Hey BridgeKids Families!

Warnings had come from the prophets for decades. God patiently waited for His people to turn from their sin. The prophet Jeremiah spared few details when he warned Judah what would happen if they did not turn from their evil ways. (See Jer. 25:1-14.) 

But the people of Judah did not change their ways. The kingdom had been declining for years, despite King Josiah’s efforts to prompt nationwide repentance. When King Josiah died, the people went back to their old ways, worshiping idols and disobeying the Lord.

Family Devotional

The time of judgment had come. God used Nebuchadnezzar—the king of Babylon—to deport the people from Judah to Babylon where they would live in exile for 70 years. 

Nebuchadnezzar went to Judah when Jehoiakim was king. He put Jehoiakim in chains and took him to Babylon. Jehoiachin became king, and Nebuchadnezzar came back for him too. Many of the people in Judah were taken, along with treasures from the Lord’s temple. Nebuchadnezzar put Zedekiah on the throne in Jerusalem.

The people of Judah were unfaithful to God. Zedekiah rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar, and God poured out His wrath on Judah. Nebuchadnezzar showed no mercy to the people of Jerusalem. The Babylonians set fire to the Lord’s temple and the king’s palace. They destroyed the wall around Jerusalem. Nebuchadnezzar’s armies carried most of the people away to Babylon as prisoners; only poor farmers were allowed to stay and work the land. The people were held captive in Babylon, serving the king for 70 years.

God was right to punish His people for their sin, but He kept His promise to provide a king through David’s family. Ultimately, God punished our sin through His Son, Jesus, and made Him our King forever. 

Help your kids understand that God did not abandon His people. The prophet Jeremiah told what would happen next: “The days are certainly coming … when I will restore the fortunes of My people Israel and Judah” (Jer. 30:3). God was going to save His people from captivity and raise up a new King—a forever King—from the line of David. (Jer. 30:9)

Ask the questions:    

  • Name one of the last four kings of Judah. (Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Zedekiah, Jehoiachin; 2 Chron. 36:1-14)
  • What did all these kings have in common? (They did what was evil; 2 Chron. 36:5,9,12)
  • How did the people respond to the messengers God sent? (They disobeyed God and ridiculed His messengers, 2 Chron. 36:16)
  • How did God punish the people of Judah? (He allowed the king of Babylon to attack the people and many died, 2 Chron. 36:17)
  • What happened to the temple? (The Babylonians took everything to Babylon and burned the temple to the ground, 2 Chron. 36:18-19)
  • What happened to the people who were not killed? (The people were taken to Babylon as slaves, 2 Chron. 36:20)

BridgeKids Announcements

  • XO Marriage Conference: LifeBridge is partnering with the XO Marriage Conference as a host sight right here in South Haven on March 16 & 17. Nine great speakers over two days. You will find hope, encouragement, wisdom and practical ideas to revive your marriage. It will be a powerful time for couples to strengthen their marriage and for some to breathe life into a dead one.   Click here to view the promo video. Now click here to register for the conference. Hope to see you there?
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