The Temple is Completed (Ezra 6-7)
Sunday with your kids
Lesson summary: Nothing stops God from redeeming His people.
In our bible story we learned:
1. The temple is finally completed.
2. The people celebrate the Passover.
3. Artaxerxes sends Ezra to teach the people.
Follow up questions!
Why were the people so happy to see the temple rebuilt? (The temple was God’s house where he lived among his people. God’s people were happy because they believed God was going to live among them. He could protect them and bless them like in the days of David.)
Why did God’s people kill animals when they finished the temple? (The way God taught his people to worship him was by sacrificing animals. They also killed animals as sin offerings. By killing those animals, they were confessing their sin before God and asking him to forgive them.)
Who does the Passover lamb point forward to? (The Passover lamb pointed forward to Jesus, who died on the cross for our sins.)
Where is Jesus?
How does today's Bible story fit into God's greater plan of redemption?
Read Ezra 3:8-13.
After the rebuilding of Zerubbabel’s temple, seven hundred animals were sacrificed. At the completion of Solomon’s temple 142,000 animals were sacrificed. Neither temple remains today. Those hundreds and thousands of sacrifices were temporary. Those temples were temporary.
Jesus is God’s temple (Revelation 21:22) just as Christ’s body—the church—is God’s temple (Ephesians 2:19–22). As a part of the church, we are each individually God’s temple (1 Corinthians 6:19–20).
We are God’s temples because the Holy Spirit dwells in us. Together we make up his church and all of us form the body of Christ. In Christ we have become the new temple of God. Only one sacrifice was made and only one was ever needed—the death of Christ on the cross.
Family Discipleship - "Time" in the Home
We are on week 77 which starts on page 520 in the Long Story Short devotional. Take a peek below to catch a glimpse of what is in store for family discipleship this week.
Day 1: Israel begins to rebuild the temple
Day 2: No man can stop God’s plan
Day 3: Jesus is our Passover Lamb
Day 4: God uses foreign kings to accomplish his purposes
Day 5: Forgiveness is available in Jesus
Pray about it! Thank God for taking away our sin and giving the sinlessness of Jesus to everyone who trusts in the Lord.
Check out the highlighted portion on the bookmark below to see what we will recite in our Gathering Sunday, February 3rd.