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SUNDAY JUNE 7TH
Discuss these questions together as a family:
Where was Joel today?
What journey did the Israelites take in today’s Bible story?
Why did they travel to Jerusalem?
Who always keeps His promises?
Read Ezra 1:1-5 together as a family. King Cyrus was known to be supportive of different religions, because he hoped to gain from the people and their idols.
So, even though Cyrus probably did not intend to honor the one true God, Cyrus gave recognition that it was God who had given him authority and power. The Lord in His sovereignty caused Cyrus to issue the decree to allow the Israelites to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. Whether the king realized it or not, God was in control. God not only wanted them back in the land He had given them so long ago, but He also wanted them to properly worship Him. Read Ezra 3:10-11 together as a family. It would take a long time for the temple to be completed, but laying the foundation was an important step in the right direction. Sin turns us away from God, but our relationship can be restored. We can be forgiven, because Jesus died on a cross to pay the penalty for sin. This is a promise and we can trust that God keeps His promises.
Use the bible story picture to engage your child as you tell them the story about how the people of Israel went back to Jerusalem.