God continued to send faithful kings to rule over the Israelites. King Hezekiah was another faithful king who ruled over the land of Judah. God was gracious to send a king like Hezekiah, who prayed on behalf of his people, asking God to save his people. God did save the people, but king Hezekiah was just a prelude to our one true King, who would save us from our sins – Jesus Christ. Follow along with this devotion, which you can walk through with your family in 10-15 minutes one night this week or review it in 3-5 minutes over the course of the week.
KEY VERSE – DAY ONE:
Review the key verses and hand motions for this unit with your children.
“And the angel said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid, for look I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, has been born for you in the city of David.’” – Luke 2:10-11
“Yahweh is good, and his love endures forever. His faithfulness endures through all the generations.” – Psalm 100:5
BIG PICTURE QUESTION – DAY ONE:
Ask your children the Big Picture Question for this unit: How many gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.
MAIN POINT – DAY ONE:
Share with your children that this week’s main point is God answered Hezekiah’s prayer.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from 2 Kings 18-19. This story can be found on page 116 of the Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
The Southern Kingdom of Judah had many kings. When King Ahaz died, his son Hezekiah became king. Hezekiah was not like his father. Ahaz had been a bad king, but Hezekiah did what was right. Hezekiah trusted God and obeyed His commands.
One day, the Assyrians attacked the Northern Kingdom of Israel. The Assyrian army destroyed the kingdom and made the people in the capital city go to Assyria.
A few years later, the Assyrians came to Judah. Hezekiah was afraid. He did not trust God to protect His people. Instead, Hezekiah sent a message to the king of Assyria. Hezekiah said, “Please go away. I’ll give you as much money as you want.”
But the king of Assyria did not go away. His large army and some of his leaders went to talk to Hezekiah. “Whom are you trusting to protect you?” they asked. “Our armies are stronger than yours. You should just give up now,” they said.
Hezekiah sent a message to Isaiah the prophet. “Pray for us! Ask God to protect us!”
Isaiah responded, “God says: Do not be afraid. The king will go back to his country, and he will be killed there.
Hezekiah went to the temple. He spread out the king’s letter and prayed. He said, “God, please save us from Assyria so that everyone on earth will know that You are the one true God.”
Then Isaiah came to Hezekiah with a message. God had heard Hezekiah’s prayer. God was not going to let Assyria attack Jerusalem. God said, “I will defend this city and rescue it for My sake and to keep the promise I made to My servant David – that his kingdom would not be destroyed.”
That night, the angel of the Lord went into the camp of the Assyrian army and killed thousands of them. The next morning, the king of Assyria went home. He was killed there, just as God had said.
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- Did King Hezekiah trust God? (yes)
- What did the leaders of Assyria say in their letter? (God would not protect Judah)
- What did Hezekiah do after he got the letter? (went to the temple, spread out the letter, and prayed)
- What did God do? (defeat the Assyrian army)
- What was the name of the faithful king in the story? (Hezekiah)
- Hezekiah was king over what kingdom? (Judah)
- Which country tried to invade Judah? (Assyria)
- What did Hezekiah ask Isaiah to do? (pray for him)
- How did God answer Hezekiah’s prayer? (God saved the city of Jerusalem and killed many of the Assyrian soldiers)
- How many God’s are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.
WORSHIP – DAY FOUR:
CHRIST CONNECTION – DAY FIVE:
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
Hezekiah prayed that God would save His people from their enemies so that everyone would know He is the one true God. Jesus also prayed for His people. Then Jesus, the Son of God, died on the cross and rose again to save people from sin.
Hezekiah prayed that God would save His people from their enemies so that everyone would know that He is the one true God. God answered Hezekiah’s prayer. Jesus also prayed for His people to be saved. God answered Jesus’ prayer. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus brought glory to God by rescuing people from sin and death.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
As you pray, thank God for listening to this prayer. Praise God that He answers our prayers, even if we don’t understand the way in which He answers them. Ask God to help you to trust Him in His answers to our prayers. Thank Him for saving His people by sending His Son, Jesus, like how He saved the people of Judah.