God Promises a Savior
God Shows Grace to Sinners
Genesis 3:8 – 24
This week’s moment focuses on the grace that God gives to a sinful people. Adam and Eve just made the choice to disobey the one command that God had given them. As a result of breaking that command they were now facing the consequences for their sinfulness. Before we can understand the true meaning of grace we have to understand the weight of sinful behavior. Teaching our children a proper understanding of their sinfulness before a Holy God is the only way they will appreciate the grace that He gives to us.
- Remember from last week’s definition: Sin is doing what we want to do instead of what God wants us to do.
- When our children do what they want to do instead of what we want or instruct them to do their wrong doing is against us. As a result of their wrong doing against us they face consequences. When people do what they want to do instead of what God wants them to do they are sinning against God and there are consequences for that as well. But more often than not God doesn’t give us what we deserve, He shows us grace.
- Grace is the giving of blessings and good things to people who do not deserve them.
- In this week’s lesson, Adam and Eve, were given grace because God promised them that one day the sin that they created would be defeated. Some 4000 years before Jesus was born on the earth God promised that a Savior would come. That’s grace.
- God’s grace doesn’t eliminate consequences of sin.
- Although God gave Adam and Eve grace through the promise of a savior they still had consequences for their actions.
- We have consequences for the sins that we commit; God’s grace doesn’t always eliminate that. If you steal a car, God can forgive you, but you may still do some jail time.
This Weeks Verse:
Genesis 3:15 – I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.
Suggested Activities for the Week:
Discuss the key verse, being careful to explain any terms that need defining.
- Discuss God’s severity and justice as well as his mercy and grace, all of which are seen in this story.
- How do we see sin’s effect around us every day, whether in the skinned knee from this afternoon or in the war and natural disaster headline in the daily newspaper?
- Discuss what Jesus has already done to keep this promise God made in Eden, as well as what he will do when he returns.
Welcome to the third week of our As For Me and My House Moments. I hope that you are beginning to see the benefits and the blessings of spending time sharing and cultivating God in the lives of your children and families. This week is a big week. Take this week as an opportunity to show your children grace in action. Show your children the meaning of grace through your daily lives. When someone does something to offend you, show them grace. Also don’t just show them grace without explaining it to them. Teaching them to be passive and teaching them to be filled with grace are two different things. When something occurs tell them, that individual did something that was offensive to me, but instead of getting upset and yelling or honking my horn or whatever a fleshly response would have been, I showed them grace. Then tell them why you showed that person grace and how God showed us grace by sending Jesus to pay the price for the sins that we committed against God. If God can show us grace for sinning against Him then we should be able to show grace to those who sin against us. Our children have to see our faith lived out in our day to day lives. If they don’t then all the instruction we give is merely hypocrisy.
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Mighty acts of God: a family Bible storybook, Starr Meade – Tim O’Connor – Crossway Books – 2010; Pg. 23-25.