Sunday, June 14 | Fellowship Denver Kids
FELLOWSHIP DENVER KIDS
SUNDAY, JUNE 14
Sorrow is something we all will experience because all of us live in a world affected by sin. Our own minds and bodies are affected by sin. Jeremiah lived in a world marked by this reality, too. God warned the people again and again to repent and turn from their sin, but the people refused. So the people experienced consequences. As Jeremiah stood in a destroyed Jerusalem, he mourned. He lamented for the great loss the city and the people had endured because of their sin. But Jeremiah also had hope because of God's great love for his people and his never-ending mercies.
Toddler Text Truth: God is always good and full of love.
Preschool Text Truth: God is always good and full of love.
Younger Kids Text Truth: When we are sad, we can talk to God.
Older Kids Text Truth: When we are sad, we can talk to God because He gives us hope for tomorrow.
Christ in Context: The Book of Lamentations shows that because God loved Jerusalem
and His people, He had to punish their sin. Because God loves us, He punished
His beloved Son, Jesus, for our sin so we could be restored to God.
A Song of Sorrow, Lamentations 1–5
Jeremiah was a prophet. God had sent Jeremiah messages to warn the people to repent of their sin. But the people ignored Jeremiah’s messages. And eventually, the people paid the price for their sin.
Jeremiah was deeply sad. The Babylonians conquered Jerusalem. Many of the people were taken far away. The temple was destroyed. Much of the city of Jerusalem was destroyed. It was a very, very sad time for God’s people.
The Book of Lamentations records five poems or laments Jeremiah wrote to describe his sadness.
“How she (Jerusalem) sits alone, the city once crowded with people! She weeps. There is no one to offer her comfort. Jerusalem has sinned and has become an object of scorn. Everyone who honored her now despises her.”
Sin destroys. It always hurts relationships. God’s relationship with His people was broken because of their sin. Jeremiah understood how serious sin was. But Jeremiah also had hope because He remembered God’s love.
“Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish. His mercies never end. They are new every morning! The Lord is my portion; therefore I will put my hope in him. The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the person who seeks him. The Lord will not reject His people forever. Even if He allows suffering, God will show compassion because of His faithful love. God does not enjoy seeing His people suffer.”
Jeremiah ended by praying to God. “Joy has left our hearts. Our dancing turned to mourning. Lord, bring us back to you.”
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REVIEW QUESTIONS TO PROCESS TOGETHER AFTER LISTENING TO THE LESSON
- What city did Jeremiah lament about? (Jerusalem, Lamentations 1:7)
- What happened to the temple when the people of Jerusalem did not repent? (It was destroyed, Lamentations 2:6)
- Why did Jeremiah say he and God’s people did not perish? (Because of God’s faithful love, Lamentations 3:22)
- How often are God’s mercies new? (Every morning, Lamentations 3:22-23)
- Who did Jeremiah choose to put his hope in? (God, Lamentations 3:24)
- Even when God allows people to experience suffering, what does He also show His people? (His compassion because of His faithful love, Lamentations 3:32)
- What did Jeremiah ask God to do to help bring joy back to their hearts? (“Lord, bring us back to you.” Lamentations 5:21)
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