Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 46 “Isaiah and the King”

Featured Passage: 2 Kings 15-20


Isaiah was a prophet during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah in the Kingdom of Judah. The northern kingdom of Israel had not listened to the warnings of the prophets to turn from their evil practices, so God allowed them to be conquered and taken into captivity by the mighty Assyrian empire. God told Isaiah to warn the people of Judah that if they did not give up their idolatry and fully turn to God He would allow them to suffer the same consequences that Israel had suffered. King Hezekiah was on the throne at the time when the Assyrians conquered the northern Kingdom. Though his father Ahaz had been an evil king, Hezekiah was determined to follow God. He understood that the Assyrians would soon be coming after Judah, but he also remembered God’s promises, of which Isaiah helped remind him at a most decisive moment in the history of the kingdom of Judah.    

Discuss:

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  • There is a parallel account of the story of King Hezekiah in the book of Isaiah (Isaiah 36-39). Compare the account with the one in 2 Kings. Does Isaiah add any details to the story? 
  • How was King Hezekiah different from the three previous kings of Judah? Why do you think God was with him (2 Kings 18:7)? 
  • When the Assyrian King Sennacherib threatened to destroy Jerusalem how did Hezekiah express his dependence on God? How can we use this example to put our hearts into our prayers when we talk to God?
  • What was God’s response to Hezekiah’s prayer about the armies of Assyria? 
  • What bad news did Isaiah bring to King Hezekiah? What did Hezekiah do after hearing this news? 
  • What miracle did God perform to show Hezekiah that his prayer was heard? 
  • Did Isaiah have good news for the people of Judah? What things did God charge against Judah? 

Memory Challenge:

2 Kings 18:5-7

He trusted in the Lord God of Israel, so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor who were before him.  For he held fast to the Lord; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the Lord had commanded Moses. The Lord was with him; he prospered wherever he went. And he rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him.


Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: Lesson 46 “Moses’ Mistake”

Featured Passage: Numbers 20


The Israelites rebelled against God when they were supposed to go into the land God promised them, so as a punishment God made them wander in the desert for forty years. They were now getting close to the end of that time, but it seemed the people had not changed very much – they still complained and complained. One day, the congregation was made to camp in a place where there was no water. Instead of asking God for help, they were angry and complained to Moses and Aaron. God told Moses to gather the people together to witness a special miracle that God was going to perform to bring water from a rock. God had done this miracle before, only this time He wanted Moses to speak to the rock instead of hitting it with his staff as he had before. Moses was so angry with the people for all their complaining that he made a hasty mistake – a mistake which would change the course of his life. 

Discuss: 

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  1. Why do you think the people were the people complaining about not having water? What would it be like to be in the desert without water? 
  2. Why do you suppose the people didn’t ask God for help when they were in trouble? Why is it important that we ask God to help us when we are in trouble?
  3. What were God’s instructions to Moses and Aaron? What did Moses and Aaron actually do? 
  4. Why was God so angry with Moses? Have a look at Numbers 20:10. Was Moses giving God the credit for causing the miracle? What should have Moses said?
  5. What was Moses’ punishment for his mistake? What lessons can we learn from this story? 

Memory Challenge: 

Numbers 20:12

Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 45 “Amos”

Featured Passage: Amos 1 – 9


Amos was a sheep breeder when God sent him to prophesy to Israel. He was a prophet during the reigns of Uzziah king of Judah and Jeroboam II king of Israel (2 Kings 15). This Jeroboam is not to be confused with Jeroboam I, the first king of Israel who caused Israel to sin. Jeroboam II was an evil king who continued the false religion of his ancestors. Yet, God allowed Israel to prosper during this time. It is in this context that Amos was sent to prophesy against Israel and the surrounding nations.  

Discuss:

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  • Why does God warn people through prophecy? Remember that transgression of God’s law is sin (1 John 3:4 KJV) and sin causes suffering.
  • How were things going in the land while Amos prophesied of bad things to come? Do you think this changed how the people heard his message?
  • Did the people listen to Amos? 
  • Was Amos thought of as a traitor? What should we do if we experience ill feelings from others because of our faith?
  • What were Israel’s sins that Amos pointed out in chapter 2? Covetousness was a major source of their sins. Today, our society is filled with covetousness. How can we avoid being covetous? 
  • Did the people change? 
  • What nation took Israel captive not long after Amos’ warnings? 

