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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.

The Triumphal Entry  

Our hope is for our kids to know that: The people celebrate their King, while others plot His death

13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!”
John 12:13

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Luke 17:11-19) The word spread about all the miracles that Jesus has done, so when ten lepers heard that Jesus was teaching in their village, they went out to meet him. When Jesus saw the lepers he immediately told them to go see the priest to examine them. Now the priest were the ones that verify the healing of a leper, so the ten had enough faith to do as Jesus said. Along the way they were healed, showing that when we walk in faith Jesus will take care of us. After they were examined and verified they were healed, only one leper came back to Jesus to thank him, a Samaritan. The Samaritan not only reminds us that salvation is for all, but it also reminds us to seek Christ in the good times, not just the bad.

The Jesus Connection:
Even as Jesus was riding into Jerusalem, the very people who were celebrating his arrival would put him to death in a few days, Jesus would soon die for the sins of men by suffering on the cross. It is true that Jesus came to earth to be king. But he came as a heavenly king for a spiritual kingdom. That is why he said that if the people did not praise him, the very stones would cry out. The cross did not come as a surprise to Jesus (John 12:27); it was the very reason he had come to earth. Jesus even predicted how he would die (John 12:32–33). Many of those who hailed Jesus as king in his triumphal entry would soon cry out with the religious rulers, “Crucify him!”

Saul Disobeys the Lord

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God’s will is what’s best for us

“…do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.
Proverbs 3:1-2

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child 1 Samuel 13:2-14) Saul is now king of Israel and was given instructions from Samuel. He is to wait at Gilgal seven days for Samuel to arrive because Samuel is God’s prophet, and he is to present the burnt and fellowship offerings to the Lord. While Saul is waiting for Samuel his soldiers begin to fear the Philistines and hide. This is because the Philistines are building their army which consisted of three thousand chariots and soldiers as numerous as the sand on the seashore. Because of this, Saul becomes impatient and offered up the burnt and fellowship offerings himself. Right after Saul finished, Samuel shows up. Samuel tells Saul that he did not follow God’s will and instructions, which is best for us. Saul wanted to do things his way and did not trust God.

The Jesus Connection:
Read Luke 22:42.
As a king, Saul failed. One day God would anoint another Man to be king who would not fail. Even when it was difficult, Jesus (the greatest king) obeyed God. The difficult task in front of Jesus was to die on the cross (see Acts 13:22–23). When faced with the cross, Jesus prayed to his Father in heaven saying, “not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42). Saul placed his own will above God’s; Jesus did not. As a result of Jesus’ obedience, we have salvation through his sacrificial death.

Israel Demands a King

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Desiring anything more than God, even if it’s a good thing, is evil

“I am the Lord, your Holy One, Israels Creator, your King”
Isaiah 43:15

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child 1 Samuel 8) Samuel who was called by God when he was a child is all grown up now. He appoints his sons Joel and Abijah as judges over Israel, however they did not follow God’s ways. As a result the people of Israel cry out for a king. This was not what God had planned at this time for Israel, but he gave them what they wanted. Saul who had a great appearance on the outside was appointed as king. Saul was rich and handsome, however he did not follow in God’s ways. The people of Israel had to learn this the hard way, but God’s grace still showed up! He blessed Saul and Israel even though they desired something other than God’s will for them.

The Jesus Connection:
Read Revelation 19:13–16.
Israel requested a king to rule them like the rest of the nations had (1 Samuel 8:5). So, God answered their desires and gave them a man who was large in stature—a great king from the world’s perspective. But God had another kind of king in mind, a king after God’s own heart. God is not interested in the outward appearance but is interested in the heart. David eventually is selected by God, but ultimately God would send Jesus to be an eternal king. Jesus would perfectly reflect the heart of God by becoming obedient to death, even death on the cross. In Philippians, God the Father promises that he is going to give Jesus the highest place of all and that every knee will bow before him. Why? Because he is the greatest King! It was always God’s desire that his people be ruled, not by an earthly man, but by God as King.

He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords. Revelation 19:13–16 NIV

We are so blessed to have the greatest King of all, Jesus

Triumphal Entry

Our hope is for our kids to know that: The people celebrate their king while others plot His death

Key Verse: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord…” Psalms 118:26a

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child John 12:10-50) When Jesus entered Jerusalem the people cheered him on and celebrated. Jesus was the one who fulfilled the prophecy of a coming King, so they all cheered, but some questioned if Jesus was a king. For one, he rode in on a donkey, which isn’t an animal that conveys military might. However, Jesus was going to be raised up as the king of man, the one who would justify us and bring us back to God. Jesus was not here to conquer our enemies, He was here to save us from the enemy. Our sins are forgiven because of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and savior.

The Jesus Connection:
Even as Jesus was riding into Jerusalem, the very people who were celebrating his arrival would put him to death in a few days, Jesus would soon die for the sins of men by suffering on the cross. It is true that Jesus came to earth to be king. But he came as a heavenly king for a spiritual kingdom. That is why he said that if the people did not praise him, the very stones would cry out. The cross did not come as a surprise to Jesus (John 12:27); it was the very reason he had come to earth. Jesus even predicted how he would die (John 12:32–33). Many of those who hailed Jesus as king in his triumphal entry would soon cry out with the religious rulers, “Crucify him!”

Nehemiah Rebuilds the Wall

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God helps us face challenges

Key Verse:
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” 
Colossians 3:23

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Nehemiah 2:11-6:19) Nehemiah had a difficult task ahead of him. Rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem would not be easy. He inspected the walls in secret because he knew he would be facing opposition. After this inspection he gathered the Jewish officials told them his plan, and with God’s blessing along with the king’s help, they were ready to start building. Everyone worked with all their heart which made the project work. Half the men worked and the other half stood guard so their enemies would stay away. All attempts to trick or deceive Nehemiah failed as the wall was completed in only 52 days! This shows that with God’s help we can overcome the challenges we face.  

Share:
With your family, discuss the biggest challenges each person faces in the coming week. Then talk about ways each person can invite God into the challenge (such as talking to God about uncertainties and asking for help in discovering the solutions). Then pray together about those challenges.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
As a family, accept a challenge that would be good for your family to accomplish, such as spending some time together without electronic devices, taking a walk or bicycle ride in your neighborhood to get some exercise, or working together to make a home-cooked meal. Before you begin your challenge, ask God to help you and to be with you. After you meet your challenge, give each other high fives and thank God in 

prayer.

Nehemiah Seeks God

Our hope is for our kids to know that: We seek God

Key Verse:
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land”
2 Chronicles 7:14 

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Nehemiah 1:1 – 2:9) Nehemiah was upset to learn that after twelve years the walls of Jerusalem were still not rebuilt. This upset him so much that he wanted to do something about it, so he prayed for four months about it. Afterwards he went to the king for help. Nehemiah wanted to take time off and materials to go to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall. When Nehemiah prayed and humbled himself before God, God answered!

Share:
Tell about a time you needed to seek God in your life. Encourage family members to talk about times they’ve sought after God. Then talk about how God wants a relationship with us and how it is important that we seek Him, because He is always there.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
As a family, seek God’s guidance for everything. To tie in to Nehemiah planning to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, make a giant “wall” to record your prayers. Tape several pieces of paper up to resemble the stones in a wall. Then, inside each stone, write something you need to seek God’s for.