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LIVING WORDS A Term 2 OUTLINE Trusting the Great King

LIVING WORDS A Term 2 LESSON 1 Psalm 2

Why do the nations

When a new king was crowned in Israel, this psalm was sung at the coronation, or crowning, ceremony. This psalm invites us to step back and look at the kings of our world from God’s perspective. This psalm shows us that God is the Great King over all the kings in our world because he is the Great King of heaven and earth.

LIVING WORDS A Term 2 LESSON 2 Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd

Not only is God the Great King of heaven and earth, he is also a king who cares deeply about his people. God provides for his people just like a shepherd provides for his sheep. God never leaves his people like a shepherd never leaves his sheep. The psalmist’s confident trust in God also enables him to look forward to the time when he will live with the Great King forever.

LIVING WORDS A Term 2 LESSON 3 Psalm 33

Sing joyfully to the Lord

What is the Great King of heaven and earth like? This psalm is a praise psalm that tells us why we praise him, what he is like, and what he has done. God is the Great King of heaven and earth. He deserves our best praise.

LIVING WORDS A Term 2 LESSON 4 Job 1, 2

But he didn’t do anything wrong

Everyone knows that Job is a man who faithfully follows God. He doesn’t do evil things, but always makes godly choices. That is why it is really hard to understand why all the bad things happen to Job. We get a sneak peek into a conversation between God and Satan, the Prince of Darkness, that shows us a little bit of what happens behind the scenes.

LIVING WORDS A Term 2 LESSON 5 Job 3.20–26

Why me?

When people suffer and experience hard times, it can be very difficult to understand why it happens, especially if those people are good people and haven't done anything wrong. Job shows us what to do in hard times—we tell our troubles to the Great King. Job brings all his complaints to God.

LIVING WORDS A Term 2 LESSON 6 Job 38.1–38; 42.1–17

Where is God in all those hard times?

Although Job's friends have tried to help him and show him where he has gone wrong, they end up being no help at all. This is where God steps in. God speaks to Job in beautiful poetry, asking question after question, and by the end of the poem, Job better understands his own place within the world that God has created.

LIVING WORDS A Term 2 LESSON 7 Ezekiel 34.1–16

More shepherds

Ezekiel speaks God's words to the people of Judah as they live in captivity in Babylon. Ezekiel speaks God's words of judgment against the kings of Israel. The kings of Israel were supposed to represent God’s rule to his people. Kings were supposed to care for God’s people like a shepherd, but Israel’s kings were not like this. God himself will come down to fix the situation and to care for his people.

LIVING WORDS A Term 2 LESSON 8 Ezekiel 37.1–14

What can the Great King do with dry bones?

Although Ezekiel brings God's words of judgement to Judah, he also brings God's words of hope. The exiles in Babylon feel like they have lost everything; their land, their temple and their king are all gone. Is the situation hopeless? Can God do anything when all hope seems lost? Ezekiel’s message shows God’s re-creative power will redeem Israel’s hopeless situation.

LIVING WORDS A Term 2 LESSON 9 Habakkuk 1.1–2.4

How can you just sit there and do nothing?

Habakkuk has a big problem. God’s chosen people are not faithful and Habakkuk can't understand why God doesn't do anything to stop it. God answers Habakkuk, telling him that consequences are coming for Israel at the hands of the Babylonians. Habakkuk again wonders why God lets the wicked people do the judging. God's answer shows that Israel's enemies will not survive, but that the faithful ones will live by continuing to be faithful.

LIVING WORDS A Term 2 LESSON 10 Habakkuk 3

Faithfully following the Great King

Habakkuk responds to his conversation with the Great King with a psalm where he asks God for mercy in the coming judgement. As he remembers God’s mighty acts in the past, Habakkuk can move from worry about the judgement to faith and trust in the Great King who has always been faithful to his people. The faithful person remembers God's faithful actions in the past and trusts God even with the doubts and worries that come with hard times.

LIVING WORDS A Term 2 Trusting the Great King

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The Wise Words in God’s Old Words, the Old Testament, teach us about how people faithfully live with God as their Great King. There are many different types of writing including songs, prayers, poems and sayings that teach us how to make faithful choices. They also include God’s words to Israel that were spoken through his messengers, the prophets. The Wise Words help us to be faithful to the Great King and this term we will be learning about how to trust the Great King.

