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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.


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 49 “Jeremiah and the Captivity”

Featured Passage: Jeremiah 39-44, 52


After the death of Josiah, the people returned to their pagan ways. Therefore, God had allowed Egypt to subdue them. Soon, Egypt was conquered by the great empire of Babylon which meant that soon all of Judah would be under Babylon’s control. Jerusalem had not yet been captured and Jeremiah and other prophets continually warned Judah of impending doom if they did not repent. The people refused to listen. Since God’s temple was in Jerusalem they felt God would not allow the beloved city to be destroyed. Just as Jeremiah warned, God had enough of Judah’s evil practices. He knew that it was time to teach His rebellious people a hard lesson. 

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  • Who was King of Judah when the city of Jerusalem was captured by the Babylonians? What did the Babylonians do to him? 
  • What did King Nebuchadnezzar do with Jeremiah when Jerusalem was captured? What did God say He would do for Ebed-Melech? Why do you think God protected Jeremiah and Ebed-Melech from being killed by the Babylonians?
  • Judah was taken in stages. Who was taken In the first wave of captives? Who was left behind to stay in the land? What did Nebuchadnezzar do to the temple? 
  • What scheme did the remaining people in Judah present to Jeremiah in order to ask his advice? Did they listen to Jeremiah’s advice? What did the group of people end up doing? 
  • What happened to the remnant of Israelites who went to Egypt? Does the Bible indicate what happened to Jeremiah? In what other places in the Bible can you read about the fall of Jerusalem and the captivity of Judah?

Memory Challenge:

Jeremiah 40:3 

Now the Lord has brought it, and has done just as He said. Because you people have sinned against the Lord, and not obeyed His voice, therefore this thing has come upon you.


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 48 “Jeremiah”

Featured Passage: Jeremiah 1, 34-38


King Josiah had worked hard to get Judah back on track to serve and worship the Eternal, but God knew that soon the people would be right back into their old ways of worshiping idols and practicing evil. He needed to send another messenger to warn the people that if they didn’t fully turn to Him they would soon go into captivity like the Kingdom of Israel did. God had picked out a particular young lad named Jeremiah. One day, God came to tell Jeremiah of the plans He had for his life. At first, Jeremiah was nervous and felt like he was too young for the job, but God assured him that He would help him – and He certainly did! 

Discuss: 

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  1. What was Jeremiah’s biggest concern about being a prophet? What was God’s answer to Jeremiah’s concerns?
  2. Josiah and Jeremiah were both very young men when they began to serve God. What kinds of lessons can we learn from their examples? 
  3. Which of God’s commands did King Zedekiah disobey when he made a covenant with the people in Jerusalem? Why was God angry with Zedekiah? 
  4. What did the princes do to Jeremiah for warning the people that Jerusalem would be captured (Jeremiah 38)? Who rescued him?
  5. What compassionate act did Ebed-Melech do when he went to pull Jeremiah out of the pit? What can we learn from the story of Ebed-Melech?
  6. Where was Jeremiah when the city of Jerusalem was captured? 

Memory Challenge:

Jeremiah 1:7-8 

But the Lord said to me: “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you will speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 47 “Huldah”

Featured Passage: 2 Kings 22-23


 When Josiah became king of Judah, God’s beautiful temple in Jerusalem had been neglected and the people were worshiping idols. They had forgotten God’s law. It was during this time that a woman named Huldah was serving as a prophetess in Judah. King Josiah had instructed the priests to repair the damages done to the temple, and while working on it the workers found the book of the Law which they quickly brought to the king. Josiah, deeply distressed upon learning God’s expectations for His people, told his men to seek out the word of the Lord to discover what God was planning to do to Judah because of their sins. And to whom did the men go? To Huldah the prophetess, of course!

Discuss:

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  • What is the purpose of prophecy? How does God usually present prophecy to His people? 
  • Can you name any other prophetesses mentioned in the Bible? (There are several women called prophetesses in both the Old and New Testaments)
  • How do you think the king knew where to find Huldah? 
  • What did God reveal to Huldah to tell King Josiah?
  • How did King Josiah react to Huldah’s prophecies? Why was Judah’s punishment delayed? What can we learn from Josiah’s example?
  • Josiah and Huldah served God in different ways. What are some ways we can prepare to serve God?

Memory Challenge: 

2 Kings 22:19 

“…because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they would become a desolation and a curse, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you,” says the Lord.


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 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 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 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 3: Lesson 42 “Elijah”

Featured Passage: 1 Kings 17-19

Ahab became king of Israel, and he followed in the footsteps of his wicked ancestor, Jeroboam. He also married Jezebel, a Phoenician Princess of neighboring Sidon, and daughter of King Ethbaal. Not only was she a princess, but she was a High Priestess of Baal worship. Ahab, with wicked Jezebel at his side, did more to provoke God to anger than all the kings before him. Together, they made a powerful and evil pair, luring Israel into wholesale Baal worship.

But the prophet Elijah was determined to defend against this unholy duo. His courage in defying Jezebel, Ahab, and all their cohorts was honored by God with miracles and signs that proved that God was still in charge, even during these dark days in the land of Israel.

Discuss:  

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  • Elijah knew God was with him. What were some of the miracles God performed to protect Elijah from Ahab and Jezebel?
  • Did Elijah do as God told him even though he was afraid? Someone once said that courage is not the absence of fear; it is action in the face of fear.
  • There was a great famine in the land because God withheld the rain for a long time. How did God provide food for Elijah when he was staying with the widow and her son?
  • How did Elijah survive when he was hiding from the king? What does that tell us about God’s ability to help us in the time of our need?
  • Elijah invited the prophets of Baal to a showdown on Mount Carmel to prove who was the true God. How did God show the people that He is the only true God and that Baal and Asherah were just false, powerless idols?

Memorization Challenge: 

1 Kings 18:21 

“And Elijah came to all the people, and said, ‘How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.’ But the people answered him not a word.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: Lesson 41 “Israel and Judah”

Featured Passage: 1 Kings 14

From the time that the ten tribes rebelled against Rehoboam, Israel was no longer one nation. The nation was split into the Kingdom of Judah and the Kingdom of Israel. Ten tribes kept the name Israel, and the tribes of Judah, Levi, and Benjamin became known as the Kingdom of Judah. Each nation wes given God’s laws, but neither followed His ways consistently. Though ruling over separate kingdoms, Jeroboam and Rehoboam both lead the nations on paths away from God into idolatry and disobedience. What would God do to His people who turned away from Him? 

Discuss:

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  • What are the names of the two kingdoms that were formed after Solomon died?
  • The Bible compares each of the kings of Israel and Judah to King David. Their legacy is summarized as to whether they did or did not follow his footsteps. Why do you think God used David as an example? (Acts 13:22).
  • What were the reasons God gave Jeroboam’s wife for the punishment that He was planning to bring upon the people of Israel? 
  • What happened to Judah in the fifth year of Rehoboam’s reign? Why did God allow this to happen? 

Memory Challenge

1 Kings 14:15 

For the Lord will strike Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water. He will uproot Israel from this good land which He gave to their fathers, and will scatter them beyond the River, because they have made their wooden images, provoking the Lord to anger.