Good Kings of Israel and Judah: Josiah & Joash
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Lesson Focus: Josiah
Josiah was a young man who was King of Judah. He honored God and repaired His temple. during the repairs, workers found an old book of the law of Moses. No one had read this book in a very long time. Josiah was eager to hear God's law, but when he heard it, he was scared. He realized that Judah had not obeyed many laws! He directed that the whole country begin obeying the laws at once. God was pleased with Josiah's eagerness to do all that God had said.Discussion: Was it Josiah's fault that the law had been ignored so long? No. Did he use that as an excuse to keep ignoring the law? No. He realized his responsibility to act upon what he learned. We, too, should act upon what we learn, when we learn it. We cannot blame others for not teaching us, or say that since our parents did not know it, we are not responsible. Josiah knew he was guilty of breaking God's law, even though he did not intentionally do it. And his response was repentence and obedience.
2 Kings 23:25 "Before him there was no king like him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart, soul and might...nor did any like him arise after him."
Craft: Making Scrolls
Cut a piece of paper in half length-wise. Have students write in the middle. Make a scroll from the paper by wrapping the ends around craft sticks and rolling towards the center. Discuss how books were very different then.Lesson Focus: Joash
Joash's family was killed in an attempt to take over the kingdom, but he was hidden in the Temple until he was seven years old. Then he became king. Joash led an effort to rebuild God's Temple in Jerusalem. He placed a large chest outside for people to donate money for the work. He himself donated a large amount to start the work. People would add more money as they had it available. God has always expected His people to use their resources to accomplish spiritual work. And He expects it to be a regular, on-going part of our life. Not just a once-in-a-while, large donation. Everyone can help, even this seven year old boy.Worksheet: