This week we began a 3-session story arc spanning much of Daniel’s life. After taking God’s people from Israel to Babylon, King Nebuchadnezzar called for the best young men to be trained for service in the palace. Among these teens were Daniel and three of his friends.
(3 minutes) READ Daniel 1
Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah stayed faithful to the one true God and refused to make themselves unclean by eating the king’s food. Daniel chose to obey God no matter what, and God blessed Daniel and his friends. In an even greater way, Jesus always obeyed God. He came to earth and followed God’s plan to save sinners. Jesus never sinned, but He died the death we deserve. Jesus rose from the dead, and those who trust in Him receive God’s forgiveness and blessing.
Help your kids understand that obedience is not always easy, but we trust God to give us strength to obey Him. Point out that Daniel lived about 600 years before Jesus—the perfectly obedient promised One. We can trust that Jesus will return someday to set up His kingdom forever.
(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: How can we obey God? We trust God to give us strength to obey Him.
Northstar Catechism: Why do we give? We can give because everything we have is a good gift from God
Memory Verse: Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. Daniel 2:20-21
(1 minute) PRAY and ask him to help us obey His commandments.
Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 16 - Session 1.