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Noah Builds The Ark

NOAH'S ARK BIBLE STORY   Memory Verse: Genesis 6:13

 

Life Application: Evil will be judged.

 

Bible Text:

Genesis 6:5-8

Genesis 6:11-12

Genesis 6:13-14

Genesis 6:15-16

Genesis 7:1-3

Genesis 7:13-16

 

God has created man to have fellowship with Him, but over the many years since his creation he had turned from God and from godly ways. He no longer obeyed God, nor did he desire to walk with God. The hearts of man had became wicked and filled with violence.

Genesis 6: 5-8 NKJV

“The the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”

As God looked down at man and all his evil ways it made Him sad that He had ever created them. Everyone had turned from Him, that is everyone except Noah. Noah was the great, great, great, great, great, great, great, grandson of Adam, the first man. Everywhere God looked there was evil, violence, and hatred of every kind. Despite living in a wicked world Noah still loved God and he still followed God. His heart’s desire was to do right in the sight of God.

Genesis 6:11-12 NKJV

“The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.”

As God thought about everything He saw He decided that He would start over. Since Noah was the only one that was still righteous God would use him to start over. Although it grieved His heart, He would destroy everyone except Noah and his family. Because of his godly lifestyle Noah had found grace and favor with God.

Genesis 6:13-14 NKJV

“And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch.”

“I’m going to bring a great flood of water on the earth, to cover all the land and drown all the people on the earth. This great flood will not only drown the people, it will also drown all the animals, so an ark will be needed to save your family as well as animals,” said God. Then God told Noah that in order to preserve the animals and his family he was to build a boat. This would not be an ordinary boat. It was to be very long and very wide and very deep, with a roof over it. It would resembled a long, wide three story house. Noah was to build the boat according to God’s instructions, and to be ready for when he would need it.

Genesis 6:15-16 NKJV

“And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third decks”

God told Noah to take with them on the boat all the food that they would need for a year, enough for his family and for the animals.

Noah believed God and he set out to build the boat. It seemed very strange to the other people. As Noah and his three sons worked on the boat the people would come by just to see. They would laugh at Noah and make all kinds of jokes and remarks. Noah and his family would tell the people what God had said about the water covering the earth. This really made them laugh, after all, there was no water at all in their area. Also because it had never rained before. For one hundred and twenty years they worked and worked, and worked on the boat.

At last the big boat was finished. Just as God had instructed, they put a door on the side at the bottom and a small window at the top.

Genesis 7:1-3 NKJV

“Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation. You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female; also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth”

Then God instructed Noah to gather animals and put them on the boat. He was to take with them on the boat seven pairs of the animals that they would need, and one pair of all the rest. That way all kinds of animals would survive the flood that God was going to send.

Genesis 7:13-16 NKJV

“On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark—they and every beast after its kind, all cattle after their kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort. And they went into the ark to Noah, two by two, of all flesh in which is the breath of life. So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the Lord shut him in.”

So Noah and his family did as God told them. The gathered all the supplies that they would need. And as God supernaturally brought the animals to the door of the boat, Noah and his family would take them onto the big boat. They put the animals in their places and brought in food for them.

One day, after Noah, his wife, their three sons and their wives entered the boat God shut and sealed the door to the boat. It could not be opened by anyone. No more people or animals would be allowed on the big boat.

 

 

Review

1.God has created man to have ____________________ with Him, but over the many years since his creation he had turned from God and from godly ways.

2. What does obey mean?

 

3. When God looked down from heaven, He saw that the _____________ of man had became wicked and filled with violence.

4. How did God feel when He looked down at man?

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5. Everyone, but ____________________ had turned from God.

6. Despite living in a wicked world Noah still ____________ God and he still __________________ God.

7. Since Noah was the only one that was still _____________________ God would use him to start over.

8. Why had Noah found grace and favor with God?

 

9. God told Noah that in order to preserve the animals and his family he was to build a ____________.

10. How did the people respond to Noah building the ark?

12. How long did it take Noah and his sons to build the ark?

13. God supernaturally brought the __________________ to the door of the boat, Noah and his family would take them onto the big boat.

14. After Noah, his wife, their three sons and their wives entered the boat ______________ shut and sealed the door to the boat.

 

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God’s Covenants

THE RAINBOW - God's Covenant

Memory Verse: Psalm 89: 34

Life Application: God does not break His promises.

Bible Text:

Genesis 9:16

Genesis 8:13-14

Genesis 8:15-19

Genesis 8:20-22

Genesis 9:1-7

Genesis 9:8-11

Genesis 9:12-17

Genesis 9:16

Genesis 12:2

Genesis 13:14-18

Genesis 15:18-21

Genesis 12:3

2 Samuel 7:1-16

Psalm 89:3-4

Psalm 89: 34

Jeremiah 31:31-34

Hebrews 8:8-12

Luke 1:68-79

Hebrews 8:10

Hebrews 10:16-17

Leviticus 26:12

2 Corinthians 6:16

Hebrews 8:11

Hebrews 8:12

Hebrews 10:17-18

Hebrew 10:19-22

Hebrews 9:11-23

Luke 22:19-22

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Hebrews 13:20-21

 

Covenants

A covenant is an agreement made between two or more people that all promise not to break. Throughout the Bible we see several covenants that God made with man. God has always and will always keep His promises.

 

Some examples of covenants that God made with man are:

God’s covenant with Noah.

God’s covenant with Abraham.

God’s covenant with David.

The promise of a new covenant.

God’s Covenant With Noah

The flood waters had been on the earth, and Noah and his family had been in the ark, for over a full year.

 

Genesis 8:13-14 NKJV           “ And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, that the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and indeed the surface of the ground was dry. And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dried.”

Now that the floodwaters had dried up and the danger was past, God spoke to Noah and told him it was time to leave the ark.

 

Genesis 8:15-19 NKJV          “Then God spoke to Noah, saying, “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you: birds and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. Every animal, every creeping thing, every bird, and whatever creeps on the earth, according to their families, went out of the ark.”

Out of his thankfulness and his devotion, Noah built an altar and sacrificed animals and birds, chosen from the clean animals that had been preserved on the ark. The sacrifice was pleasing and acceptable to God. God received Noah’s offering and in turn made a promise to him. God promised that the entire earth would not be devastated by a flood again.

 

Genesis 8:20-22 NKJV           “Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done. “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.”

Genesis 9:1-7 NKJV           “So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man. “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man. And as for you, be fruitful and multiply; Bring forth abundantly in the earth And multiply in it.”

Genesis 9:8-11 NKJV           “Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: “And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

Genesis 9:12-17 NKJV           “And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

God’s Covenant With Abraham

God promised to make Abram’s descendants into a great and mighty nation. This promised was fulfilled in the birth of Isaac and then later Jacob, through whom the twelve tribes of Israel were born. The descendants of Abraham did indeed become great nations.

