Sunday, August 2 | Fellowship Denver Kids
FELLOWSHIP DENVER KIDS
SUNDAY, AUG 2
On Sunday, August 2, our Toddler, Preschool, and Elementary students will complete their two-week study of the Book of Ezra. Although the people returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple, the people quickly were discouraged and became afraid to rebuild. At the urging of the prophets Haggai and Zechariah, the people began to rebuild the temple once again. This time when the people faced opposition, they refused to give up. The Israelites continued to work while the men who opposed them sent a letter to King Darius. When King Darius searched the royal archives, the decree Cyrus made many years ago was found. Darius sent word that the Israelites were allowed to rebuild the temple and that no one should interfere. Check out this week’s Family Card to find discussion questions and a family Bible skill for everyone to practice.
Toddler Text Truth: God’s people built a new temple.
Preschool Text Truth: God’s people built a new temple.
Younger Kids Text Truth: We can boldly obey God.
Older Kids Text Truth: We can continue to obey God even when facing opposition.
The Temple Was Rebuilt, Ezra 4–6
The Persian king, Cyrus, issued an order allowing the Jews to return home and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. After returning to their homeland, the people began building the temple. Some of their neighbors did not want the temple to be rebuilt. They created trouble for the Jews. So the people stopped building.
Years went by. Darius became the new ruler in Persia. God sent prophets to tell the Jews to finish building the temple. The people obeyed and began to build the temple again.
Again, the Jewish people faced troublemakers. Tattenai (TAT ih nigh), the governor of the region, and some others asked the Jewish people, “Who told you that you could finish the temple?” The Israelites knew King Cyrus had said they could rebuild the temple. God was with His people. This time, the Jewish leaders did not listen to the troublemakers. Tattenai and the other troublemakers agreed the Jews could continue building the temple while a letter was sent to King Darius.
King Darius ordered that the library be searched. A scroll was eventually found that recorded King Cyrus’ decision to allow the Jewish people to return home and rebuild the temple. Darius sent word to Tattenai that the Jews could continue the work on the temple.
Finally, the new temple was completed. The Israelites celebrated Passover in their new place of worship.
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REVIEW QUESTIONS TO PROCESS TOGETHER AFTER LISTENING TO THE LESSON1.
- When some people in Jerusalem caused trouble for the Israelites, what did the Israelites stop building? (The temple, Ezra 4:4-5,24)
- Who did Tattenai send a letter to? (King Darius, Ezra 5:6)
- Did the Israelites stop working on the temple while they waited to hear from King Darius? (No, Ezra 5:5)
- What did King Darius order to be searched? (The archives in the library, Ezra 6:1)
- What was found in the archives or library? (A scroll that recorded King Cyrus' decision to allow the Jewish people to return home and rebuild the temple, Ezra 6:2-5)
- Did the Israelites finish rebuilding the temple? (Yes, Ezra 6:14-15)
- What did the Israelites celebrate in their new place of worship? (The Passover, Ezra 6:19)