Includes a lesson on Ezekiel the Watchman and the Valley of Dry Bones.
Warning! Children’s Sunday School Lesson
Use this children’s Sunday School lesson about Ezekiel to teach kids about the need to tell others about their faith.
Needed: Bibles, a volunteer to play Ezekiel (or you can do this yourself)
Intro Game: Watchman – Divide students into two teams. The first team spreads out on one side of your play area and closes their eyes. Choose one of the students on that team to be the Watchman. Explain that a watchman is a lookout to see if another army is coming to attack. In this game, the Watchman won’t use their eyes though. They’ll use their ears.
The second team then tries to sneak up and tag members of the first. If the Watchman hears them sneaking up, he or she calls out, and the first team chases the second until they tag everyone. The teams then switch roles.
Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.)
Say, The two kingdoms of Israel and Judah had been conquered. God let the Assyrians and the Babylonians conquer Israel and Judah because the people of Israel and Judah had done so many bad things. They had believed in and worshipped fake gods instead of the real God, and they had done all the wrong things that God didn’t do want them to do. So, God let the Assyrians and the Babylonians conquer their kingdoms and carry the Israelite people back to Assyria and Babylon.
(Read Ezekiel 1-2 with your students, or read the following story as a summary.)
Ezekiel: Hi, everyone! I’m Ezekiel. I was an Israelite living in Babylon after God punished up by letting the Babylonians conquer us and take us back to their country.
One day, while I was living in Babylon, I began to feel a lot of wind blowing toward me. It was very strong. And there was a huge cloud over my head with lightning in it and fire. Inside the fire were four angels. These angels had four faces, one on each side of their head. One face was a regular human face, but they also had a lion face and an eagle face and a bull face. And they had six wings each, with eyes totally covering their wings.
The four angels were carrying a throne above their heads. God was on the throne. He looked like a man, but from His stomach up, He looked like glowing metal, and from His stomach down, He looked like only fire. I don’t know if that’s how God looks all the time, but that’s how He looked then.
How would all of you like to see God?
Do you think you would be scared?
Well, I can tell you that I was scared, seeing those angels and God. I simply fell down on the ground and bowed before God.
Then God said, “Ezekiel, I’m going to make you a prophet. I want you to go preach to the Israelites living in Babylon and tell them to believe in Me and do the right things that I want them to do. I am making you like a guard on top of the castle. When the guard sees an enemy coming, he’s supposed to warn the rest of the people. Now, I want you to warn the Israelites. Tell them that if they don’t believe in Me and do the right things that I want them to do, then I will punish them again.
“If you don’t warn them, you will be guilty of doing something wrong too, because I told you to warn them and you didn’t. But if you do warn them, and they still won’t believe in Me and do the right things, then only they will be guilty. You will have done the right thing by warning them.”
So, from then on, I was a prophet. Whatever God told me to do, I did. And I tried to warn the people of Israel to start believing in God again and to do the right things that God wanted them to do. Some people believed me and started believing in God, but other people didn’t. At least, I had done what I was supposed to do and warned them, right?
(Have students thank “Ezekiel” for coming to talk to them.)
What did God tell Ezekiel to do? (To warn people to believe in God and do the right things that He wanted them to do.)
What would happen if Ezekiel didn’t warn people to believe in God? (Ezekiel would get in trouble for not warning people as God said.)
Do you think God wants us to tell other people to believe in God too? (Yes.)
What happens to people if they don’t believe in God when they die? Where do they go? (Hell.)
But God doesn’t want people to go to Hell. God loves everyone. He wants us to warn other people to believe in Him so that they can go to Heaven when they die instead of Hell. God says that anyone who believes in Him will go to Heaven and live with Him forever and ever. So, let’s do our best to tell as many people as possible about God so that they can believe in Him too and go to Heaven when they die.
Game: Disciple Tag – Choose one student to be It. When they tag someone, that person links hands with them and joins their team. They continue adding people to their team, linking hands with each one until all but one student is part of their chain. That remaining student becomes It for the next round.
Play two or three rounds and then, explain that when we tell people about Jesus, we want them to believe in Jesus too. If they do, they become a Christian and join our team. Then, they help us tell more people about Jesus.
Activity: Acting it Out – Divide students into groups of two or three. Have each group decide on and act out one way that they can help someone and convince them to believe in Jesus. Name some outreach activities that your church does if students need help thinking of something.
Closing Prayer: Lord, we thank You for being a good and loving God and wanting everyone to go to Heaven when they die. Help us to tell other people about You so that they can believe in You and go to Heaven when they die.
