Heck Advent – Night 7

In tonight’s lesson, we learned a bit about David’s family tree. Josiah and Jackson read to us from 2 Samuel 7:1-16, and we spent some time discussing the many promises God made to David in that passage: to make his name great; to provide a place for God’s people Israel and to plant them; to removed their wicked oppressors; and to give them him rest from all his enemies. We also noticed a number of promises God made to David’s descendents: to establish a house for David; to raise up his offspring to succeed him, his own flesh and blood; to establish his kingdom; that he would build a house for God’s Name; to establish the throne of his kingdom forever; to be father to him; to punish him with a rod wielded by men, when he does wrong; to never take away His love for him; to establish his throne forever, that his house and his kingdom will endure forever. What amazing promises! Here we talked with the boys about how God’s promises to David are very much connected to God’s earlier promises to send a Deliverer, a Savior, Someone Who would crush Satan. And we pointed out to them that the only king whose reign would endure forever was the King of Kings, Jesus.

With that in mind, we took the boys to Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-28. While our boys are great readers, we didn’t torture them with trying to pronounce all the names in the genealogies of Jesus. Instead, we talked a bit about why it would be important to record the names of Jesus’ ancestors and how lists like these would prove helpful in establishing Jesus’ credibility as the son of David and rightful heir to the throne of Israel. They thought it was fun to find the names they recognized and recall the stories they knew that matched the names in the genealogies: Abraham, Isaac, Boaz, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, Josiah, Enoch, Methuselah, Adam. It was fun for us as parents to see our boys connecting the dots between the various characters in this bigger narrative, realizing that each of these people, by God’s grace, played an important part in God’s story of redemption, and to see that God was at work in the lives of each of them, using their stories to bring about His promises.

For our activity, we filled in our own family trees. I’m not sure I ever imagined a lesson on genealogies would be this fun. Even the Grandmas and Grandpas got to help, by giving us names of relatives we didn’t know. Here are some pictures from our family-tree-fun, complete with goofy illustrations:

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