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Monday, December 21, Day 2
Bible Reading: Genesis 3:1-24
Memory Verse: “So, whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” James 4:17
- We do not know what the fruits on the two special trees in the Garden of Eden were. People have guessed many different kinds of fruit that we have today, but most likely it was fruit that was only found in the Garden of Eden.
- We do not know the exact location of the Garden of Eden. Two of the rivers mentioned no longer exist. It was most likely somewhere near the area of modern day Iraq.
Thoughts to Share: God only had one rule for Adam and Eve. They could eat from any tree in the Garden of Eden except from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Satan came to Eve and convinced her to disobey God and eat the forbidden fruit. That was the first sin in the world. Adam soon committed the same sin.
The sins Adam and Eve committed had major consequences for them and everyone who has lived since then. God made them leave the Garden of Eden. The world was no longer perfect. There would now be pain, illness and death in the world. Sin is when people disobey God. These sins have negative consequences that hurt the sinner and often the people around them, too. But even though the world was now full of sin, pain, suffering, and death, God had a plan to redeem everything.
He was going to send His son, the Messiah, to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins. The first hint we see of Jesus is in verse fifteen when God tells Satan what will happen to him. God still wants us to obey Him today and to repent when we don’t. We will learn more about God’s plans for us over the coming days.
Family Fun Instructions: There were two important trees in today’s Bible story, the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Today you can use the supplies you have around your house to make Christmas decorations that look like trees. You can make different types of tree Christmas decorations. Here is an idea to get you started.
Whenever you see a tree, remember God’s original perfect plan and how our sins cause problems for us and those around us – even if those problems aren’t immediately obvious. After you have made your decorations, find a place to display them. End with a prayer thanking God for His plan to send Jesus to die on the cross for our sins.
Parenting Tips. Attached, you will find tips for helping your kids follow directions. Teaching your kids how to follow directions well will hopefully make it easier for them to be obedient and to make the good choices God wants them to make.