Hey BridgeKids Families!

He’s a chip off the old block. Like father, like son. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. These idioms exist because sons tend to look and behave like their fathers. When it came to Hezekiah and his father, Ahaz, however, the two were far from similar.

Family Devotional

Open your Bibles to2 Kings 18-19. If you have younger kids you can use a story Bible to read it with them. Here you will read about when Ahaz was king of Judah, he did not respect God, God’s law, or God’s prophets. He worshiped idols. Ahaz “did not do what was right in the sight of the Lord his God” (2 Kings 16:2). He led the people away from God, provoking God’s wrath and anger.

Hezekiah, on the other hand, “did what was right in the Lord’s sight just as his ancestor David had done.” Hezekiah destroyed the places of idol worship and cleansed the temple. (See 2 Chron. 29.) The Lord was with Hezekiah, and Hezekiah prospered.

Hezekiah was a faithful king who led the people of Judah to worship God like they were supposed to, but even good kings are sinners. His wealth and success led to pride. How did Hezekiah react when God said everything in his palace would be carried off to Babylon? “Who cares? I’ll be dead by then.”
Jesus is our faithful King who never sinned. Check out some of these definitions for the word faithful: “strict or thorough in the performance of duty”; “true to one’s word, promises, or vows”; “steady in allegiance or affection”; “loyal”; “constant”; “reliable, trusted, or believed”; “adhering or true to fact, a standard, or an original”; “accurate.”

Jesus completed His work—the redemption of sinners. He said on the cross, “It is finished!” (John 19:30). Jesus is faithful over God’s house as a Son. (Heb. 3:6) His obedience is steadfast. (Isa. 50:4-10) “Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8). One day Jesus will return to make all things the way they are supposed to be. (Rev. 1:1-6)

Hezekiah prayed that God would save His people from their enemies so that everyone would know that He is the one true God. God answered Hezekiah’s prayer. Jesus also prayed for His people to be saved. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus brought glory to God by rescuing people from sin and death.

Help your kids see that Jesus is the greater Hezekiah. Hezekiah interceded for his people to ask God to save them from their enemies, but Hezekiah was a sinner and needed to be saved himself. Jesus was sinless and He interceded for His people to save us from sin and death. 

Ask the questions:    

  • What was the name of the faithful king in the story? (Hezekiah, 2 Kings 18:1)
  • Hezekiah was king over what kingdom? (Judah, 2 Kings 18:1)
  • Which country tried to invade Judah? (Assyria, 2 Kings 18:17)
  • Where did Hezekiah get the gold and silver to give to the Assyrian army? (God’s temple and the royal treasury, 2 Kings 18:15)
  • What did Hezekiah ask Isaiah to do? (Pray for him, 2 Kings 19:1-4)
  • How did God answer Hezekiah’s prayer? (God saved the city of Jerusalem and killed many of the Assyrian soldiers, 2 Kings 19:35)
  • How many Gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.

BridgeKids Announcements

  • Lake Ann Camp: Not thinking about camp when the snow is falling? You should be. We have some gift bags for the first 20 Lifers to sign up. We plan to take students (4th-12th grade) to camp during the week of July 16-21 this next summer. Go to lakeanncamp.com for camp info and registration. Questions? E-mail April Pachuta at orangeaugust@yahoo.com.
  • Penny Wars!: Starting this week our Penny Wars are going to help support the Truth Skate Ministry. Check them out at truthskatechurch.com. And you will not want to miss BridgeKids on January 14th as Kyle will be sharing with us. It’s gonna be AWESOME!