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SUNDAY JUNE 21ST
Discuss these questions together as a family:
What special job did Joel try?
Name the person from our Bible story who was a special type of taste tester.
What happened to Nehemiah in today’s Bible story?
Nehemiah was a cupbearer. That means he was completely trusted by the king. Being a cupbearer was a prominent job.
That tells us that Nehemiah was responsible and respected. Read Nehemiah 2:2-5 together as a family. It would have been dangerous for a cupbearer to show sadness in front of a king. It could have been misinterpreted. Kings would have to respond immediately if they felt threatened or concerned because of anyone in their presence. When Nehemiah was given the opportunity to explain, it was another example of trust.
Discuss as a family ordinary ways you can be responsible and trustworthy in everyday life. Did you notice anything special when we read verse four? In that moment, Nehemiah was afraid. There are many possible reasons for his fear, but his response was prayer. Talk about some times you were afraid and how prayer can help. God hears our prayers. Whatever Nehemiah prayed in the moments with the king, we know that he had been asking God to allow him to return to Jerusalem. His prayer was answered. God is faithful.
Use the bible story picture to engage your child as you tell them the story about Nehemiah’s prayer.