Hey BridgeKids Families!
This week we began a 3-session story arc spanning much of Daniel’s life. God’s people had been warned by the prophets: “Turn from your sin, and turn back to God!” But the people did not listen. The nation of Judah was consumed by idol worship; the kings did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. So God kept His word—He allowed His people to be taken from their land.
Open your Bibles to Daniel 1. If you have younger kids you can use a story Bible to read it with them. Here you will read about how Nebuchadnezzar was the king of Babylon, the strong and powerful nation that overtook Judah’s capital of Jerusalem and brought God’s people from Israel to Babylon. Daniel was a young man in Judah when this happened. He might have heard about the prophet Isaiah’s warnings; now he witnessed their fulfillment. (See Isa. 39:5-7.)
King Nebuchadnezzar called for the best young men from Judah to be trained for service in the palace. Among these teens were Daniel and three of his friends. The chosen boys were given new identities—new names, new education, new culture. But Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah stayed faithful to the one true God and refused to make themselves unclean by eating the king’s food.
God blessed Daniel and his friends. Daniel’s obedience to God led to his favor with King Nebuchadnezzar, and Daniel’s life would be a testament to God’s control over all things. God remembered His people during the exile and promised to bring them back to their homeland and set up a new kingdom.
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.
Ask the questions:
- What kind of boys did the king want to serve him (healthy, handsome, good learners; Dan. 1:4)
- How were the four boys from Judah different? (They served God, Dan. 1:8-9)
- What did Daniel and his friends eat that was different? (They refused the king’s royal food and ate only vegetables and drank only water, Dan. 1:11-16)
- How do we know that God was pleased with Daniel’s obedience? (God blessed Daniel and his friends, made them smart, gave them the ability to understand special things, and gave them favor with the king; Dan. 1:17-20)
- How can we obey God? We trust God to give us strength to obey Him.
- Lake Ann Camp Scholarships – The deadline to apply for a scholarship to go to Lake Ann is April 22. Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to go to camp this summer! If you need more info, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Scholarship Work Day – Keep your calendar open for either April 21 or April 28 for a work day to raise money for camp scholarships. Stay tuned for more details!
- Sankofa Children’s Choir – LifeBridge Church will be hosting AN African children’s choir on April 22. The Sankofa Children’s Choir from Uganda will be coming to perform with African dance, instruments and songs. They will be joining the kids during BridgeKids that Sunday morning and then their will be a concert for the whole family that night.
- Penny Wars!: Our Penny Wars are going to help support the Truth Skate Ministry. Check them out at truthskatechurch.com. This is an awesome local ministry run by our own Kyle Brush.