Use the Triple Play as you read with your family, your small group, or even in your personal devotion times!
Highs and Lows: Start by sharing at least one high and one low from the day. Don’t skip this step!
Daily Dig: As you read the text of the week, customize your experience with resources found here to help you grow!
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!
Daily Dig Resources
Everyone learns differently, so we have lots of ways that you can make your time in the Word your own.
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Ideas for activities and things to do to apply the text.
Check out Reliant K’s “Forgiven.” Listen to it and just reflect on the words, giving thanks to God for sending us Jesus so that we are forgiven!
St Matthew in the Word Kiddo Activity Week of 10/11
Ripped Paper/Broken World
In our readings and videos this week, we learned that Adam and Eve, God’s “very good” creations, sinned. God said they could eat from any tree in the beautiful garden except one and they fell for the tricky snake’s (Satan’s) plan. If we are being honest, we might not have listened to a talking snake in the garden but we have all been tempted to disobey. Like Mrs. Wieneke’s cut rope in her magic trick, we live in a broken world.
Take out your sheet of paper. This paper represents a perfect world. Look at that paper and remember your first lesson on God creating the world. Beautiful skies, amazing animals, magnificent clouds. Now rip that paper in half. You can even rip it up a few different times. When the first humans, Adam and Eve, sinned and disobeyed God, it was like this ripped paper. What was perfect became broken.
Thank goodness we have a God who continues to repair our broken world. All your sins (lying, taking things that aren’t ours, hurting our brothers and sisters, disobeying our parents, not loving our neighbors) are forgiven through the sacrifice of Jesus who loves us THAT much. Take your tape and do your best of putting your paper back together. Our lives may still look a bit messy from our mistakes (the paper isn’t exactly what it was before) but because of Jesus’ grace and love, we eventually will be in perfect heaven with Him someday. Jesus can fix what was broken!
Written by people you worship with at St Matthew.
By Pastor Matthew Starner
I’ve always been a bit of a do-it-yourselfer. It’s never really all that long between projects around my house. From simple painting to more involved remodeling, I’m not one to shy away from grabbing my tools and getting my hands dirty with a project.
I start out by making my plan. I spend time figuring out what I want to do, research how to do it if I’ve never done it before, look at different options for the materials, shop around for the best prices, and get ready to do it.
And that’s where the trouble starts.
Inevitably, no matter how ready I am or how much I think I can handle it, something goes wrong – especially if it’s a project that I’ve never done before!
When I tiled my kitchen floor a few years ago, I did my homework getting everything I needed. I did the prep-work, and then it came time to actually start laying the tile. I was smart enough to know that I needed help, so I invited a couple of friends to come over and help me get it right. And together, the three of us did the floor on the one side of the counter and it looked great! The next day, I decided that I could do the floor on the other side of the counter on my own. Let’s just say that the tile on one side looked better than the other and to this day, I wish I would have waited until my friends were able to come lend a hand again.
In the Garden of Eden, God had placed a tree in the very center – the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. And God commanded Adam and Eve not to eat from that tree. When the serpent shows up, it asks Eve about the tree. When Eve says it’s off limits, the serpent tells her that eating from the tree will open her eyes and she will, like God, understand both good and evil. A big improvement in her eyes!
Genesis 3:6 says that Eve saw that the tree looked good and the fruit looked delicious, and “she wanted the wisdom it would give her (NLT).” Eve (and let’s face it, Adam’s there too so he’s part of this) thinks this is a DIY project. One easy step to getting wisdom and knowledge. The problem is, this isn’t how it’s designed to work.
The reason this tree is off-limits isn’t because God is keeping the good stuff from humanity. The knowledge of good and evil – we might even say of right and wrong – is something humanity needs, especially if we are to be the image of God to creation. The problem is that we weren’t meant to get it on our terms. We were meant to receive that knowledge on God’s terms.
Adam and Eve fall victim to DIY syndrome. They think they can and should do this on their own rather than rely on God to give them the wisdom they need as He sees fit. And it causes a literal world of hurt.
We too fall victim to DIY syndrome in our faith. It’s tempting to think that, through our own actions, we can do enough to get on God’s good side and that we don’t need to rely fully on Him. But just like Adam, Eve, and every human who has ever lived, we all end up like that tile in my kitchen – a bit off the mark.
Thankfully, God didn’t leave us to wallow in the mess we made. The Savior promised in Genesis 3:15 would be more than just human – He would be God in human flesh. Like hiring a professional tile installer, where we fail in our attempts at spiritual DIY, Jesus gets it right for us the first time, every time.