Sunday, November 29, 2015

Jesse Tree: Day 3, Sin Separates

Scripture: Genesis 3:1-19; Romans 5:12

Symbol: Apple & Snake

Reading: Yesterday we read about the perfect world that God created, including perfect people. Today we read in the Bible about Adam and Eve, and how they disobeyed God. God had given them everything, and had only asked that they not eat the fruit of one special tree. But Eve and Adam did eat the fruit. The fruit made them understand certain things, but eating it brought sin into the world.
God still loved Adam and Eve, but he had to punish them for disobeying him. God sent them out of the beautiful garden, and they had to work for their food. God also made a promise to Adam and Eve: that God would always love them.

Talk about: What kinds of things do we do that make God unhappy? 

Prayer: Mighty God, keep us from doing things that make you unhappy.

Activity: Place a special snack, call the kids. When they arrive, allow them to see the snack but tell them they need to wash their hands before they can come have the treat. Explain that sin separates people from the goodness of God. Because God is holy, He cannot tolerate sin. It is only when our sin has been “washed away” that we can enter God’s presence.

*The symbol and devotions are from The Reformed Church of America and you can use this link to find what I have used and more at their advent site. 

A copy of the directions to make your own Jesse Tree are here and the patterns for the symbols are here

To find a list of all the linked Jesse Tree posts click here

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