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Rebuilding the Temple (story, video & audio)

God’s people the Israelites are allowed, by decree of King Cyrus of Persia, to return to their homeland. Upon arrival they realize the extent of the devastation the exile had on the city of Jerusalem. They begin work on the Temple, slowly rebuilding it.

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Fall of Judah (story, video & audio)

After a series of “evil” kings, the LORD God sends King Nebuchadnezzer of Babylon into the land of Judah and exiles its king and people. Later, King Neb destroys the city of Jerusalem and the Temple of the LORD.

For a period of 70 years, the people of Judah are in semi-permanent time-out.

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King Josiah of Judah (story, video & audio)

King Josiah’s dad and grandfather were kings, and not very good kings at all. Josiah became king at the age of 8, and it wasn’t until the 18th year of his reign that in the process of repairing the Temple a scroll was discovered. It was the Book of the Law (the Torah). King Josiah was deeply saddened at how far God’s people had strayed from Him and had the people renew the covenant with the LORD.

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King Hezekiah of Judah (story, video & audio)

King Hezekiah was a good king. He helped turn the idolatry of his fellow Israelites back to the LORD. During Hezekiah’s reign, the northern kingdom of Israel was conquered by the Assyrians, which in turn, came knocking on Judah’s doorstep. The King and the people sought the LORD while under siege from Sennacherib, King of Assyria. The LORD rescued them from Sennacherib’s hand and spared them.

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Story of Isaiah (story, video & audio)

In Isaiah chapter 6, a remarkable thing happens: Isaiah meets the LORD! It’s an incredible scene! The Main Street students get to act like “seraphs” during the teaching time today!

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Stories of Elisha (story, video & audio)

Kathy Baker walks the Main Street students through the various stories and encounters of Elisha.

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Story lesson (664.39kb, pdf)

Kingdom Falls Apart and Divides (story, video & audio)

Kingdom Falls Apart and Divides - y2_w29

King Solomon marries 600 women who in turn lead him away from the LORD. Solomon follows after the gods of his wives. Judgment from the LORD includes the tearing / dividing of the kingdom.

Jeroboam harasses Solomon, and ends up fleeing for his life.

Solomon’s successor to the throne of Israel is his son, Rehoboam. This young man chooses to defy the wishes of the people of Israel (to go easy on them as his father, Solomon, worked them hard).

Rehoboam tells them his finder is thicker than his father’s waist and they can expect to be worked harder!

Led by Jeroboam, the people of the North (Israel) divided from the people of the South (Judah and Benjamin), led by Rehoboam.

Thus the kingdom was divided in two.

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Solomon Becomes King and Asks for Wisdom (story & video)

Solomon Becomes King and Asks for Wisdom - y2_w27

King David dies and his son, Solomon, assumes the throne. The LORD asks young Solomon what he could do for him. Solomon responds by asking for wisdom so he could rule well. The LORD is pleased with Solomon’s request and further grants him wealth and fame as well.

King Solomon wrote numerous proverbs and wise sayings. There is even an example of the application of his wisdom as he settled a dispute between two young mothers over a baby.

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David Takes a Census (story & video)

David Takes a Census and Buys a Threshold - y2_w26

King David decides to count his troops, realizes that was a bad decision (after the fact), has to choose one of three punishments, and buys the porch (threshold) where the plague stopped.

Interestingly, the “porch” that David bought became the sight where King Solomon placed the Temple.

Saul (and Jonathan) Die and David Becomes King (story & video)

Saul Dies and David Becomes King - y2_w22

Regime change seems to be difficult sometimes. It was no different in the early years of Israel’s monarchy. King Saul had reigned for a while, then was killed in battle. Normally one of his sons would be installed as the next king, but God had rejected Saul’s kingship and passed it on to David. As David assumes control of the country, some violent things happen. But eventually, over a period of time, David unites the entire land of Israel under his kingship and establishes the capital city of Jerusalem.

**Note**
This story is rather violent in nature. A lot of killing takes place.

Click Here to watch the version of this story we did 3 years ago.

David, Nabal and Abigail (story & video)

David, Nabal and Abigail - y2_w21

David encounters a “fool” (Nabal) and almost succumbs to a rash decision. Thank goodness for Abigail!

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David Spares Saul’s Life Twice (story & video)

David Spares Saul's Life Twice - y2_w20

King Saul was actively trying to kill David and he had numerous chances. In these two stories (1 Samuel 24, 26), David had a chance to end Saul’s life and chose to follow God and not himself. David would not lay a hand on the LORD’s anointed.

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David and Jonathan (story & video)

David and Jonathan - y2_w19

David is successful in whatever Saul sent him to do, then Saul got jealous and tried to kill David a number of times. In the process, David and Saul’s son Jonathan became best friends and looked out for each other.

This is the story of that friendship…

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David and Goliath (story & video)

David and Goliath - y2_w18

Young David does what King Saul is supposed to do: fight Goliath, defend Israel. Instead, Saul depends on David to fight for what is right. And David does so with courage and conviction. David would not let Goliath get away with cursing God and His people.

And the compare and contrast saga between Saul and David begins.

Read 1 Samuel 17:1-58

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Samuel Anoints David as King (story & video)

Samuel Annoints David - y2_w17

Samuel, while a little afraid, heads to Jesse’s house in Bethlehem in search of the next King that the LORD God wants to anoint. From the oldest, to the next six of seven sons, Samuel does not find the King God has chosen. However, little David is out in the fields with the sheep. He is brought in, God tells Samuel that this is the one, and Samuel anoints David.

Found in 1 Samuel 16:1-13