How to teach Revelation to a three-year-old

At dinnertime a couple of weeks ago, John’s vision in Revelation 12 came up. (What, it didn’t at your house?)

How did I explain this strange passage to Sam? I told him there was a big red dragon. Very scary, with horns and multiple heads and all that. Then I told him about how God and the dragon had a fight, and God beat the dragon and threw him out of heaven. And Sam’s three and a half, and you know he ate. that. up. He’s still talking about it.

There’ll be plenty of time later to fill in the blanks. But for now, Sam’s takeaway is that God is very cool, and that he kills dragons. In fact, according to Sam, “God is the biggest, strongest, ever!

And that’s exactly what John wanted his readers to get.

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Stick with it, dads.

This is a clip from a couple of years ago of Abraham Piper introducing his father at a conference. I’m posting it not so much as a Piper admirer as a dad who has lots of parenting ahead of him.

Abraham mentions several things his dad did: discipline, rowdy playing, listening, wise counsel. A lot of these weren’t fun at the time, and Abraham actually left the faith for a few years. But this video shows a young godly father talking about how much he loves and appreciates his own godly father.

Stick with it, fellow dads. God is faithful, and by his grace the results of our steady plodding in parenting can be great.

A blessing for my sons

This past weekend our boys were baptized. (If you’re puzzled about that, read my brief case for infant baptism.) You can see pictures & video at the family blog.

Our church has a cool tradition where the fathers give a blessing before the baptism of a child. I read a verse for Sam and Foard, and then gave one blessing for both of them. Here it is.

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Samuel Nash Hunt: Every breath you take is a reminder of what your name means: “God has heard.” 1 Samuel 1:26-28: “For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord.” Your mother and I pray for you today, that you will belong to God for your entire life, because he has blessed us with you.

Malachi Foard Hunt: We are so glad that you’ve joined us in this crazy season of our life. We pray that like your biblical namesake, you will be a messenger of the Lord of Hosts. Mal 4:2:But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings.”

Our blessing for both of you boys comes from Foard’s verse, and it is simply this: Fear the Lord your God, and nothing else.

Don’t fear man, because he can’t ultimately harm you.
Don’t fear danger, because the Sovereign Lord is your shield.
Don’t fear failure, because your worth is not determined by your accomplishments but Christ’s.
Don’t fear death because he is the Resurrection and the Life.

Don’t fear anything, boys, except that you must fear the Lord your God. We want you to stand in awe of the Holy One of Israel.

Honor him as holy.
Tremble at his Word.
Prize him above all else.

We want you boys to be strong and very courageous. Be bold and daring and adventurous and brave in seeking the glory of our King and his kingdom.

Boys, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. If you fear the Lord your God, you will have nothing else to fear. And you will be wise sons who make your father and mother glad.

New recommended blog for dads

As you’ll note in the list to the side, I read very few serious blogs. But I’ve recently added another: The Responsible Father. Jamsco is a father of 7 kids 11 and under, and writes for dads who want to execute well their God-given role as the head of their household. (I love the tag-line: “When Jesus visits your home, he’ll ask for you, dads.”)

There are lots of mom-blogs and not many dad-blogs. This one is great, and has made me want to write on that topic more often.