Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 53 “Nehemiah”

Featured Passage: Nehemiah 1-6


The temple in Jerusalem had been rebuilt by the group of captives that had been allowed to return to the city. However, even though the temple was completed and rededicated, there was still trouble for the people. The walls of the city were broken and Jerusalem was not protected from the attacks of the surrounding enemies. At the time, a man named Nehemiah worked as the cupbearer for the Persian king Artaxerxes. Nehemiah heard that the people in Jerusalem were in distress and he became very sad, and cried out to God for help. God, hearing Nehemiah’s prayer, had a plan to help the people through the kindness of a king and the leadership of a cupbearer. 

Discuss: 

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  • What was Nehemiah’s first reaction when he heard about the situation in Jerusalem? What can we learn from his actions? 
  • What are the responsibilities of a cupbearer? How did the king notice something was wrong when Nehemiah came before him? What does this tell us about the kind of person Nehemiah was? 
  • How did Nehemiah organize the building of the wall? Why do you think he did it this way? 
  • What kind of difficulties did the people have as they were trying to build the walls? What was the response of the builders to the adversity they met? What should our response be when we have difficulties trying to accomplish our goals in life? 
  • How long did it take the people to finish rebuilding the walls? What roles did Nehemiah play in helping the people finish the job so quickly?

Memory Challenge: 

Nehemiah 2:17

Then I said to them, “You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire. Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: Lesson 53 “God Leaves His House”

Featured Passage: 2 Chronicles 36; Ezekiel 10-11


After the days of King Solomon, the Kingdom of Judah and the city of Jerusalem were ruled by many different kings. Some were good kings who led the people to serve God and worship Him properly at His temple, and God was pleased with them. Sadly, not every king wanted to follow God’s laws, but rather they turned away from God to worship pagan idols and led the people to sin against God’s commandments. This made God very sad, and as time went by the problem seemed to get worse and worse. As God had told the Israelites many years before, if they turned away from Him to worship false gods, He would no longer protect them and He would have to leave the people and the house that was built for Him. After all, there was no longer room for Him in a house filled with idols. Just as the prophets of God had warned the people, if they didn’t repent of their sins God was going to leave His house and  teach them a hard lesson. 

Discuss: 

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  • Who was the last king of Judah? What kind of attitude did he have toward God? 
  • The prophet Ezekiel was shown a vision of the glory of God leaving the temple in Jerusalem. Why did God remove His glory from the temple? 
  • Why did God send prophets to warn the people? What did the people of Jerusalem do when the prophets of God warned them what would happen if they didn’t listen to God? 
  • Who were the enemies who surrounded and conquered the city of Jerusalem? What happened to the temple and the things in it? 
  • Even though God removed His glory from the temple, did that mean that God would leave His people forever? What are some of God’s promises to the people of Judah and Israel? 
  • After the first temple was destroyed, who was the person God worked with to proclaim that the temple could be rebuilt? 

Memory Challenge: 

2 Chronicles 36:23 

Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: “All the kingdoms of the earth the Lord God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah. Who is among you of all His people? May the Lord his God be with him, and let him go up!”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: Lesson 53 “David and the Ark”

Featured Passage: 1 Chronicles 15-17, 22


King David had built a house for himself in the City of David which is in Jerusalem. Though he had a beautiful place to live, he was sad because the ark of the covenant, the special box which represented God’s promises to Israel, was being kept in a man’s home at a place called Kirjath Jearim. He wanted the ark to be put in its own special house. He knew that the ark represented God’s dwelling place, so he wanted to build a house for God in Jerusalem to help show the people that God was with them. Before the house – the temple – could be built, David set up a special tabernacle in Jerusalem where the ark could be placed. He was very excited that the ark would finally come into the City of David, so he prepared a special celebration. 

Discuss:

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  • Who were the only ones who were allowed to carry the ark of the covenant? What was the special way the ark was to be carried? 
  • What kind of instruments did David want to accompany the ark being brought into the city? What do you think the music sounded like? 
  • What was David doing to worship God when the ark was brought into the city of David? What are some ways that we can worship God? 
  • What did David give all the people so they could join in the celebration? (1 Chronicles 16:3)
  • What is a psalm? How do we use psalms and music in church today? 
  • What was the covenant God made with David about the temple that he wanted to build? 

Memory Challenge: 

2 Chronicles 15:3 

And David gathered all Israel together at Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the Lord to its place, which he had prepared for it.


