Gospel Project for Kids
Ezra was a priest in Babylon at the end of the exile. More than 50 years after the first
group of exiles returned to Jerusalem and completed and dedicated the temple, Ezra led
a second group back to Jerusalem.
Just as God had been with Nehemiah, He was with Ezra—granting him favor with the
Persian king. The king gave Ezra permission to go to Jerusalem. He provided Ezra with
a letter and access to resources to ensure safe travel. (See Ezra 7:11-26.)
Ezra traveled to Jerusalem with a purpose. God’s people had spent 70 years in exile,
and they needed to be reminded how to live. As a scribe, Ezra was an expert on the law
of Moses, and he had “determined in his heart to study the law of the LORD, obey it, and
teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel” (Ezra 7:10).
Under Nehemiah’s leadership, the people had rebuilt Jerusalem’s walls. They gathered
together at the Water Gate to hear the law of Moses. Men, women, and children--
anyone who could understand—came to listen to the reading of God’s Word.
From early morning until midday, Ezra read from the book of the law of Moses. He stood
on a high wooden platform where everyone could see and hear him. Ezra opened the
book of the law, and everyone stood up. The Levites helped the listeners understand the
words of the law. The people reacted strongly to hearing and understanding the law of
Moses. Verse 9 says the people wept. The law revealed their sin, and they repented.
The law reveals our sin and how short we fall of meeting God’s standard. As you share
with your kids, help them recognize that we cannot meet God’s requirements. We need a
Savior. God sent Jesus to obey the law perfectly and die for our sins. We can trust in
Him for salvation.
God's Word is powerful. When Ezra read God's Word, the people loved God more
and changed their ways. The Bible says that Jesus is "the Word." Jesus is God
who came to live with people on earth. Jesus has the power to change our hearts.
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 STARTING POINTS
Babies and Toddlers
○ Nothing can stop God’s good plan.
○ The Bible tells us God’s plan to rescue us.
○ Ezra read God’s words to the people.
○ The people heard God’s words and turned back to God.
○ The Bible is God’s words to us.
○ Who is in control of everything? God is in control of everything.
○ God’s people promised to obey God.
○ Who is in control of everything? God is in control of everything in heaven
and on earth.
○ God’s people repented and promised to be faithful.
UNIT KEY PASSAGE
1 Peter 5:10
“Malachi the Prophet” (Malachi)