 

Genesis 12:2 NKJV           “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.”

 

Genesis 13:14-18 NKJV           “And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward;
for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever.
And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered.
Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.”
Then Abram moved his tent, and went and dwelt by the terebinth trees of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and built an altar there to the Lord.”

Genesis 15:18-21 NKJV           “On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates—
the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the Kadmonites,
the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim,
the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.”

 

In addition to becoming a great nation, God promised Abraham that “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

 

Genesis 12:3 NKJV           “I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

God fulfilled this promise through the birth of Jesus Christ.

God’s Covenant With David

God promised David that he would have a son for whom He would establish a kingdom.

 

2 Samuel 7:1-16 NKJV                “Now it came to pass when the king was dwelling in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies all around,
that the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells inside tent curtains.”
Then Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.”
But it happened that night that the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying,
“Go and tell My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Would you build a house for Me to dwell in?
For I have not dwelt in a house since the time that I brought the children of Israel up from Egypt, even to this day, but have moved about in a tent and in a tabernacle.
Wherever I have moved about with all the children of Israel, have I ever spoken a word to anyone from the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?’”’
Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel.
And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a great name, like the name of the great men who are on the earth.
Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously,
since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel, and have caused you to rest from all your enemies. Also the Lord tells you that He will make you a house.
“When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.
He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men.
But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you.
And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.”’”

David’s descendants did not remain faithful to the provisions of the covenant. Despite their unfaithfulness, God remained faithful to His covenant and it’s ultimate – the Messiah.

Psalm 89:3-4 NKJV           ““I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant David:
‘Your seed I will establish forever, And build up your throne to all generations.’” Selah

 

Psalm 89: 34 NKJV           “My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.”

 

New Covenant Is Promised

A new covenant is promised in Jeremiah. The Israelites had continually broken the old covenant. Time and time again the people were called to repent, however they never truly had a lasting change of heart. Only God can change hearts and minds; thus a new covenant was needed.

 

Jeremiah 31:31-34 NKJV             “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord.
But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

Under the new covenant no one (priests or prophets) would stand between the people and God. Everyone would have access to God and the Spirit would teach the people the knowledge of God.

 

Hebrews 8:8-12 NKJV           “Because finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—
not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord.
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”

 

New Covenant Is Fulfilled

Through His work on the cross, Jesus fulfilled Jeremiah’s prediction of the coming of a new covenant.

 

Luke 1:68-79 NKJV           ““Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His people,
And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of His servant David,
As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, Who have been since the world began,
That we should be saved from our enemies And from the hand of all who hate us,
To perform the mercy promised to our fathers And to remember His holy covenant,
The oath which He swore to our father Abraham:
To grant us that we, Being delivered from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.
“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways,
To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God, With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us;
To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.”

There were several promises in the new covenant:

* God’s law will be written on believer’s hearts and minds, not on tablets of stone.

Hebrews 8:10 NKJV           “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

Hebrews 10:16-17 NKJV           ““This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,”
then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more”

* Believers will have a personal relationship with God.

Leviticus 26:12 NKJV           “I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.”

 

2 Corinthians 6:16 NKJV          “And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.”

* All will know God.

Hebrews 8:11 NKJV           “None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them”

* God will forgive the sins of repentant people and remember them no more. The continual sacrifice of animals for the atonement of sin will cease.

Hebrews 8:12 NKJV           “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more”

 

Hebrews 10:17-18 NKJV           “then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.”

* Man will be able to boldly enter the Holy of Holies.

Hebrew 10:19-22 NKJV “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,
by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,
and having a High Priest over the house of God,
let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”

New Covenant Is Made Valid By Christ’s Blood

Hebrews 9:11-23 NKJV           “But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.
Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,
how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives.
Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood.
For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,
saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.”
Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry.
And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.
Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.”

 

New Covenant Is Remembered in the Lord’s Supper

Luke 22:19-22 NKJV “And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.
But behold, the hand of My betrayer is with Me on the table.
And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!”

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 NKJV “For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;
and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.”

 

New Covenant Is Everlasting

Hebrews 13:20-21 NKJV “Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”

Review

1. What is a covenant?

 

2. God has always and will always keep His _________________.

 

3. What covenant did God make with the following people?

God’s Covenant With Noah:

God’s covenant with Abraham:

God’s covenant with David:

4. The flood waters had been on the earth, and Noah and his family were in the ark for how long?

 

 

5. Noah built an altar and sacrificed animals and birds. Why?

 

6. God received Noah’s __________________ and in turn made a promise to him.

 

7. The descendants of ________________ become great nations.

 

8.. Despite _______________ descendants unfaithfulness, God remained faithful to His covenant.

 

9. A new covenant is promised in _________________.

 

10. Only God can _________________ hearts and minds.

 

11. Under the new covenant everyone would have ___________________ to God.

 

12. _________________ fulfilled Jeremiah’s prediction of the coming of a new covenant.

 

13. There were several promises in the new covenant:

* God’s law would be written on believer’s hearts and minds, not on ________________ of _________________.

* Believers would have a personal ___________________________ with God.

* All would _______________ God.

* God would forgive the sins of ______________________ people and remember them no more.

* Man would be able to ________________ enter the Holy of Holies.

 

14. The new covenant was made valid by ______________ _________________.

 

15. The new covenant is remembered in the ________________ ________________.

 

16. The new covenant is everlasting. What does that mean to you?

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Once Upon A Time God Gave A Sign

ONCE UPON A TIME GOD GAVE A SIGN

Theme: rainbows

 

Memory Verse: Genesis 9:16

 

Bible Truth: The rainbow is a sign of God’s covenant.

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – God Gave A Sign

After being on the boat for a little over a year, Noah and his family finally were told by God that they were to leave the boat. After Noah and his family had removed all the animals from the boat, Noah built an alter.

Noah was completely devoted to God and he wanted to offer to God a magnificent sacrifice because He had preserved him and his family from the flood.

On the alter Noah sacrificed animals and birds from all the clean animals that were on the ark. Noah made a promise to God that he and his family would do God’s will.

God smelled a soothing aroma coming up from Noah’s sacrifice. He was well pleased with Noah and his offering. God received Noah’s offering as an act of devotion and love toward Him. Then God said in His heart,” I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.”

Noah and his sons were blessed by God, and He said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.” God then told Noah that man would be over every beast of the field, every bird in the air, and every creature in the sea. “Every animal and green herb shall be food for you,” said God.

Then God said to Noah and his sons, “ I make a covenant with you: Never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” All at once a rainbow to appeared in the sky. “I have set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of My covenant between Me and all flesh.“

 

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. ______________________________

2. ______________________________

 

4. Memory Verse

“The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”

Genesis 9:16

5. Covenants

A covenant is an agreement made between two or more people that all promise not to break. Throughout the Bible we see several covenants that God made with man. God has always and will always keep His promises.

