Hey BridgeKids Families!
Ezra traveled to Jerusalem with a purpose. God’s people had spent 70 years in exile, and they needed to be reminded how to live. As a scribe, Ezra was an expert on the law of Moses, and he had “determined in his heart to study the law of the Lord, obey it, and teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel” (Ezra 7:10).
Open your Bibles to Nehemiah 8:1-12. If you have younger kids you can use a story Bible to read it with them. Here you will read about how under Nehemiah’s leadership, the people had rebuilt Jerusalem’s walls. They gathered together at the Water Gate to hear the law of Moses. Men, women, and children—anyone who could understand—came to listen to the reading of God’s Word.
From early morning until midday, Ezra read from the book of the law of Moses. He stood on a high wooden platform where everyone could see and hear him. Ezra opened the book of the law, and everyone stood up. The Levites helped the listeners understand the words of the law.
The people reacted strongly to hearing and understanding the law of Moses. Verse 9 says the people were weeping. The law revealed their sin.
God’s Word is powerful. When Ezra read God’s Word, the people changed their ways and loved God more. The Bible says that Jesus is “the Word.” Jesus is God who came to live with people on earth. Jesus has the power to change our hearts.
Help your kids recognize that we cannot meet God’s requirements. We need a Savior. God sent Jesus to obey the law perfectly and die for our sins. We can trust in Him for salvation.
Ask the questions:
- How many chapters are in the Book of Nehemiah (13 chapters)
- What division of the Bible is the Book of Nehemiah in? (Old Testament History)
- What book of the Bible comes before Nehemiah (Ezra)
- What book of the Bible comes after Nehemiah (Esther)
- What country had taken the Jews captive? (Babylon, Neh. 7:6)
- Where did the people of Israel meet to hear God’s law read? (the city gate, Neh. 8:1)
- Who read God’s Word to the people? (Ezra, Neh. 8:1)
- How did the people respond when they heard God’s law? (They wept, Neh. 8:9)
- What did Ezra and Nehemiah tell the people to do (to not be sad but to celebrate, Neh. 8:10)
- What made the Jews so glad? (They understood God’s Word, Neh. 8:12)
- Does God keep His promises? Yes, God is always faithful even when we are not.
- Penny Wars!: Every week in BridgeKids we take an offering to teach the kids how to give back to God. Right now we are raising money for Lakeshore Lifeworks Ministry. They provide transitional housing and loving relationships for vulnerable youth ages 18-21. They believe that having a personal relationship with Jesus is the solid foundation on which to build up our youth along with many important life skills. They utilize and combine the resources of the CHURCH, STATE and COMMUNITY to reach vulnerable youth and show them the love of Christ so they can reach their full potential. This helps the youth through the hard transition into adulthood. They currently work with mostly boys, but are starting a girls house as well.
- Baptism: On July 29 we are having a church Picnic and will celebrate baptism that afternoon. If your child is interested in baptism, e-mail David at firstname.lastname@example.org to connect about it more.