WEEK OF SUNDAY, April 19
Hezekiah and Josiah
Bible Passage: 2 Chronicles 29; 34–35
Story Point: Hezekiah and Josiah led the people back to God.
Key Passage: If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. - 2 Chronicles 7:14
Big Picture Question: How did God plan to fix what sin broke? Before He created the world, God planned to send the Messiah to save sinners.
CHRIST CONNECTION: Hezekiah and Josiah loved God and wanted to follow His commands. They wanted God’s people to love God and obey the law too.
Sadly, when Josiah died, the kings after him did not lead God’s people well. When Jesus came to earth, He fulfilled the law by obeying it perfectly. How did God plan to fix what sin broke? Before He created the world, God planned to send the Messiah to save sinners.
SHARE YOUR STORY
- Share stories with your kids of what you did when you were 8 years old.
- Share stories of what people in your family survived (unemployment, war, immigration, marrying someone that wasn’t originally blessed, becoming a believer, getting an education, etc. …). Studies show that developing grit and overcoming adversity is found in hearing stories from our own family history. Doesn’t have to be be big . Remember that our kids are developing a story of their own to tell one day from these times.
- What's something you're learning or remembering with Jesus this week.
HIDE THE SCROLL
What you need: piece of brown construction (or whatever you have around), piece of string
What to Do: Roll up a piece of light brown construction paper to look like a scroll. Use string to tie it closed. Hide the scroll somewhere in the room and task the kids with finding the hidden scroll. Whoever finds it may hide it for the second round. Play as time allows with different family members hiding and finding.
SAY • Great job finding the scroll. Today learned about a time God’s people had lost the scrolls containing His law. They disobeyed because they did not know what God’s commands said. Thankfully, when the lost book of the law was found, a young king named Josiah led the people to obey God again.
45-Minute VERSION [THROUGHOUT THE WEEK]
ALL OF THE 15-MINUTE VERSION PLUS BELOW
WATCH THE STORY
LOST WITHOUT YOU
What to Do: Have one family member stand in front and describe a person who is very important to him or her. Allow other people a minute or two to ask yes-or-no questions about the person to figure out who is being described. Whoever guesses correctly will describe an important person in the next round.
SAY • Certain people such as parents, grandparents, or teachers—can have a really big impact on our lives. But no one has as big of an impact on our lives as God. God’s people had wandered far from Him, and their nation was a mess. God’s people needed God to help them love and obey Him. We need God in the same way. When we trust in Jesus, He gives us new life. Our hearts can then love and obey God. We’d be lost without God!
KEY PASSAGE ACTIVITY
What to Do: Before the activity, write each word of the key passage on a separate plastic spoon. Then mix up the spoons.
What to Do: Scatter the prepared spoons on a floor or table and challenge kids to arrange the words in the correct order. Say the key passage together as a family.
SAY • God wants sinners to turn back to Him! This was His plan all along. How did God plan to fix what sin broke? Before He created the world, God planned to send the Messiah to save sinners.
questions to talk about
- Who was king before Hezekiah? (Ahaz, 2 Chron. 28:27)
- How old was Josiah when he became king? (eight, 2 Chron. 34:1)
- What did Josiah do when he heard the words written in the book of the law? (felt very sad, tore his clothing; 2 Chron. 34:19)
- Why is obeying God so important? Guide kids to discuss obedience as a picture of our love for God and our trust in God’s plans. Remind kids that God made us, loves us, and has perfect plans for us. Obedience to God means doing things God’s way, which is the best way. Obeying God both glorifies God and benefits us.
- Why can’t we obey God the way we should? Guide kids to discuss the sin nature we are all born with. We are broken by sin and cannot always tell right from wrong. Even when we can, we often choose wrong because it seems easier or better at the time. Remind kids that sin affects every part of our lives.
- How can we have hope despite our sin? Remind kids that God sent Jesus to die for our sin and rise again. Help them see that when we repent and trust in Jesus, not only does God forgive our sin, but He sends the Holy Spirit to fill us with power and help us love and obey God. We also have hope that Jesus will return someday and fix everything sin has broken.
journalingFOR 4TH-6TH GRADE
Guide kids to think about and answer one or two journaling prompts. Be sure to join them.
- What does this story teach me about God or the gospel?
- What does the story teach me about myself?
- Are there things God is asking me to do in this story? How are they for God’s glory and my good?
- Are there any promises in this story to remember? How do they help me trust and love God?
- What characteristics of God do I see in this story?
- What does the story teach me about people around me?
- If I’m honest, what parts of this are hard to understand or believe?
talking to kids about the gospel...
Here’s one way we talk about the gospel with elementary kids
A- We are God’s most treasured creation! Created to be with Him. However, there’s a problem. It’s sin. Sin is anything we do that isn’t what God wants for us. We’ve all done it, even me. And sin gets in the way of us having a relationship with God. We need to admit we have this problem!
B- Believe that Jesus is who He says He is and did what He said He did in order to make a way for our relationship with God to be made whole again...specifically He loves you SO MUCH that...”Christ died for our sins, just as Scripture said he would. He was buried. He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as Scripture said he would be.” (1 Cor. 15: 3-4) He took the punishment we deserved.
C- Choose to put your faith in Jesus. Jesus says that our response, or the way we accept it is by faith. In other words putting our trust in Him.