 

Some examples of covenants that God made with man are:

God’s covenant with Noah.

God’s covenant with Abraham.

God’s covenant with David.

The promise of a new covenant

 

6. God’s Covenant With Noah

The flood waters had been on the earth, and Noah and his family had been in the ark, for over a full year.

Genesis 8:13-14  NKJV      “ And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, that the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and indeed the surface of the ground was dry. And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dried.”

Now that the floodwaters had dried up and the danger was past, God spoke to Noah and told him it was time to leave the ark.

Genesis 8:15-19 NKJV      “Then God spoke to Noah, saying, “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you: birds and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. Every animal, every creeping thing, every bird, and whatever creeps on the earth, according to their families, went out of the ark.”

Out of his thankfulness and his devotion, Noah built an altar and sacrificed animals and birds, chosen from the clean animals that had been preserved on the ark. The sacrifice was pleasing and acceptable to God. God received Noah’s offering and in turn made a promise to him. God promised that the entire earth would not be devastated by a flood again.

Genesis 8:20-22 NKJV      “Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done. “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.”

Genesis 9:1-7 NKJV      “So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man. “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man. And as for you, be fruitful and multiply; Bring forth abundantly in the earth And multiply in it.”

Genesis 9:8-11 NKJV      “Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: “And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

Genesis 9:12-17 NKJV      “And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

 

7. Game – Memory Verse Pass The Ball Relay

Everyone can play the game – need 2 teams of equal number of players.

“The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”

Genesis 9:16

Each team is to line up in a row. Hand a ball to the first person in each row. They are to pass the ball to the person behind them and so on. When the ball gets to the last person in each row they are to run to the front of the line and say the memory verse. Then they are to pass the ball to the person behind them and so on. When the original first person is back in the front of the line the game is over.

8. God’s Covenant With Abraham

God promised to make Abram’s descendants into a great and mighty nation. This promised was fulfilled in the birth of Isaac and then later Jacob, through whom the twelve tribes of Israel were born. The descendants of Abraham did indeed become great nations.

Genesis 12:2 NKJV      “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.”

Genesis 13:14-18 NKJV      “And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward;
for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever.
And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered.
Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.”
Then Abram moved his tent, and went and dwelt by the terebinth trees of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and built an altar there to the Lord.”

Genesis 15:18-21 NKJV      “On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates—
the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the Kadmonites,
the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim,
the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.”

 

In addition to becoming a great nation, God promised Abraham that “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Genesis 12:3 NKJV     ” I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

God fulfilled this promise through the birth of Jesus Christ.

9. God’s Covenant With David

God promised David that he would have a son for whom He would establish a kingdom.

2 Samuel 7:1-16 NKJV      “Now it came to pass when the king was dwelling in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies all around,
that the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells inside tent curtains.”
Then Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.”
But it happened that night that the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying,
“Go and tell My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Would you build a house for Me to dwell in?
For I have not dwelt in a house since the time that I brought the children of Israel up from Egypt, even to this day, but have moved about in a tent and in a tabernacle.
Wherever I have moved about with all the children of Israel, have I ever spoken a word to anyone from the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?’”’
Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel.
And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a great name, like the name of the great men who are on the earth.
Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously,
since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel, and have caused you to rest from all your enemies. Also the Lord tells you that He will make you a house.
“When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.
He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men.
But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you.
And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.”’”

David’s descendants did not remain faithful to the provisions of the covenant. Despite their unfaithfulness, God remained faithful to His covenant and it’s ultimate – the Messiah.

Psalm 89:3-4 NKJV      ““I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant David:
‘Your seed I will establish forever, And build up your throne to all generations.’” Selah

 

Psalm 89: 34 NKJV      “My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.”

10. New Covenant Is Promised

A new covenant is promised in Jeremiah. The Israelites had continually broken the old covenant. Time and time again the people were called to repent, however they never truly had a lasting change of heart. Only God can change hearts and minds; thus a new covenant was needed.

Jeremiah 31:31-34 NKJV      “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord.
But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

Under the new covenant no one (priests or prophets) would stand between the people and God. Everyone would have access to God and the Spirit would teach the people the knowledge of God.

Hebrews 8:8-12 NKJV      “Because finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—
not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord.
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”

11. GameCovenant Memory Game

A covenant is an agreement made between two or more people that all promise not to break. Throughout the Bible we see several covenants that God made with man. God has always and will always keep His promises.

Need: Nine sheets of paper or index cards

Write the following on the paper or cards:

1. Noah

2. God promised that the entire earth would not be devastated by a flood again.
3. Abraham

4. God promised to make his descendants into a great and mighty nation
5. David

6. God promised him that he would have a son for whom He would establish a kingdom.
7. Jeremiah

8. A new covenant is promised.

9. A covenant is an agreement made between two or more people that all promise not to break

Shuffle up the cards and place them on the memory board.

Divide the children into two teams. The teams will take turns turning over two cards. If the cards match they will remove them and earn a point for their team. If they do not match they will turn them back over. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

Correct matches:

Noah

God promised that the entire earth would not be devastated by a flood again.
Abraham

God promised to make his descendants into a great and mighty nation
David

God promised him that he would have a son for whom He would establish a kingdom.
Jeremiah

A new covenant is promised.

 

 

12. New Covenant Is Fulfilled

Through His work on the cross, Jesus fulfilled Jeremiah’s prediction of the coming of a new covenant.

Luke 1:68-79 NKJV      ““Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His people,
And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of His servant David,
As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, Who have been since the world began,
That we should be saved from our enemies And from the hand of all who hate us,
To perform the mercy promised to our fathers And to remember His holy covenant,
The oath which He swore to our father Abraham:
To grant us that we, Being delivered from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.
“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways,
To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God, With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us;
To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.”

There were several promises in the new covenant:

* God’s law will be written on believer’s hearts and minds, not on tablets of stone.

Hebrews 8:10 NKJV    “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

Hebrews 10:16-17 NKJV    ““This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,”
then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more”

* Believers will have a personal relationship with God.

Leviticus 26:12      NKJV “I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.”

2 Corinthians 6:16 NKJV    “And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.”

* All will know God.

Hebrews 8:11      NKJV “None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them”

* God will forgive the sins of repentant people and remember them no more. The continual sacrifice of animals for the atonement of sin will cease.

Hebrews 8:12 NKJV      “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more”

Hebrews 10:17-18 NKJV      “then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.”

* Man will be able to boldly enter the Holy of Holies.

Hebrew 10:19-22 NKJV      “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,
by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,
and having a High Priest over the house of God,
let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”

13. New Covenant Is Made Valid By Christ’s Blood

Hebrews 9:11-23 NKJV      “But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.
Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,
how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives.
Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood.
For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,
saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.”
Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry.
And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.
Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.”

