Reference: 2 Kings 17, 24-25
Long ago, God promised to make Abraham's family into a great nation and give them a great land to live in. Many years later, the Israelites, led by Joshua, captured this promised land, defeating the evil people who were living there.
When they arrived, God told them that he threw these people out of the land because they were so evil. But God also warned that, if the Israelites did the same thing, he'd spit them out of the land, too.
Eventually, the kingdom of the Israelites split in two, becoming the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. And, year after year, both of these kingdoms were mostly led by wicked kings who disobeyed God's Law. And the people in the two kingdoms disobeyed God's Law, too.
Just as he warned, God allowed both kingdoms to be kicked out of the promised land. The evil king of Assyria came and defeated the Kingdom of Israel. Later, the evil king of Babylonia came and defeated the Kingdom of Judah.
Big Idea and Motions: Jesus was punished for our sins.
Jesus - form a cross with your forearms
Punished - Punch your palm
Sins - two thumbs down
Verse / Motions: Romans 6:23, ESV - For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life.
Wages - pretend to swipe a credit/debit card
Sin - two thumbs down
Death - cross your arms in an X over your chest
Gift of God - pretend to hand a gift to someone
Eternal Life - repeatedly trace a “∞” in the air with your finger (the symbol for infinity)
Christ Jesus - form a cross with your forearms
Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
Who were God’s special people? // The Israelites
What do we call the rules God gave to Moses on the mountain? // The Law
If the Israelites disobeyed God’s law, what did God say he would make the land do? // Spit them out
The Israelites split into two kingdoms. What were the kingdom’s names? // Israel and Judah
Did the kingdoms of Israel have lots of good kings or lots of bad kings? // Bad kings
What happened to the kingdom of Israel? // The King of Assyria captured them
What happened to the kingdom of Judah? // The King of Babylonia captured them
What is the wages of sin? // Death
What is the free gift of God? // Eternal/forever life
Who did God send to pay the punishment for your sin and mine? // Jesus, God’s Son
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