Monday, March 30, 2015

Behold the Lamb (Day 1)

picture from the Jesus Storybook Bible
The mantel is cleared except for a wooden cross- it must be Holy Week.  Today, we started a special
Bible study with our toddlers (ages 3, 2, 1) to show them why Jesus had to die on the cross.  I'm calling the study, "Behold the Lamb."

Today, we read the first story in our Jesus Storybook Bible, "The Beginning: A Perfect Home."  This section is a retelling of Genesis 1 and 2: "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Gen 1:1)."  In Jones' book, God says "Hello" to everything that He makes and pronounces it "Good."  The emphasis of the story is on God's plan and His creative power.  After the perfect home is complete, God created man and woman.  "And Adam and Eve joined in the song of the stars and the streams and the wind in the trees, the wonderful song of love to the One who had made them.  Their hearts were filled with happiness.  And nothing ever made them sad or lonely or sick or afraid.  God looked at everything He had made.  'Perfect!' He said.  And it was (JSB, pg 5)."

I wasn't very well organized, so we didn't do any craft or special activity after reading the story.  Since my children are young, we kept the "discussion questions" simple.  "Who made you?  Who loves you?"  I also asked them those questions about other people in our family to emphasis that God made all people and loves all people.

Pinterest has a bunch of Creation-themed crafts you could do if you chose.  I really liked the Days of Creation one by DomanMom.  I also like this coffee filter earth by KidsActivityBlog.  Maybe we'll do one tomorrow to review today's lesson.

If you'd like to read the complete story from the Jesus Storybook Bible, it's available on the book's website (here).  You can also watch the story as a video on Youtube (here).

If all goes well, I hope to continue these devotionals through Easter Sunday.  I hope this blesses you and your family as well.

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