August 2nd – Family Sunday.
No Climb, Summit or Rapids Class.
The book of Daniel was written during the time that the nation of Israel was in exile. It would have been a common belief among the Babylonians that Israel’s defeat was an indication that they served a weak god. The Jews may have had such thoughts themselves as they were living in exile. They may have thought that God had not kept His promises to them.
God used the lives of four teenagers to prove that not only is He the one true God, but that He had not forgotten about His people or His promises to them. The account of Daniel and his faithfulness proves the sovereignty (one who has supreme power and authority) of Israel’s God. Daniel and his friends trusted the Lord, and He showed Himself able to protect and deliver them.
As a result, His power is made known to and proclaimed by the nations of the world. Our Memory Verse for this unit sounds like it could have been the words of Daniel giving praise to God, but these words were actually stated by a pagan king of Babylon.
Review: In the last lesson we learned how the nation of Judah was conquered by the Babylonians. God took His prophet Ezekiel to a valley where he was instructed to prophesize to dead bones—telling them that God would breathe life into them again.
What was God promising His people who were now in exile through this prophecy? God would put His Spirit back in them and they would be made new. He would settle them back into their own land.
Scripture Reading: Daniel 1
Memory Verse: Daniel 6:27: “He rescues and He saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”
Supplies: paper, pencil or pen
To help review the lesson, divide into two teams and play a game of Tic-tac-toe. One team will be “X” and the other team will be “O”. Using the review questions below, ask one team a question. If the team gets the right answer, they can put either an “X” or an “O” in a spot on the board:
Pray: Ask God to help develop you into people who please Him no matter what. Give thanks to God that He is able to protect and deliver us from the enemy’s temptations.
Lesson: July 26th
The nation of Judah was conquered by the Babylonians. Nebuchadnezzar was king of the Babylonian empire during this time. He is known as the most powerful monarch of his dynasty. The capital city, Babylon, was the largest city in the world and was filled with magnificent architecture. Nebuchadnezzar had numerous military conquests, and he was skilled at politics. In spite of all Nebuchadnezzar’s strength, he was not able to conquer Judah on his own. The Babylonians were only successful in their attempt to defeat Judah because God allowed it. When Israel entered Palestine, they were undefeated against any enemy. When Israel forgot about their God, they became weak and vulnerable.
Review: Last week we learned about Ezekiel’s prophecy to those who were not exiled to Babylon, but remained in Jerusalem. Ezekiel’s vision revealed judgment by the sword and by fire. He then revealed the most devastating judgment that Judah had ever received.
What was the terrible news that Judah received? The glory of the Lord was going to leave the temple. God was no longer going to dwell among His people.
Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 37
Memory Verse: Ezekiel 37:27: “My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
Family Devotion: take time to answer the Unit Review questions.
Pray: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” —2 Corinthians 5:17
Lesson: July 19th