gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband,
who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they realized they
were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.”
Today's Jesse tree symbol is an apple. Personally I don't think the tree that tempted Eve was an apple tree, I'm sort of in the more metaphorical school, but the truth is we don't know what the tree was... just that Adam and Eve were not to eat... and they did. Which was the original sin that started things. Universally folks have come to accept the apple as the symbol of original sin... so we will too.... but please explain it is a reminder.... God gave us all good things to eat... and that includes APPLES!
Older children might understand II Corinthians 15:45
So also it is written, "The first MAN, Adam, BECAME A LIVING SOUL." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
Briefly explain that while there was sin, god sent his Son to overcome that sin.
.. the youngers will just accept that Adam and Eve disobeyed God...and disobedience has consequences.
We have done a couple projects over the years.
For very young children print an apple pattern on to card stock and punch hole around the shape. Thread red yarn on a yarn needle and practice " stitching".
there are templates all over the internet...just google a few
another fun project that also makes great gifts would be to buy cotton muslin and cut into 6X6 squares.
cut an apple in half and dip into green or red fabric paint and press onto the material. when paint dries use a sharpie to color in a stem and seeds. stitch together the print and another piece of muslin with cinnamon potpourri inside. add a hanging cord. These make great gifts for children to give to relatives.
Follow up your family Bible time with some warm apple crisp:
|APPLE OATMEAL CRISP|
3-4 lg. apples
3/4 c. rolled oats
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. butter, melted
Spread cut up apples in greased 9 inch pie plate. Mix oats, sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter with fork. Sprinkle evenly over apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
continue to light one candle as you continue through your first week