Sunday, May 24 | Fellowship Denver Kids
FELLOWSHIP DENVER KIDS
SUNDAY, MAY 24
Last week we began a four-part series about Jeremiah and two books that he authored. Jeremiah was called by God to be a prophet. Being a prophet in was a difficult job. Often messages from God were not received well by God’s people. In today’s Bible story, God sent Jeremiah to the temple with a message. The people begun to believe that the presence of the temple meant they could not be conquered. God sent Jeremiah to share that the hearts of the people were more important than the temple. Jeremiah faithfully shared the message, but the people responded by seizing Jeremiah and threatening to kill him. Ultimately, Jeremiah was released and continued to share God’s message.
Toddler Text Truth: Jeremiah told people to obey God.
Preschool Text Truth: Jeremiah told people to obey God.
Younger Kids Text Truth: Jeremiah faithfully shared God’s Word with the people.
Older Kids Text Truth: God calls believers to faithfully share His Word with others.
Christ in Context: The Book of Jeremiah reveals God’s message to a rebellious and
sinful people. Jeremiah shared that salvation for God’s people would only come
after God’s wrath for their sin had been satisfied. Likewise, our salvation can
come only after God’s wrath for our sin has been satisfied. Jesus experienced
God’s wrath for our sin when He died on the cross. His death paid for our
Jeremiah Spoke to the People, Jeremiah 26:1-19
When Jehoiakim (jih HOY uh kim) was the king, God spoke to Jeremiah and told him to go to the temple and share a message with the people. God warned Jeremiah to tell the people everything God said.
“Maybe the people will listen and turn from their sin.” God said.
God’s message was: “If you do not listen and obey My instructions, and the words of the prophets that I have sent you again and again, I will make the temple like Shiloh.”
Shiloh was once a place where the Israelites worshiped God. Because of Israel’s sin, God allowed the Philistines to destroy Shiloh. God’s people thought that having the temple made them safe from their enemies. They believed they could sin and not have consequences! They didn’t understand that God cared more about their hearts than a special building.
Jeremiah obeyed God. He went to the temple and he shared God’s message. When Jeremiah finished, the religious leaders grabbed Jeremiah. They were angry. “You must die! You can’t say Jerusalem and the temple will be destroyed,” they told Jeremiah. A crowd of people gathered around Jeremiah.
The government officials heard what was happening and they came from the palace to see what was going on. The religious leaders told the officials that Jeremiah should be killed.
Jeremiah shared God’s message with the government officials. The officials told the religious leaders, “This man shouldn’t be killed. He has told us a message from God.”
Eventually it was decided that Jeremiah should not be hurt.
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REVIEW QUESTIONS TO PROCESS TOGETHER AFTER LISTENING TO THE LESSON
- Who was the king of Judah during today's Bible story? (Jehoiakim, Jeremiah 26:1)
- Where did God tell Jeremiah to go to share His message? (The courtyard of the temple, Jeremiah 26:2)
- How did God want people to respond to the message? (He wanted them to listen and turn from their sin, Jeremiah 26:3)
- How did religious leaders react after hearing Jeremiah’s message? (They were angry and said he should die, Jeremiah 26:8)
- Why were the people upset about Jeremiah’s message? (He said God would destroy the temple, Jeremiah 26:9)
- How did the government officials respond when they heard Jeremiah’s message? (They said Jeremiah shouldn’t be killed because he had given them a message from God, Jeremiah 26:16)