21 Nov Family Devotion – Judah Was Taken into Captivity
GATHER EVERYONE FOR WORSHIP AND PRAY
Get everyone’s attention by playing a song. Gather around the dinner table, on the couch, or another comfortable location that works for your family. Open in prayer and ask God to bless this time.
MAKE IT FUN.
1. Organize a game of capture the flag with your family and neighbors. Afterwards, share the Bible story of Judah’s captivity, and explain how Jesus took the punishment for our sin.
2. Get a sand timer from a board game. Ask each family member to guess how much time it will take to run out. Discuss how the people of God did not know when God’s judgment would come, but they were warned that it would eventually come. They ignored God’s warning until it was too late.
3. Use construction paper to create a stop sign or find pictures of various road signs to show your children. Talk to your child about the importance of following warning signs on the road. Then discuss how God warned the people of Israel to stop sinning, but they refused to listen.
READ THE STORY.
Read directly from the Bible, use a children’s Bible, or summarize the story in your own words. The Bible story this week is from 2 Chronicles 36:1-21. Here is the gist of the story:
1. Judah continued to sin against God.
2. God allowed Babylon to come and capture the king of Judah and steal many treasures from God’s temple.
3. God sent Judah into captivity because of their sin.
ASK THE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS.
1. How did God warn Judah before sending them into exile? (See 2 Chronicles 36:15-16)
2. Why doesn’t God send us away when we sin? (See 2 Peter 3:9)
3. Who took the punishment for our sin? (Jesus. But we must repent and trust in Jesus to be saved)
DISCUSS THE CHRIST CONNECTION.
God was right to punish His people for their sin, but He kept His promise to provide a king through David’s family. Ultimately, God punished our sin through His Son, Jesus, and made Him our King forever.
Singing is an important way to reinforce and memorize important biblical truths. Our worship pastor has provided links to songs your kids will actually hear in our worship service each week.
CLOSE IN PRAYER.
Take a moment to recap what you’ve learned and ask God to help you believe and obey the truths of the Bible. Pray for any other needs you are aware of as well.
*The majority of this content is provided on our take home page and teachers guides included with The Gospel Project curriculum.