Year 2, Spring: Lesson 2
What we learned today
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.
Where we're headed next time
Big Idea: God is faithful
The Walls of Jerusalem Rebuilt: Nehemiah 1—4; 6—9. With God’s help, Nehemiah leads God’s people in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.
Did you know?
Share these facts to get the conversation started:
Nehemiah’s people, the Israelites, had just experienced a devastating punishment at the hands of God. Babylon conquered Jerusalem and leveled it to the ground, and the people were taken captive for 70 years.
When Cyrus the Persian conquered Babylon, God led him to allow the Israelites to return to their land—even paying their expenses (Isaiah 45v13). Their first task was to rebuild the temple.
As God prompted Nehemiah to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls, both Nehemiah and the people learned that God is faithful.
Connect as a family
Read this part of The Big God Story in a favorite cozy area in your home. Once everyone is comfortable, ask your children what the word faithful means. If your children have a hard time answering, share an example of faithfulness. Then read Nehemiah 1 together. As some of God’s people were returning to their homeland after captivity in Babylon, Jerusalem’s walls were still in ruins. Nehemiah was very upset when he heard this news. He realized he needed God’s help to rebuild. Nehemiah knew God is faithful and he could look to Him.
After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:
How did Nehemiah describe God in verse 5?
What does it mean that God is faithful?
How have you seen God’s faithfulness in our family?
These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how God Is Faithful 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 trust in our faithful God who always does what He says He will do.