Archive for August, 2016

Josiah, the Eight-Year-Old King

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God’s Word Will Never Pass Away  

How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to Your word.
Psalm 119:9

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child 2 Chronicles 34:1—35:19) Josiah was only eight years old when he became king of Judah, and at that time (when they had about 39 kings among the divided kingdom of Israel and Judah) he was arguably the best. He followed God because he wanted to follow in the ways of his father David. At the age of sixteen he began to destroy all the idols in Judah, and then ten years later he began to restore the temple. It was then that they found the book of the law. When Josiah read it, he was aware on how bad God’s people have become. Josiah spent his life bringing the people of Judah back to God. The word of God will last forever, and no matter what our actions are of how bad we become, God will always pursue us and His word will always be with us.

The Jesus Connection:
Read Matthew 5:17–20. Though Amon forgot the Word of the Lord and it was lost for a season, God ensured that it would not be lost for good. It was God’s mercy to allow Amon to be killed and young Josiah to be made king. It was God who gave Josiah a heart for righteousness, and it was God who led him to preserve the Word of God and the promise of a coming deliverer, Jesus. Jesus is called “the Word” in the Gospel of John. God in his faithfulness would not let his Word pass away because his Word is all about his Son, Jesus. The Word of God describes the sinfulness of man and the promise of redemption by God through Jesus. Not the smallest portion of God’s Word will pass away until it is accomplished.

Jonah and Nineveh

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God’s Grace Extends Beyond Israel’s Borders

 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
Romans 1:16

Read: 
(Open the bible and read to your child the book of Jonah) Jonah was a prophet, who God wanted to use to save the city of Nineveh. This city was so wicked that Jonah didn’t want to go there, so he fled from God on a ship headed the opposite direction. As we know, God will pursue us, and the same was true for Jonah. God made a storm so severe that the people on the ship grew fearful. This caused them to throw Jonah overboard, which immediately calmed the sea. Jonah was swallowed by a fish, and stayed in the belly for three days. Afterwards, Jonah warned the city of Nineveh and they repented. However, Jonah was angry because he felt they should perish. God reminded Jonah that he loves all of us, and will pursue all of us in order for us to spend eternity with him.

The Jesus Connection:
Read Matthew 12:39–40. Jesus tells us that the three days Jonah spent in the belly of a fish was a picture foretelling the time that Jesus’ crucified body would be in the grave before the resurrection. God had a plan to rescue Jonah from his sin of disobedience. God’s plan for Jonah involved three days swallowed up in a fish. Jonah found his salvation in God. In the end Jonah was released and went on to preach repentance to Nineveh. God has a plan to rescue us from our sin through Jesus. Jesus died on the cross for our sins and spent three days in the grave swallowed up by death. But death could not hold him, and on the third day he rose again. Now the message of repentance and faith in Christ is proclaimed all over the world. The question for us is, will we trust in him?