Kidz Club - February Lesson

Lesson materials are from [The Gospel Project for Kids - Worship Hour]

Dear Parents:
Some time after the temple’s foundation was laid, the work stopped. With the encouragement of the prophets Haggai and Zechariah, God’s people resumed the work of rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem. Approximately 15 years had passed without progress.

At this time, Darius was king of Persia. The Persian Empire was vast, so Darius appointed governors over the provinces. A man named Tattenai watched over the province that included the land of Judah.

Tattenai noticed the work of God’s people, and he was concerned. He sent a letter to King Darius. “Is this allowed?” he asked. “The people say that King Cyrus said they could rebuild the temple and the city. Please investigate this matter.”

King Darius did investigate, and Cyrus’s decree was located in the Babylonian records. Darius instructed Tattenai to allow the people to rebuild the temple and the city. God had turned the heart of the king for His people’s favor. (See Prov. 21:1; Ezra 6:22.) The people completed the temple. They dedicated it joyfully and observed the Passover.

God declared in Haggai 2:9 that the glory of this second temple would be greater than the first. This prophecy was fulfilled by the presence of the Messiah, the Son of God. Jesus said that He is greater than the temple. (Matt. 12:6)

Gospel Connection: 
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. Jesus is our High Priest, his body broken (crucifixion) and rebuilt in three days (resurrection) for us.

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)

Memory Verse:
Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Follow-up Questions: 
OLDER KIDDOS
  • What are tasks we lack motivation for? How can God, the gospel, or “prophets” in our lives spur us on to complete them? 
  • How is Jesus the perfect Prophet?
  • We see that God gave his people strength to rebuild his temple. Knowing that Jesus came to complete God’s plan to become our High Priest, bridging the gap, making us righteous in God's eyes. How does this motivate us/ give us strength to live our lives for Him?
YOUNGER KIDDOS
  • What do we find hard in our lives? Let's ask God (pray) to give us strength. 
  • How is Jesus the perfect Prophet?

Reading Buddies Passage (for week 3&4):
John 2:18-22
Hebrews 4:14-16