It's Thursday so that means it's time for Awana. We had last week off due to the Harvest Festival.
Alyssa's Sparks are learning the story of Hannah, who is found in 1 Samuel Chapter 1. Hannah was the mother of Samuel who was originally barren but then God blessed her with a son. She then dedicated that child to God and he grew to become the Prophet who eventually anointed both King Saul and King David.
Ashleigh has been working on two sections out of her Evidence of Grace book.
Section 2.1 is about the Books of History where she the first 17 books of the Bible, Genesis to Esther, are the earliest history recordings of mankind and that they describe God's promises to the nation of Israel. She also learned that most of the people in the Bible were from the nation of Israel, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. These books show us that the Israelites were reminded over and over of the promise God originally made to Abraham. We also discussed how the Bible shows us how God was working in the lives of people thousands of years ago as well as in our own lives today.
For her memory work for this section, she had to memorize Genesis 12: 1-2
Now the Lord said to Abram, " Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you.
And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing." Genesis 12: 1-2
Section 2.2 was about the Books of Wisdom. We discussed that there are five books of wisdom in the middle of the Old Testament that reminds us who God is, how to worship God and help us to make decisions and choices based on what God would want us to make.
We talked about how the book of Job teaches us how God used the problems in Job's life to teach him (and us) about himself and how we should think of him.
Moving on to the Psalms we talked about how the writer used these songs as a form of worship, a way to encourage others to know who God is, as well as a way in which to cry out to the Lord during pain.
With Proverbs, we learned that King Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived and that he wrote and collected his wisdom (as well as wisdom he learned from others) in short saying to help us make wise choices in our own lives.
In Ecclesiastes, Ashleigh learned that later in life, King Solomon made many mistakes and didn't always take his own advice to make good choices. He wrote Ecclesiastes as a way to remind people to fear God and to keep his commands.
Finally, we learned that the Song of Solomon helps us to learn what love between a husband and a wife should look like.
For this section, Ash had to memorize Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. -- Proverbs 1:7
In addition to the two verses, Ashleigh has also been working on memorizing the books of the Bible. She is currently memorizing the books in the Old Testament and will be reciting the first 20 books tonight.
Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges Ruth
1 Samuel 2 Samuel 1 Kings 2 Kings 1 Chronicles 2 Chronicles Ezra Nehemiah Esther Job Psalms Proverbs Ecclesiastes Song of Solomon
Ashleigh also earned her first element for the year for completing 4 sections of her book. She should also receive her first Silver Star next week.
This coming week, Ashleigh will be working on memorizing Deuteronomy 18:18-19 and possibly 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (depending on how quickly she memorizes the first verse) and we will be discussing the Books of Prophecy and the Gospels.