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Pray: Take time to pray about the highs and lows and what you’ve read. Give thanks for the highs, ask for help in the lows, and pray for God’s Word to be alive in you each week!
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St Matthew in the Word Kiddo Activity Week of 10/4
Adam and Eve Stick Puppets
This week, it’s coloring corner time! Thanks to the artistic talents of Mrs. Le’Mon, we have some awesome Adam and Eve stick puppets to color for Week 2. After you color your stick puppets, cut them out and glue them on the popsicle sticks provided. Save them for next week’s story, “Sin Enters the World.” You can have different family members be the parts of Adam and Eve as you read the story.
I don’t know about you, but for Mrs. Wieneke, one of the hardest parts of the quarantine was not seeing people (besides my lovely family!). ☺
I missed my parents so much. I missed my friends. My neighbors. My church family. It was very sad to feel alone. I still feel alone some days and maybe you do, too. In today’s reading, after Adam was created, God said, “It is not good that man should be alone. I will make a helper for him.” And BOOM…we have Eve! God saw what He had made on Day 6 and said it was not only good, but very good.
We are meant to be part of family, a community. Ecclesiastes 4 says “Two are better than one…If either one of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”
What can you do this week, as God’s special, “very good creations,” to help someone out? Can you think of someone who might be alone? Who might need an extra card or cookies or phone call? Let’s see if we can spread some of God’s love and light to others.
Written by people you worship with at St Matthew.
The Human Model
By Aidan Hunt
I’ve always looked at Genesis 2 as “the template for human beings.” It’s in Genesis 2 that we learn the balance of work and rest that God wrote into our DNA zipper. It begins with God blessing the seventh day and making it holy (Genesis 2:1-3 ESV). How does he make it holy? We see that God “rested from all his work that he had done in creation” (2v3). But God doesn’t rest here because He was tired and needed to. He’s God.
God’s rest on the seventh day came as an act of delight from the hard work and labor He had done by creating the earth and its inhabitants, as Pastor Rob wrote about last week. That is why the sabbath is to be taken seriously; if God was willing to take the time to rest and delight in His work, how much more important is it for us to do the same?
This is not at all a call to laziness, and we see that Adam and Eve had their work cut out for them. God gives them a job in the Garden of Eden, “to work it and keep it” (Genesis 2:15). There was a lot for them to do.
Garden. Plant. Make dinner. Name all the animals. Take care of the animals. Rule and reign over creation. Their task list was full and required lots of attention and effort. And when it was all done, what did they know to do from looking at God? Rest.
Don’t miss this: work and rest were part of the human model before the fall. We haven’t reached Genesis 3 yet, when (spoiler alert) sin enters the world. This is shattering to think about if you thought Adam and Eve spent their days in Eden frolicking in the flowers, taking naps and eating good food. I’m sure they did those things too, but they also had day jobs.
Just like everything else, work looks and feels a lot different in a world not stained with sin. I’ll bet Adam and Eve loved the work they got to do in the Garden, because God loved creating it. I’m sure they spent the sabbath delighting in the work they did, because God delighted in His work. There is a rhythm between work and rest where they feed into, and off of, each other. And the rhythm can flow if we understand it.
“God’s perspective was to work, then rest.
Adam’s perspective was to know rest and then work.
Too many of us are trying to be like God, when we are Adam. Only when we truly know rest and celebration can we know how to work and to enjoy it. We work from rest, not to get rest.”
Jefferson Bethke, To Hell With the Hustle (Thomas Nelson, Nashville; 2019).
In a world where our minds attempt to operate miles ahead of our bodies, may we learn how to find the balance and rhythm work and rest thrive in. It’s in that model that we are reminded what it looks like to be fully human.