As For Me and My House Moments
God Makes A Covenant With Abraham
God Binds Himself to People in a Covenant
- This past week we are introduced to Abraham and we learned that God called him out of his comfortable home in Ur to go to a land that God promised would belong to him. We are going to be looking at the covenant that God made with Abraham.
- A covenant is an agreement that binds two persons or two groups of people together in a special relationship that they don’t have with others.
- The most common example of a covenant is the covenant of marriage. You can use the covenant of marriage to explain the idea of God making a covenant with a specific group of people. When a man and a woman marry, they make promises to each other. They promise that they will love each other and stay married always, no matter what. They promise to have a love for each other that they will not have with anyone else. Their marriage covenant gives them a special relationship to each other that no one else has with them.
- The Bible is the story of God making and keeping that covenant with his people.
- The Bible follows the relationship with God and his chosen people. We see very early on in the stories of Abraham the promises that God makes concerning the Promised Land, children, and blessings. God promised Abraham that he would be the only God of the nation that would come from Abraham.
- So God determined that he would do everything needed to be sure the covenant would be kept on both sides.
- God wanted to have a chosen covenant people before the foundation of the world. But like Adam and Eve, he knew that people would sin and that they would never be able to perfectly keep the promises of a covenant on their own. God would keep the promises for his own side of the covenant, and he would provide the way for his people’s side of the covenant to be kept as well.
This Weeks Verse:
- Jeremiah 32:40a – I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them.
Suggested Activities for the Week:
- Be sure your children realize that God is the one speaking in the key verse. Ask your children, what does he promise to do, and what does he promise not to do? How long will this covenant last? You may want to look up the verse and read its context as well.
- Explain to your children that now that Jesus has come, God’s covenant is not just with Israelites—physical descendants of Abraham—but with all who trust in Christ to keep the requirements of the covenant for them.
I am so excited that we have made it to week six and that we are steadily walking our way through the scriptures. This week is an incredible opportunity for you to share with your child the love of God by the way that He chooses us.
Remember to take these lessons and these stories and adapt them to your child’s particular age range and learning style. Some children learn better with the help of visual aids such as books with pictures and illustrations. These children have a tendency to daydream during lessons or conversation and they can be easily distracted by movement or clutter.
If your child learns more effectively using visual aids then you should take advantage of that. When your child is trying to memorize a scripture or new concept have them draw a picture and that will assist them in memorization process. Sometimes you can use flash cards to spark their minds into memorizing a verse or spiritual concept.
Some children are auditory learners. They enjoy listening but they like to talk as well. They do not have a problem remembering names but have a tendency to forget faces. Auditory learners are usually very interested in music and rhythm. Creatively turning a memory verse into a song will help most auditory learners memorize things more effectively. Talk to your child about what they are learning. Let them explain the concepts to you, once they have fully understood them. Most auditory learners talk to themselves and they read out loud while they are studying. This helps them embed the concepts they are learning.
There are also the children that are more kinesthetic in their learning style. They have extreme difficulty sitting for long periods of time and are usually more interested in anything with a lot of excitement. They are usually willing to try anything at least once.
When it comes to this type of learner let them move around. It may be hard for us to understand but a kinesthetic learner is actually listening while restlessly moving and looking around. Help your child learn by combining a physical activity with their studies. Incorporate skits, body movements, and hand signals in order for your child to act out what they are learning.
Most importantly, all children learn differently. Find the right combination for your particular child and help them learn. Don’t try to fit them into a specific mold. This can be frustrating to you and ineffective for them.
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.
Material Based Upon
Mighty acts of God: a family Bible storybook, Starr Meade – Tim O’Connor – Crossway Books – 2010; Pg. 32 – 34