) – AND – EYE (WATCH) – BEHOLD (REVEAL)
“We praise (him) and he devours the enemy AND we watch for Him to be revealed in us and to the whole world.”
Every day in our homeroom (I have the seventh and eighth graders) we start the day with a 15 minute devotion here at Finger Lakes Christian School. The kids really love doing “sword drills” where I call out a verse and they find it. The first to find it reads it aloud and receives a point. I have a magnet that the winner gets to keep on the outside of their locker all day if they so choose.
Sometimes I write a Hebrew word on the board and we talk about the ancient letter meanings and such before we dive into our sword drill. In Hebrew, each letter has a meaning and the ancient forms of the letters used to be pictographic. The word “salvation” in Hebrew is “yeshua” which is also the name of our savior! [Hebrew is read from right to left.]
Here are the sword drill verses. After reading the verse aloud, discuss what you think it means. Give your students context about the verses, too. (Don’t just read little snippets without context). My students like to Bible journal so they keep a running list of verses that they can highlight and journal at a later time. It is a blessing to hear them having impromptu Bible studies at different times throughout the school building.
- Deuteronomy 33:29 Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.
- 2 Sam 22:4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
- Psalm 18:3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
- Psalm 34:6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
- Isaiah 30:15 For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.
- Isaiah 45:17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.
- Jeremiah 17:14 Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.
- Matthew 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
- Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
- Matthew 19:25-26 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
- John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
- Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
- Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
- Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
- 1 Cor 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
- Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
- Titus 3:5-7 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.