Memory Challenge:

Amos 3:7 

Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.


Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: Lesson 45 “Joshua and the Spies”

Featured Passage: Numbers 13-14


A man named Hosea,  who Moses called Joshua, was from the tribe of Ephraim. Joshua was already used by God in the wilderness as an assistant to Moses at Mount Sinai and as a leader of troops in a victorious battle against the Amalekites! Now the Israelites were coming close to the entrance to the land God promised them and it was time for Joshua to help out again – this time as a spy! Joshua and eleven other spies were sent into the land to see what the land was like and what kind of people lived there. When they returned, the group brought with them delicious fruit, exciting news of the land, and a disagreement that would impact the lives of every person in Israel.  

Discuss:

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  • The Amalekites attacked Israel near the beginning of their journey to the Promised Land (Exodus 17:8-16). What job did Moses give Joshua in Israel’s first battle?
  • How did Joshua assist Moses at Mount Sinai? (Exodus 24; 32)
  • Why was Joshua chosen as one of the spies? 
  • When the spies came back what did they say about the land and the people they saw? What did the spies recommend? What did Joshua and Caleb recommend? How difficult do you think it was for them to stand up against the crowd? 
  • What was Israel’s punishment for refusing to go into the promised land?

Memory Challenge: 

Numbers 14:8-9

“If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: Lesson 45 “Samuel and Saul”

Featured Passage: 1 Samuel 9-12


The people wanted a king, so God had a particular man in mind for the job. This young man’s name was Saul, and he was from the tribe of Benjamin. Saul was the tallest and most handsome man in all the land! God told Samuel that he wanted Saul to be king. Little did Saul know about what was in store for him! 

One day, Saul’s father told him to take a servant with him to look for his two missing donkeys. Saul and his servant searched and searched but they could not find them. They were about to give up when they remembered Samuel and decided that the man of God would be able to help them. He was, of course, able to help them, but not in the way that Saul expected. How could Saul know that the two missing donkeys were part of God’s plan to anoint a king over Israel? 

Discuss:

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  • Saul was tall and handsome. Do you think this was part of the reason God chose him to be the first king? 
  • When Samuel first told Saul about God’s plan to make him king, how did Saul react? How do we react when someone tells us something surprising? 
  • Why do you think Saul kept it a secret that he had been anointed by Samuel to be the king? 
  • When Samuel went to proclaim to the people who would be king, where was Saul? Why do you think he was hiding? 
  • Later, God said that Saul was “small in his own eyes” at this time. This is another way of saying that he was “humble”. What exactly does it mean to be “humble” or “small in your own eyes?”  

Memory Challenge: 

1 Samuel 10:24

 And Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see him whom the Lord has chosen, that there is no one like him among all the people?” So all the people shouted and said, “Long live the king!”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 44 “Jonah”

Featured Passage: Jonah 1 – 4


After the death of Elisha, God raised up other prophets whom He used to speak His words to the people. One of those prophets was a man from a town called Gath Hepher whose name was Jonah (2 Kings 14:25). Jonah usually delivered messages from God to the people of Israel, but one day God told him to deliver a message to an entirely different group of people in a city called Nineveh. The people of Nineveh were not Israelites, but Assyrians and enemies of Israel, and Jonah wanted nothing to do with them. So, instead of following God’s directions to deliver a warning to the people of Nineveh, Jonah decided to run away from God. But God wasn’t finished with Jonah. He was forming a plan that would get the attention of both Jonah and the people of Nineveh. 

Discuss: 

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  • Why do you think Jonah tried to run away from God? Is it ever possible to hide from God?
  • Why do you think Jonah didn’t want to go to Nineveh to deliver God’s message? 
  • Jonah knew that he was the reason God sent the storm, so he told the men to throw him into the sea. How did God save Jonah’s life? 
  • What do you think it was like for Jonah to be in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights? 
  • What did the people of Nineveh do when they heard God’s message from Jonah? What lessons can we learn from their response? 
  • Do you think Jonah learned the lessons God was trying to teach? What can we learn from his story?
  • What can we learn about God’s love, His mercy, and His compassion from the story of Jonah? 

Memory Challenge: 

Jonah 2:7 

“When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; and my prayer went up to You, into Your holy temple.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: Lesson 44 “The Golden Calf”

Featured Passage: Exodus 24 & 32


Moses went to the top of the mountain where God gave him detailed instructions on God’s law and constructing the tabernacle. God also wrote the Ten Commandments on two tablets of stone and gave them to him. While Moses was away for 40 days, the people began to wonder when he would return. Not knowing what had happened to Moses, the people took matters into their own hands. 

