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Josiah’s Reforms | 2 Chronicles 34–35

When you check out a book from the library, how many authors are credited with writing the book? Some books may list two or three authors, but the vast majority have just one. Imagine how difficult it would be to have several authors from different backgrounds each write a chapter of a book and still have the story make sense. Strangely enough, this is exactly what God chose to do.

The Bible is comprised of 66 books written by over 40 different people over a period of 1,500 years. The authors lived in different places, spoke different languages, and had different walks of life: kings, physicians, fishermen, tax collectors, priests, royal servants, and slaves. The Bible addresses many topics: faith, love, family, government, education, good vs. evil, money, and law. None of the authors knew what the other authors were writing, yet each book of the Bible points to one big story—God’s plan for mankind. In 2 Peter 1:21, we read, “For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” God may have used various authors, but He orchestrated the whole thing. There is no part of Scripture that did not originate from heaven.

The priest, Hilkiah, ran with joy to tell Josiah that he had found the Book of the Law. God’s Word to His people had been found, and they wasted no time in having it read. Even though you may have multiple copies of the Bible in your house, it’s lost until you spend time reading it.


Review: Last week we learned about the prophet Micah and his message from God to Judah. The leaders of Judah were responsible for leading the people astray and worshipping false gods. They refused to believe they were guilty of sin and blindly expected God to save them from destruction. Micah gave Judah the formula to a righteous relationship with God.

 

Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 11.05.01 PMWhat three things did Micah say the people should do to live righteously? Act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.

 

Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 34-35

 

Memory Verse: Zephaniah 3:17

The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Use the following motions to teach this unit’s memory verse, or make up your own motions:

The Lord your God (point both hands to heaven)

Is with you (draw arms in to a hug)

He is mighty to save (raise both arms in strength)

He will take great delight in you (use fingers to draw a smile on your face) He will quiet you (use finger over mouth)

With His love (cross arms over heart)

He will rejoice over you with singing (jump up and down in celebration)


TALK

Josiah is the third boy king. Joash became king when he was seven, and Manasseh became king when he was twelve. Joash started well, but ended terribly. Manasseh started terribly but repented and ended well.

  • How old was Josiah when he became king?
    • 8 years old.
  • In 2 Chronicles 33:22, how does the Bible describe Josiah’s father, Amon?
    • He did evil in the eyes of the Lord.
  • How does the Bible describe Josiah?
    • He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left. Since Josiah’s father was wicked, how do you think Josiah learned how to do what was right? How important is it to listen to godly teaching even when you are young?
  • When Josiah was only 12 years old, he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem. What things did he do?
    • Took down the Asherah poles, idols, and cast images; tore down the altars of Baal; cut down the incense altars. Josiah could have thought that because he was so young he couldn’t make a difference. It would have been much easier for him to have just left things the way they were. Read 1 Timothy 4:12. What does it say about being young? Paul is encouraging Timothy that he can still be a godly example in spite of his young age. We, too, can be examples at any age in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity. How can you be an example in these ways to family, classmates, or neighbors?
  • While Hilkiah, the high priest, was supervising the repair of the temple, he found something. What was it?
    • The Book of the Law. This was possibly the first five books of the Bible. The Bible says it was found, which means it had been lost. The actual book had not only been lost to the people, but the God of the book had been lost to them because they were not living according to His commands. The Book of the Law was just laying around somewhere collecting dust from lack of use. Where is your Bible? Is it on the shelf collecting dust, only to be brought out on Sunday? Whether or not we read God’s Word, whatever God said will still happen, because God’s Word is eternal. (Psalm 119:89)
  • What did Josiah do when the Book of the Law was read to him?
    • He tore his robes and sent Hilkiah to the prophet to interpret what was written in the Law.
  • What did the prophet say would happen?
    • The prophet told Hilkiah that judgment was coming to Judah because of their sins against God. This would not happen until after the death of Josiah because he humbled himself before God, and God promised to spare him the grief.
  • What event did Josiah celebrate?
    • The Passover. The Bible says that it had not been observed to such an extent since the days of Samuel; no other king celebrated the Passover as did Josiah. This brought the people back to the time when God had delivered them from Egypt; back to their covenant with God.

