Lately, we’ve been reading Luke chapter 1 (okay—long chapter!) as a family. Here’s a thought about that!
#1. Funny comment – When Zecharaiah was made mute by the angel because he did not believe Gabriel’s words, my daughter, Eden said, he had a mutiny.
#2. A fun way I found to talk about the chapter is to compare and contrast the Announcement to Zechariah with the Announcement to Mary.
- they are both visited by angels
- they are both surprised and scared
- they will both have sons (with first names beginning with “J”
- they both have questions
- they have a different way of asking about their announcements, “How can I be sure?” vs. “How will this be…?”
- one boy will be a prophet, the other will be king and savior
- one announcement was in the temple, the other in a peasant home
If you are sharing family worship with your family and want a great place to read, I recommend Luke. “Dr. Luke,” as we call him, is a very good story teller who loves people. Pay attention together to details.
If you’re not presently experiencing the joys of family worship/bible conversations, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a natural time to begin.
Tonight during family worship we began a new study. In addition to using the Child’s Scripture Catechism: with Answers in the Language of the Bible (a link to some are at Ann Voskamp or available to purchase here), and singing, we began to read the gospel of Luke.
Luke 1:1-4 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
I told my daughters that the words of scripture are important. Dr. Luke personally interviewed eyewitnesses so that we could be certain of the historical accounts of Jesus. That’s when my daughter Emma (age 6) spoke up
“but how did Dr. Luke’s get his words to us if he wrote them a long time ago?”
Wow, what an excellent question! We spent an extra 15 minutes to talk about how the bible came to us:
Dr. Luke to Theophilus–>
shared, copied and preserved for years–>
printing press–>modern bibles
If you don’t spend regular time teaching your children in the home, I’d encourage you to start. It’s not too hard. All you have to do is be one day ahead…
Grace and peace <><