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 36) 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 gives Ezekiel a message of future hope when the people repent and are brought back to their Promised Land.
Ask the children…
What is the first thing God would do for His people?
“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols.” (Ezekiel 36:25)
What else would God give to His people?
“And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.[b] 27 And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.” (Ezekiel 36:26, 27)
What amazing promises God gives to His people. Today, we are recipients of these promises. When Jesus ascended to heaven and instructed his disciples to wait until the Holy Spirit had come upon them, this is would be the birth of the church. And those that are part of the church (followers of Christ) would receive new hearts, forgiveness of sins and the Spirit inside them.
Ask your children what these gifts means to them? Discuss the amazing thing that God has done for us by bringing us into His family and given us new life in the Spirit. Thank Him for it.
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