 


 

PRAY

Adoration: “Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens” (Psalm 119:89). Give praise to God that He is unchanging and that His Word is forever.

Confession: “. . . they have not acted in accordance with all that is written in this book” (2 Chronicles 34:21). Confess to God specifically when you have not acted according to His Word.

Thanksgiving: “So at that time the entire service of the Lord was carried out for the celebration of the Passover . . .” (2 Chronicles 35:16). The Israelites celebrated what God had done for them when He delivered them from the Death Angel. Give thanks to God as a celebration of a specific time when He helped you.

Supplication: “The king renewed the covenant of the Lord—to follow the Lord and keep His commands, regulations and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, and to obey the words of the covenant written in this book” (2 Chronicles 34:31). Make a covenant with God to keep His commands. Ask God to give you the strength to keep your covenant.



DO

Supplies: Any set of blocks that can be used to stack and build; stopwatch Place the blocks in a pile on a hard surface.

Divide into 2 teams.

When you say “Go” the first person on Team 1 runs to the blocks and sets one up, then runs back to tag the next person in line. Continue the relay for one minute to build a tower as high as the team can. The second team now has one minute to take apart the tower one block at a time. Team 1 (the building team) now has 30 seconds to go back and rebuild as much of the tower as possible. Then Team 2 has 30 seconds to take apart the tower one block at a time. Team 1 rebuilds as much as possible in 15 seconds (one block at a time), then Team 2 has 15 seconds to take apart as much as they can one block at a time.

Use this activity to discuss the wicked and righteous kings of Judah. A wicked king would reign and build up the idols and altars to worship false gods. Then a righteous king would reign and tear down the altars. A wicked king would reign and build the altars again. A righteous king would again tear them down. The people of Judah were in a cycle which would eventually lead them into captivity.

Do you remember the kings Hezekiah, Manasseh, and Amon? Were they were wicked or righteous?

Hezekiah—righteous

Manasseh—wicked and then turned to God

Amon—wicked

 

(Lesson: May 17th)

Modeling healthy self-esteem for your family

Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 9.54.36 AMHave you seen the Dove Campaign’s new video called “Choose Beautiful”?

It’s a hidden-camera showcase of women choosing between two entrance doors – one labeled “Beautiful” and the other labeled “Average.”

We bet you can guess which door was most popular.

(Hint: research shows that only 4% of women think of themselves as beautiful.)

Unsurprisingly, most participants chose the latter, struggling through deflation and regret when they were interviewed afterwards. They wished they’d had the courage to see themselves in a better light.

Frankly, we can often relate to that feeling as parents.

None of us are experts in raising kids. We see our faults and sometimes don’t feel all that “beautiful” as moms and dads. Even “average” seems likes a stretch on some days.

But there’s good news: through God’s grace we can lay down our insecurities and choose to see the beauty in our best effort to love and lead our kids.

So go ahead, parents—pick the “beautiful door” and take your kids through it with you, too.

Let one of the greatest influencers of your kid’s self-esteem be your own healthy self-esteem.

 
LOVE BOLDLY | Model healthy self-esteem with these 5 personal challenges

  • No more performance-addiction: Genuine humility recognizes that we’re worth having relationships with—not because of achievement—but because of God’s love and grace. If you want your kids to own this, first own it yourself and then extend it to them.
  • No more comparing: Don’t let the lives, appearance, or personality of others determine who you feel you need to be. Celebrate what they’re doing well without feeling like you have to duplicate it. Practice saying, “Good for them, but that may not be for me.”
  • No more name-calling: We can spend years unlearning negative things we think about ourselves. Truth? You’re more than any label or name placed on you. Whenever you realize you’re putting yourself down (especially in front of your kids), stop and actually take the time to reverse it out loud. Say, “You know what? I may have that fault, but we’re more than our faults, aren’t we?”
  • No more cover-ups: Don’t be afraid to apologize when you’ve made a mistake. It’s okay to be imperfect, but don’t let that keep you from asking for forgiveness when you know mess up. Accepting your mistakes keeps you from being ashamed by them, and teaches your kids to do the same.
  • No more unloading: One of our challenges as parents is considering what’s appropriate to share with our kids, especially as they get older. Be honest, but resist the urge to treat your child as a therapist who’s role is to help you sort out your insecurities, and find an alternative outlet.

