Advent-Day 12-Ruth

Welcome!

This month we are learning about God, God’s son Jesus and Jesus’ earthly family tree.

The next person in Jesus’ family tree is a woman named Ruth. She has her own book of the Bible and our lesson on Ruth can be found here. Our story today will be an abbreviated version.

Ruth had a mother-in-law named Naomi and Naomi’s husband AND Ruth’s husband had died. Back then, if the husband died, the wife would have no money and no way to take care of herself, so Naomi planned to go back to her people in Bethlehem (does that sound familiar?)

But Ruth wouldn’t let her go alone. She stayed right with Naomi and when they got there, Ruth went to fields to pick the leftover food for her and Naomi to share.

A man named Boaz owned the fields and he saw how hard-working and nice Ruth was. He saw that she took good care of Naomi and so he told her she could pick food from his fields anytime she wanted. Then he gave her a LOT of food to take home to Naomi.

When she told Naomi about it, Naomi said, “I know Boaz! He is part of out family! He will help us!”

Boaz was called a kinsman-redeemer…or a family member who could save them. (Just like Jesus saves us and takes care of us!) Boaz promised to take care of Ruth and Naomi and he even married Ruth.

Later Ruth would become King David’s grandma! And she would be part of Jesus’ family.

God is our redeemer. To redeem something means to save it, to forgive any bad in it, or to pay the price for something. When Jesus came, He died for us and He paid the price for our sins. He forgives us and saves us. (Job 19:25, Is 44:6, Luke 1:68 (Zechariah’s song)).

 

As we continue the story of Jesus’ birth, we remember that Mary and Joseph were visiting Bethlehem because all the people had to be counted, but when they got there, there was no where for them to stay?! Finally, someone said they could stay in the barn.

Can you imagine Mary and her big old belly sleeping in the barn? Have you ever been in a stinky barn? With hay and animals? They were probably happy for a warm place to stay, but I’m sure it’s not what they were expecting. (Just like Ruth had no idea she would be saved and married to Boaz when she followed her mother-in-law Naomi!)

Do you know what happens next in that barn? We’ll see tomorrow!

 

Bible story: Ruth

Attribute of God: Redeemer

Jesus’ birth story: room in the barn

Craft:

Side one of our ornament today is a circle and we cut out some shapes of grain. Then using the tips of our scissors, we fringed the wheat.

Our text reads: Day 12- Ruth

God is our redeemer. Ruth 1:1-2:3, Job 19:25IMG_0333

Side two of our ornament is a circle with a barn. (My son added some spider webs to the barn).

Our text reads: Mary and Joseph stayed in a barn. Luke 2

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Our current family tree, front and back:

 

Thanks for joining us. Love to you all!

 

Advent-Day 10-Commandments

Welcome!

This month we are learning about God, God’s son Jesus and Jesus’ earthly family tree.

Today we will learn a bit more about Moses. Our complete lesson on Moses and the 10 Commandments can be found here and in Exodus 19-23, and in Deuteronomy 5 in the Bible. (Our lesson today will be an abbreviated version of this story).

So after Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, God led them through the desert to a place called Mount Sinai. There, God called Moses up the mountain and He gave Moses the list of rules all the Israelites should follow. God knows rules help keep us safe. When we follow the rules God gives us, it helps us be more like Him. But can anybody ever follow ALL the rules? No. We all make mistakes sometimes. (Rom 3:23) So the rules also help remind us that we all sin, and that we need God’s forgiveness. The Israelites didn’t always follow the rules either. But God promised He would send a savior (someone to save them) from the forever consequence of death. That person would be God’s son Jesus.

Isaiah 33:22 says, “For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is He who will save us.”

 

So after Zechariah and Elizabeth had baby John, and Mary and Joseph still had baby Jesus in Mary’s tummy, the king made a rule that everyone had to go back to where they were born and register because he wanted see how many people there were. (Luke 2) Joseph was from Bethlehem (he was part of King David’s family) so he and Mary traveled all the way from Nazareth (where they lived) to Bethlehem. It was probably very uncomfortable for Mary because her tummy was so big. But obeying this law was part of God’s plan for Jesus’ birth story. So Mary and Joseph went and we’ll see soon what happens when they get to Bethlehem.

 

Bible Story: Moses and the commandments

Attribute of God: Law-Giver

Jesus’ birth story: Traveling to Bethlehem

Craft:

Side one of our ornament today is an orange circle of construction paper (you can use any color you’d like) and then we cut out two stone tablets like the one Moses brought to the people that had the rules of God written on them.

Our text reads: God gave the Israelites the 10 Commandments. Deut 5:1-22, Is 33:22IMG_0300

 

Side two of our ornament is another circle and then we cut out some small shapes and drew on them to look like the town of Bethlehem.

Our text reads: Mary and Joseph go to Bethlehem. Luke 2

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Our current “family tree”:

 

Thanks for joining us again. Love to you all!