Christmas for Beginners – Day 20

The Return from Exile Just the gist (for small children and others with tiny attention spans):               The Jews return to Jerusalem after being freed by King Cyrus.  They rebuild the temple, re-learn the Torah and rebuild the wall around the city. For those that can handle just a bit more: “You will seek me and find…

Christmas for Beginners – Day 19

Exile - The Southern Kingdom Just the gist (for small children and others with tiny attention spans):               The Jews in Babylonian captivity remained faithful to God and the law by praying and very strictly observing the dietary laws of the Torah.  God rewarded them with his protection.  He allowed Daniel to interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams, saved his three…

Christmas for Beginners – Day 18

Exile – The Northern Kingdom Just the gist (for small children and others with tiny attention spans):               There were some Israelites that remained faithful to God in the Northern Kingdom, despite Assyria’s very successful campaign to assimilate them into their pagan culture.  Tobit and his family were one such family.  God rewarded their faith by sending the…

Christmas for Beginners – Day 17

Judah and the Babylonian Conquest Just the gist (for small children and others with tiny attention spans):               Judah alternated between good and bad kings.  King Hezekiah and King Josiah were particularly good.  Unfortunately, after Josiah, the were no more good kings.  The kingdom was conquered by Babylon and the Jews were marched into captivity. For those that can…

Christmas for Beginners – Day 16

Israel and the Assyrian Conquest Just the gist (for small children and others with tiny attention spans):   The Northern Tribes (now called Israel) had a famously bad king named Ahab who chased after idolatry like the captain with the same name chased after his white whale.  The prophet Elijah turned the hearts of Israel back to…