This week we turned our attention back to Judah and picked up the big story with God’s people in quite a bind. The prophet Joel spoke to the Southern Kingdom of Judah at a time when the nation faced a crisis. The land had been invaded by locusts; swarms of the insects had devastated the plants. Joel looked back on these events and announced that these were not mere natural disasters—the Lord was judging the people for their sin.
(3 minutes) READ Joel 2:13
Joel warned God’s people about the Day of the Lord—a day when God will judge His enemies, free His people, and make the world right again. Those who trust in Jesus will escape God’s punishment for sin. Jesus was punished in our place, and we share in His righteousness.
Help your kids see that God takes sin seriously, but at the same time, He showers grace upon those who trust in Jesus. God sent His Son, Jesus, to die for sins so people could be right with God. An ultimate Day of the Lord is coming, and everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
(1 minute) REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.
Gospel Project Big Picture Question: What is God like? God is slow to anger, merciful, and loving.
Memory Verse: Joel 2:13 Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.
(1 minute) PRAY and thank God for sending His Son to die for our sins.
Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 14 - Session 3.