Chapel of the Cross Faith & Family
Family Bible time for the week of August 2-August 8
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Return from Exile
God’s people had lived in exile in Babylon for around seventy years, just as God had said they would. God sent them prophets like Jeremiah to comfort them and people like Daniel to protect them. Then Babylon was conquered by Persia, and a new king ruled. God moved King Cyrus to make a decree that God’s people could go home and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem! About eighty years later, a new king, Artaxerxes, allowed the priest and scribe Ezra to return to Jerusalem to study the Law of the Lord and teach God’s rules in Israel. Thirteen years later, God again worked in King Artaxerxes’s heart to allow his very own cupbearer, Nehemiah (who was also one of God’s people), to go to Jerusalem and rebuild the wall. It wasn’t easy for the returning people of Judah—all the countries around them tried to stop them. But finally the temple and wall were rebuilt, and God’s people were safe. The people had a huge celebration!
Heavenly Father, we become discouraged by the evil in this world. Help us trust in You to keep the promise of salvation in Jesus that we find in Your Word. Amen.
Bible Lesson: Return from Exile
- Open your family Bible or a Children's Bible storybook and read this account together OR
- Read this account using an online Bible (Biblegateway.com) OR Ezra 1:1–2; 7:11–28; Nehemiah 2:1–8; 12:27–43
- Listen to the Bible account being read using the video below.
Talk about it
- How did God keep His promise to bring His people back to their homeland?
- What did Ezra help the people do?
- What did Nehemiah help the people do?
- How did the people thank God for keeping His word and bringing them home?
- How does God keep His promises to us, His people, today?
God worked in the heart of King Cyrus to allow God's people to return from exile to Jerusalem. King Cyrus even let them take back many of the beautiful things that had been taken from Solomon's temple.
Ezra went back to Jerusalem and restored the worship services at the temple. He taught the people God's Law and how to serve God.
Nehemiah went back to Jerusalem and inspired the people to work hard to rebuild the walls.
When the temple and the walls of Jerusalem were finished, the people had a huge celebration, giving thanks and praise to God for keeping them safe and keeping His promise to bring them home.
God keeps His promises to love us and care for us each day. God's greatest promise was fulfilled in Jesus, who died for our sins and rose again so that we can live forever with Him in heaven.
You are a gracious and merciful God. Nehemiah 9:31
Things To Do Together
The Lord's Prayer
Thank You, heavenly Father, for keeping Your promises. Thank You especially for keeping Your promise to send a Savior, Your Son, Jesus. Bless us this week as we live as Your redeemed children. Help us to share this wonderful good news with others. In Your name we pray. Amen.
Bible Lesson: Concordia Publishing House
Chapel of the Cross--Lutheran
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