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Okay, guys. You know the drill. It’s the second day of sticking with the same memory verses.
My 6-year-old has it down, no problem. My 5-year-old has everything down, no problem, except for the part we added yesterday. She still needs me to give her the firs couple of words as a prompt. My 3-year-old is still studiously refusing to say anything. She says she’s, “Too full of words to say it.” Uh, okay. She’s full of something, all right.
Here is our memory verse so far:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.”
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”Luke 1:26-33, NIV
What should you teach them?
Here is what I tell my kids:
- Do you remember Elizabeth from yesterday’s reading? She is 6 months pregnant now!
- Do you remember the angel named Gabriel? God sent that same angel to a young woman named Mary. Mary was engaged to a man named Joseph.
- The angel starts his message to Mary by telling her that she is favored by God and that the Lord is with her. Mary is worried because she doesn’t know what the angel means.
- The angel tells Mary not to be afraid, just like he told Zechariah not to be afraid.
- Gabriel then tells Mary that she is going to become pregnant with a son and that his name will be Jesus.
- Gabriel goes on to tell Mary some wonderful things about Jesus. He will be called “Son of the Most High.” Who is the Most High? (God the Father) What do we often call Jesus? (The Son of God)
- He tells her that the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David and that he will reign over Jacob’s descendents forever. These are things that the Bible told the people that the Messiah would come to do.
- At this point, Mary probably realizes that the angel is telling her that her son will be the Messiah. The Messiah is the one that God promised would come to be the king of God’s people and their savior.
- The angel then says that Mary’s son will rule over God’s people forever! That his kingdom will never end! Was the angel right? (Yes.) Is Jesus alive and ruling even today? (Yes!)
- Now is a good time to pray. One thing my 6-year-old prayed for today was for God to heal all the babies who are sick or hurt. Is someone chopping onions in here?