Having spent last night thinking through some of the not-so-biblical ways that Christmas is celebrated in our world, tonight we took our kids all the way back to Genesis 1 and 2. Why go all the way back to the creation account? Well, really, because the story of Jesus’ birth only makes sense in the light of God’s sovereign control over the world. And what better place is there to begin looking at His power and authority than in the account of His creation of the world?
Jackson read Genesis 1 for us, and we paused along the way to reflect on what God was accomplishing on each of the six days of creation. They’ve probably heard this Bible story more than any other, save the Christmas and Easter stories. They know it very well. And yet, we all found ourselves marveling at the depth of what was happening as each day closed. “And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day … the second day … the third day ….”
We talked about what it meant to be created in God’s image and likeness; we talked of the blessing God pronounced upon Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply; we talked about what it means to have dominion over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves on the earth. And all of this was, of course, very good.
Then Josiah read Genesis 2 for us, and we stopped to talk of why God would rest from His work and the pattern He established for us of rest and worship. And that led us to consider the work God commissioned Adam to do—to tend the garden He’d placed him in—and how work would have been a blessing and a joy in a world without sin. Lastly, we talked of God providing a helper for Adam, a wife to help him in all the work that God had given him to do.
But couched in that little paragraph about God putting Adam in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it is that brief command by God to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Pointing out this bit of foreshadowing, we talked with the boys about what it meant when God said, “for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Because, you see, this whole idea of preparing our hearts to celebrate Jesus’ coming makes no sense if we fail to remember the reason Jesus had to come in the first place. The sin that would soon enter this pristine garden would unleash a torrent of great wickedness. But it would also set in motion God’s glorious plan of redemption.
And because it is always enjoyable to consider God’s amazing creation, we spent the second part of our lesson watching DisneyNature’s Chimpanzee. We thoroughly enjoyed it!