Year 2, Spring: Lesson 1
What we learned today
Big Idea: God is Mighty
Elisha and the heavenly army: 2 Kings 6v8–23. When Elisha and his servant are trapped inside the city by the enemy army, God opens the servant’s eyes so he can see the heavenly army protecting them. God blinds the enemy soldiers and Elisha leads them away from the city.
Where we're headed next time
Big Idea: God is the one true God
The Fiery Furnace: Daniel 3v1–30. King Nebuchadnezzar builds a statue and orders everyone to worship it. But Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego refuse to bow.
Did you know?
Share these facts to get the conversation started:
It was the Babylonians’ goal to assimilate the Israelites into their culture.
Hebrew names were changed, and the men were educated in Babylonian customs.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego believed in Yahweh, the one true God. They didn’t allow Babylonian culture to change their faith.
When God rescued Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from death,
King Nebuchadnezzar saw their faith and proclaimed that no one was permitted to speak ill of the God of these young men. Their example is a witness to the entire world of what it means to worship and believe in the one true God.
Connect as a family
Read this week’s part of The Big God Story right after dinner. Gather your family together around some type of fire—a fire pit, fireplace, or even a candle. Look at the fire together and discuss what would happen if it got too close to you. Then read Daniel 3v1–30 together. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego believed in God, and they placed their faith in Him. As a result, the king and all who saw them in that furnace saw that God is the one true God.
After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:
Who do you think was in the fire with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego?
What does it mean that God is the one true God?
How can we worship God and show others that He is the one true God?
These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how God Is the One True God into your everyday life as a family.
A blessing can be a spoken prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words of encouragement and guidance over your child.
A blessing to pray over your child: (Child’s name), may you know the good and faithful things our one true God has done and share about them with others (reference Psalm 71).