November 17

God Disciplines a Rebellious People (Judah Taken Captive)

2 Chronicles 36

Nursery

Key Passage:
2 Chronicles 7:14

Christ Connection:
Jesus took the punishment for our wrong choices.

Story Point:
God planned to send Jesus.

Big Ideas:

  • The last kings of Judah did not obey God.

  • The king of Babylon took away the people of Judah.

  • Jesus is the perfect King who obeyed God.


Preschool

Bible Story Summary:

  • Judah had many evil kings who led them away from God.

  • God sent prophets to warn the people of Judah to stop sinning.

  • Judah did not listen to God’s warning.

  • God let the king of Babylon destroy Judah and take all the people to Babylon.

Key Passage:
2 Chronicles 7:14

Christ Connection:
God was right to punish His people because they sinned. But God still loved them, and He was going to give His people a good king, just like He said He would. Many years later, God sent His Son, Jesus, to be our King forever. Jesus took the punishment we should get for our sin.

Big Picture Question:
How did God plan to fix what sin broke? God planned to send Jesus.

Story Point:
Judah did not listen to God’s warning.

Big Ideas:

  • The last kings of Judah did not obey God.

  • The king of Babylon took away the people of Judah.

  • Jesus is the perfect King who obeyed God.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Talk about the difference between good kings and bad kings in the Bible. What does God say makes a king good or bad?

  • Guide family members to tell about a time they did or did not listen to a warning.

  • Why is God loving to let His people be taken captive?

Family Activity:

  • Give each family member a turn at being “king for the day.” Encourage children to be good kings and lead the family toward God that day.


Younger Kids

Bible Story Summary:

  • Judah had mostly bad kings, and the people continued disobeying God.

  • God sent many prophets to warn the people and tell them to follow God.

  • Judah ignored God’s prophets and was captured.

Key Passage:
2 Chronicles 7:14

Story Point:
Judah ignored God’s prophets and was captured.

Big Picture Question:
How did God plan to fix what sin broke? Before He created the world, God planned to send the Messiah to save sinners.

Christ Connection:
God was right to punish His people for their sin, but He kept His promise to provide a king through David’s family. Ultimately, God punished our sin through His Son, Jesus, and made Him our King forever.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • How is God loving to punish sin?

  • Did God abandon His people when they were captured? Why or why not?

  • Who took our punishment for us?

Family Activity:

  • Organize a game of capture the flag with your family and any friends your kids want to invite over. Talk about how we are born as slaves to sin, but Jesus died to set us free from sin so that we can love and obey God.


Older Kids

Key Passage:
2 Chronicles 7:14

Story Point:
Judah ignored God’s prophets and was captured.

Big Picture Question:
How did God plan to fix what sin broke? Before He created the world, God planned to send the Messiah to save sinners.

Christ Connection:
God was right to punish His people for their sin, but He kept His promise to provide a king through David’s family. Ultimately, God punished our sin through His Son, Jesus, and made Him our King forever.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why do you think God gives us laws and commands?

  • Why do we decide to break God’s laws and commands?

  • Why is obedience to god and our parents important?