February 20 | The Day of Atonement

Today’s Reading:

Read Leviticus 16

Parents- can you think of a mistake you made as a child?  How about you, kids?   Have you ever made a choice that was not the right choice?  Can you think of a time when you did something that might have gone against what God would have wanted you to do?  We all make mistakes, don’t we?  And we all sin.  (Romans 3:23) 

When God set the rules and the guidelines for the Israelities to follow, He knew they would make wrong choices and not obey Him. He set some things in place for them to be forgiven so they didn’t have to stay separated from Him.  In Leviticus 16, we read about a special day called the Day of Atonement.  Atonement is another way of saying making things right or apologizing for our actions and being forgiven.  The Israelite priests were given instructions that one day a year would be considered a “Day of Atonement.” On this day, the Israelites would be forgiven for any of the sins they had committed.   


Read II Corinthians 5:21. This is a picture of our atonement as Christ followers todayTalk about the sacrifice Jesus made so we could be forgivenThank God for sending Jesus to do that for all of us. 

February Memory Verse:

“For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

Hebrews 4:12

Using the daily reading prompts from George H. Guthrie’s Read the Bible for Life, here’s how to use this devotional:
  1. Bring your Bible!  Your kids need to see that everything you are reading to them or learning about comes from an actual Bible!
  2. Each day starts with a reading prompt.  Read the selection as a family.  If your kids are readers, encourage them to read along with you.
  3. After you’ve read the passage, read the short devotional thought that goes along with each passage.
  4. Prayer and application are important any time we read God’s word!  After each devotional, there is a challenge to help apply what your family has read that day.
  5. There is a reading for six days of the week.  The last reading of the week is a Gospel Conversation Prompt to help you connect the reading from the week with God’s plan for salvation.

Other Resources:

February Memory Verse

february memory verse song

February memory verse coloring sheet

february Fill-in the blank activity

february calendar