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 52 “Ezra”

Featured Passage: Ezra 7-8


A group of Jews had returned from exile to rebuild Jerusalem and to restore the temple. They had met with some adversity, but ultimately they completed what they had set out to accomplish. Another group of Jews was planning to come back to Jerusalem to help with the job and to help restore the true worship of God in Jerusalem. Among this group was a scribe named Ezra. He was very skilled in knowing the scriptures and teaching the law, but more than that he possessed a heart prepared to seek God’s Law and to do it with all his might. As it turned out, he is just what the people in Jerusalem needed. 

Discuss: 

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  • Who was the king of Persia who gave support to Ezra and the others with him returning to Jerusalem? What did he do to show his support? 
  • When the King of Persia promised Ezra his help and support, to whom did Ezra give the credit? 
  • When Ezra returned with the group of people to Jerusalem, he wrote that he was ashamed of something. What was it? What does this say about the kind of person Ezra was? 
  • How did God protect the people on their return to Jerusalem? (Ezra 8:31)
  • When the Bible says that Ezra “had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord” what does that mean? How can we follow this example? 

Memory Challenge: 

Ezra 7:10 

For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel.


Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: Lesson 52 “Solomon’s Temple”

Featured Passage: 1 Kings 5-8


King David had a special desire: He wanted to build God a house. He felt bad that God still dwelt in the Tabernacle as He had with the Israelites in the wilderness while he lived in his own beautiful palace. However, God had other plans in mind for His house. He decided that King David was not the right man for the job, but rather He would let David’s son do the special project. Four years after Solomon began to reign over Israel, he started to build a house for God—the temple in Jerusalem. Solomon spared no expense to get materials of the finest quality with which to construct this marvelous dwelling place for the Most High. Even the stones were carefully shaped to fit perfectly together so that not a single hammer would need to be used when they assembled it. When it was finally completed, seven years later, it certainly must have been something wondrous to behold. The Ark of the Covenant was brought into the Most Holy place, and there awaited one more essential component—the presence of God Himself. 

Discuss: 

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  • What didn’t God want David to build the temple even though it was something he desired? Why did He instead give the job to Solomon? 
  • To whom did Solomon write asking for help in building the temple? 
  • What were some of the key materials Solomon used to build the temple? What were some of the elements that were built or crafted for the temple? 
  • Why do you think Solomon had the stones crafted perfectly before they were brought to the temple mount to be put together? What kind of connections can we make between this and us as a spiritual temple? (Read Ephesians 2:19-22 for some clues)
  • What were some of the colors used in the temple when it was furnished?
  • At the dedication of the temple, what were some of the things included in the ceremony? What happened when the priests brought the ark of the covenant into the Most Holy place? Try to describe what it would have been like to be there. 

Memory Challenge: 

1 Kings 8:30

And may You hear the supplication of Your servant and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. Hear in heaven Your dwelling place; and when You hear, forgive.


Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: Lesson 52 “David and Mephibosheth”

Featured Passage: 2 Samuel 9


Jonathan, the son of Saul and David’s closest friend, had a son named Mephibosheth who was only five years old when his father died in a terrible battle. The nurse who was taking care of little Mephibosheth panicked when she heard the news of the battle. She was scared of what might happen, so she picked him up to leave quickly, but in her hurry, she dropped the young boy in such a way that his feet were badly hurt and he was lame for the rest of his life. The years went by, and one day, King David sat thinking about his friend Jonathan and wondered whether anyone in his family was still alive. That was when one of Saul’s old servants told David about the son of Jonathan. David was eager to meet him and to honor the covenant he made with his friend many years before. 

Discuss: 

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  • Why did David want to find out if anyone in Saul’s family was still alive? 
  • Who was the person who told David about Jonathan’s son? 
  • What did Mephibosheth do when he was first brought before King David? What are some ways that we can show respect to people who are in authority? 
  • The Bible tells us that Mephibosheth was lame in both of his feet. What do you think it would be like to be lame in both feet? What kinds of things would you not be able to do if your feet didn’t work properly? 
  • What did David do for Mephibosheth? Why did he show kindness to him?

Memory Challenge: 

2 Samuel 9:7

So David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: Lesson 51 “King David”

Featured Passage: 2 Samuel 5-8


After many years of running from his enemy, David learned that King Saul and three of his sons, including David’s beloved friend Jonathan, had died in a battle. Instead of rejoicing at the death of his enemy, David was very sad and mourned for Saul and for Jonathan. Though David was sad, God’s promise finally came true and David became King of Israel. When David first became king, he ruled from a city called Hebron. David had his eye on another city where he wanted to set up his capital and build his palace. The name of it was Jerusalem which means “City of Peace”. Jerusalem sat on a small mountain called Zion where David would build his city and where the King of Kings will one day return and build His own city of peace. 

