Teaching Children About Bible Miracles – God Causes King Artaxerxes To Agree To Nehemiah’s Return to Jerusalem

King Artaxerxes

Teaching children about the Bible miracles is important because it helps them to see how nothing is impossible for God.  If God can do miracles in the Bible, He can do them in our children’s lives today.  Here is an easy way to do that interactively.

Today let’s focus on a Bible miracle from the book of Nehemiah:   God causes King Artaxerxes to agree to Nehemiah’s return to Jerusalem. (Nehemiah 1:1-10)

Some 14 years after Ezra led the second return of the Israelite exiles back to Jerusalem from Babylon, God spoke to Nehemiah.  Nehemiah was still living in captivity in Babylon and he heard about how the Israelites in Jerusalem were in danger because the walls and gates were broken down.  Nehemiah wept and fasted and prayed to God that he would be allowed to return to Jerusalem to encourage the people there and lead them in rebuilding their walls.

Ask the children…

How did God reveal to King Artaxerxes that Nehemiah had a concern on his heart?

“Early the following spring, in the month of Nisan, during the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes’ reign, I was serving the king his wine. I had never before appeared sad in his presence. So the king asked me, ‘Why are you looking so sad? You don’t look sick to me. You must be deeply troubled.’” (Nehemiah 2:1, 2)

How did King Artaxerxes respond?

“The king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked, ‘How long will you be gone? When will you return?’ After I told him how long I would be gone, the king agreed to my request.” (Nehemiah 2:6)

So King Artaxerxes not only allowed Ezra to lead a group from Babylon to Jerusalem but 14 years later he allowed another group under Nehemiah’s leadership to leave.  Only a great God could miraculously move the heart of a king to be this generous to his slaves.  Our God is the same today.  What things around you has God put on your heart to pray about?

Now you can see how Bible miracles are God’s way of blessing the world.  Glory to Him!!!

If you like what you read, check out our children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website.  It is great for parents and kids because it provides the Big Story of God’s miraculous plan for His children in all 66 books in the Bible including colorful illustrations, rhymes and a surprise on every page.  

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About Liz Hagler

Liz Hagler is the illustrator and co-author of Hooked On The Book. Liz loves to draw silly drawings, write crazy poems, walk her dog down the block, talk to her kids on Skype, and eat taco salad.
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