Sunday, September 6 | Fellowship Denver Kids
FELLOWSHIP DENVER KIDS
SUNDAY, SEP 6
On Sunday, September 6th, our Toddler, Preschool, and Elementary students will be learning about Haggai. Haggai lived at the same time as Ezra and Nehemiah. The Book of Haggai records God’s message to the people to finish rebuilding the temple. After returning to Jerusalem, the people became discouraged and quit rebuilding the temple. Instead, the people focused on building nice houses for themselves. God sent Haggai with a message to return to obeying God and placing Him first.
Toddler Text Truth: God should be most important in our lives.
Preschool Text Truth: God should be most important in our lives.
Younger Kids Text Truth: God should be our number one priority.
Older Kids Text Truth: God should be our number one priority.
Haggai, Prophet to Returned Exiles - Haggai
The Persian king, Cyrus, issued an order allowing the Jews to return home and rebuild God’s temple.
After returning to the land, the people began building the temple. Some people in Jerusalem did not want the temple to be rebuilt. They caused trouble for the Jews. So the people stopped building.
Years went by. Darius became the new ruler of Persia. God sent two prophets, Haggai and Zechariah, to tell the Jews to finish building the temple.
Haggai spoke to the Israelite leader Zerubbabel and the high priest Joshua. “The people say it is not time to rebuild the Lord’s house. But the people are living in nice, comfortable houses of their own, while God’s house is still in ruins. Build God’s house and He will be pleased and glorified. You did not have a good harvest because His house is in ruins while you are busy with your own houses.”
Zerubbabel and Joshua the priest led the people to obey God. They heard Haggai’s message from God and began to build the temple.
God again had a message for Haggai to give to Zerubbabel and Joshua. The people knew that the temple they were building was nothing like the temple Solomon had built. Solomon’s temple was grand and beautiful. The rebuilt temple was simple and plain, but God promised: “I will fill this house with glory. Silver and gold belong to me. The final glory of this house will be greater than the first. I will give peace to this place.”
One more time God gave Haggai a special message. This time the message was for Zerubbabel. “One day, I will take you and make you like my signet ring. I have chosen you.” God promised to give Zerubbabel the authority to lead His people as the next ruler from David’s family. This promise reminded the people of God’s promise to send a Messiah from David’s family.
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REVIEW QUESTIONS TO PROCESS TOGETHER AFTER LISTENING TO THE LESSON
- Who was the prophet in today's Bible story? (Haggai, Haggai 1:1)
- Who was the governor of Judah (leader of the Israelites) in today's Bible story? (Zerubbabel, Haggai 1:1)
- Who was the high priest in today's Bible story? (Joshua, Haggai 1:1)
- What did God want the people to do? (Rebuild the temple, Haggai 1:8)
- What had the people done instead of rebuilding the temple? (Built nice houses for themselves, Haggai 1:4)
- What consequence had the people experienced because they did not rebuild the temple? (A bad harvest, Haggai 1:6,9-11)
- How did the people respond to Haggai's message? (They finished rebuilding the temple, Haggai 1:14)
- Who did God say He would make like His signet ring? (Zerubbabel, Haggai 2:23)