Advent part 3

Today, light the purple candle of the prophets. read Micah 5:2

“but you, o Bethlehem Ephrarthah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. yet a ruler of Israel, whose origins are in the distant past, will come from you on my behalf.”

in Matthew 2 wise men from the east came to Jerusalem following the star to worship the newborn king of the Jews, and king Herod was disturbed by this and asked the priests where the messiah would be born. the Jewish priests at that time knew the prophet Micah’s words and answered “Bethlehem in Judea”. 

for the Jesse tree we have spoken about creation, the fall of man, Seth and the image of God, and the flood. next we have 

ABRAHAM-. God called him to leave his home and relative. in Gen 12 God says “go to the land that I will show you” and he gives him a PROMISE “I will make you into a great nation.” God specifically says “all the families on earth will be blessed” through him. Jesus the Messiah was born in the line of Abraham. Abraham was the father of the Jewish nation. In Gen 22:17 God promised to make his “descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the sea shore.”  God fulfilled His promise to make Abraham a great nation, and to save all nations on earth through his son Jesus. An ornament with stars can be a great symbol for the promise to Abraham. *discuss with your kids what kind of things God wants us to do.

ISAAC -God told Abraham “take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you”.  This is a hard one even for adults to understand. but basically it is a description of trust. *for the  kiddos, put a clean liner in your trash can. tell you child(ren) to get a favorite toy and put it in the trash can. if they are like my kids, they will, at least, protest. then remind them you love them and ask them to trust you. at that point you can explain that God never wanted Isaac to be the physical sacrifice but He was building Abraham’s trust and faith. and, there was foreshadowing of God’s plan for His own one and only Son to be the physical sacrifice of the world. you can give their toys back to them. Our symbol for this lesson is a RAM, for God provided a ram caught in the thicket for Abraham and He provided a Lamb for the everyone.

 

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