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Humorous Summary of Paradise Lost

Monday, January 11th, 2016

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My son Bryan wrote a fun summary of Paradise Lost by John Milton:

It all started when the #1 angel, Lucifer, made the most monumental miscalculation in the history of the universe. Somehow the most intelligent finite being ever actually thought he was more powerful than God! Next to infinity, all finite numbers look identical, so it blows my mind that he thought this. Not only that, but he got one third of all the other angels to believe him and tried to get a rebellion going.

This part of the poem is kind of silly. The good angels and the evil ones fought fiercely, until they realized their wounds healed almost instantly. They decided to call a truce to go back to their… tents? They slept through the night, because there’s nighttime in Heaven? I guess? Except team evil decided to spend the night inventing gunpowder. In the morning, they all got ready for battle. Team good drew their swords and team evil shot them with guns. But this turned out to be just as pointless, so they threw mountains at each other. Wait, there were mountains in Heaven? Jesus eventually grew disinterested in the aimless conflict, so He went to the middle of the battlefield and opened a trapdoor in Heaven under team evil, and they fell down into Hell.

In Hell, the demons built a large capital city called Pandemonium. From there, they decided to send Satan out of Hell on a reconnaissance mission. Meanwhile, God was creating the earth, the sun, the moon, and the stars. On the sixth day He made Adam, who wondered why he existed. God had him name all the animals, and he realized that there was more than one of each kind of creature, but he was the only human being in existence. Then God put Adam to sleep and took one of his ribs and formed it into Eve. Adam and Eve fell in love and lived in the garden of Eden. They could eat of any fruit in the garden except from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Satan had disguised himself as a regular angel, but he acted rather strangely and was spotted from a distance by another angel. A warning was sent out that a spy was in their midst, and a division of angels was sent to find the impostor. God knew perfectly well what Satan was up to, and (spoiler alert) that Satan would manage to bring sin into the world by deceiving Eve; however, God decided (but isn’t He omniscient?) to let free will exist so people would have to chose Him over other things. Adam and Eve went to sleep, and Satan put dreams of eating the forbidden fruit in Eve’s mind while disguised as a toad. That’s when the angels found Satan and brought him to a high-ranking angel, and they argued for a while. Then Satan was forced to retreat.

Meanwhile, Adam and Eve woke up. Later in the day, an angel named Raphael came for a visit and told Adam almost everything that had happened in the universe up to that point. No kidding. It took all evening. Some of it was like this: “If you disobey God and eat from the forbidden tree, you’ll bring sin into the world, and lose Paradise, and one day you’ll die!” “I’ll never do that! I don’t want to lose Paradise!” Adam replied. (How does he know Paradise is a good thing? It’s all he’s ever experienced up to this point.) “Be sure to warn Eve about this,” advised Raphael.

After that, Adam and Eve went gardening, and Eve suggested they split up. “But Eve, if we split up, you might be tempted by the enemy to sin against God by eating the forbidden fruit!” (How do they know what sin is? They haven’t eaten the forbidden fruit yet.) “I would never listen to the enemy and eat the fruit! I would withstand the temptation!” argued Eve. “Good for you! But let’s not split up anyway,” counseled Adam. Eventually Eve convinced Adam they should split up.

Satan possessed a serpent which came up to Eve and said, “Why don’t you go disobey God and do what you specifically told Adam you wouldn’t do? (By the way, I’m totally not the enemy Adam specifically told you not to listen to.)” Eve thought to herself, “No innocent-looking 60-foot python’s advice could possibly be bad.” So she ate the forbidden fruit. Then she went to Adam and offered him a bite. Adam decided to die with her, and he ate it as well.

God came to the garden and asked, “Why are you hiding from me?” and Adam said, “We were afraid because we were naked.” “Who told you you were naked? Have you eaten the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?” demanded God. “Eve did, then gave me a piece,” blamed Adam. “Well, this rather innocent-looking 60-foot python told me I should!” So God cursed the serpent on its belly, gave Eve pain in childbirth, and made the ground grow thorns. Also, they were to leave paradise.

