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    by Julianne Bell

Blueprint #4: The Fall
Date Posted: September 5, 2006

(A 2 liter bottle and a $20 dollar bill help make an Adam and Eve trap as we learn to beware of temptation and learn about consequences this week with Adam and Eve.)

The Lord gave us the blueprint of His Word to architect our family on Jesus Christ.

Going through the Bible with your family…

Weekly Scripture:
Genesis 3

Story:
"The Fall"

Application:
Don’t try to hide your sin.

Summary:
The serpent was the most cunning of all the creatures. The serpent deceived Eve and she ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam was with her and she gave him the fruit and he ate it too. One they had eaten they felt ashamed and wanted to cover themselves. They hid from God feeling afraid to face Him. God knew what they had done and gave them opportunity to take responsibility. But they did not.

Focus:
God wants us to take responsibility for our sins, repent and be restored to Him, rather than try to hide our sins.

Finding Christ:
In this chapter we hear God announce the enmity that will be between the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman. The seed of the woman is a prophecy of Christ. And through the crucifixion and resurrection Christ did bruise the serpent on the head.

Live the Lesson:
Prepare an Adam and Eve trap before the devotional time. Take a $20 bill and put it in the middle of a piece of paper. Crush the paper into the shape of a ball around it, adding 2 more sheets to the ball. Make sure to crush this very firmly. Tape around it, making sure there are not edges one could pinch anywhere.

Take a 2 liter bottle and cut the top ¼ of it. Find a very sturdy piece of cardboard or foam and cut a hole in it big enough for the ball only to pass through or a hand, but not a hand wrapped around the ball. Try dropping the ball through to make sure it can clear by itself. Adhere the cardboard to the top of the bottle with duct tape or something of that nature until it holds firmly in place.

Now show the children how the ball can pass through the trap and place it in the bottom of the bottle. Tell them this is an Adam and Eve trap. Tell them the piece of cardboard on top represents God’s relationship with us. Explain to them the ball represents temptation and there is a $20 bill in the middle of the ball and whoever can reach into the trap and wrap their hand around the ball and remove it without damaging the relationship to God can have the $20! Having seen the ball drop in surely some child will believe they can pull this off.

As they realize it is impossible, explain to them so it is with temptation. You cannot keep focused on temptation without giving in to it and you cannot actually sin without it damaging your relationship with God. Then talk about how to be restored to God.

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Memory Verse:
"My sins are not hidden from You." Psalm 69:5

Prayer:
Dear Lord, please help me to overcome temptation. If I do sin, please help me to take responsibility and confess my sins to You, that I will repent and be restored to You!

Living the Life:
This week name the various temptations we come across and how to overcome them with the Word. Remind children to take responsibility and not put the blame on others. To repent and be restored!

"'Winging It" from Stan Smith

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Biography Information:
Julianne Bell is blessed with a husband who challenges her to fulfill her calling. Their quiver is overflowing with children ages 3-young adult, one of which has autism.

Family Blueprint has come to fruition as a complimentary service for those seeking creative ways to 'teach them (the words of the Lord) diligently to your children...' Deuteronomy 6:7

Julianne Bell is also a consultant for Once Upon A Family at www.familyblueprint.org/once_upon_a_family.htm This allows her to work from home while homeschooling her children and keeping her ministry website resources free.
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