It’s hard to be the bearer of bad news, but sometimes God asks us to do challenging things as a part of his plan. In “The Story of Jeremiah for Kids,” children will learn that Jeremiah obeyed God and shared a message of impending judgment (even though the message was not welcome and Jeremiah himself didn’t escape the consequences of the message). Life can be tough, but God promises that we can trust his methods and his will. So, will we obey the Lord even when it’s difficult?
TARGET AGES: 10-14
OBJECTIVE: To help the children understand that God had a special plan for Jeremiah, and his obedience affected not only his family but the entire nation of Israel.
MAIN IDEA: Jeremiah bravely obeyed God and shared a message that wasn’t popular. And even though he faced challenging events, Jeremiah continued to obey God.
SCRIPTURE PASSAGES: Jeremiah 1:1-10 & 15-16, Jeremiah 5:1-3 & 7-9 & 15-18, Jeremiah 39:1-2, Jeremiah 39:11-12, Philippians 4:13
MATERIAL(S): paper, pencils or pens, quarter-sized stones (at least three per child), clear party favor bags or plastic sandwich baggies, permanent markers (preferably fine-tipped)
OPENING PRAYER: “God, give us boldness to obey you even when it is difficult. Thank you for always being with us and helping us do your will. Amen.”
ICEBREAKER REVIEW AND ACTIVITY:
Pass out the paper and writing utensils and ask the class to number from one to eight. Say, “We’re going to start today’s lesson with a review game.” Write the answers in random order on the board so the children have a word bank to reference. Then ask the following questions:
- To whom did God first say, “I will make your descendents as numerous as the stars?”(Abraham)
- What was the name of Moses’ brother, who helped him deliver the Hebrews out of Egypt? (Aaron)
- Who had twelve sons? (Jacob)
- Which of Jacob’s sons became second in command in Egypt and thus had the ability to save his family from the famine? (Joseph)
- Who was the foreigner who dedicated herself to belief in God and eventually became the great-grandmother of King David? (Ruth)
- Who asked God for wisdom and was rewarded through abundant wealth and the responsibility of building the temple in Jerusalem? (Solomon)
- Who was “blameless and upright,” yet faced many trials? (Job)
- Who went to heaven in a whirlwind and chariot of fire? (Elijah)
Review the answers to each of the questions and see which child chose the most correct answers. Help the children understand that knowing the “story” of Abraham’s family (and other people God used) helps connect us to faith in Jesus. Also, consider bringing a prize for the winner!
RECAP: Jeremiah obeyed God even when it was hard and God protected him. We can trust that God will help us when we experience a challenge, especially when we are seeking to obey him!
CLOSING PRAYER: “Lord, give us the desire to obey you know matter what. And please help us trust your plan for our lives. Amen.”