Thursday, December 3, 2015

Jesse Tree: Day 7 God Provides a Sacrifice

Scripture: Genesis 22:1-14; James 2:21-24 

Symbol: Ram

Reading: Isaac was a special boy, and his father, Abraham, loved him very much. But Abraham loved God even more than he loved Isaac. One day God asked Abraham to take Isaac on a journey. Abraham obeyed. God also asked Abraham to kill Isaac as a sacrifice, as a way of showing how much Abraham loved God.
Abraham was sad, but he knew that he had to obey God. He trusted that even though he was being asked to do something terrible, God would make everything right. As he was getting ready to sacrifice Isaac, God sent an angel to stop Abraham and save Isaac's life. Then Abraham sacrificed a sheep as a way of honoring God, and to thank him for saving Isaac's life.

Talk about: When did you feel protected by God? 

Prayer: Protect us, dear God, when we have to do things that make us sad.

Activity: Have each child get their favorite toy and put it on the table. Ask them how they would feel if you took it and threw it away. Let them express their feelings during this time. Share with them that Abraham probably felt the same way, but he trusted God. This story also gives us a glimpse of God’s plan to save us. God’s only Son (“his best toy”) would be offered as the sacrifice for our sins. Jesus would have thorns on His head, similar to the ram caught by his horns in the thicket. Give back the toys and talk about how happy they are to have the toy back and how Abraham must have also felt so happy.

*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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