Joel, Prophet to Judah
Life Kids This Week
Week of March 18-19, 2017
This week we turned our attention back to Judah and picked up the big story with God’s people in quite a bind. The prophet Joel spoke to the Southern Kingdom of Judah at a time when the nation faced a crisis. The land had been invaded by locusts; swarms of the insects had devastated the plants. Judah was also affected by a severe drought.
Joel looked back on these events and announced that these were not mere natural disasters—the Lord was judging the people for their sin.
In Deuteronomy 28, God told His people, “If you do not obey the Lord your God by carefully following all His commands and statutes I am giving you today, all these curses will come and overtake you … You will sow much seed in the field but harvest little, because locusts will devour it” (vv. 15,38). That is exactly what happened.
These disasters were a wake-up call. Joel told the people to repent. He told them to fast. He told them to gather and repent together, crying out to God and asking Him to show them mercy. Then Joel looked ahead to the future. In essence he said, “You think this is bad? This is only the beginning!”
God’s judgment of Judah was not over. The Day of the Lord was coming, a day when God would show His strength through an invading army. For those who were not right with God, this was bad news. God’s power would be against them. So Joel implored them, “Return to the LORD your God. For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, rich in faithful love, and He relents from sending disaster.”
God had pity on His people and promised to restore them. God would rather forgive His people than punish them.
Joel warned God’s people about the Day of the Lord—a day when God will judge His enemies, free His people, and make the world right again. Those who trust in Jesus will escape God’s punishment for sin. Jesus was punished in our place, and we share in His righteousness.
Help your kids see that God takes sin seriously, but at the same time, He showers grace upon those who trust in Jesus. God sent His Son, Jesus, to die for sins so people could be right with God. An ultimate Day of the Lord is coming, and everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.
Family Talking Points
- God loves people.
- Joel was God’s prophet.
- Joel said God wants to forgive people.
- God forgives us through His Son, Jesus.
- What is God like? God is merciful and loving.
- God warned His people to repent.
- What is God like? God is slow to anger, merciful, and loving.
- God warned His people to repent before the Day of the Lord.
Unit Key Passage
“Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.
” – Joel 2:13
God Called Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1)
March birthdays: K-5 birthday celebration is March 26 during service:
Lucie Payne – March 1
KeAryi Nicholson – March 5
Alexis Hagemann – March 16
Our BGMC totals: girls $290.24 and boys $259.26. They’re racing to $500 in hopes of winning that prize!
Family Uniting Night: Stay after church on Saturday, March 11, for some pizza and a Nerf War! Bring your own nerf gun and ammunition!
March Missions Madness: March Change for Souls. Clean out all your change under those sofa cushions, in your dresser drawers, and under the beds. There will be buckets in The Well and at the Kid’s Check-In Station where you can put all that change which will go to BGMC to change a soul for Jesus!