Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Advent: Week 1 - Prophecy Day 4

Advent Tree Ornament -Street Sign
  • Click here to download my ornaments to print out yourself.
  • If you have an advent wreath, light one candle while your do your Bible reading (we read it in the morning without the candle and then light the candle when we read it again at night with daddy.)

Bible Reading -  Isaiah 7:13-14 & Matthew 1:22-23

And he said, "Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.             Isaiah 7:13-14

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel"             Matthew 1:22-23

Activity - Signs

Show your child a variety of signs and have them try to identify them. Ask them what a sign is used for.  Essentially a sign is there to tell you something.  It can tell you something to do, or something not to do.  Where to go, or where not to go.  What something is, or what is coming up.  Explain to your child(ren) that Isaiah said God would give the Israelites a sign, not like a board alongside the road, but their sign would be a person, a girl giving birth to a son and calling him Immanuel.

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Memory Verse - Matthew 1:22-23 (notice this is the same as our Bible Reading for today)

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 'Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel.

Vocab Words -
  1. Prophet: a person who speaks for God (in this case, prophesying the coming of Christ.)
  2. Immanuel (Emmanuel): God with us, referring to Jesus.
  3. Bear: to bring forth or give birth
    • I wasn't going to stress this part, but Trevor asked, so we talked about it =)
    • We recounted how a baby grows in the mommy's belly and then comes out.  The 'coming out' is the bearing! 

Song - Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.


Explaining the song to a 3 year old:

Come Jesus and save Israel! They are sad and lonely, waiting for Jesus.  Be happy, Israel!  Jesus will come to you!


For printable advent ornaments and the list of verses for the whole month, click here.  For all of this weeks activities, click here.

I hope you are all enjoying your advent season so far!  Honestly we are having some attitude issues around here (I'm probably as much at fault as the child =) which make pretty much everything a challenge, but because of that I am all the more thankful to have this keeping me grounded in the Bible and what is most important.

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