This unit contains one term outline plus ten lessons for Lower Primary, Middle Primary and Upper Primary. The sample lesson pictured is Lesson 3 for Middle Primary.

LIVING WORDS A Term 2 OUTLINE Trusting the Great King

LIVING WORDS A Term 2 LESSON 1 Psalm 2

Why do the nations

When a new king was crowned in Israel, this psalm was sung at the coronation, or crowning, ceremony. This psalm invites us to step back and look at the kings of our world from God’s perspective. This psalm shows us that God is the Great King over all the kings in our world because he is the Great King of heaven and earth.

LIVING WORDS A Term 2 LESSON 2 Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd

Not only is God the Great King of heaven and earth, he is also a king who cares deeply about his people. God provides for his people just like a shepherd provides for his sheep. God never leaves his people like a shepherd never leaves his sheep. The psalmist’s confident trust in God also enables him to look forward to the time when he will live with the Great King forever.

LIVING WORDS A Term 2 LESSON 3 Psalm 33

Sing joyfully to the Lord

What is the Great King of heaven and earth like? This psalm is a praise psalm that tells us why we praise him, what he is like, and what he has done. God is the Great King of heaven and earth. He deserves our best praise.

LIVING WORDS A Term 2 LESSON 4 Job 1, 2

But he didn’t do anything wrong

Everyone knows that Job is a man who faithfully follows God. He doesn’t do evil things, but always makes godly choices. That is why it is really hard to understand why all the bad things happen to Job. We get a sneak peek into a conversation between God and Satan, the Prince of Darkness, that shows us a little bit of what happens behind the scenes.

LIVING WORDS A Term 2 LESSON 5 Job 3.20–26

Why me?

When people suffer and experience hard times, it can be very difficult to understand why it happens, especially if those people are good people and haven't done anything wrong. Job shows us what to do in hard times—we tell our troubles to the Great King. Job brings all his complaints to God.

LIVING WORDS A Term 2 LESSON 6 Job 38.1–38; 42.1–17

Where is God in all those hard times?

Although Job's friends have tried to help him and show him where he has gone wrong, they end up being no help at all. This is where God steps in. God speaks to Job in beautiful poetry, asking question after question, and by the end of the poem, Job better understands his own place within the world that God has created.

LIVING WORDS A Term 2 LESSON 7 Ezekiel 34.1–16

More shepherds

Ezekiel speaks God's words to the people of Judah as they live in captivity in Babylon. Ezekiel speaks God's words of judgment against the kings of Israel. The kings of Israel were supposed to represent God’s rule to his people. Kings were supposed to care for God’s people like a shepherd, but Israel’s kings were not like this. God himself will come down to fix the situation and to care for his people.

LIVING WORDS A Term 2 LESSON 8 Ezekiel 37.1–14

What can the Great King do with dry bones?

Although Ezekiel brings God's words of judgement to Judah, he also brings God's words of hope. The exiles in Babylon feel like they have lost everything; their land, their temple and their king are all gone. Is the situation hopeless? Can God do anything when all hope seems lost? Ezekiel’s message shows God’s re-creative power will redeem Israel’s hopeless situation.

LIVING WORDS A Term 2 LESSON 9 Habakkuk 1.1–2.4

How can you just sit there and do nothing?

Habakkuk has a big problem. God’s chosen people are not faithful and Habakkuk can't understand why God doesn't do anything to stop it. God answers Habakkuk, telling him that consequences are coming for Israel at the hands of the Babylonians. Habakkuk again wonders why God lets the wicked people do the judging. God's answer shows that Israel's enemies will not survive, but that the faithful ones will live by continuing to be faithful.

LIVING WORDS A Term 2 LESSON 10 Habakkuk 3

Faithfully following the Great King

Habakkuk responds to his conversation with the Great King with a psalm where he asks God for mercy in the coming judgement. As he remembers God’s mighty acts in the past, Habakkuk can move from worry about the judgement to faith and trust in the Great King who has always been faithful to his people. The faithful person remembers God's faithful actions in the past and trusts God even with the doubts and worries that come with hard times.

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