Helping Your Child Fall in Love with Genesis, Part 1
Helping Your Child Fall in Love With Genesis
Any good author will tell you that the beginning of a story is one of its most important parts. The beginning sets the scene for everything that follows. It introduces the main characters, helps us understand their motivations, and offers foreshadowing of what’s to come. If this is true of your average novel or short story, how much truer is it of the greatest story ever told?
Why Teach Genesis?
The Gospel doesn’t begin with Jesus’s ministry or birth. It’s far older than that. It begins when God speaks into the darkness and says, “Let there be light!” As Christians, we cannot understand Jesus’ mission fully without first understanding the beginning. And the beginning is largely told in the first book of our Bibles: Genesis.
In Genesis, we learn about our origin. We learn that we were created by a loving God who desired a relationship with us. And then we learn that we rejected his love and went our own way, rebelling against him and sending our world into chaos. But we also find out that God was not willing to leave us in our confusion. Out of all the people in the world, he chose a man named Abraham and promised that he would bless everyone else through him. All of this sets the stage for what Jesus would accomplish two-thousand years later. So, if you want your child to understand Jesus, you need to set the stage with Genesis.
Helping Your Child Engage with Genesis
Remember that Genesis records stories about real people. For too long, Christians have taught Bible stories like they’re fairytales. People know the story of ‘Noah and the Ark’ or ‘Jonah and the Whale’ but they’ve been lifted out of the larger history that God is telling in scripture. They’ve been treated like little more than fables with a nice moral tacked on to the end. If you want your children to truly engage with the stories they find in scripture, they need to see that these stories are about real people.