Posts Tagged ‘babylon’

Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God wisdom prevails

Key Verse:
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer” 
Psalm 18:2a

(Open the bible and read to your child Daniel 2:1-49) Daniel and his friends were all exiles from Judah. They were taken to Babylon when King Nebuchadnezzar invaded Judah. God was with them and blessed them, so they became counted among the wise men of Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar had a disturbing dream and wanted to know what it meant. None of his wise men could interpret the dream, so the King wanted them dead. When Daniel heard about this, he went to the King and interpreted the dream for him. Before he told Nebuchadnezzar the interpretation, Daniel pleads for the lives of the other wise men. Daniel was not only wise and had God’s favor, he was kind hearted and cared about others more than himself.

The Jesus Connection:
Read Romans 9:32–33.
The most important part of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream was the part about a great rock from God that destroyed the statue and grew into a mountain and filled the whole earth. The rock was a picture of Jesus Christ and the mountain a picture of God’s kingdom. Throughout the Bible, God uses a rock or stone to represent his work on the earth. Another example is when water came out from a rock in the desert for the children of Israel to drink. Later in the New Testament, we are told that the rock in the desert represents Christ (1 Corinthians 10:4). Jesus compared a life lived for God to a house that was strong and sturdy because it was built on the rock of God’s truth (Matthew 7:24). The apostle Paul said that the rock of God’s truth is Jesus (Romans 9:33).


God Promises to Restore Israel After the Exile

Our hope is for our kids to know that: We seek God no matter what happens

Key verse: 
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’”  
Jeremiah 29:11

(Open the bible and read to your child Jeremiah 29:4-14) The people of Israel were in exile in the land of Babylon, and Jeremiah was a prophet who had the tough task of telling Israel that if they didn’t follow God the immediate future wouldn’t be so bright. This was a message that the Israelites didn’t want to hear. In this passage we see Jeremiah telling the exiles to settle in and get comfortable, because they were going to be there for awhile, 70 years in fact. This taught the Israelites to trust God and realize he has a plan for them. This plan was in the future and not necessarily and immediate plan. In spite of that fact, we all can rest in the fact that God has our futures planned for us.

Talk about a time you asked God for answers (for example, by providing wisdom for an important decision, or direction for the future). Then help your kids invite God into any decisions they’ll make this week. Encourage your children to keep asking for God’s guidance in prayer and through reading the Bible, no matter what happens.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
As a family, play a game of “Hot and Cold.” One family member closes his or her eyes while the others hide an object in the living room. The seeker then moves around the room while the other family members indicate whether he or she is getting closer (warmer) or getting farther away (colder). Take turns being the seeker. After  everyone’s had an opportunity to be the seeker, talk about how this experience is like or unlike seeking God no matter what happens.