 

14. New Covenant Is Remembered in the Lord’s Supper

Luke 22:19-22 NKJV      “And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.
But behold, the hand of My betrayer is with Me on the table.
And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!”

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 NKJV      “For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;
and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

15. New Covenant Is Everlasting

Hebrews 13:20-21 NKJV      “Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”

16. Game – Marshmallow Pass

Need:

chopsticks (or two12 inch dowel rods) – each child will need a set

2 bags of marshmallows

2 large bowls

Divide the children into two teams. Line the two teams up in two rows. Give each child a pair of chop sticks (or two dowel rods). Give the first person on the team a bag of marshmallows. Place an empty bowl at the end of each row. The marshmallows are to be passed from the front of the line to the back and placed in the bowl only using the chop sticks.

17. Worship Song – ______________________________

 

18. Challenge and Altar Call

We can follow Noah’s example of obedience, devotion and thankfulness to God. Noah was so thankful that God had provided protection and provisions for his family that he gave an offering to God. He made a vow or a promise to God – He promised that he would obey God and do whatever God wanted him to do.

Because Noah made a promise to God, God made a promise back to him.

God takes promises very serious and so should we. Everything He has promised us, He will do. We can take comfort in knowing that He will be with us no matter where we go or what we go through.

Each one of us should let the wonders of God’s creation, including the rainbow, encourage us to speak about Him to those who doubt His existence and the promises that He has made to us.

1. Have you given yourself to God?

Do you have a personal relationship with Him?

2. Have you thanked God for all that He has given you and for all the things He has provided you with through the new covenant?

3. Have you thanked God for His faithfulness toward you?

19. Refreshments or a light meal

 

20. Crafts

 

21. Dismissal

 

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The Great Flood

THE GREAT FLOOD

Memory Verse:  Genesis 7:5

 

Life Application: We must obey God’s commands, no matter how old or young we are.

 

Bible Text:

Genesis 7:5

Genesis 7:1-3

Genesis 7:4-6

Genesis 7:7-9

Genesis 7:13-16

Genesis 7:10-12

Genesis 7:17-20

Genesis 7:21-24

Genesis 8:1-5

Genesis 8:6-12

Genesis 8:13-14

The people that God had created had become very wicked. It grieved God so much that the people He had created no longer loved Him and were full of sin. As God looked over all the people on earth, Noah was the only righteous man to be found. Noah’s character is described as righteous and blameless. Noah conformed to God’s standard – the things that God sought in man were present in Noah.Noah was a man who believed in God took Him at His word. The Bible tells us that Noah walked with God. There was fellowship between Noah and God

Because of the sinfulness of the people (rebellion to God), God was going to destroy the world and He instructed Noah to build an ark. Noah obeyed God’s command to build an ark. It took Noah and his sons one hundred and twenty years to build the ark During this time Noah warned the people about the coming judgment.

Genesis 7:1-3 NKJV      “Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation. You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female; also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth.”

God commanded Noah and his family to enter the ark which they had built. They were to take with them two of every animal (a male and a female) and five of every clean animal.

Genesis 7:4-6 NKJV     “For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.”
And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him.
Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth.”

Genesis 7:7-9 NKJV     “So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood.
Of clean animals, of animals that are unclean, of birds, and of everything that creeps on the earth,
two by two they went into the ark to Noah, male and female, as God had commanded Noah.”

Noah and his family obeyed God’s command to enter the ark immediately. When Noah, his family, and the animals were in the ark, God shut the door.

Genesis 7:13-16 NKJV     “On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark—they and every beast after its kind, all cattle after their kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort. And they went into the ark to Noah, two by two, of all flesh in which is the breath of life. So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the Lord shut him in.”

After seven days the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened, bringing rain. It rained for forty days and forty nights. As the flood waters begin to cover everything on earth, even the tallest mountains, the ark began to float.

Genesis 7:10-12 NKJV     “And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth.
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights.”

 

Genesis 7:17-20 NKJV     “Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth.
The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters.
And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered.
The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered.”

 

Everything and everyone whose home was on the land died, old and young alike. The flood waters raged on the earth for one hundred and fifty days. The flood was so destructive that only Noah, his family, and the animals on the ark survived.

Genesis 7:21-24 NKJV      “And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man. All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died. So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days.”

God in His great mercy and compassion, remembered Noah and his family. He caused the fountains of the deep and the rain from heaven to stop, a great wind to blow over the flood waters. For one hundred and fifty days the wind blew causing the waters receded from the earth.

At the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters decreased and the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. The water continually decreased until the tops of the mountains were seen.

Genesis 8:1-5 NKJV     “Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided. The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were also stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained.
And the waters receded continually from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters decreased. Then the ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat. And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month. In the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.”

After the ark had rested for forty days, Noah opened the window and sent out a raven. When let out of the ark, the raven did not return. It flew until it found land. In order to find out if the waters were receding from the land, Noah sent out another bird, a dove. The dove did not find land so it returned to the ark. Seven days later, Noah sent the dove back out. The dove returned with a freshly plucked olive leaf in it’s mouth. Noah waited another seven days, then he sent the dove out again. This time the dove did not return to the ark.

Genesis 8:6-12 NKJV     “So it came to pass, at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made. Then he sent out a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up from the earth. He also sent out from himself a dove, to see if the waters had receded from the face of the ground. But the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, and she returned into the ark to him, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her, and drew her into the ark to himself. And he waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out from the ark. Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth. So he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove, which did not return again to him anymore.”

The flood waters had been on the earth, and Noah and his family had been in the ark, for over a full year.

Genesis 8:13-14 NKJV     “ And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, that the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and indeed the surface of the ground was dry. And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dried.”

Review

1. Why was God grieved?

2. Noah’s character is described as ____________________ and ___________________.

3. The Bible tells us that Noah _______________ with God.

What does that mean?

4. God instructed Noah to build an _________.

5. How long did it take Noah and his sons to build the ark?

6. While building the ark Noah warned the people about the coming ____________________.

7. Noah took _________ of every animal (a male and a female) and five of every clean animal.

8. When Noah, his family, and the animals were in the ark, _________ shut the door.

9. It rained for ________ days and __________ nights.

10. Everything and everyone whose home was on the land __________, old and young alike.

11. The flood waters raged on the earth for _________ days.

12. The flood was so _________________ that only Noah, his family, and the animals on the ark survived.

13. How long did it take for the waters to receded from the earth?

14. Where did the ark come to rest at?

15. After the ark had rested for forty days, Noah opened the window and sent out a ____________.

16. Did the dove return the first time that it was sent out?

17. The second time that the dove was sent out it returned with what?

18. How long were Noah and his family in the ark?

 

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Once Upon A Time Water Covered The Earth

ONCE UPON A TIME WATER COVERED THE EARTH

Theme: water

 

Memory Verse: Genesis 7:17

 

Bible Truth: The entire earth was flooded.

