This one year study thru the Bible for kids is designed to hit the highlights and provide practical application. I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Ezekiel 32) while we focus in on just a few verses.
Background: The prophet Ezekiel ministered for 22 years to the Jews who had been already taken into exile in Babylon while their brothers left behind back in Judah were still rebelling against God. Ezekiel is a man of visions and writes of the judgement that Judah will experience and also God’s promises of restoration.
God is not happy about judging Judah’s evil neighbors. Quite to the contrary, while God has Ezekiel prophesying destruction for proud Egypt, Ezekiel is instructed to weep for them.
Ask the children…
Why did God instruct Ezekiel to weep for Egypt’s people?
“Son of man, weep for the hordes of Egypt and for the other mighty nations.[c] For I will send them down to the world below in company with those who descend to the pit.” (Ezekiel 32:17)
What other once mighty nations would meet Egypt in the grave?
“Assyria lies there surrounded by the graves of its army, those who were slaughtered by the sword. 23 Their graves are in the depths of the pit, and they are surrounded by their allies…Elam lies there surrounded by the graves of all its hordes, those who were slaughtered by the sword.” (Ezekiel 32:22, 24)
No matter how mighty a nation would appear to be today, if they turn away from the Lord their destruction is ultimately assured. For every follower of God that is a sad story and worth weeping over like Ezekiel did.
Do some research with your children of mighty nations that have fallen. Hint: You can look far back in history like the Persians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans or more recently with U.S.S.R, Germany, Japan, etc. Remind your children that “it is not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord”. (Zechariah 4:6)
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