Discuss:

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  • The people had made a covenant with God saying they would do everything that God told them to do. Did they really keep their word?
  • What was Aaron’s role in creating the idol? Why did Aaron participate in the worship of an idol? Did God hold Aaron accountable for his actions (Exodus 32:21–25; Deuteronomy 9:20)?
  • What was Moses’ reaction to Israel’s sin? Was it wrong for Moses to be angry? What are the limitations God puts on human anger (Ephesians 4:26)?
  • There are always consequences for sin. What are some of the consequences for Israel’s worship of the golden calf?

Memory Challenge: 

Exodus 19:5–6

Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.


Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: Lesson 44 “Israel Wants a King”

Featured Passage: 1 Samuel 7 – 8


Samuel had been judging Israel for many years. He traveled between the cities of Bethel, Gilgal, and Mizpah to judge the people, though he lived in Ramah with his family. Samuel’s sons became judges, but they did not follow his example. They were evil in how they judged Israel, and the people were upset with how things were going. They decided they wanted to have a king to rule over them instead of a judge. Samuel tried to warn them of what would happen if they had a king, but the people would not listen, and God was preparing to let them have their way.

Discuss:

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  • Before Israel had a king, God gave Israel His laws and His judges made sure they were kept. What would change with a king? 
  • Israel was to be an example to the other nations (Deuteronomy 4:6–8). What does it mean to be an example? What is the difference between a good example and a bad example? 
  • What did God say would happen if Israel had a human king?
  • Israel rejected God as their king because they wanted a human king. They did not appreciate what God had done for them. How can we appreciate what God does for us? 

Memory Challenge:

1 Samuel 8:7 

And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not rule over them.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 43 “Elisha”

Featured Passage: 2 Kings 2-7

Elijah the prophet was getting older and God decided it was time to appoint a new prophet in Israel to take his place. Under God’s instruction, Elijah went to find the man God chose and met a certain young man named Elisha plowing a field with twelve yoke of oxen! (1 Kings 19:15-21) Without delay, Elisha left his home, his family, his oxen and begin to serve and learn from Elijah in preparation for his new role as a spiritual leader in Israel. After learning what he could, the time came for Elisha to take over for Elijah. God was about to send Elijah away in a miraculous way, but the people would need to know that God was with Elisha. God had some exciting adventures planned for this courageous young leader, as well as number of miracles of his own.

Discuss: 

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  • Why do you think God wanted Elisha to spend time learning from Elijah before taking Elijah’s position?
  • Elisha performed his first miracle after Elijah his master was taken away. What was this first miracle? Why did God allow Elisha to perform miracles so soon after Elijah had gone? 
  • With God’s help, Elisha performed many miracles. Which is your favorite of the miracles he performed? Why? 
  • What are some lessons we can learn from the story of Naaman and Elisha?
  • The Syrians, enemies of Israel, wanted to capture Elisha because he had alerted the Israelites of their plans. How did Elisha’s servant respond when he woke up to see the city surrounded by the Syrian army? How did Elisha respond? What can we learn from Elisha’s example? 
  • What are some examples of Elisha’s compassion? 

Memory Challenge: 

1 Kings 2:9

And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: Lesson 43 “God Speaks to Israel”

Featured Passage: Exodus 20

God wanted to enter into a special relationship with Israel, but they had to agree. He planned to speak the terms of the agreement to Israel directly. The most magnificent fireworks display could not compare to what the people saw, and the loudest thunder storm would diminish in comparison to what they heard that day. Could the people, sinful as they were, stand before the Creator and live? What was so important that God wanted to say it Himself? 

Discuss:

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  • The sights and sounds were truly amazing that day. What did the people hear? What did they see? What things do you think they felt?
  • The people heard God’s voice, but they did not actually see God. Whose was the voice which they heard? 
  • Why are each of the commandments important? How do you think the world would be different if everyone kept these ten laws? 
  • The people were very afraid while God was speaking, even Moses was shaking in his sandals (Hebrews 12:18–21). How do you think we would feel if we were there?
  • In the end, the people did not want God to speak with them anymore. 

Memory Challenge: 

Exodus 20:20

And Moses said to the people, “Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.”