Ornament: Wall (Homemade ornament from painted wooden squares glued together)
Scripture: Ezra 1:1-7
The Jesus Storybook Bible: Pages 170-175 Get Ready!
Day 20 Synopsis: More time passes and The King of Persia, King Cyrus, is moved in his heart to allow the Jewish people to return to their homeland ,Jerusalem, and rebuild the Temple of the Lord. Not only that, but he encourages the neighbors of the Jewish people to supply them with gold and silver and other supplies to build the temple. That is pretty amazing to have the empire that once held you as a slave set you free and ask others to give you gold and silver as you go home. That seems like a God thing to me.
This was a step that put God's chosen people closer to the birth of the Rescuer. They were no longer slaves but free people. Operation Christmas was just around the corner. The wall ornament represents the Israelites rebuilding the Temple walls.