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 ... turn from their evil ways, then I will ...forgive their sin, and heal their land. -2 Chronicles 7:14
Big Picture Question: How did God plan to fix what sin broke? God planned to send Jesus.
CHRIST CONNECTION: Hezekiah and Josiah loved God and wanted to obey Him. They wanted God’s people to love God and obey Him too. When Jesus came to earth, He obeyed the law perfectly.
10-Minute VERSION [TODAY]
READ THE STORY
Read 2 Chronicles 29; 34–35 or summarize it. Consider using whatever version you have on hand: The Message, NIrV, Jesus Storybook Bible. You can find most versions online or via an app like the YouVersion app.
Here’s one summary:
King Hezekiah of Judah loved God, just like his grandfather King David. Hezekiah said to the priests, “Our fathers turned away from God, and He punished them. Get rid of every evil thing in the temple. We will obey God.” The priests did what Hezekiah said, and the people loved God again. After Hezekiah died, though, the people forgot God. Many years later, Josiah became king when he was a boy. Josiah loved God too. Josiah repaired the temple and found God’s law. The priest read the words of God’s law to Josiah. Then Josiah invited all the people to the temple and read the law to them. While Josiah was king, the people loved God and obeyed Him.
SHORT questions to talk about
- Tell a story about when you were 8 years old! Were you a king?
- Were Hezekiah and Josiah prophets, priests, or kings? (kings)
- How did God plan to fix what sin broke? God planned to send Jesus.
What you need: Printed copy of “Repair the Temple”
What to do: Guide children to draw a line connecting each shape with where it fits in the temple.
SAY • In our Bible story today, we heard about how the temple of God needed to be fixed. The temple is where God met with His people, but the people had turned away from God and did not take care of His temple. It was falling apart, and there were even stones missing! Do you remember how the temple got fixed?
30-Minute VERSION [THROUGHOUT THE WEEK]
ALL OF THE 10-MINUTE VERSION PLUS BELOW
WATCH THE STORY
BUILD WITH STONES AND WOOD
What you need: rocks and stones. If these aren’t available, consider blocks instead.
What to do: If weather allows, go on a walk outside and collect rocks and sticks. Come to a grassy area and work together to build a temple with the collected materials. If weather or space does not allow for going outside, collect other items at home to be rocks and sticks (blocks, legos, etc.)
SAY • The temple of God needed to be fixed. So Josiah collected money for the workers to buy stones and wood. The workers would fix up the temple and make it like new again. But like our temple made from rocks and sticks, Josiah’s temple of wood and stone wouldn’t last forever either. Sin breaks everything in this world. How did God plan to fix what sin broke? God planned to send Jesus.
TURN BACK TO GOD
What you need: music
What to do: Play music and invite everyone to walk in a circle. When you say, “Turn to God,” everyone must turn and go the other direction. Play again; then retell the Bible story.
SAY • GOD PLANNED TO SEND JESUS. Jesus always obeyed God perfectly.
GUESS THE EMOTION
What to do: Show children an exaggerated expression and invite them to guess which emotion you are displaying. Continue play, allowing children to act out emotions as desired. Suggested emotions: happy, sad, brave, afraid, surprised, angry.
SAY • Good job recognizing the different emotions! The people in our Bible story today experienced some of these feelings. One person got so upset about something that he tore his clothes! How would you have felt in our Bible story today?
MORE questions to talk about
- Where did the high priest find the book of the law? (in the temple)
- How did King Josiah feel when he heard the words from God’s law? (very upset)
- Could any of Judah’s kings or people obey the law perfectly? (no)