Unit 13, Session 4: God Called Isaiah

Dear Parents,

King Uzziah’s death marked the end of an era. His reign had been long and prosperous. Uzziah became king when he was 16, and he reigned over Judah for 52 years.

Uzziah had listened to the prophet Zechariah; he feared God, and God made him prosper. But Uzziah’s pride got the best of him. (See 2 Chron. 26:16.) God struck Uzziah with leprosy. Then Uzziah died.

Under Uzziah’s leadership, God’s people had turned away from the promises of God and trusted in the promises of the world around them. God had promised to bless the entire world through Abraham’s family, but God’s people were rebellious. Instead of blessing, they set themselves up to receive God’s judgment.

But God’s plans and promises were not thwarted. God sent the prophet Isaiah to preach a message of hope. Even though God was going to correct His people through judgment, His purpose was one of grace through which God would receive glory. God planned to send a Messiah who would bring salvation to the world.

Isaiah 6 opens with Isaiah worshiping in the temple. Then God gave Isaiah a vision. Isaiah saw God sitting on a throne. Yes, in the year that King Uzziah died, God was sitting on the throne. God was reigning over the universe. The magnitude of God’s holiness made Isaiah realize the magnitude of his own sin. His response? “Woe is me!”

God extended His grace to Isaiah. He took away Isaiah’s guilt. God passed over Isaiah’s

sins because He was going to send Jesus to pay for them.

Isaiah had a vision of God’s glory and realized his own sin. God forgave Isaiah’s sin. Like Isaiah, when we see how holy God is, we see how sinful we are. God sent His Son, Jesus, to pay for our sin. We can find salvation only in Him.

Help your kids understand that God is perfectly holy—He is pure and without sin and He is unique from anything and everyone else. God is also loving and full of mercy and grace. God sent Jesus to die on the cross to pay for the sins—past, present, and future—of those who would trust in Him. When we trust in Jesus, God says to us the words Isaiah heard: “Your guilt is taken away. Your sin is atoned for.”

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FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

There is one true God.

Isaiah saw God the King on His throne.

God called Isaiah to be a prophet.

Jesus showed people God’s glory.

Preschool

How many gods are there? There is one true God.

Isaiah saw the holy God.

Kids

How many gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.

Isaiah saw the holy God in His glory.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE: Hebrews 1:1­2

NEXT WEEK
“Isaiah Preached About the Messiah” (Isaiah 53)

Unit 13, Session 3: Elisha and Naaman

Dear Parents,

Everyone gets sick at some point in his or her lifetime … often many times! Illness is probably no stranger to your kids. In today’s Bible story, Naaman—a commander for the Syrian army—was really sick. He had leprosy, a skin disease that was likely disfiguring and isolating. Without a cure, Naaman would face great suffering. But help came from an unlikely source: a young slave girl.

The people of Israel and Syria were often at odds with one another. The Syrians sometimes attacked the cities in Israel and plundered them. They took what they wanted, including people to work as slaves.

The young slave girl who served Naaman’s wife had been taken from her home in Israel.

As an Israelite, the girl knew about the one true God. She was familiar with God’s prophets, including Elisha, who had performed miracles to help and heal people. The girl told her mistress that Elisha the prophet could heal Naaman. So the king of Syria sent a letter to the king of Israel, asking him to cure Naaman of his leprosy. But the king of Israel had no power to heal Naaman. The power to heal comes only from God.

Elisha called for Naaman. But what happened next was not at all what Naaman expected. Naaman expected Elisha to call upon the name of God, wave his hand over Naaman, and miraculously heal him. Instead, Elisha instructed Naaman to go wash in the river.

Naaman was upset! He could have washed in a river back home! But Naaman’s servants urged him to wash. He did, and God healed him.

Naaman was sick with a skin problem. His disease went away when he trusted God’s instruction from Elisha and washed in the river. All people have a sin problem that leads to death. We all need a Healer. When we trust Jesus as Lord and Savior, God forgives our sin and heals us.

Help your kids understand that not all sick people will be healed on this side of heaven, but our physical maladies are symptoms of an even greater illness—sin. Jesus’ death and resurrection provided healing—forgiveness and eternal life—for those who trust in Him.

Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

There is one true God.

Naaman obeyed God.

There is no one like God.

Jesus heals people who are sick.

Preschool

How many gods are there? There is one true God.

God healed Naaman.

Kids

How many gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.

God healed Naaman’s skin disease.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE: Hebrews 1:1­2

NEXT WEEK
“God Called Isaiah” (Isaiah 6)

Unit 13, Session 2: Elijah Ran from Jezebel

Dear Parents,

The prophet Elijah had just witnessed God’s great display of power over the false god Baal. God had sent fire from heaven and then ended a long drought with a great rain. Elijah must have felt a sense of victory; the evil King Ahab could not deny the one true God. But trouble awaited Elijah in the form of Ahab’s wife, Jezebel.

When Jezebel heard what happened at Mount Carmel, she threatened to kill Elijah. Elijah ran away and hid in the wilderness. What a change Elijah experienced! He went from a man faithfully and confidently praying for God’s glory to be displayed at Mount Carmel to a man begging the Lord to take away his life. (See 1 Kings 19:4.)

God was merciful to Elijah. An angel of the Lord brought Elijah food and drink while he rested. Then Elijah traveled to Horeb for a personal encounter with God. Horeb—another name for Mount Sinai—was a familiar place in the history of Israel. It was the place where God gave the Ten Commandments to the Israelites and where Moses met with God.

After the events in 1 Kings 18, Elijah might have expected a grand display of God’s presence, but what he experienced was just the opposite. The Lord was not in the wind. The Lord was not in the earthquake. The Lord was not in the fire. God revealed Himself to Elijah in a voice, a soft whisper.

Elijah’s circumstances were difficult, but God didn’t leave him. God gave him Elisha, a friend and successor. God assured Elijah that he was not alone; there were 7,000

people in Israel who had not turned to worship Baal.

As a prophet of God, Elijah faced enemies who wanted to hurt him. Elijah’s life points forward to Jesus, the greatest Prophet, who was hated and killed for sharing and teaching God’s Word.

Help your kids understand that God’s prophets suffered, but their lives and messages pointed forward to the ultimate prophet, priest, and king—Jesus Christ—who suffered for the sins of the world. Jesus was hated and killed, but His death and resurrection brought victory for God’s people.

Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

There is one true God.

God spoke to Elijah in a small whisper.

Nothing can stop God’s plan.

Jesus is with us when we are afraid.

Preschool

How many gods are there? There is one true God.

God encouraged Elijah.

Kids

How many gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.

God revealed Himself to Elijah in a whisper.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE: Hebrews 1:1­2

NEXT WEEK
“Elisha and Naaman” (2 Kings 5)

Unit 13, Session 1: Elijah Confronted Evil Ahab

Dear Parents,

This week, we continue in the big story of the Bible by learning about the contest between Elijah and the prophets of Baal. King Ahab was an evil king. In fact, “Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel than all the kings of Israel who were before him” (1 Kings 16:33). The things that Ahab did made God angry. God wanted His people to be faithful to Him, but King Ahab led them away from God.

God chose Elijah to get Ahab’s attention. In 1 Kings 17, Elijah told Ahab that a drought was coming. God prevented rain in the land for three years. For Ahab, a man who worshiped Baal—the false Canaanite god of rain and fertility—the drought sent a strong message about the one true God.

When God was ready to send rain on the earth, Elijah appeared to Ahab and instructed him to gather the Israelites and the prophets of the false gods at Mount Carmel. Elijah challenged the people to choose: Follow God or follow Baal. They couldn’t do both.

Elijah set up a challenge to prove who is the one true God. He faced off against the prophets of Baal. Each group prepared a bull on an altar and called on its deity to send fire from heaven. The prophets of Baal called and cried and cut themselves, but Baal did not answer.

Elijah poured water on and around his altar. He called to God, and God sent fire from heaven. Everything was burned up. The prophets could not deny that the God of Elijah is

the one true God, and God sent a great rain to end the drought.

