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SUNDAY JULY 12TH
Discuss these questions together as a family:
What was wrong with Joel’s toy, oven, and knee in today’s video?
How did Joel try to fix everything? Did it work?
What has broken our relationship with God? Who can fix it? (Only Jesus!)
In the last few weeks, we’ve learned how Ezra helped restore the temple, Nehemiah helped restore the city walls, and Habakkuk learned to trust God’s justice and mercy.
Today, we’re going to talk about sin. Zephaniah was warned that God would judge sin. It can be scary to think of God being angry about our sin, but it is an important thing to understand. God is perfectly just. That means He must punish all sin. Zephaniah wanted everyone to know that so they would repent and follow God. That’s what we’ll be talking about today. Find the book of Zephaniah with your child and have them read Zephaniah 1:3 and 3:2 as they are able. How were the people of Judah acting?” (They were not obeying God. They were sinning. They did not trust God.) What did God want to do to the people? (To destroy the people and animals of the earth) Sin does not make God happy. When we do not obey God, we sin. God cannot ignore our sin, but He will forgive us when we repent. Help your kids recognize that sin is not an accident or mistake. It is disobedience. Read Zephaniah 2:3 together. What did God ask the people to do? (To seek the Lord and carry out His commands) God wants us to follow Him. Our sin separates us from God. When we trust Jesus to forgive us for our sins, we can celebrate because our punishment of death will be removed. We will then be able to live with God forever.
Use the bible story picture to engage your child as you tell them the story of Zephaniah