There is Always Hope with God! Children’s Sunday School Lesson
Use this children’s Sunday School lesson about Ezekiel’s vision of the dry bones coming to life to teach children about hope, including our ultimate hope, in God.
Needed: Bibles, clay or Play-Doh for each student, Fluxx card game or soft balls
Intro Activity: Re-Making – Give each student some clay or Play-Doh and tell them to make whatever they want. When they’re finished, have them show their creations. Then, tell everyone to roll their creations into a ball and start over. Tell them to try to make the exact same thing over again.
When they’re finished re-creating their creations, ask, Was it easy or difficult to make the exact same thing over again?
Was your first creation better or was your second creation better?
If something that God made gets destroyed, He can always remake it to be the exact same. He can even make the second one better if He wants to.
Lesson: Ask, Can anyone think of some bad things that have happened to you? Some things that made you sad?
The two kingdoms of Israel and Judah had been conquered. God let the Assyrians and the Babylonians conquer Israel and Judah because the people of Israel and Judah had done so many bad things. They had believed in and worshipped fake gods instead of the real God, and they had done all the wrong things that God didn’t do want them to do. So, God let the Assyrians and the Babylonians conquer their kingdoms and carry the Israelite people back to Assyria and Babylon.
But even while the people were in Assyria and Babylon, God gave them prophets to teach them and to tell them the right things God wanted them to do. One of those prophets was a priest named Ezekiel, and one day, Ezekiel saw something very strange.
(Read Ezekiel 37:1-10 with your students.)
“The hand of the Lord was on me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’
“I said, ‘Sovereign Lord, You alone know.’
“Then He said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones and say to them, “Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”’
“So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
Then He said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.”’ So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.”
What happened to the bones and the skeletons? (God made them come back to life.)
The Israelites and the people of Judah were very sad to have been conquered and to have to live in Assyria and Babylon, but God told Ezekiel that just like He could bring skeletons back to life, so He could bring the Israelites and the people of Judah back to their own country. Even though God had punished the Israelites, He would forgive them and bring them back. Even though they were sad for now, God would make things better later.
Did you know that God can always make things better for us?
Whatever sad thing happens to us, God can always make it better.
And just like God brought those skeletons back to life, the Bible tells us that one day, Jesus is going to bring everyone who has ever died back to life.
Jesus is going to come back down from Heaven, and He’s going to bring with Him the spirits of everyone who has died and gone to Heaven. Then, He’s going to make their bodies come back up from the grave and make them live again. They’ll look just like they did when they were alive, and they will never die again. They won’t even get hurt or get sick or get old. Their bodies will be perfect.
And if we believe in Jesus, then Jesus will make our bodies perfect too, so that we can live forever and ever with Him.
That’s pretty neat, isn’t it?
So, remember that no matter what happens to us, God can always make things better. God can even bring dead people back to life.
Game: Resurrection Tag – Pick one student to be It. That student is Death. Pick another student to be Jesus. When Death tags someone, they fall down and lie on the ground like they’re dead. Jesus can then come tag them, and they can get back up. If Death tags Jesus, Jesus must count to three (because Jesus was dead for three days), but can then get up again. If Jesus tags Death, the round is over. Play until everyone has had a chance to be both Death and Jesus or as long as time permits.
Remind students that Jesus will come back one day and will raise everyone who believes in Him back to life.
Game: Rule Reversal – Here are two versions of how you can accomplish this activity.
Fluxx – this simple card game requires players to gain two cards to win, but the cards they need constantly change based on what they or other players do. It’s a great game to illustrate the point that even when we’re in a bad situation, God can turn it around instantly.
Dodge Ball Points – If you don’t want to use the card game, you can illustrate the point by playing any familiar game, but then, as one team or student is about to lose, change the rules so that they’re winning. For example, if you’re playing dodgeball and one team is about to lose, announce that they were actually playing a version of the game in which teams score a point for every member of their team that gets hit with a ball. It’s an instant-game changer and shows that God can always turn our situations around.
Closing Prayer: Father God, You can do anything. Even when things are going bad for us, You can make things good again. One day, You will even bring everyone who believed in You back to life. Help us to trust You and to look forward to that day. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
- Ezekieland the Dry Bones – Arch storybook summarizing and illustrating the passage
- Fluxx – simple card game illustrating the message of the lesson
- Dry Bones – free children’s sermon using uncooked macaroni
Both of these lessons are included in my book, Hope in Exile.
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