Happy first week of Advent, friends! I’m so glad you’re here today. In the coming weeks I’ll be going through scripture with you here on the blog. If you’d like to print the scripture verses and the discussion prompts you can find them here. These are simple enough you can do them with your littles, but I pray you take some time to reflect on them as well. Let’s dive in, shall we?
Yet God is here, and here can I meet Him in the Person of His dear Son, in whom dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Oh, what bliss there is in incarnation if we remember that herein God’s omnipotence comes down to man’s feebleness and infinite Majesty stoops to man’s infirmity!Charles Spurgeon
In the beginning was the Word (John 1:1) In Him was life and the life was the light of men. This is one of my favorite passages in scripture and one I taught my boys to memorize early on. This passage is similar to Genesis 1:1 in the beginning God. John is telling us that Jesus was there in the beginning. He was involved in the creation of all things. Jesus is God and all things were made through Him and through Him and Him alone we have eternal life.
WEEK ONE WE WILL BE READING THESE PASSAGES:
Genesis 1 and John 1:1-5 | Isaiah 9:2-7 | Isaiah 11:1-10 and Jeremiah 23:5-6 | Jeremiah 33:14-16 | Luke 1:5-10 and Isaiah 40:1-11 | Luke 1:11-17 | Luke 1:18-25
Questions to ask your children this week and ponder yourself.
Who do you think the Word is? What does it mean that the Word became flesh? Not only did Jesus bring the Word He is the Word (Logos in the Greek means complete message) and Jesus is the complete message. God has revealed Himself to us through Jesus. Everything God wants to communicate to us He does so through Jesus, who is the full embodiment and expression of God.
Who is the great light? What are some names Isaiah said Jesus would be called? Discuss them. Jesus is our Great Light. He not only shines light in the darkness, exposing our sinfulness He illuminates our way to salvation.
In Jeremiah 33:14-26 …God makes an eternal covenant with David. What are some of the promises of God? What has God made clear?
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 16 In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.” Jeremiah 33:14-16
Jesus, our righteous branch, will execute perfect righteous judgment and He will establish His kingdom on earth at His second coming.
In Luke, what does righteous mean? Talk about John the Baptist, how he would eventually prepare the way for the Lord. Why was Zachariah afraid? Why was he unable to speak after the angel left him?
If you want to read some Old Testament Scriptures this week these are what we are reading: We will be going through these during our morning basket time.
Genesis 1 & 2 | Genesis 3 | Genesis 6 & 7 and 9:8-17 | Genesis 12:1-9 and 15:1-21 | Genesis 22:1-18 and Hebrews 11:17 | Genesis 28:1-22 | Genesis 37:3-36 and 45:1-28
Questions and things to ponder with your children:
When teaching and discussing scripture with my boys I like to incorporate our catechisms when I can. I feel like those questions and answers really help them to understand and remember scripture. In Genesis we read about creation and the fall of man. Questions you can ask your children, Who created all things? What were Adam and Eve made of? What did God call His creation? Our catechism asks the question, In what condition were Adam and Eve when God made them? (Holy and happy) Did they stay holy and happy? (No) Who tempted Eve? What happened when Eve ate the fruit and gave it to her husband. Why did they eat the fruit? (Because they didn’t believe what God said) Are we sinners? (Yes, all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God) Ask them if they know what sin is?
Why did God send the flood to the earth? Who built the ark? What was the sign of God’s covenant? Does God keep His promises?
What did God promise Abraham, Did Abraham do what God told Him to do? What was credited to Abraham as righteousness? The offering of Isaac can be a hard discussion with littles. Talk about what God asked Abraham to do and why did He asked this of Him. Talk about How God provided for Abraham and how this points to Jesus as our lamb and perfect sacrifice. God provided His son to come into the world as fully God and fully man, live a perfect and sinless life to die the death we deserve on the cross. Condemned for our sins, and through Him alone we are forgiven and promised eternal life.
Why did Jacob leave his home? What was promised to Jacob in his dream? How do we see God keeping His promises?
Who was given the coat of many colors? Joseph’s brothers didn’t like him, they were very jealous. What did they do to him? How did God use Joseph for his good and God’s glory?
Thank you for stopping by friends, blessings and Happy Advent