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SUNDAY MAY 31
ST
ELEMENTARY 
Bible Passage: Jeremiah 23; 30; 31; 33
Memory Verse: Jeremiah 31:33b
Bible Truth
The prophets promised a Messiah was coming to save God’s people.

Lesson Introduction:
Jesus is our hope! The prophets of the Old Testament (the part of the Bible that was written before Jesus was born) knew that our Salvation from our sins would come in Jesus. They told the Jewish people that God would be sending a savior, and that savior is Jesus! Today we will talk about how Jeremiah prophesied (or told the people what God said) about Jesus coming.




The cross in this picture is on the wall of a church in Italy. The cross is one of the earliest and most widely used Christian symbols. It is most commonly used to represent Jesus’ death on the cross to help us remember that He took the punishment for our sin before He rose to life again. The cross is a reference to Jesus’ sacrifice for sin, but the mosaic can be a symbol for people—broken but being restored into something new.




Watch Joel’s video, and then continue below!



Discuss these questions together as a family:


What game was Joel playing today?
What question did Joel ask?
What question did God’s people ask?
What is the answer?


Long before Jesus came to earth, Jeremiah let people know that Jesus was coming. That’s the main focus of our study today.

The prophets promised a Messiah was coming to save God’s people. What a wonderful message! When we read the Old Testament, it can be easy to get caught up in stories without thinking about what they mean for us. Especially because there are times when the things being described happened in cities we’ll never see or to people we have never met. There are times when we can read a passage and easily overlook the importance of its message. For example, look at Jeremiah 23:5-6. Pay special attention to the phrases that include the words righteous and righteousness. Some people might read those verses and think Jeremiah is telling the people to prepare for a new king to take over.
We know that it’s much more than a regular king. It’s the Righteous King, the Messiah. Read Jeremiah 22:3-5. In this verse, Jeremiah mentioned how a king should be just and protective. Read Jeremiah 23:2. In these verses, Jeremiah told specific leaders to be just and protective. He warned them that if they aren’t they will come to ruin. The king did not listen to the warning and brought justice on themselves by being unjust to those they were responsible to lead. This brings us back to the need for the Righteous King who would be perfectly just!




Use these questions for more Bible study together as a family!

  1. In the Book of Jeremiah, God promised He was going to raise a Righteous ____________ for David. (Branch, Jeremiah 23:5)
  2. Jeremiah recorded that the Messiah would reign as a __________ king. (Wise, Jeremiah 23:5)
  3. What two things would the wise king bring? (Justice and righteousness, Jeremiah 23:5)
  4. What was the Righteous Branch going to be called? (The Lord is Our Righteousness, Jeremiah 23:6)
  5. Which group of people did God make a covenant with? (The Israelites, Jeremiah 31:32)
  6. Did the Israelites keep the covenant they made with God? (No, they broke it; Jeremiah 31:32)
  7. Where would the new covenant be written? (On their hearts, Jeremiah 31:33)
  8. What was God’s promise to David about the Messiah? (A descendant of David's would always reign on the throne, Jeremiah 33:17)


PRE-K
Use the bible story picture to engage your child as you tell them the story about how Jeremiah told about a hope for the people.

BIBLE STORY NUGGETS

Focus in on these Bible Story Nuggets as you are telling the story:

Jeremiah wrote everything God said to write.
God said He loved the people and would help them.
Jeremiah told the people to ask God for help.


BIBLE STORY QUESTIONS

  1. Ask your child what Jeremiah is holding in his hand in the story picture (scroll)
  2. Ask your child does God love us all the time? (Yes!)
  3. Why was God unhappy with the people?
  4. What did Jeremiah tell the people?