 

Elisha and Naaman (2 Kings 5)

The Bible gives reference to many types of diseases that afflicted people including deaf- ness, fevers, seizures, speech impediments, and skin diseases. Of these diseases, one that was greatly feared was that of leprosy. Leprosy was highly contagious, and it is because of its con- tagious nature that there were strict laws concerning those who had the disease. Leviticus 13:45- 56 says, “The leprous person who has the disease shall wear torn clothes and let the hair of his head hang loose, and he shall cover his upper lip and cry out, ‘Unclean, unclean.’ He shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease. He is unclean. He shall live alone. His dwelling shall be outside the camp”. Not only were the people sick, but they were completely cut off from their family and friends until they were either healed or died.

We are exactly like those who suffered from leprosy. No, we don’t have a disease that eats away at our skin, but we are diseased with sin. When we have sin in our lives, it eats away at our hearts, and we are completely cut off from God. Thankfully, there is a cure. Jesus was sent to cure us from the sickness of sin. He is the perfect healer—we just need to trust him as our Savior.

 

Screen Shot 2015-01-25 at 11.46.20 PMLast week we learned about an example of God’s compassion. Elijah was running for his life away from Queen Jezebel. She was not happy that Baal had been defeated on Mt. Carmel. Elijah felt defeated and requested to die. God provided rest, nourishment and encouragement for Elijah under a broom

What encouragement did God give Elijah? God said that he had pre- served 7, 000 servants of God who were hidden from Jezebel.

 

Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 5

Memory Verse: “Turn from your evil ways. Observe my commands and decrees in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your fathers to obey” 2 Kings 17:13b

 

 

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 Talk:

  1. Naaman was the first person mentioned in today’s story. Who was Naaman and what was his problem?

    Naaman was a successful commander in Aram’s army; through him the Lord had given victory to Aram; Naaman had leprosy.

  2. A servant girl knew how Naaman could be healed. What suggestion did she give Naaman’s wife?

    She told Naaman’s wife that there was a prophet in Samaria that could heal Naaman; the prophet’s name was Elisha.

  3. Where was the servant girl from originally? Why do you think it was strange that she offered help to her master?

    The girl was taken captive from Israel. She could have been filled with hatred and bitterness against her captors. Instead she was aware of the one true God, and she unselfishly wanted to share that knowledge and healing power with her captors.

  4. Sometimes people do things to hurt us: a friend says something mean to you; someone teases you; your team is upset at you because you dropped the ball during the game. How do you act when someone has hurt you?

    The servant girl is a great example to us of how we should show Jesus to others even when they have hurt us.

  5. When Naaman reached Elisha, what did Elisha do?

    He sent his servant to tell Naaman to wash in the Jordan River seven times, and then he would be healed.

  6. What was Naaman’s reaction?

    Naaman was angry and refused to wash, but his servants convinced him that he should do as Elisha said.

  7. What happened when Naaman obeyed? He was completely healed.
  8. What did Naaman say after he was healed?

    (v15) “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel.”

  9. The servant girl made a difference in Naaman’s life. She was just a girl taken from her country and made into a slave, but she was used by God to save a man’s life, and to turn him to the one true God. Take this opportunity to talk about how God uses all kinds of people to accomplish His purpose—that of bringing people to Him. We should be watching for chances that God gives us to share Him with others.

 

PRAY:

  • Read or recite as a family John 3:16.
  • Give thanks to God for His wonderful gift of salvation which heals us from the disease of sin.
  • Ask Got to make you aware of people around you that are in need of Jesus Christ as their Savior.
  • Pray for boldness to speak with those people about God’s healing gift of salvation.

 

DO:

  • Cut out the Memory Verse puzzle, cut into its pieces.
  • Use the puzzle to practice the memory verse for this unit.
  • You can either use the copy provided to complete as a family, or you can make one copy for each family member.*Copy or glue the puzzle onto cardstock for sturdiness prior to cutting.

 

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