 

Bible Text:

Genesis 7:1-24

Genesis 8:1-14

 

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – Once Upon A Time Water Covered The Earth

Once upon a time water came up from the ground and out of the sky and covered the entire earth. Noah had just finished building a big boat according to God’s instructions. When everything was ready God shut the door to the boat. Inside the boat was Noah, his wife, their three sons and their three wives. Also, there were many, many animals on the boat.

God was going to save the people and animals that were in the boat, but He was going to destroy those not in the boat by causing a great flood.

Shortly after Noah and his family were settle in the boat they heard a strange sound. It was the sound of rain! They had never heard this sound before because it had never rained before this time.

The rain fell from the sky just as God said it would, and water came up from the ground. The water covered the entire ground and continued to rise. As the water rose so did the boat. It began to float on top of the rising water.

This was a very sad and scary time for the people left on the earth. They ran to the mountains and tried to climb to higher ground in order to escape the flood waters. But the water rose higher and higher, until the mountains were covered and all the people, wicked as they were, were drowned in the great flood that now covered the entire earth. All the animals on the ground as well as all the birds were drowned as well.

For forty days and nights the rain continued to fall. The water stayed on the earth for more than six months. The boat, with everyone in it, floated in the water that covered the land. After a while God sent a wind to blow over the water and dry it up, so gradually the flood went away. The boat ceased to float as it came to rest on Mount Ararat.

Noah and his family could tell that the boat was not floating anymore. After a while Noah opened a window and let out a raven. The raven did not come back, so Noah sent out a dove. But the dove could not find any place to rest, so it flew back to the boat.

After waiting a week Noah sent the dove out again. Latter the dove returned again to the boat, but this time it had a small piece of an olive branch in its mouth.

Noah and his family were excited because they knew that the waters had went down enough to allow the trees to grow again. Noah waited another week then he sent the dove out again. This time the dove never came back, so they knew that the earth was dry again.

Noah, his family and the animals had been on the boat for a little over a year when they heard the voice of God again. “Come out of the boat.”

Noah opened the door and he, his family and all the animals came out and stood on dry ground.

 

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. ________________________________

2. ________________________________

 

4. Memory Verse

“Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth.”

Genesis 7:17

5. Noah Finds Favor In God’s Sight

The people that God had created had become very wicked. It grieved God so much that the people He had created no longer loved Him and were full of sin. As God looked over all the people on earth, Noah was the only righteous man to be found. Noah’s character is described as righteous and blameless. Noah conformed to God’s standard – the things that God sought in man were present in Noah.Noah was a man who believed in God took Him at His word. The Bible tells us that Noah walked with God. There was fellowship between Noah and God.

Because of the sinfulness of the people (rebellion to God), God was going to destroy the world and He instructed Noah to build an ark. Noah obeyed God’s command to build an ark. It took Noah and his sons one hundred and twenty years to build the ark During this time Noah warned the people about the coming judgment.

Genesis 7:1-3 NKJV “Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation. You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female; also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth.”

God commanded Noah and his family to enter the ark which they had built. They were to take with them two of every animal (a male and a female) and five of every clean animal.

Genesis 7:4-6 NKJV “For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.”
And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him.
Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth.”

Genesis 7:7-9 NKJV “So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood. Of clean animals, of animals that are unclean, of birds, and of everything that creeps on the earth,
two by two they went into the ark to Noah, male and female, as God had commanded Noah.”

 

6. GamePass The Boat Relay Race

Need : 2 cardboard boat cut outs or 2 small toy boats.

Divide the children into two teams. Each team is to line up in a row. Hand a boat to the first person on each team. They are to pass the boat to the person behind them and so on. When the boat gets to the last person in each row they are to run to the front of the line and say the memory verse, then pass the boat to the person behind them and so on. When the original first person is back in the front of the line the game is over. The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

7. Noah And His Family Enter The Ark

Noah and his family obeyed God’s command to enter the ark immediately. When Noah, his family, and the animals were in the ark, God shut the door.

Genesis 7:13-16 NKJV “On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark—they and every beast after its kind, all cattle after their kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort. And they went into the ark to Noah, two by two, of all flesh in which is the breath of life. So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the Lord shut him in.”

After seven days the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened, bringing rain. It rained for forty days and forty nights. As the flood waters begin to cover everything on earth, even the tallest mountains, the ark began to float.

Genesis 7:10-12 NKJV “And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth.
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights.”

Genesis 7:17-20 NKJV “Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered.”

 

Everything and everyone whose home was on the land died, old and young alike. The flood waters raged on the earth for one hundred and fifty days. The flood was so destructive that only Noah, his family, and the animals on the ark survived.

Genesis 7:21-24 NKJV “And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man. All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died. So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days.”

8. GameGather the Animals Memory Verse Game

The Great Flood was a way that God divided the righteous people from the unrighteous people. The righteous were saved by the ark and the unrighteous were destroyed by the flood waters.

One day all the people in the world will be divided again, however The righteous, one’s that have been washed by the blood of Jesus, will be allowed to go to heaven. The unrighteous, the unsaved, will be thrown into the Lake of Fire. The choices that we make while we are alive will determine where we will spend eternity. Our choices determine if we will be allowed in Heaven or cast into the Lake of Fire.

 

Need :

Animals cut-out with the memory verse written on each one – one per child.

Two poster boards – draw an ark on each one.

Two rolls of tape

Divide the class into two teams and have them line up in two lines. Place a poster board ( with ark drawn on it) a short distance from each team. Give each child an animal with the memory verse on it.

Give the first person on each team a roll of tape.

At the signal the first person on each team will run to the poster board and tape their animal on it and say the memory verse, then run back to their team. The next person in line will run to the poster board and repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

9. God Remembers Noah

God in His great mercy and compassion, remembered Noah and his family. He caused the fountains of the deep and the rain from heaven to stop, a great wind to blow over the flood waters. For one hundred and fifty days the wind blew causing the waters receded from the earth.

At the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters decreased and the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. The water continually decreased until the tops of the mountains were seen.

Genesis 8:1-5 NKJV “Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided. The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were also stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained. And the waters receded continually from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters decreased. Then the ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat. And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month. In the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.”

After the ark had rested for forty days, Noah opened the window and sent out a raven. When let out of the ark, the raven did not return. It flew until it found land. In order to find out if the waters were receding from the land, Noah sent out another bird, a dove. The dove did not find land so it returned to the ark. Seven days later, Noah sent the dove back out. The dove returned with a freshly plucked olive leaf in it’s mouth. Noah waited another seven days, then he sent the dove out again. This time the dove did not return to the ark.

Genesis 8:6-12 NKJV “So it came to pass, at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made. Then he sent out a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up from the earth. He also sent out from himself a dove, to see if the waters had receded from the face of the ground. But the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, and she returned into the ark to him, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her, and drew her into the ark to himself. And he waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out from the ark. Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth. So he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove, which did not return again to him anymore.”

