Lesson Learned:  We can’t hide our sin from God.

Materials Needed:  red, green, white construction paper, scissors, marker

Bible Verse:
Genesis 2:15-16
15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

Genesis 3:6-8
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?”

Talking Points:  Jesus came to save us from sin, or the bad things that we do.  That is why Jesus’ birthday is so special!  He washes away all those bad things when we trust in Him.  When God made the very first man, Adam, and gave him his wife, Eve, they lived in the Garden of Eden.  God told them not to eat the fruit from one tree but they disobeyed Him.  They were embarrassed and ashamed by their sin and they tried to hide from God.  What a silly thing to do! God always knows where we are, He always knows what we are thinking, and He knows all of our sins. We can’t hide them from God.  Instead of hiding, we should confess to God and Him we are sorry for our sins and when we make mistakes.

Questions:  How do you feel when you know you’ve done something wrong?  Do you ever try to hide it from your mom or dad? What should you do instead?

Activity:  Hide a few of your child’s stuffed animals around the house.  Ask the animals (like God asked Adam and Eve in the garden), “where are you?”   

Then, when you are done playing, cut out several strips of paper from each of the others.  Write down the verse from Genesis 3:8 on one of the strips and glue the ends together.  We’ll be writing down each verse on a piece of paper to make some garland for the tree.

Prayer:  Dear Lord, we know it is silly to try to hide our sin from You. Please help us confess our sin so we can draw closer to You. Amen!

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