October 13

An Idolatrous People Receive Judgment (Israel Taken Captive)

2 Kings 17

Nursery

Key Passage:
2 Peter 3:9

Christ Connection:
Jesus brings us back to God forever.

Story Point:
God’s plans are good.

Big Ideas:

  • The people of Israel would not obey God.

  • Assyria captured Israel.

  • When Jesus comes back, He will bring people together.


Preschool

Bible Story Summary:

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

  • Israel did not listen to God’s warning.

  • God let the king of Assyria take over Israel and take all the people to Assyria.

Key Passage:
2 Peter 3:9

Christ Connection:
God’s people disobeyed Him over and over again, so God punished them and sent them away from their home. We disobey God over and over again too, but Jesus took our punishment for us. People who trust in Jesus will never be sent away but have a home with God forever.

Big Picture Question:
Why should we obey God? We should obey God because He made us, He loves us, and His plans are good.

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

Big Ideas:

  • The people of Israel would not obey God.

  • Assyria captured Israel.

  • When Jesus comes back, He will bring people together.

Family Discussion Starters:

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

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

  • How can we know we will have a home with God forever?

Family Activities:

  • Go on a hike or walk as a family. Consider inviting friends to join you. Talk about what it would have been like for the Israelites walking all the way to Assyria.


Younger Kids

Bible Story Summary:

  • Israel had a series of nothing but bad kings.

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

  • Israel ignored God’s prophets and was captured.

Key Passage:
2 Peter 3:9

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

Big Picture Question:
Why should we obey God? We should obey God because He made us, He loves us, and His plans are good.

Christ Connection:
When the Israelites disobeyed God again and again, God punished them by removing them from His presence. We disobey God, but Jesus took the punishment for our sin upon Himself. Jesus brings us into God’s presence and keeps us there.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why don’t believers in Jesus need to fear being punished for our sin?

  • What kind of consequences might we still face for sin?

  • How can we stop sinning and obey God more each day?

Family Activity:
Find some things around your home to sell in a yard sale or online. Encourage your kids to help you come up with prices for different items. Discuss how Israel paid the price for their sin. Remind the kids that sin carries a high price, but Jesus paid that price for us.


Older Kids

Key Passage:
2 Peter 3:9

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

Big Picture Question:
Why should we obey God? We should obey God because He made us, He loves us, and His plans are good.

Christ Connection:
When the Israelites disobeyed God again and again, God punished them by removing them from His presence. We disobey God, but Jesus took the punishment for our sin upon Himself. Jesus brings us into God’s presence and keeps us there.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Discuss consequences your family has established for certain behaviors.

  • Talk about how you feel when you do something wrong.

  • Does God punish us as we deserve? Why or why not?