Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God.
A peacemaker in today's world is rare. Violence seems to be the only way that people respond to real or perceived insults, injustice, and lack of respect. Peacemakers are considered weak. In the media conflict is an excuse for violence rather than dialogue. With this as their context, our children need to learn to be peacemakers. The call of Jesus to make peace needs to be louder than the demand of the culture to fight. As Grandpa Anole says in this week's episode, our challenge is to go against our natural urge to fight and to bring peace instead. The best place to learn this is in the home. Parents need to model peacemaking in how they relate to each other, to their children, and to their neighbors and co-workers. Children need to be trained to respond to conflicts in the home with patience, gentleness and self-control-the ingredients that make peace.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What were the kids studying in Grandpa Anole’s church school class?
A. The Beatitudes.
Q. What did Grandpa Anole challenge the class to do?
A. Be peacemakers.
Q. What did Lucille’s mom challenge her to do for her peacemaking project?
A. Make friends with her neighbor Mrs. Trollscales.
Q. How was Liz a peacemaker?
A. He kept Spike from fighting with Skink.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
The memory verse for this episode is Matthew 5:9 – Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God. What does it mean to be blessed?
Sometimes we limit our understanding of blessing to the things we have, but it’s more than that. To be blessed is to have God’s approval, his favor. It is having God say to you, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Can you think of things that you can do, or the kind of person you can be that would make God pleased with you? Check out Galatians 5:22, 23; Micah 6:8; Hebrews 13:16.
Why does God say that peacemakers would be called children of God?
Because God is a peacemaker. Humans are in conflict with God because of their sin, their rebellion against God. But instead of reacting with violence toward them, God sent his son Jesus to bring peace. When Jesus is our Savior and Lord, we become a member of God’s family and like God, our heavenly Father, we too become peacemakers. See Romans 5:1-2, Romans 12:18, Romans 8:15-17, Colossians 1:19-20.