Explore the Bible at Home - Week of June 10

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Dear Parents, Grandparents, Guardians,

Our Toddler, Preschool, and Elementary students studied two passages from Judges and were introduced to the first Judges.  The Book of Judges demonstrates the destructive power of sin. The consequence of sin is that our world and our relationship with God are broken. Although they constantly struggled with sin, when God’s people cried out in repentance and asked for help, God sent judges to help His people. See Judges 2:11-19; 3:7-31 for more about the first judges. As you review this week’s Bible story, remember that, unlike the judges who delivered God's people from oppression for short periods of time, we have a Deliverer who has reconciled us to God and has delievered us from the oppression of sin once for all time!  Continue the learning we began in class by following along with the Explore the Bible at Home sheet!

BIBLE PASSAGE: Judges 2:11-19; 3:7-31

MEMORY VERSE: Judges 2:16

YOUNGER KIDS TEXT TRUTH: Sin breaks our relationship with God.

OLDER KIDS TEXT TRUTH: The consequence of sin is that our world and our relationship with God are broken.

 GOD SENT JUDGES TO HELP HIS PEOPLE

Judges 2:11-19; 3:7-31

The Israelites sinned. They forgot God. Instead of worshiping and loving God, they worshiped and loved false idols that their neighbors worshiped. God was upset. So He allowed the king of Aram to capture the Israelites. The Israelites served the king for 8 years.

The Israelites prayed to God and asked Him for help. They were sorry for their sin (and the trouble it caused them). God chose a man named Othniel to be a deliverer or judge. God helped Othniel defeat the king of Aram, and Israel had peace for 40 years.

Then, the Israelites sinned. They forgot God. They worshiped false idols. This time, God let the king of Moab have power over the Israelites. For 18 years, the people served Eglon, the king of Moab.

The Israelites prayed to God and asked for help. God chose Ehud, a left handed man from the tribe of Benjamin, to be the new deliverer. Ehud made a plan. The Israelites had to send money to Eglon. Ehud hid a sword under his clothes and took the money to King Eglon. Ehud told Eglon that he had a secret message for him. The king made all of the other people leave the room. Then Ehud walked closer to Eglon. “I have a message from God for you.” Eglon stood up and Ehud grabbed his hidden sword and killed Eglon. Ehud escaped and led the Israelites to defeat the Moabites in a battle. Israel had peace for 80 years.

Once again, Israel needed a deliverer. This time God chose a man named Shamgar to deliver the Israelites from the Philistines.

The Israelites sinned, but when they asked God to forgive them and help them, He sent a special deliverer.

- Autumn