Lesson Learned: God saved Noah’s family from a flood.
Materials Needed: ice cube tray, food coloring, large piece of white paper, marker
5 The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. 6 The LORD regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. 7 So the LORD said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.
Genesis 6:13, 17
13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.
17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish.
2 Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, 3 and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth.
17 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. 18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water.
1 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.
13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.
Talking Points: A long time ago, God looked at people’s hearts and He saw that most people had very mean hearts and they did not love Him or each other. One man, named Noah, was different than all other people and God saw that Noah had a kind, caring heart and that Noah loved God. God told Noah to build a big boat, called an ark, and to get in it with his family and pairs of all the animals in the world. Then it began to rain and rain and rain and the whole earth flooded. Noah and his family and the animals on the ark all lived through the flood. When the land dried up, God made the first rainbow as a promise that He would never, ever send a flood like that again. And God always keeps His promises–we can remember that whenever we see a rainbow.
Questions: What kind of heart did Noah have? What did God tell Noah to build? What did God make to show that He would never flood the world again? How many colors of a rainbow can you name?
Activity: Put water into an ice cube. Let the child place drops of food coloring into the water so you have a variety of colors. Wait several hours while the ice cubes freeze. Draw the outline of a rainbow on the paper. Then, remove the ice cubes from the tray and let the child “paint” with the rainbow with the colored ice cubes.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for always reminding us how much You love us and how You always keep your promises whenever we see Your rainbows. Please cleanse our hearts of sin so we can be more like Noah who was kind and caring and love You. Amen!