Saturday, June 14, 2014

Jeremiah Sunday School Lesson - Israel and Judah Exiled!

Use this Jeremiah Sunday School lesson to teach kids about God's forgiveness.

Needed: Bibles, Play-Doh or clay

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.)

Give each student a clump of clay. Let them make whatever they like for a moment. Then tell them to make a cup.

When they’ve made a cup, tell them to make a house.

When they’ve made a house, tell them to make an animal.

When they’ve made an animal, tell them to make a person.

Tell students, The Bible tells us that we are like clay. Just like we made different things out of the clay, God can make things and He can make us. But just like you had to destroy your things to make something new, God sometimes has to destroy the things He made.

In the Bible, God told the prophet Jeremiah, that He had made the countries of Israel of Judah, and He made the people who lived in Israel and Judah, just like God makes all of us before we are born.

But the people of Israel and Judah were doing too many bad things. They were believing in and worshiping fake gods instead of the real God, and they were doing all the wrong things instead of the right things that God wanted them to do.

So God said He was going to destroy the countries of Israel and Judah. Just like we can destroy the things we made out of our clay, God can destroy anything He wants to. He sent foreign armies, the Assyrians and Babylonians, to come conquer Israel and Judah.

Israel and Judah fought against the Assyrians and the Babylonians, of course, but they didn’t win because God wasn’t helping them. He sent the Assyrians and the Babylonians to conquer Israel and Judah as a punishment to them for not believing in Him and for not doing the right things that He wanted them to do.

So the Assyrians conquered Israel and the Babylonians conquered Judah. The Assyrians took the people of Israel to their own country of Assyria and the Babylonians took the people of Judah back with them to Babylon.

It was a very sad time for the Israelites and the people of Judah because God was punishing them.

But do you know what the good news is?

The good news is that God didn’t make the Israelites or the people of Judah stay in Assyria and Babylon forever. God said that He would keep them there for seventy years as a punishment, but that then, He would forgive them and let them come back to Israel and Judah.

We’ll start learning about the Israelites in Assyria and Babylon next time, but for now, I just want to tell you that even if God punishes us for doing something bad, He will always forgive us if we ask Him to, just like He punished but then forgave the Israelites when He let them be conquered. God will always forgive us because God always loves us.

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