Beulah Land: The Story of Jacob
Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.” Genesis 32:28*
Summary: This week’s story is about God’s promise to Jacob and the continuation of the family of God. Beulah Land puts it this way, “God blesses Jacob repeatedly, though Jacob insists on believing that he has to connive and bargain and cheat in order to make the blessings happen. Yet God goes on blessing him.” You can find this account of Jacob in Genesis 25-33.
Wondering: I wonder if Jacob was glad he stole Esau’s blessing? I wonder what would have happened if he had not stolen it? I wonder if his dream was scary or a good dream? I wonder why Esau forgave Jacob?
Family Followup: This story has a lot of big themes! It might be worth re-reading the story in a bible at home (regular or Jesus Storybook Bible). You can even try acting it out with toys! *The memory verse this week might be a little long for a 3-year-old, but you might can find a different version that would work. The one above is NIV.
Hymn of the Month: This month’s song is the DOXOLOGY. Find the song HERE to practice at home!
Godly Play I: The Great Family
I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Genesis 22:17
Summary: This week your child will be introduced to the “desert box”. Several lessons are given using this setting, as it is an important one in Scripture! They will cover the story of Abraham & Sarah, God’s promise to Abraham (known as the Abrahamic Covenant), and Isaac & Rebekah. You can find this in Genesis 12-15, 24.
Wondering: I wonder what God meant when he said there would be as many descendants as stars in the sky? I wonder what Sarah thought when she learned they were going to have a baby? I wonder who else is in the Great Family?
Family Followup: Go outside and try to count the stars. Pick up a spoonful of dirt and try to count the granules. That’s a lot of family members!
Godly Play II: The Ark and the Temple
O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth- you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way. 2 Chronicles 6:14
Summary: Last week, we explored the life of King David, including the plans for the temple of God for Solomon to build. This week’s lesson is about the building of the temple. It addresses the presence of God with the Israelites. He has always made a way for his people to come near.
Wondering: I wonder what the temple was like? I wonder what part of the temple you liked best? I wonder what King Solomon meant when he said God was too big to be contained in one place? What does it mean that God met with his people in a special way in the temple? I wonder where God lives now?
Family Followup: Google images of the temple. See if your child can identify the different parts. Do some research together: Why was the temple so important to the Israelites? What did it signify? How was the Israelite sanctuary different from pagan sanctuaries?