April 28

The Pattern of Rebelling
(Israel’s unfaithfulness)

Judges 1-3

Preschool

Bible Story Summary:

  • God’s people forgot about Him.

  • God allowed Israel’s enemies to overtake them.

  • God gave Israel a judge to help them obey God again.

  • When the judge died, Israel forgot God again.

Key Passage:
1 John 1:9a

Christ Connection:
After God’s people sinned, the judges helped God’s people obey God again. But the judges could not change the people’s hearts and make them love God. God had a plan. He sent His son, Jesus, to change His people’s hearts and save them from sin forever.

Big Picture Question:
What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus.

Story Point:
God’s people forgot about Him.

Big Ideas:

  • God’s people did not always obey Him.

  • God sent judges to rescue God’s people.

  • God sent Jesus to be our Judge.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why did the Israelites forget about God when they did not have a strong leader?

  • Why was it good that God allowed Israel to be overtaken by their enemies?

  • Do we forget about God? Who can change our hearts so we remember?

Family Activities:

  • As a family, brainstorm ways to keep Jesus at the forefront of your minds throughout the week. Implement at least one idea.

  • Pray for God to change your children’s hearts as you discipline this week.


Younger Kids

Bible Story Summary:

  • After Joshua died, the Israelites forgot about God and chose to disobey Him.

  • God allowed enemies to rule over His people.

  • When they cried out to Him for rescue, God raised up judges to rescue them.

  • Even so, God’s people repeatedly turned from Him.

Key Passage:
1 John 1:9

Story Point:
God’s people repeatedly turned from Him.

Big Picture Question:
What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus.

Christ Connection:
The judges saved the people from the consequences of their sin, but not the cause of it. God’s plan was to one day send a true Deliverer — Jesus. His own son — to be the King of His people. Jesus saves people from sin forever.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • How are we similar to the Israelites during the time of the judges?

  • What did the people really need to be rescued from?

  • Who rescues us from sin?

Family Activity:

Hold a family game night. Encourage your kids to try different activities using their non-dominant hands. Talk about how Ehud used is left-handedness to glorify God and rescue His people.


Older Kids

Key Passage:
1 John 1:9

Story Point:
God’s people repeatedly turned from Him.

Big Picture Question:
What is repentance? Repentance is turning away from sin and turning to Jesus.

Christ Connection:
The judges saved the people from the consequences of their sin, but not the cause of it. God’s plan was to one day send a true Deliverer — Jesus. His own son — to be the King of His people. Jesus saves people from sin forever.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why did the Israelites disobey God? (See Judges 2:10)

  • Will we ever stop sinning? (See Romans 7:20-25)

  • How can your family remember God?