The flood waters had been on the earth, and Noah and his family had been in the ark, for over a full year.

Genesis 8:13-14 NKJV “ And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, that the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and indeed the surface of the ground was dry. And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dried.”

 

10. Game – Review Tic-Tac – Toe

Need:

poster board

16 index cards

tape

 

Draw a large tic-tac-toe board on the poster board.

On 8 index cards write a “O” and on 8 index cards write an “X”.

Divide the class into two teams. Place the tic-tac-toe board a short distance from the teams. Give one team the “O” cards and the other team the “X” cards.

Ask the teams questions, one at a time. If they answer the question correctly the may place one of their cards on the board. The first team that gets three of their cards in a row is the winner.

 

1. Why was God grieved?

The people He had created no longer loved Him and were full of sin.

2. Noah’s character is described as ____________________ and ___________________.

righteous blameless

3. The Bible tells us that Noah _______________ with God.

walked

What does that mean?

4. God instructed Noah to build an _________.

ark

5. How long did it take Noah and his sons to build the ark?

one hundred and twenty years

6. While building the ark Noah warned the people about the coming ____________________.

judgment

7. Noah took _________ of every animal (a male and a female) and five of every clean animal.

two

8. When Noah, his family, and the animals were in the ark, _________ shut the door.

God

9. It rained for ________ days and __________ nights.

forty forty

10. Everything and everyone whose home was on the land __________, old and young alike.

died

11. The flood waters raged on the earth for _________ days.

one hundred and fifty

12. The flood was so _________________ that only Noah, his family, and the animals on the ark survived.

destructive

13. How long did it take for the waters to receded from the earth?

one hundred and fifty days

14. Where did the ark come to rest at?

on the mountains of Ararat

15. After the ark had rested for forty days, Noah opened the window and sent out a ____________.

raven

16. Did the dove return the first time that it was sent out?

yes

17. The second time that the dove was sent out it returned with what?

a freshly plucked olive leaf

18. How long were Noah and his family in the ark?

over a full year.

 

11. Worship Song – ____________________

 

12. Challenge and Altar Call

God provided a way for man to be saved from the great flood by having Noah build an ark. However, no one accepted that way of salvation. So God sent a great flood to destroy all wickedness on the earth.

The flood was so great that we can still see evidence of it today. Such as the Grand Canyon and different mountain ranges. Nothing in nature has happened by accident. Everything was a part of God’s plan and His handiwork. Just like in the days of Noah, today there are many, many people who don’t believe what God says is true and they do not respect God nor the people who follow God.

 

From the story of the flood we can learn some important truth:

Evil will be destroyed

God has made a way of escape

God has a plan for us and our future

 

One day God will destroy the earth and all the evil on it again, but this time it will be by fire. However God offers us a way of escape through His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus paid the price for our evil on Calvary. By confessing our sins and evil and accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior we can be saved from destruction.

Just like in the days of Noah, not everyone will accept God’s offer of safety. Not everyone will be obedient to God and His instructions.

1. Have you accepted God’s plan of salvation (safety)?

Have you confessed your sins to God and asked for forgiveness?

2. Will you be saved when the world as we know it is destroyed?

3. Do you have trouble obeying God.

4. Have you sought God for the plan that He has for your life?

 

13. Refreshments or a light meal

 

14. Craft

 

15. Dismissal

 

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“Once Upon A Time There Was A Floating Zoo”

ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A FLOATING ZOO

Theme:  animals, zoo

 

Memory Verse:  Hebrews 11:7

Bible Truth:  Faith in God leads to godly fear.

 

Bible Text:

Hebrews 11:7

Genesis 6:1-22

Genesis 7:1-9

Genesis 8:20-22

Acts 16:31

 

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – Noah’s Ark

Once upon a time there was a big, big boat, filled with all kinds of animals. It resembled a large floating zoo. It was filled with every kind of animal imaginable. It all start when God looked down from heaven and saw all the evil committed by man.

God has created man to have fellowship with Him, but over the many years since his creation he had turned from God and from godly ways. He no longer obeyed God, nor did he desire to walk with God. The hearts of man had became wicked and filled with violence.

As God looked down at man and all his evil ways it made Him sad that He had ever created them. Everyone had turned from Him, that is everyone except Noah. Noah was the great, great, great, great, great, great, great, grandson of Adam, the first man. Everywhere God looked there was evil, violence, and hatred of every kind. Despite living in a wicked world Noah still loved God and he still followed God. His heart’s desire was to do right in the sight of God.

As God thought about everything He saw He decided that He would start over. Since Noah was the only one that was still righteous God would use him to start over. Although it grieved His heart, He would destroy everyone except Noah and his family. Because of his godly lifestyle Noah had found grace and favor with God.

“I’m going to bring a great flood of water on the earth, to cover all the land and drown all the people on the earth. This great flood will not only drown the people, it will also drown all the animals, so an ark will be needed to save your family as well as animals,” said God. Then God told Noah that in order to preserve the animals and his family he was to build a boat. This would not be an ordinary boat. It was to be very long and very wide and very deep, with a roof over it. It would resembled a long, wide three story house. Noah was to build the boat according to God’s instructions, and to be ready for when he would need it.

God told Noah to take with them on the boat all the food that they would need for a year, enough for his family and for the animals.

Noah believed God and he set out to build the boat. It seemed very strange to the other people. As Noah and his three sons worked on the boat the people would come by just to see. They would laugh at Noah and make all kinds of jokes and remarks. Noah and his family would tell the people what God had said about the water covering the earth. This really made them laugh, after all, there was no water at all in their area. Also because it had never rained before. For one hundred and twenty years they worked and worked, and worked on the boat.

At last the big boat was finished. Just as God had instructed, they put a door on the side at the bottom and a small window at the top.

Then God instructed Noah to gather animals and put them on the boat. He was to take with them on the boat seven pairs of the animals that they would need, and one pair of all the rest. That way all kinds of animals would survive the flood that God was going to send.

So Noah and his family did as God told them. The gathered all the supplies that they would need. And as God supernaturally brought the animals to the door of the boat, Noah and his family would take them onto the big boat. They put the animals in their places and brought in food for them.

One day, after Noah, his wife, their three sons and their wives entered the boat God shut and sealed the door to the boat. It could not be opened by anyone. No more people or animals would be allowed on the big boat.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. _______________________________

2. _______________________________

4. Memory Verse

Hebrews 11:7 “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household.”

5. Obedience and Disobedience

Obedience is doing what you are asked to do immediately, completely, and willingly. It can also be described as following instructions.

There is a big difference between obedience and disobedience, both now and in the future. Obedience brings good things into our lives and it is always rewarded. Disobedience brings heartache and pain. God expects us to obey. Just like in the days of Noah, time will run out for man to obey. Then the whole world will be judged. Disobedience will be judged and those walking in disobedience will be punished. Those who are obedient will receive great rewards.

