Today is a review of our memory verses so far. We’re almost halfway done!
Here’s our memory verse:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made;”
I asked my children the following questions. Here is how it went.
Who is the Word?
3YO: God, God, God. God Jesus.
What does it mean by “the beginning?”
5YO: I don’t know.
6YO: The beginning of the world!
3YO: I don’t know.
Who was there in the beginning, before creation?
5YO: Hmmm. God?
6YO: God, the Holy Spirit.
3YO: God, God, God. Jesus God. Jesus and God.
Who made everything in creation?
5YO: Jesus, God.
I tried to clarify a few things for them, but you know what? I’ll take it.
39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”Luke 1:39-45, NIV
What should you teach them?
Here is what I tell my kids.
- In yesterday’s reading, we learned more about the angel Gabriel’s conversation with Mary. He told her that Jesus would not have a human father, but was the Son of God! He also told her about her relative, Elizabeth and her pregnancy that no one thought was possible.
- After Gabriel left, Mary went on a trip to visit Elizabeth.
- When Elizabeth heard Mary greet her, baby John the Baptist leaped in her belly! Elizabeth was then filled with the Holy Spirit.
- Then Elizabeth made a loud announcement to Mary. She called her blessed and she called Mary’s baby blessed also. She also referred to Mary as “the mother of my Lord.”
- Mary knew that Elizabeth was pregnant because Gabriel told her. Elizabeth knew that Mary was pregnant with the Messiah when she was filled with the Holy Spirit!
- Elizabeth continues her announcement by recounting to Mary about how her baby leapt for joy in the womb.
- Another thing that Elizabeth knew about Mary because of the Holy Spirit was that she believed God’s promise to her was true. This is more than we could say about Zechariah when Gabriel came to him.
- As usual, it is a good idea to end the studying of scripture with a prayer. Today, the girls added a prayer for the recipient of our Samaritan Ministries share.