Christmas Schooling with the Bible

 

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This is a repost from December 2012 (from my other blog…Simply Living for Him)

It’s been another good week in our homeschool studies as we prepare for Christmas. Besides cookie baking, crafts, and preparations, we have been able to get in a good amount of schoolwork. For that, I am thankful.

This week we continued to focus on the prophecies that Jesus fulfilled. We read from the Bible each morning, and  I must say, at times I was blown away by the Old Testament, knowing that those prophecies were real and were fulfilled by Jesus. Specifically, Isaiah 53 blew me away. How can anyone read it and NOT believe Jesus is Messiah. Written hundreds of years before His birth, it depicts in detail his death.

Who has believed our message

    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

He grew up before him like a tender shoot,

    and like a root out of dry ground.

He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,

    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

He was despised and rejected by mankind,

    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.

Like one from whom people hide their faces

    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

 Surely he took up our pain

    and bore our suffering,

yet we considered him punished by God,

    stricken by him, and afflicted.

 But he was pierced for our transgressions,

    he was crushed for our iniquities;

the punishment that brought us peace was on him,

    and by his wounds we are healed.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray,

    each of us has turned to our own way;

and the Lord has laid on him

    the iniquity of us all.

 He was oppressed and afflicted,

    yet he did not open his mouth;

he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,

    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,

    so he did not open his mouth.

 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.

    Yet who of his generation protested?

For he was cut off from the land of the living;

    for the transgression of my people he was punished.

 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,

    and with the rich in his death,

though he had done no violence,

    nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,

    and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,

he will see his offspring and prolong his days,

    and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.

 After he has suffered,

    he will see the light of life and be satisfied;

by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,

    and he will bear their iniquities.

 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,

    and he will divide the spoils with the strong, 

because he poured out his life unto death, 

    and was numbered with the transgressors. 

For he bore the sin of many, 

    and made intercession for the transgressors.

 

We also talked about probabilities and how statistically impossible it would be for Jesus to fulfill all 333 prophecies accidentally. My 7 year old even chose this topic for his expository speech with our ICC public speaking group this week. He was that interested in the topic!

We used these printables from Bright Ideas Press to work on our copy work. Also my oldest copied Isaiah 53 this week, and the younger ones copied Hosea 11:1 and Micah 5:2.

We watched “The Star of Bethlehem” DVD which also blew us away. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. It is truly amazing to see how God has told His story in the stars. This movie uses computer software to show us EXACTLY what the sky looked like at Jesus’ birth and His death. You will NOT believe it! It is simply mind blowing!

 

I have been  fully amazed by God’s enormity this week and His power. Truly.

We also focused a great deal on geography this week. We went over many of the basics for the little ones (continents, etc.) and then tied in Bethlehem and the middle east. We used some great internet resources to take virtual tours of Bethlehem. We also had a blast using Google Earth to take a tour of many of the sites! {We got carried away using this to travel all over the world! It really was a great geography resource!}

 

We also learned several words/sayings in Hebrew. The kids had fun trying to say all of the different words.

 

We also focused on  creative writing and poetry and each child wrote a story and a  Christmas poem.

 

We did a great deal of reviewing math this week at each child’s level. We are trying to get ahead so that we can take a week off for Christmas break.

 

We also printed out our Christmas Kindness tags and are using our Christmas Angel to think of fun ideas to bless our friends and neighbors. You can read more about our ChristmasActs of Kindess here.   Print out your own tags here.  Each child has a turn putting out the Christmas Angel with their idea. The others enjoy finding her in the morning. We named her “Gabrielle Joy” or “Gabby Joy” for short. 😉

 

I pray you are enjoying your Christmas season, and keeping it simple. Focus on the reason for the season and the greatest gift!

 

 

And one final thought…I posted this on my facebook page yesterday.

 

God truly prepared me to face the current trial we are in. Just thinking how I have been studying the Bible more than ever these past few months- between our school studies, women’s Bible study at church, and my own personal study. He has equipped me for this time in my life and armed me with the greatest tool- HIS WORD. Just love realizing how He orchestrated things just perfectly.

 

Isn’t it amazing that just at the time I would need to be equipped for some trials in life, is the time that I have studied the Bible more than ever before. God knew I would need His Word, and prepared me for the perfect time. What an amazing God we serve! He truly does equip us for our needs!

 

To read another post in this series click here: Using the Bible as Your Main Text at Christmas

 

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