Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: Lesson 57 “Josiah”

Featured Passage: 2 Chronicles 34-35

After King Uzziah died, several more kings ruled the land. Some of them were very good, and some of them were very wicked, and caused the people of Judah to sin against God. A king named Amon, who was a very wicked man, only ruled for two years before God allowed him to die. His little eight year old son, Josiah was crowned as king after him. Despite having Amon for a father, Josiah was a good king. By the time he was sixteen years old he was determined to get rid of all the idols so that the people would have to worship the true God. He also wanted to repair the beautiful temple of God to be used once again for the right purposes. One day when some men were cleaning out the temple, they found an old book that had been forgotten and decided to show it to the young king. 


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  • How old was Josiah when he became king? Does a person have to be a certain age to begin to follow God? 
  • What did Josiah do to get rid of the pagan idols in the land? Which of God’s commandments was Josiah following when he got rid of the idols in Judah? 
  • What was the book that was found in the temple? What did King Josiah do when they read it to him? Why was he so sad?
  • What feast did King Josiah have all the people in Judah keep? What do you think that Passover was like for the people in Judah? 

Memory Challenge: 

2 Chronicles 34:31

Then the king stood in his place and made a covenant before the Lord, to follow the Lord, and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant that were written in this book.

Children’s Bible Lessons – Level 1: Lesson 56 “King Uzziah”

Featured Passage: 2 Chronicles 26

When King Jehoash died, his son Amaziah reigned in Judah. His time as king was short, and it wasn’t long before his son Uzziah became king of Judah after his father King Amaziah (2 Kings 14). In the Bible, Uzziah is sometimes also named King Azariah. Uzziah followed in the footsteps of his father as a good king, but like his father, he did not remove the high places where the people worshipped other gods. However, because he tried to do the right thing, God gave him many successes. He built cities, made his army strong, and protected the people from their enemies. Unfortunately, his successes filled him with pride.


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  • How old was Uzziah when he became king of Judah? What do you think Uzziah did to prepare to be king as he grew up? What can you do now to prepare to be a good king and priest in the future? 
  • We know that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). How did God reward Uzziah for seeking Him and listening to God’s priest?
  • What does the Scripture mean where it says that Uzziah “loved the soil”?
  • Why did Uzziah build towers in Jerusalem? 
  • What did King Uzziah do that made God angry with him? Why do you think Uzziah made that bad decision? How did God punish him? Do you think Uzziah learned from his mistake?

Memory Challenge: 

2 Chronicles 26:5 

“He sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God; and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.”

Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: Lesson 55 “Jehoash Repairs the Temple”

Featured Passage: 2 Kings 12

After King Jehoshaphat died, the Kingdom of Judah was ruled by many other kings. Some of them tried to follow God, while others worshipped idols and turned the people away from God. The name of one of them was Ahaziah. Ahaziah was a wicked king, and his mother Athaliah was just as wicked. When King Ahaziah died, his mother wanted to take over the kingdom and get rid of anyone who opposed her. Now, Ahaziah had a son named Jehoash (sometimes also called Joash). Jehoash was just a baby when his father died, and his aunt hid him and his nurse to protect him from the evil queen. When Jehoash was only seven years old, the priest brought him out of hiding to proclaim him as king before the people. As a young king, Jehoash grew up with the priest of God as his teacher which prepared him to help the people of Judah turn back to God. 


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  • How old was Jehoash when he became king? How old are you? What do you think it would be like to be a king or queen at your age? 
  • Jehoash was about the age of a first or second grade student when he became king. Who helped him with his responsibilities as king of Judah? 
  • What did Jehoash do to fix the mess that the previous rulers had made in the temple? Do you think God was pleased with what Jehoash did? 
  • Jehoash did well as long as he listened to Jehoiada, who was a wise priest. What happened after Jehoiada’s death? (You can read more about what happened to King Jehoash in 2 Chronicles 24)

Memory Challenge: 

1 Kings 12:2 

“Jehoash did what was right in the sight of the Lord all the days in which Jehoiada the priest instructed him.”

Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: Lesson 54 “Jehoshaphat King of Judah”

Featured Passage: 2 Chronicles 17-20

Many years had passed since King David died, and Israel had split into two kingdoms, Israel and Judah. The kings of Israel turned the people away from God. They worshipped idols and acted in evil ways. For the Kingdom of Judah, some of the kings practiced evil, and some of the kings wanted to follow God like King David. Jehoshaphat was a king who wanted to seek God and did what he could to lead the people to obey God. Even though Jehoshaphat didn’t do everything perfectly, God was pleased with his attitude and protected him from harm. One day, King Jehoshaphat heard that some enemies were coming to start a war. Jehoshaphat and the people cried out to God for help. God told them that they would not even have to fight in the battle. They would only need some faith and some singers!

