Lesson Learned: We should always ask God if we can do something before we do it.
Materials Needed: construction paper, markers, scissors
Bible Verse : Genesis 3:1-13
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” 4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” 11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” 12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” 13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
Talking Points: God told the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, that they could eat everything except for the fruit from one tree in the garden, where they lived. However, when a snake tells Eve she should do it anyway, she does not ask God if it’s okay first and she eats the fruit. Then, she gets hurt and God has to punish her. This is the same reason you need to ask your parents before you do things, like getting food out of the refrigerator or holding your little brother or sister. They are trying to keep you safe and teach you what is right. When you ignore them, you have to go to timeout or you or someone else may get hurt. Eve should have asked God if it was okay before she ate the fruit.
Questions: Why did God not want Eve to eat the fruit? Who tricked her into eating the fruit? Why is it important to ask God before you do things? What is something you have to ask your parents to do before you do it?
Make a snake. Cut out a long, narrow oval strip out of construction paper. Let the child decorate the strip with markers. Then, fold the strip like an accordion. Unfold it. This will make the snake look like it is crawling.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we are not always good at listening and obeying. We know we should always ask you before we do things.Please open our hearts and minds to allow us to listen better and obey more! Amen!