Hey BridgeKids Families!
The people of the Southern Kingdom of Judah were afraid. They had seen the Assyrians destroy the Northern Kingdom and now they were not sure if they would be able to survive. God called on Jeremiah to speak to the people.
“I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born.” These words from Jeremiah 1:5 reveal a Creator who is sovereign, working out everything in agreement with the decision of His will. (Eph. 1:11)
Jeremiah 1:5 ends with a specific call for a man named Jeremiah: “I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah was the son of Hilkiah the priest. He lived just north of Jerusalem. Jeremiah’s ministry began when God called him. At that time, Josiah was king of Judah. Whom else did God call in the Old Testament? God called Noah to build an ark (Gen. 6); He called Abram to leave his home (Gen. 12:1-4); He called Moses to lead His people out of Egypt (Ex. 3).
Each time God calls someone, He equips him or her to do His work. Like Moses, Jeremiah was hesitant: “Oh no, Lord, God! Look, I don’t know how to speak since I am only a youth” (Jer. 1:6). God assured Jeremiah: “I will be with you” (Jer. 1:8).
God called Jeremiah to be a prophet to Judah. Judah was deep in idol worship and other sins. God’s judgment was coming. Jeremiah’s job was to warn them. God gave Jeremiah two visions. The first—a branch of an almond tree—was a sign that God would keep His promise to send judgment, and He would do it soon. The second vision—a boiling pot—meant that God’s judgment was coming from the north. God would bring the Babylonians from the north as judgment on His people. Then God sent Jeremiah out to announce God’s declaration.
God had a plan for Jeremiah before Jeremiah was born. God called Jeremiah to share God’s message about sin. In a similar way, God had planned all along to send His Son, Jesus, to show them what God is like and to rescue them from sin.
Help your kids see God’s love even in the midst of His discipline and help them connect Jeremiah’s ministry to the ministry of Jesus. God called Jeremiah to warn the people of the judgment for their sin. Jesus also came to tell people to turn from their sin. He didn’t just tell them about the punishment, He took the punishment on Himself.
Ask the questions:
- Who was king when God called Jeremiah? (Josiah, Jer. 1:2)
- What was Jeremiah before he was called to be a prophet? (a priest, Jer. 1:1)
- When did God choose Jeremiah to be a prophet? (before he was born, Jer. 1:5)
- What was Jeremiah’s reason that he should not be a prophet? (He was too young and did not know how to speak well, Jer. 1:6)
- What did God do when He touched Jeremiah’s mouth? (gave Jeremiah His words, Jer. 1:9)
- What did God give Jeremiah responsibility over? (nations and kingdoms, Jer. 1:10)
- What did Jeremiah see first, and what did it mean? (an almond branch; it meant God would keep His promises; Jer. 1:11-12)
- What did he see next, and what did it mean? (a boiling pot facing north; it meant that kingdoms from the north would come against Judah; Jer. 1:13-15) Did God promise to protect Jeremiah and be with him? (yes, Jer. 1:18-19)
- Laser Tag! – 3rd-5th graders are invited to a special event on February 28th from 5:30-6:30. Lake Ann Camp will bring Laser Tag to LifeBridge!! Parents, you may drop off your 3rd-5th graders at the church at 5:30 for laser tag and pizza and at 6:15 the Lake Ann interns will be available for any questions you have about summer camp. If you have questions about this event, or camp in general, you may also contact April Pachuta at 270-952-0057 or at email@example.com.
- 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.