The people who worshiped the false god Baal danced and cried and cut their bodies to show that they loved Baal. But the one true God is not like the false gods. Instead, He showed His love for us by sending His Son, Jesus. Jesus bled and died to rescue us from sin when we trust in Him.

Help your kids understand that God is an initiating God. We love God because He first loved us, which He proved by providing Jesus. Only God—the one true God—has power to help His people and to save them. And He saves them through His Son, Jesus, whose name means “the Lord saves.”

Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

There is one true God.

Elijah showed the people God’s power.

God hears His people when we pray.

Jesus is powerful because He is God’s Son.

Preschool

How many gods are there? There is one true God.

God defeated the prophets of Baal.

Kids

How many gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.

The one true God defeated the prophets of Baal.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE: Hebrews 1:1­2

NEXT WEEK
“Elijah Ran from Jezebel” (1 Kings 19)

Unit 12, Session 3: Praises of God’s People

Dear Parents,

This week we will look at a few psalms to see how people wrote the Book of Psalms, or songs, to God to worship Him and praise Him for who He is. Some of the psalms celebrate God’s goodness. Some of the psalms are requests by God’s people for God to provide and protect them. Still other psalms express the people’s awareness of their sin or ask God why He does what He does.

In the Old Testament, whenever God’s people cried out for mercy and forgiveness, praised God, or thanked Him, God heard their prayers. He promised to answer them, and He did when He sent His Son, Jesus. Jesus meets our greatest need by providing salvation from sin so we can be forgiven and have eternal life.

Help your kids understand that God delights in hearing from us. Encourage them to be real with God in how they talk with Him and to share their joys, sorrows, and questions with Him. Remind them that God hears their prayers and that God has already given our greatest need—Jesus.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

God is good.

People wrote songs to worship God.

We read the psalms in the Bible.

Some psalms told about God’s plan to send Jesus.

Preschool

Why can we trust God? We can trust God because He is good.

People wrote songs to praise God.

Kids

Why can we trust God? Everything God does is for His glory and our good.

People wrote songs to praise God because of who He is.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

Psalm 100:5

NEXT WEEK

“Elijah Confronted Evil Ahab” (1 Kings 18)

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Unit 12, Session 2: Job

Dear Parents,

This week we will walk with Job through a very challenging part of his life when he lost pretty much everything he had and suffered physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We will see that God was teaching Job about trust during this time, but He was doing far more than that.

Job suffered and wanted a mediator—someone to bring him to God. This reminds us of Jesus, who suffered even though He had never sinned. Jesus is our Mediator. He suffered to pay the price for our sins and put an end to suffering on earth. Jesus brings us to God when we trust in Him.

Help your kids see the picture of Jesus in the Book of Job and to remember that that can trust God always, even when life is difficult. Encourage them to trust and remember that God is in control—always.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

God is good.

Job was very sad, but he loved God.

God said He is in charge of everything He made.

Jesus speaks to God for us.

Preschool

Why can we trust God? We can trust God because He is good.

Job learned that God is in control.

Kids

Why can we trust God? Everything God does is for His glory and our good.

Job learned that God is all­powerful, sovereign, and good.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

Psalm 100:5

NEXT WEEK

“Praises of God’s People” (Psalm 1, 100, 110)

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Unit 12, Session 1: Solomon Thought about Life

Dear Parents,

This week we continue our journey through the big story of the Bible and wrap up our time with Solomon by learning about how he thought about the purpose of life and wrote about it in the Book of Ecclesiastes.

Solomon discovered that apart from God, life does not make sense. God created everything, and He gives everything a purpose. Jesus gives us purpose for living. Jesus came so that we might live for Him and have full, meaningful life.

Help your kids find purpose in loving Jesus and living for Him. Remind them that Jesus gives us value and purpose in life.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

God is good.

Solomon wrote about life.

We can love God and praise Him.

Jesus taught people how to love and praise God.

Preschool

Why can we trust God? We can trust God because He is good.

God gives us purpose.

Kids

Why can we trust God? Everything God does is for His glory and our good.

Life has purpose only with God.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

Psalm 100:5

NEXT WEEK
“Job” (Job 1­42)

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