My sons and I love to listen to K-Love as we drive around town to our various destinations. A couple of weeks ago, we were listening like usual, when the song “Lion and the Lamb” by Big Daddy Weave came on.
I thought we were just listening to it, while we were each in our own thoughts about the day. But, our youngest son came up with a great question,
“Why do they call Jesus the Lion of Judah?”
That was a great question. He was actually listening to the words of the song which lead him to a question.
At first, I told him that it was just one of the names that Jesus is known as, but then I went a little deeper and our oldest joined in with the conversation. Here are the points that we ended up talking about:
Jesus was from the lineage of Judah
Judah was one of the 12 tribes of Israel
Jacob’s name was changed to Israel and he had 12 sons which ended up being the 12 tribes of Israel
Judah was the son of Leah (this we double checked on when we got home because I wasn’t completely sure at the time)
Leah was the first wife of Jacob, even though he had worked 7 years for Rachel
14 years is a long time to work for a wife - he must have really loved Rachel (this was from our oldest son - but I had to agree)
Laban tricked Jacob and that wasn’t very nice
Jacob did a lot of work for Laban and prospered while he was there
Jacob was a shepherd and so he knew how to handle Laban’s animals and how to make them produce
They were all homeschooled at that time - there was no public school
George Washington was homeschooled
As was Albert Einstein (one of our oldest son’s favorite people)
I read somewhere that Albert Einstein’s mother was given a letter by his school saying that he was too dumb to be in school and that she needed to keep him home, but she told him that it said that he was too smart for the school and so she needed to teach him at home. What a perspective she gave her son!
Scientists have to be good at math and science
This simple question, that started from a song, lead us into a deep conversation that was a gift to be apart of and a further inquiry that we wanted to double check on later.
This just goes to show you that a great conversation can be hidden in a simple question. This also shows us that our children are listening to the words of the music that we listen to, so make it count in a positive way.
We just need to be open enough to jump in with both feet and seize the opportunity to talk with our children.