The Patriarchs: GodChooses a Peopleu Chapter: 5 Grade: 6
Chapter Facts A patriarch is a father, or founder, of a clan, a group of related families. Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, and Leah were important women in God’s family and are called matriarchs. The patriarchs are our ancestors in faith. Canaan was an area in west of Palestine that included most of present day Israel.
Chapter Facts Faith is a gift from God that enables us to believe in him and accept all that he has revealed. God chose Abraham to be the father of his people. Isaac was the son of Abraham and inherited his fathers position as patriarch. When God renewed his covenant with Jacob his name was changed to Israel. God’s plan for protection of all creation is providence
Chapter Facts God’s people became known as the Israelites. Canaan was made up of small independent city- states. Our ancestors in faith are a good example of reliance on God during our own journey through life. Jacob prospered in Haran. The biblical writer is telling us that God’s people were blessed. Joseph was sold to the chief steward of the pharaoh, the king of Egypt.
Chapter Facts Abraham- He is our most important Old Testament model of faith. He trusted completely in God’s will when asked to do something difficult. Isaac- He had twin sons, which caused a problem of who would inherit his fathers position. Jacob- His story is one of conflict because of his twin brother. He inherited his birthright through determination. He never gave up. Joseph- In his story, providence was symbolized by the fulfillment of dreams which indicated God’s plan.
Curriculum Facts In the Book of Genesis we learn about the call of Abraham by God to leave his country, his relatives and his father’s house. Abram was obedient to God’s call and God called him Abraham meaning the father of a multitude of nations. God’s tested Abrahams loyalty by asking him to bring his son Isaac to be a burnt offering. He took his son to the God, and was prepared to offer him to the lord. An angel appeared to Abraham and told him because he followed God’s directions, he will be rewarded with more children.
Curriculum Facts God gave Moses the 10 commandments and Moses gave these laws to his people. These commandments are the cornerstone of the Old Covenant. The New Covenant in Jesus Christ that their full meaning will be revealed. The mission of Christ and the Holy Spirit is brought to completion in the Church, which is the Body of Christ; the Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, continues Christ’s saving work, especially through the Sacraments. Through Baptism, our lives in Christ are a participation in the death and Resurrection of Christ; this should be reflected in the way each Christian lives his or her life.
Curriculum Facts Those who live in faithful lives die in God’s grace and friendship and are born into the Kingdom of Heaven and see God, as he is, face to face. The church affirms the existence of Hell, to which those who die in the state of mortal sin descend; the chief punishment of Hell is being separated from God forever. In Purgatory, one is purified and made holy for life with God in Heaven.