Hey kids, what’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done? Was it trying out for a sports team? Or giving a speech in front of your whole class? Or maybe it was talking to a new kids at school? Well, today we are going to look at a story in the Old Testament that is all about being brave. Really brave.
The ________ in Jerusalem Needed a Big Fix
Remember what we learned in our last Old Testament story? All of God’s people had gone back to Jerusalem to build a brand new temple to worship God. Today’s story also took place in Jerusalem. The people there had a new problem and it wasn’t the temple, it was the wall. It had been torn down by bad guys!
You might be thinking, it’s just a silly wall. Why does it matter? Well in the Old Testament days walls were really important. If your city didn’t have a wall, it was in big trouble. The wall protected the people in the city from being attacked by bad people. It’s kind of the same as a football player’s helmet and shoulder pads. It keeps them safe. So, what were the people supposed to do fix the wall?
God Used a Cupbearer Named ______________ to Fix the Wall
Have you ever heard of a cupbearer before? It’s not a bear that likes cups. That’s just weird. No, it was the guy who drank the wine before the king did to make sure that it wasn’t poisonous. Do you think you could do a job like that? It would definitely take a guy who is really brave. And Nehemiah was that guy.
Because of who Nehemiah was and what he did, his king was willing to listen to him. Nehemiah told him about what was happening in Jerusalem. He let Nehemiah take a team of people to Jerusalem with him to fix the wall. And off they went!
The Builders Had to Use ___________ and ____________
Yes, you heard that right, they used swords. Not to actually fix the wall, but to protect the people who were working. They were being attacked while they were trying to rebuild the wall, and it was really scary. So, Nehemiah cheered the workers on.
Nehemiah 4:14 Don’t be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your brothers…
He let the workers know that God was with them and was going to protect them. And he did! The people were brave and they were able to rebuild the wall and keep the city of Jerusalem safe. Now, there’s a really important lesson we can learn from Nehemiah and the people who fixed the wall!
God Wants Us to Be __________ Enough to Do Things His Way
Think about how scary it must have been to try and fix the wall while they were surrounded by bad guys. Do you think you would be brave enough to do that? You might think you aren’t, but with God you can be! With God you can be brave enough to help a kid who is being picked on, or to do what you know is right when everyone is else is doing what is wrong, or to tell people all about how much God loves them.
So kids, next time you have to be brave, think of Nehemiah the cupbearer. If he did it, so can you!
Answers: Wall, Nehemiah, Shovels, Swords, Brave Parent Signature:_____________________________
- What was your favorite part of the video? What is one thing you learned from the video?
- Who’s the bravest person you know? Why? What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
- Why was the wall important to Jerusalem?
- Who did God put in charge of building the wall? What was Nehemiah’s job?
- Read Deuteronomy 31:6. Who will never leave us or forget about us? How can you be strong and courageous in your life?
- How will you apply this lesson to your life this week?
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