Noah and the Ark – Gen. 6 - 9
In this very familiar story, we see God establishing some clear patterns about how He handles sin. First, we see that God feels pain when people sin. We see that God must punish sin and that the penalty for sin is death, but we also see that in the midst of sin’s consequence, God offers a rescue plan. In this story, there was only one way to be saved –to get on the ark. There is only one way to be saved from our sins and that is to turn to Jesus. Although Noah and his family must have experienced some scary moments, frustrating moments, and lonely moments as they rode out the storm, they ultimately experienced God’s faithfulness as He brought them safely through. How marvelous that God gave, not only them but all of us, a reminder of His faithfulness every time we see a rainbow.
1. REVIEW THE STORY
- • Activity – Skittles Rainbow Picture – give kids a white paper plate and a handful of Skittles. Have kids arrange their Skittles in a rainbow on the plate. When they are happy with their arrangement, let them spray their Skittles with water. Watch and wait; can they see the rainbow colors emerging? Kids may eat their Skittles or throw them away once all the colors have spread.
2. DISCUSS THE STORY (possible answers in italics)
- • What did you like about this passage?
- • What didn’t you like about this passage?
- • What do you learn about God from this passage?
- God feels sorrow and pain when people sin.
- God punishes sin.
- Although the punishment for sin is death, God shows mercy and grace by giving people a way to escape.
- God gives people a choice to take or reject HIs offer of salvation.
- God is faithful.
- God always keeps His promises.
- God wants people to remember His faithfulness, so He gives us reminders.
- • What do you learn about people from this passage?
- People sin.
- People don’t always see that they need to be saved, so they reject God’s method of salvation.
- Some people are used by God to help rescue others.
- • What do you learn about yourself from this story?
- I am a sinner, so I deserve death but I want to choose God’s plan for salvation.
- I want to remember how God has been faithful.