 Discuss:

  • How old was David when he began to reign as king of Israel? How many years did he rule as king?
  • David made a tabernacle for the ark of God. What was the ark and why do you think it was so important to David? 
  • How do you think David felt when he was finally able to bring the ark into the tabernacle in Jerusalem? What did he do? What are some ways that we can worship and praise God?
  • David wrote a song about the ark being brought to the tabernacle (Psalm 105). Can you find the hymn we sing at church that is based on this psalm? 
  • God promised David that his throne would be established forever. What does this mean? What will David be doing in the kingdom? 

Memory Challenge:

2 Samuel 7:26

So let Your name be magnified forever, saying, ‘The Lord of hosts is the God over Israel.’ And let the house of Your servant David be established before You.


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 51 “Zerubbabel”

Featured Passage: Ezra 1-7


The people of Judah had been in captivity for nearly 50 years. Some had longed to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple of God and worship there once again, but they were not allowed until a man named Cyrus, King of Persia came to power. This Cyrus wrote a decree that told the people of Judah they could return to Jerusalem to rebuild God’s house – the temple. The returning captives followed a man named Zerubbabel who led them back to their homeland. The people were excited to return and get started on their rebuilding projects, but they didn’t know they were about to face some very challenging obstacles. Their faith was about to be tested, but through it all one man wasn’t about to give up on what they had set out to accomplish.

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Discuss: 

  • Why did Cyrus, the king of Persia, decide to make his proclamation? What does this teach us about how God works with people and leaders in the world? 
  • What was one of the first things Zerubbabel did when they arrived in Jerusalem? What does this show us about his priorities? What can we learn from his example?
  • What was the first big obstacle the people faced when they began working on the temple? 
  • After the work on the temple discontinued for a while, how did it start back up again? 
  • Who gave the people the official decree that they could finish their work on the temple? What did the people do when the temple was finally finished? 

Memory Challenge: 

Ezra 1:3 

Who is among you of all His people? May his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem which is in Judah, and build the house of the Lord God of Israel (He is God), which is in Jerusalem.


Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: Lesson 51 “Moving the Ark”

Featured Passage: 1 Samuel 4-6


When Israel finally came into the land God promised them, under Joshua’s leadership each of the tribes were given different territories where they could build their homes and families. During their wanderings in the wilderness, God had led them with the ark of the covenant and the tabernacle to represent his presence. Upon entering the new land, Joshua and the people set up the tabernacle in Shiloh where the ark would stay for many years, long after Joshua was gone. For a long while the ark was undisturbed and kept by the Levites in the tabernacle, but the people were forgetting why it was important. One day, when the Israelites were desperately preparing to go out to battle against their enemies, they made a rash decision. If they were to bring the ark of the covenant into battle with them like in the days of Joshua, surely God would protect them, right? 

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Discuss: 

  • Why was the ark of the covenant so important? What did it represent? 
  • Why do you think the Israelites decided to bring the ark into battle with them? Why didn’t their plan work? 
  • What did the Philistines do with the ark when they first captured it? What happened to their idol when the ark was put in their pagan temple? What message do you think God was trying to send?
  • Why did the Philistines decide to give the ark back to the Israelites? How did they do it? 
  • Where was the ark kept after the Philistines sent it back? 
  • The next person to move the ark of the covenant was King David (2 Samuel 6). Why did David move it? What happened when he tried?

Memory Challenge:

1 Samuel 4:22

And she said, “The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 50 “Ezekiel the Watchman”

Featured Passage: Ezekiel 1-11, 33, 40-48


After the Kingdom of Israel was taken into captivity, you’d think it would have been too late for a prophet to warn the people. After all, what is the point of warning someone of something that has already happened? Well, God had a very special message of warning for Israel through His prophet Ezekiel. Ezekiel was told to be a “watchman” for the house of Israel.  At the time, Ezekiel was living among the captives of the Babylonians. God gave him some very unique instructions, signs that he should perform to reinforce the warning message he proclaimed. So who was the message for? It was for the house of Israel in the future, at the Time of the End—today. 

Discuss: 

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  • What is the role of a watchman? Why did God give him this job? 
  • Why did God tell Ezekiel to build a clay model of Jerusalem? What do you think the people thought of Ezekiel for setting up the model? 
  • Even though God was warning of punishment for Israel, what did God tell Ezekiel He would do in the end? What does it mean when God says He will give the people a “Heart of flesh”? 
  • The final chapters of Ezekiel describe the temple complex in the Millennium. What parts of what he describes stand out to you the most? What are you most looking forward to seeing? 
  • According to Ezekiel 47, what will happen to the Dead Sea in Israel during the Millennium? 
  • What will be the name of the city during the Millennium period?  Why do you think God will choose that name for it? 

Memory Challenge: 

Ezekiel 11:19-20

Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.