A Young Ruler

Scripture: 2 Kings 11-12, 2 Chronicles 23-24

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn godly leaders can point people who had rejected God back to worshipping and obeying God.
  • Students will learn it is important to heed the advice of godly people.
  • Students will learn it is important to worship and obey God for our entire lives.
  • Students will review days, weeks, month, and years using a calendar.

Guiding Question: What can we do to prevent ourselves from moving farther from God?

Materials: Printed calendars

Procedure: Review the story of Joash from the scriptures above. Remind students that Joash was godly as long as Jehoiada was alive. He didn’t make his faith his own though so when Jehoiada died, Joash gradually moved farther and farther from God. Explain to the students that it is important to have their own faith so that they can learn from God, worship God, and experience a personal relationship with God. Growing in faith can be supported by seeking advice from godly people who can help you based on their own experiences.

Introduce the activity. Show students a month on a calendar and have them share with you how many days are in a week, weeks in a month, and months in a year. Explain how different months have a different number of days. Give students a printed copy of this year’s calendar. Have them practice finding different dates based on the information you give them. For example:

-Today is March 17. What will the date be in 20 days?

-Today is April 5. What will the date be in 2 months?

-Today is July 19. What will the date be in 1 month and 5 days?

Additional Questions: How can students create calendar problems to challenge others?
Supplemental Activity: Have students create a list of 5 dates and questions similar to the ones given in the original activity. Have the students share their questions with another student to solve on their calendar.

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