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Recap

Week 2 of Advent. Today our reading and message focused on the story of Abraham. We learned God’s promises never fail, even when they seem impossible.

This week we continue walking through the grand story of salvation through the Old Testament and kids can follow along as well from The Jesus Storybook by Sally Lloyd Jones.

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Readings

            “The true light that gives light was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.”

John 1:9-10

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Genesis 22

Jesus Storybook “The Present”

(pg 62-69)

Genesis 29-30

Jesus Storybook

“The Girl no One Wanted”

(pg 70-75)

Genesis 37-46

Jesus Storybook

“The Forgiving Prince”

(pg 76-83)

Exodus 3-13

Jesus Storybook

“God to the Rescue”

(pg 84-91)

Exodus 14-15

Jesus Storybook

“God Makes a Way”

(pg 92-99)

Exodus 16-17,19-40

Jesus Storybook

“Ten Ways to be Perfect

(pg 100-107)

Luke 1:5-17, 57-80

 

Questions to think about as you read:

  1. Focus in on verses 17-18 in the text. Imagine Abraham hearing those words. It must have been overwhelming! Do you think Abraham realized the enormity of this promise? As you read it do you realize the enormity of this promise?
  2. We find here the story of Jacob. But instead of thinking about Jacob, today we are going to focus on Jacob’s wife, Leah. Put yourself in Leah’s shoes, you are the “second choice”- verse 30- “and his love for Rachel was greater than his love for Leah.”

How would you feel if you were Leah? Now read verse 31. When human love failed, whose love was always there? How can this give you comfort today?

  1. Onto Joseph. Throughout this story there are clear parallels to Jesus. Joseph’s brothers hated him and in the end, they didn’t even recognize him. What connections can you make between that situation in Genesis and John 1:9-12?
  2. Read again the story of the Exodus. God liberates his people from the oppressive rule of the Egyptians. This must have been an exhilarating and scary time for the people of Israel. Maybe some of you can remember or heard stories from your family of your city being liberated during World War II. Do you think you shared some of the same feelings the Israelites had? How does knowing we have been fully liberated from sin into life through Jesus give you hope? How can you celebrate that on a daily basis?
  3. The crossing of the Red Sea is a story most of us are familiar with. Actually, it becomes quite easy to skim over it and say - “Oh yeah that was cool.” But let’s really think about that! God parted a HUGE sea so the Israelites could cross on DRY GROUND! God’s power should never cease to amaze us! Yet there are times in our life when we doubt God’s power or think God is done working in powerful ways. Take some time and think of a moment in your life when you doubted God’s power. Then think about a time when God’s power amazed you.
  4. “Only one Person could keep all the rules. And many years later God would send him- to stand in their place and be perfect for them. Because rules couldn’t save them. Only God could save them.”

Rules are meant to be followed (speed limits, sports rules, etc.) And some of us try to follow all the rules. But how does it make you feel that you cannot keep these rules of the Ten Commandments? What does it mean to you that Jesus has “been perfect” for you?

  1. Prepare your heart for worship this morning and read this passage. John the Baptist was born to prepare the way for Jesus. He was a herald. How can you be a herald of the good news of Jesus today?