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SUNDAY JUNE 28TH
Discuss these questions together as a family:
Who did Joel visit?
What does Steve do?
How long does it take Steve to restore a car?
How long did it take Nehemiah and his helpers to rebuild the wall?
Last week, we learned that God answered Nehemiah’s prayer to go to Jerusalem to help rebuild the walls around the city. Today, we’ll see how God guided the people to complete that task.
Read Nehemiah 4:10-11. Not only were the people discouraged by how difficult the work was, they were also in terrible danger from people trying to kill them and stop their progress. Nehemiah encouraged them to trust God. Notice what happened next. Read Nehemiah 4:15-20 (or have your child read)! The people demonstrated strength. They knew God would give them victory if they were attacked. It must have been very difficult to work as hard as they did under those circumstances. However, they trusted God, and God gave them success.
Have your child read Nehemiah 6:15-16 if they are able (help them if they struggle). After being in ruins for 150 years, God led the city walls to be restored in only 52 days! That’s less than two months! Talk about how much trust it must have taken for the people to rebuild the wall in that short amount of time under such dangerous conditions. We can trust God even when we feel like things are impossible. God will protect us and help us obey the same way He helped Nehemiah and the people.
Use the bible story picture to engage your child as you tell them the story about the new walls for the city.