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 (2 Chronicles 24) while we focus in on just a few verses.
Background: The second book of Chronicles was written to encourage God’s people who had been exiled to Babylon and were wondering if God was still for them. This section tells of young King Joash who came to the throne through the courageous leadership of Jehoida the priest. While Jehoida was alive and advising King Joash, he did what was pleasing to the Lord. After Jehoida died, King Joash tragically had his heart turned away from God.
Ask the children…
What did the leaders of Judah persuade King Joash to do?
“But after Jehoiada’s death, the leaders of Judah came and bowed before King Joash and persuaded him to listen to their advice. 18 They decided to abandon the Temple of the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and they worshiped Asherah poles and idols instead! Because of this sin, divine anger fell on Judah and Jerusalem.” (2 Chronicles 24:17, 18 )
What did Jehoida’s son Zechariah say to King Joash that the Lord would do?
“Then the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood before the people and said, ‘This is what God says: Why do you disobey the Lord’s commands and keep yourselves from prospering? You have abandoned the Lord, and now he has abandoned you!’” (2 Chronicles 24:20)
Ask your children why they think King Joash would listen to the leaders of Judah and turn away from the Lord? Remind them that it is not enough to just follow what others tell them, but they need to develop their own convictions in their hearts. King Joash obviously didn’t do that.
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