Daniel Served God:
The focus of this family time is to use five easy steps to teach your family that God humbled the proud king of Babylon by taking away his kingdom. King Jesus willingly humbled Himself by dying on the cross for our sin. God raised up Jesus and gave Him honor forever. When we humble ourselves and trust in Jesus, God will raise us up to enjoy Jesus in His kingdom forever.
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you ... he will ... rejoice over you with singing.”
Learn the Memory Verse together and say it throughout the week to help your family remember and apply what they have learned.
STEP 1. GATHER!
Use this time to begin Family Worship Night and have fun!
Stack blocks, books, or household objects to see how tall of a tower the family can build. Keep building until the tower falls. Read Proverbs 16:18 and discuss what it says about pride. Remind kids how Jesus humbled himself by dying on the cross to save us from sin.
STEP 2. WORSHIP!
- Sing and have fun while worshiping then pray. Take a moment here to thank God for your family and your time together!!
STEP 3. BIBLE!
Watch the Bible story video or read Jeremiah 29 - 30 from the Bible:
STEP 4. DISCUSSION!
Use these questions and points to have a conversation with your children about the Bible story.
- Ahaz (AY haz), the king of Judah, was not a good king. King Ahaz made wrong choices and worshiped idols—people and things that were not the one true God.
- Ahaz heard that one of Judah’s cities was going to be attacked. The people were afraid.
- God sent Isaiah to talk with King Ahaz. Isaiah said, “Trust God. He will take care of you. God is in control of everything.”
- God was going to give a sign to show that He was telling the truth. Isaiah said, “A young, unmarried girl will have a baby. She will name the baby Immanuel.”
- But Isaiah also said that God would punish Ahaz and the people of Judah for their wrong choices.
- Have you ever heard the phrase “the writing is on the wall”? It’s an expression people use to say that something bad is likely to happen soon. What most people may not know is that this phrase comes from the Bible story we read in Daniel 5.
- When the Babylonian king, Belshazzar, was misusing items taken from God’s temple, God sent a message that was written on the wall by a mysterious hand! Understandably, the king was terrified and wanted to know what the message meant. Only Daniel could understand and interpret God’s message.
- The writing on the wall was bad news for King Belshazzar. Daniel reminded the king of how God has punished Nebuchadnezzar for thinking too highly of himself and dishonoring God. Belshazzar had made the same mistake. Because of His pride, God was going to punish Belshazzar and take away his kingdom. That same night, God’s message came true. King Belshazzar was killed, and a new king took over in Babylon.
- History is full of kings who made the same mistake as Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar. The sin of pride makes them feel like they are more important than God, but just as the saying goes, the writing is on the wall! God humbles the proud because they are taking honor that belongs only to Jesus! Jesus is the only king who perfectly obeyed God, and God has exalted Him over all other kings!
- God humbled the proud king of Babylon by taking away his kingdom. King Jesus willingly humbled Himself by dying on the cross for our sin. God raised up Jesus and gave Him honor forever. When we humble ourselves and trust in Jesus, God will raise us up to enjoy Jesus in His kingdom forever.
STEP 5. Pray!
- Pray: Jesus, we honor You because You are King above all kings! You willingly humbled Yourself and You went to the cross to take our sin. You deserve all the glory and honor forever and ever. Help us to honor You above everything else! Amen.