What we learned today
Big idea: God is a covenant keeper
Noah: Genesis 6—9, Noah loves and obeys God. God uses Noah to build the ark, and Noah’s family, along with many animals, take refuge in the ark to survive the worldwide flood.
Just for fun
Ask your children to build an ark or a boat. They can use boxes, chairs, tables, blankets, or sheets, etc. If it’s big enough, go inside the structure and read Genesis 7v1–19. (Encourage your older kids to read part of the passage aloud.) When you reach the part where it rains for 40 days and nights, have your kids create a storm by clapping, stomping, or snapping until you say, “Stop!” Have them imagine what it might have been like to wait for the water to subside after the rain stopped.
The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. Isaiah 40v28
Did you know?
- Many scientists and Bible scholars believe that prior to the flood, it had never rained on the earth.
- The Bible doesn’t mention any steering devices inside the ark. Those on board needed to trust God completely to guide them.
- The first thing Noah did when he left the ark was worship God.
- The rainbow Noah saw was a visual reminder of God’s promise to never again destroy all living things with a flood. We can remember God’s love when we see a rainbow in our sky today.
Your younger child may be starting to read on their own. To encourage them in their reading abilities, allow them to read this portion of The Big God Story out of a children’s Bible or storybook Bible. Help them pronounce any unfamiliar words.
Your child may have heard the story of Noah several times and feel as though there’s nothing new to learn. Encourage them to listen closely as you read and find at least one thing in this part of The Big God Story that they've never noticed before.
After reading the Scripture passage, discuss the following together:
- How did the animals get to the ark?
- How do you think Noah felt while watching water flood the earth?
- How does it feel to know you can always trust God to keep His promises?
A blessing can be a spoken prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words of encouragement and guidance over your child.
A blessing to pray over your child: (Child’s name), may you know and experience God as Covenant Keeper this week. May you see God’s faithfulness in your life.