 

6. Game – Kangaroo Hop Relay Race

Hebrews 11:7 “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household.”

Divide the children into 2 teams. Line the teams up at one end of the room.

At the signal the first person on each team is to hop to the front and say the memory verse, then hop back to their team. The next person on the team will do the same thing.

The team that finishes first is the winner.

 

7. Noah

The earth had become completely corrupt and over time God was grieved. The people He had created had become extremely sinful and had rejected Him and His love.

Genesis 6:1-7 NKJV     “Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them,
that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.”

However, God was not willing to break His promise to redeem man so He looked for a righteous person. During this time, Noah was the only person in this society who walked with God. Despite his sinful surrounding, Noah continued to live a righteous life. Despite how bad other people were, Noah continued doing what was right in God’s sight.

Genesis 6:8-9 NKJV     “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.”

Noah and his wife had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Genesis 6:10 NKJV “And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.”

God told Noah that He was going to destroy the world

Genesis 6:11-13 NKJV “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.
And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.”

 

8. GameWalk With God

Need: papers with numbers written on them, music

 

God invites everyone to come to have a personal relationship with Him. The Bible tells us that the only way to God is through Jesus. If we believe in Jesus and accept Him as our Savior, our sins will be forgiven. Some people get too busy in their lives to accept God’s offer. Even after some people accept Jesus as Savior, they get too busy to know Him as He desires for them to. God wants to forgive our sins and He wants us to take time to know Him.

One day Jesus will return for those that have an intimate relationship with Him. Only those who have prepared themselves and are watching will go with Jesus when He returns. We can prepare ourselves for Jesus’ return by walking with Him every day.

Everyone can play. (play several times)

Before meeting place pieces of papers with numbers them on the floor in a circle.

Have the children stand on the papers – 1 person to 1 paper.

Play music, then stop it

When the music stops and everyone is on a circle call (draw) a number. Whoever is standing on the number wins – They walked with God.

9. The Ark

Noah was told to build an ark – a very large boat. God gave Noah instructions concerning the design and dimensions of the ark. The ark was about 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. It had three decks and was divided into compartments. Calculations have been made estimating that there was room in the ark for 7000 species of animals.

Genesis 6:14-16 NKJV “Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third decks.”

People no doubt made fun of Noah and some may have even hated him, but Noah continued to be obedient and faithful to God. He continued to build the ark no matter what those around him thought. Finally after one hundred and twenty years the ark was completed. God spoke to Noah giving Him further instructions. Noah was to take seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that were unclean, a male and his female; also seven each of birds of the air, male and female.

Genesis 6:17-22 NKJV “And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. And of every living thing of all flesh you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. Of the birds after their kind, of animals after their kind, and of every creeping thing of the earth after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive. And you shall take for yourself of all food that is eaten, and you shall gather it to yourself; and it shall be food for you and for them.” Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did.”

Genesis 7:1-9 NKJV “Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation. You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female; also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth. For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.” And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him. Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth. So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood. Of clean animals, of animals that are unclean, of birds, and of everything that creeps on the earth, two by two they went into the ark to Noah, male and female, as God had commanded Noah.”

Two of every animal (a male and a female) were to keep the species and the other five of the every clean animal, and the other five of each of birds of the air were possibly for food and for a sacrifice later on.

 

Genesis 8:20-22 NKJV “Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done. “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.”

 

10. Game – I’m Riding On An Ark…

Need: a ball

Have the children sit in a circle.

Begin the game by saying, “I’m riding on the ark with a (name of an animal).” Name a animal, then toss the ball to another person in the circle. That person repeats the sentence so far, then adds their own animal. See if you can get all the way around the circle without forgetting an animal.

11. Worship Song – ___________________________

 

12. Challenge and Altar Call

Noah still loved God and he still followed God despite living in a wicked world. Sinful people were ruining God’s world. Noah’s heart’s desire was to do right in the sight of God. His life consistently reflected godliness.

God gave Noah clear instructions on how he and his family could be saved. Noah obeyed God. Because of obedience Noah and his family were saved from the destruction that came upon the earth through the flood.

God had extended to the people a grace period of 120 years before He destroyed the world. During the 120 years that it took Noah to build the ark the people had an opportunity to turn from their sin and to turn to God. However, they did not. They never repented therefore they were judged and condemned to die.

If there was not a man and a family who by God’s grace stood out from the wickedness of their day, there would have been a new beginning to the world that did not include man.

Like Noah we live in a wicked world. Sin abounds everywhere we look. It must be our heart’s desire to do right in the sight of God if we want to be saved. Our lives must reflect godliness. God has given us clear instructions on how we, too, can be saved and escape the coming destruction.

Acts 16:31 NKJV     “So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.’ ”

The next time that God destroys the world it will be with fire and not with water. If we truly believe on the Lord Jesus Christ we will be saved. We are living under a period of grace.

Sin and wickedness will not be part of the new heavens and the new earth. Just like in the days of Noah, sinful man will be judged and condemned. It is not God’s desire that we perish, but that we have eternal life with Him. However, the choice is ours.

 

Allow the children time to pray.

When God looks at your heart, what does He see?

Is your lifestyle one that pleases God?

Are you obedient to God?

Will you be part of the new heavens and the new earth?

Do you desire a closer walk with God?

13. Refreshments or a light meal

14. Crafts

 

15. Dismissal

 

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The Tortoise And The Hare – Keep On Going

tortos and hareThe Tortoise And The Hare – Keep On Going

Theme: Turtle and Rabbit

Memory Verse: Galatians 6:9

Bible Truth: We will be rewarded if we keep going and don’t give up.

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction -What Is Perseverance?

     In Galatians, Paul uses the example of sowing and reaping to teach about perseverance. Perseverance is keeping on though the job is hard or discouraging without complaining or quitting. It is also going through hard times without grumbling or giving up.

Galatians 6:9 NKJV     “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

     God expects us to persevere in all that we go through, both individually and as a group. Sometimes we go through discouraging situations for extended periods of time, but if we don’t give up we will be rewarded. There is a season for everything, but we must wait for it no matter how slow the process seems.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. _________________________________________

2. _________________________________________

4. Memory Verse

Galatians 6:9 NKJV     “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

5. What Is Steadfast?

1 Corinthians 15:58  NKJV     “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

     We must remain steadfast. Steadfast means a firm purpose: loyal and unwavering; firmly fixed; not moving or changing. As a Christian must remain firm and constant in what we believe and be determined in what we do. Our steadfastness will be rewarded, in God’s time – not ours.

6. Game – The Tortoise And The Hare Memory Verse Relay Race

Need: a sign with the memory verse written on it.