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  1. Who was Jehoshaphat’s father? How do you think Jehoshaphat’s father helped him prepare to be a good king? How do your parents help you learn how to follow God?
  2. How did King Jehoshaphat become wealthy and powerful? 
  3. Why did God protect Jehoshaphat in the battle with King Ahab? Do you know of any examples where God has protected you or anyone in your family? 
  4. Why didn’t King Ahab listen to the prophet Micaiah who warned him of what would happen in the battle? 
  5. What did King Jehoshaphat do when he heard that some of his enemies were going to attack Judah? How were his actions and attitude different than King Ahab’s had been? What did the musicians do in the battle? 

Memory Challenge: 

2 Chronicles 20:15 

And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.’”

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. 


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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 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. 


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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. 


  • 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 1: Lesson 50 “David and Abigail”

Featured Passage: 1 Samuel 25

David was on the run from King Saul, and with God’s help he and his mighty men managed to stay at least one step ahead of the jealous king. They hid in caves, fought against the Philistines, and always stayed on the lookout for Saul and his men. Though King Saul did not like it, most people knew who David was and that he was in line to be the next king of Israel, so they would help David with whatever he needed. One day, David and his men were hungry, so they stopped at the home of a wealthy man named Nabal who they knew would have plenty of extra food to spare. But, instead of helping them out, Nabal turned the men away and refused to share anything. Angry at Nabal’s foolish decision, David told his men to get their swords ready. David and his men headed down to the household, swords in hand, when suddenly they were met by someone on the way who had an urgent request. 


  • Who was Nabal? What does his name mean? Why do you think David and his men chose to stop at Nabal’s house to get food to eat? 
  • Why do you think Nabal refused to share with David? Why was David so upset by Nabal’s response? 
  • Who was Abigail? How did Abigail find out what was going on? What did she do when she found out what Nabal had done? What can we learn from Abigail’s actions?
  • How did Abigail act when she made her request? What did David do when she did? 
  • What happened to Nabal? What did David do when he found out? 

Memory Challenge: 

1 Samuel 25:32 

Then David said to Abigail: “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me!”

Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: Lesson 49 “David and King Saul”

Featured Passage:1 Samuel 18-20

Saul knew that God had rejected him from being king and that David was eventually going to be king instead of him. After God helped David defeat Goliath, King Saul was grateful and proud of David and brought him to live with him and his family. David soon became the best of friends with Jonathan, Saul’s son, and the people treated him as a hero. However, Saul began to get extremely jealous of David because of all the attention the people were giving him. Even though David was becoming like part of his family, King Saul began to plot in his heart to destroy David.


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  • David had developed a relationship with God at a very young age (Psalms 71:5) What does it mean to have a relationship with God? How can someone your age begin to seek a relationship with God? 
  • What does the scripture mean when it says, “the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David”? Do you have any close friends? Why is it important to have good friends? 
  • What was the message of the song that the people were singing about David and Saul? How did Saul respond when he heard it?
  • Saul sent David on dangerous missions. When God gave David victories the people loved David even more. What was Saul’s reaction to David’s successes?
  • Whom did Saul allow David to marry? Do you think Saul was happy about this marriage? 
  • Saul made it clear to Jonathan that he intended to kill David. What did Jonathan do about it?

Memory Challenge: 

1 Samuel 18:14

And David behaved wisely in all his ways, and the Lord was with him.

Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: Lesson 48 “David and Goliath”

Featured Passage: 1 Samuel 17

David had been anointed king of Israel, but he was still just a young shepherd.  Though King Saul invited David to his court to be his armorbearer and to play the harp,  to his family, he was still just the youngest brother who cared for the sheep. Now, around this time, the Philistines came to fight against the Israelites in a battle. The Philistines brought out their champion warrior and wanted to make a deal. When the Israelites saw that the Philistine warrior was a giant, they were very scared and ran to hide! Even King Saul hid in his tent. When David saw the situation, he knew someone had to do something about it – and that something could only be done with God’s help.


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  • What was the deal the Philistines wanted to make with the Israelites in the battle? Why did no one want to take up the challenge?
  • How tall was Goliath?
  • Why didn’t David take Saul’s armor? What things had David done to protect his sheep that let him know God would be with him? 
  • What was Goliath doing every day? Why do you think David was so upset by the things he heard Goliath saying? 
  • What do you think David was thinking about when he went out to fight Goliath? Do you think he was afraid? What should we do when we are feeling afraid? 
  • What did David take with him to defeat Goliath?  After Goliath was dead, what did the armies of Israel do?

Memory Challenge: 

1 Samuel 17:47

“Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”