In our story, God’s people resumed the work of rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem after 15 years had passed without progress. God had turned the heart of the king for His people’s favor and he allowed them to complete the temple. (See Prov. 21:1; Ezra 6:22.) They dedicated it joyfully and observed the Passover.
(3 minutes) READ Ezra 4-6
God's people rebuilt the temple so they would have a place to worship God. Years later, God sent His Son, Jesus, to be with His people. Now God dwells not in the temple, but directly with His people. Because of Jesus, we don't need a temple anymore.
Help your kids see that in Christ, we find the substance of which the temple was a shadow. The Lord was not confined to a building, yet deity lives fully in Christ. (See Col. 2:9.) Jesus is our High Priest. He entered the most holy place for us. (Heb. 6:19-20) The priest offered the blood of animals, but Christ offered His own blood once and for all. (Heb. 9:25-26) He gives us access to the throne of grace. (Heb. 10:19-22)
(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 thank God for the sacrifice he made for us!
Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 16 - Session 5.