Galatians 6:9 NKJV     “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

Divide the group into two teams and have them line up in two rows. At the signal the first person on each team is to hop like a rabbit to the front. Stand up and say the memory verse, then crawl like a tortoise back to their team. The next person on their team will do the same thing. The team that finishes first is the winner.

7. Examples Of Steadfast People

The Bible gives us many examples of people who persevered, even in the face of opposition. Giving up was not on option to them. Noah, Job, Daniel, Joseph, Hannah, Nehemiah, and Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are all wonderful examples of people who remained steadfast in their faith, goals and dreams.

In our Christian walk we must remain steadfast and strive for the goal ahead of us.

Philippians 3:12-14  NKJV     “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended, but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize  of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

8. Game –  Persistence Relay Race

Need:  Two packages of seeds. Write the memory verse on two small pieces of paper and attach them to the packages of seeds and a poster board sign with the word “Persistent” written on it.

Galatians 6:9 NKJV     “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

Divide the group into two teams. Line the two teams up in rows. Give a package of seeds to the first person on each team. At the signal the first person on each team is to run to the sign, say the memory verse, then run back to their team. The next person on the team will do the same thing. The team that finishes first is the winner.

9. Story – “The Story Of Tommy And Harry”

One bright and sunny day Tommy tortoise went for a walk. He enjoyed going for walks and looking at and listening to all the wonderful things that God had created.

After a short period Tommy slowed down to admire some very small flowers growing next to the path. The flowers were so delicate and they had a sweet smell that filtered out into the air.

“Slow poke!” shouted Harry the hare as he came up behind Tommy. “You’re so slow you’re blocking the path.”

“I’m sorry I was in your way, anyway I’m not that slow,” replied Tommy.

“If you got any slower the grass would grow up around you!” teased Harry. Harry was not a nice hare and he enjoyed making fun of others, especially Tommy. “You need to find another path and leave this path to the really fast.”

“You’re not as fast as you think you are,” replied Tommy. He did not like it when Harry made fun of him. It made him feel sad inside. All the sudden Tommy remembered what his Sunday school teacher had read from the Bible last week – “You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength.” Before Tommy realized it he said, “I challenge you to a race! We’ll see who the slowest person is.”

“A race? You mean a race between you and me?” asked Harry. “Even my great-grandmother could go faster than you!”

“Are you afraid I might win?” asked Tommy.

By this time many of the animals in the meadow had come to see what was going on. They looked at Harry with questioning eyes. Was he going to accept Tommy’s challenge or not?

Harry knew what the crowd was thinking and he didn’t want them to think he was afraid of Tommy’s challenge to a race, so he quickly said, “I’m definitely not afraid that you might win! In fact, I know you will lose! Let the race begin!”

Standing close by was Sammy the squirrel who said, “I’ll help you with the race.” After going over the details of the race, the path it would take and where it would end, Sammy lined up Tommy and Harry. It was time for the big race to begin. Sammy held  his handkerchief high in the air. “On your mark, get set, GO!” yelled Sammy, as he brought his handkerchief down to his side.

The race was off. Harry was running as fast as he could go down the path. Tommy was walking his normal slow pace.

Harry looked back over his shoulder and he saw Tommy moving ever so slowly. It did not take long before Harry was way out of sight. Harry continued to run until he came to the farmer’s garden beside the path. When he looked at the garden he immediately thought of all the delicious, crisp vegetables growing in it. Then he remembered the race. “Tommy is so far behind he’ll never catch up,” said Harry to himself. “It would not hurt for me to stop and eat some of these scrumptious vegetables!” The carrots, Harry’s favorite food, were growing on the far side of the garden next to a wonderful shade tree. As fast as he could Harry made his way there. He ate, and ate, and ate. It wasn’t long before Harry began to feel sleepy, probably from eating so many carrots. Once again Harry said to himself, “Tommy is so far behind he’ll never catch up. I think I will take a nap under this shade tree.” As soon as Harry laid down He was fast asleep.

Meanwhile, Tommy continued with the task at hand. Ever so slowly Tommy walk on and on. Each step that Tommy took, no matter how small, brought him closer to the goal. As much as he like the flowers and the things growing along the path, he never stopped nor was he distracted. Even when he passed by other animals that teased him about being slow it did not discourage him or make him want to give up.

Finally, after what seemed like an eternity to Tommy, he could see the finish line up ahead, just past the farmer’s garden. It had been a long day for Tommy as he journeyed toward the finish line. Thoughts of his Sunday school came back to his mind. All the things that the teacher had taught began to have a new meaning for Tommy. “I truly can do all things through Christ who gives me strength,” thought Tommy as he placed his foot over the finished line.

Harry was awakened from his sleep by the sounds of cheering. He jumped up and took off running as fast as his legs could go. As he rapidly approached the finish line his eyes caught a glimpse of Tommy, already there. “Oh no!”

When Harry arrived at the place where Tommy was standing he asked him, “How did you get here before me?”

“By not giving up or stopping.” replied Tommy.

Perseverance is always rewarded. It paid off for Tommy and it will us too.

10. Game – Memory Board Game

The Bible gives us many examples of people who persevered, even in the face of opposition. Giving up was not on option to them. Noah, Job, Daniel, Joseph and Nehemiah are all wonderful examples of people who remained steadfast in their faith, goals and dreams.

Need:  9 note cards with the following written on them.

2 cards with the name Noah written on them, 2 cards with the name Nehemiah written on them, 2 cards with the name Joseph written on them, 2 cards with the name Daniel written on them, and 1 card with the memory verse written on it.

Divide the group up into teams. The teams will take turns turning over two cards. If the cards match they will remove them and earn a point, if they do not match they will turn them back over. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

11. Worship Song  – _______________________________________

12. Challenge And Altar

Each of us must earnestly pursue our goal of heaven. We must persevere no matter how long, slow, hard or alone the journey may seem. In times of discouragement we should not complain or quit. The Holy Spirit will help us to not grumble or giving up, however we must admit that we need help and ask Him.

Revelation 3:10  NKJV     “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on earth.”

     Perseverance is always rewarded. Revelation 3:10 is a wonderful verse because it gives us an extraordinary promise from God. If we obey God’s commandment to persevere we will be greatly rewarded. For those that persevere God will remove them from earth (trough the rapture of the church) before He sends a time of testing to the earth (the Great Tribulation).

Sometimes, as a Christian, we may feel like we are moving at the pace of a turtle while those in the world seem to be moving at the speed of a rabbit. There is a children’s fable that teaches us a very good lesson about perseverance. The story “The Tortoise And The Hare” reminds us that we will be rewarded if we keep going and don’t give up.

Allow the children time to pray.

Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior, making heaven your home?

Are you following after God with all your heart?

Have you, or someone you know, given up on God’s promises?

Are you, or someone you know,  weary, discouraged, or tired?

God has given us the Holy Spirit to help us during these times.

13. Refreshments or a light meal 

14. Crafts

15. Dismissal

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