But before that, Michael (another high-ranking angel) was sent to tell Adam about loads of stuff about the future like Noah and the flood. This conversation, once again, must have taken ages. After this, Adam and Eve were thrown out of Paradise.

Jacob’s Life in LEGO

Friday, October 9th, 2015

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When you are teaching the life of Jacob to your kids, why not make different scenes of Jacob’s life in LEGO? The first fun scene to create would be when Jacob makes lentil stew and Esau sells his birthright for the stew. Shortly thereafter, Jacob fools his father Isaac to give him the firstborn blessing, too. His mother was in on the plot, making some delicious stew for Isaac. Make a room out of white LEGOs and put a LEGO man in it to represent blind Isaac. (We found a LEGO man with sunglasses, which my son used to indicate that he was blind.)

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Put the food on a tray and carry it in to Isaac. Meanwhile Esau is coming around the corner and will be very upset to find out his blessing has been stolen!

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Jacob fled to his relative Laban’s house to get away from Esau’s wrath. So the next scene can be pens with sheep. One pen has speckled sheep and the other pen has white sheep. The speckled sheep are Jacob’s, and the white sheep are Laban’s. (see top picture)

You can easily make a stairway to heaven by making stairs out of white LEGOs and putting a man lying down at the foot of the stairway. If you want to have angels coming up and down, you can. Otherwise the stairway can be empty.

wrestling-with-angel-legoYou can make a scene of Jacob wrestling with the angel of the Lord, where Jacob’s hip was dislocated. Jacob wrestled until the angel of the Lord blessed him.

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Abraham and Isaac in LEGO

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Abraham-and-Isaac-LEGOWhen studying the patriarchs from Scripture, you can have your kids create a scene of Abraham and Isaac in LEGO. One of the most poignant scenes in Scripture is when Abraham is commanded by God to be willing to sacrifice his son. He loved his son so much because Isaac was a miracle baby. Sarah and Abraham were beyond childbearing years, being 90 and 100 years old, so the fact that God did a miracle to enable Sarah to conceive made the pregnancy even more intensely precious.

We are told in Hebrews 11:17-19 that Abraham knew that God was able to raise Isaac from the dead because he was certain that God had promised that from Isaac would come a nation as vast as the sand on the seashore. Because Abraham trusted God, he followed through on the command, and an angel held back his hand. God provided a ram in the thicket. Abraham had previously told his son that God would provide the sacrifice.

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Often we accidentally put relationships with people higher than our love for God. When this happens, we make that person an idol. This happened to me when my only daughter almost drowned at age 1. I was so close to rage at God that He would dare to take her away from me. In that moment I realized I loved my daughter more than God. I was shocked, but most parents have the same sin. God worked in my heart to build my love and trust for Him.

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of Me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.  – Matthew 10:37 ESV

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The other beautiful blessing that Abraham received was to understand what it was like for God the Father to sacrifice His Son, Jesus Christ, to save people from their sins. The agony of God the Father was experienced by Abraham, and understanding God is always a deep, incredible blessing!

Drawing the Days of Creation

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

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I came across a fabulous tutorial from Answers in Genesis on drawing the days of creation. First you divide the paper into thirds, separating the three sections with a black permanent marker. Next we read the days of creation from Genesis 1. For each day, we drew what was created:

  • Day 1: Light and darkness
  • Day 2: Separating the waters from the clouds
  • Day 3: Plants and trees
  • Day 4: Sun, moon, and stars
  • Day 5: Birds and fish
  • Day 6: Animals and people
  • Day 7: God rested

Days 1 and 4 are drawn on the top part of the page, days 2 and 5 are drawn in the middle of the page, and days 3 and 6 are drawn on the bottom of the page. I was delighted to see how organized creation was, because days 1, 2, and 3 go from the top to the bottom of the page, creating a habitat for what was created in days 4, 5, and 6. I had never seen this done before, and my kids enjoyed drawing the days of creation this way.

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