WEEK OF SUNDAY, MARCH 22
Israel Taken Captive
Bible Passage: 2 Kings 17
Story Point: Israel did not listen to God’s warning.
Key Passage: The Lord … is patient with you, … wanting … all to come to repentance. - 2 Peter 3:9 (CSB)
Big Picture Question: Why should we obey God? We should obey God because He made us, He loves us, and His plans are good.
CHRIST CONNECTION: God’s people disobeyed Him over and over again, so God punished them and sent them away from their home. We disobey God over and over again too, but Jesus took our punishment for us. People who trust in Jesus will never be sent away but have a home with God forever
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SOME ACTIVITIES TO DO TOGETHER
DECORATE A CROWN
What you need:
- crown printable or cut out a paper crown
- Art supplies (markers, kid scissors, stickers, scrap paper, paper puncher, etc.)
Print a “Crown” printable for each child. Encourage child to cut out his crown and then decorate it by punching or cutting shapes from the paper and gluing them in place. Help children tape their completed crowns together to fit their heads.
SAY • The people of Israel had a king, Hoshea. King Hoshea did many evil things. He and the people of Israel did not listen to God’s warning, so God punished them and sent them away from their home. We disobey God over and over again too, but Jesus took our punishment for us. People who trust in Jesus will never be sent away but have a home with God forever.
toss a bean bag
What you need: A bean bag or something else soft to toss
What to do: Take turns gently tossing a beanbag across the room. Count together the number of steps it takes the child who tossed the beanbag to walk and retrieve it.
SAY • We tossed the beanbag then walked to pick it up and bring it back. You walked a short time. Would you be tired if you walked for days and days? In our Bible story today, the people of Israel had to walk a long way.
What you need:
- A variety of coins (or buttons, blocks, or anything that you have that is an appropriate size for your child)
- Cups or bowls
What to do: Set out a variety of coins (or other items) Invite preschoolers to sort the coins. They may sort by size, color, or matching coins. Suggest preschoolers put similar coins in cups. Make sure preschoolers do not put the coins in their mouths. Wash hands after handling coins.
SAY • In the Bible story, Israel had a king named Hoshea. King Hoshea was afraid of Assyria’s army because it was bigger and stronger than Israel’s army. King Hoshea gave money to the king of Assyria to leave Israel alone. God used the king of Assyria in His plan to turn Israel back to Him. He let Assyria capture Israel. God loved His people and wanted them to stop sinning so he allowed the them to be punished.
questions to talk about
- Whom did God send to tell the people to stop doing wrong things? (men called prophets)
- What did the Assyrian army make all the Israelites do? (leave their homes and walk to Assyria)
- Why did God let the army make the Israelites prisoners? (They would not stop sinning.)
- Why should we obey God? We should obey God because He made us, He loves us, and His plans are good.