Use this Daniel Sunday School lesson to teach children about the need to respect God.
Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.)
The two kingdoms of Israel and Judah had been conquered. God let the Assyrians and the Babylonians conquer Israel and Judah because the people of Israel and Judah had done so many bad things. They had believed in and worshipped fake gods instead of the real God, and they had done all the wrong things that God didn’t do want them to do. So God let the Assyrians and the Babylonians conquer their kingdoms and carry the Israelite people back to Assyria and Babylon.
(Read Daniel 5:1-4 with your students.)
Who was King Belshazzar worshipping? (Fake gods – gods made out silver, gold, iron, bronze, wood, and stone.)
What’s wrong with worshipping those fake gods? (There is only one real God and God’s number one rule is that we believe in and worship only Him.)
Why does God want us to believe in and worship only Him? (Because He’s the only real God. He’s the one who made us and can help us.)
(Read Daniel 5:5-6 with your students.)
What did King Belshazzar see writing on the wall? (A human hand.)
It was just a hand. There was no body, just a hand. That would be pretty scary, wouldn’t it?
(Read Daniel 5:7-31 with your students.)
Why did God make it so that King Belshazzar would be killed? What was the wrong thing that King Belshazzar did? (He didn’t believe in the real God and was worshipping fake gods.)
So God let someone else come conquer his kingdom and kill him as a punishment.
So remember, we have to believe in only God and respect Him. Then He will be happy with us and not punish us like He punished King Belshazzar.
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