Christmas for Beginners – Day 24

Mary aka the Blessed mother Just the gist (for small children and others with tiny attention spans):               Mary was a holy woman and wife of Joseph.  The angel Gabriel appeared to her and asked her if she would be God’s mother.  She said yes and the Holy Spirit overshadowed her and put the little God-baby in her…

Christmas for Beginners – Day 21

The Maccabees Just the gist (for small children and others with tiny attention spans):               A wicked Greek man named Antiochus Epiphanes came to power and tried to undo all the hard work of the Returnees.  He destroyed the wall they’d built, desecrated the temple and ordered that any found copies of the Torah were to be…

Christmas for Beginners – Day 20

The Return from Exile Just the gist (for small children and others with tiny attention spans):               The Jews return to Jerusalem after being freed by King Cyrus.  They rebuild the temple, re-learn the Torah and rebuild the wall around the city. For those that can handle just a bit more: “You will seek me and find…

Christmas for Beginners – Day 18

Exile – The Northern Kingdom Just the gist (for small children and others with tiny attention spans):               There were some Israelites that remained faithful to God in the Northern Kingdom, despite Assyria’s very successful campaign to assimilate them into their pagan culture.  Tobit and his family were one such family.  God rewarded their faith by sending the…

Christmas for Beginners – Day 17

Judah and the Babylonian Conquest Just the gist (for small children and others with tiny attention spans):               Judah alternated between good and bad kings.  King Hezekiah and King Josiah were particularly good.  Unfortunately, after Josiah, the were no more good kings.  The kingdom was conquered by Babylon and the Jews were marched into captivity. For those that can…