God's Promise

Age 5+: Read Genesis 7:21- Genesis 9:17
Under 5: Read about God's promise to Noah from a children's story bible or the short summary below.

God flooded the earth with rain and every living thing on the earth was destroyed. But Noah and his family were safe and dry in the ark. Finally, the rain stopped, so Noah sent out a dove. The dove returned with an olive leaf in its beak. Then Noah knew that the water was draining away. When the earth was completely dry, God told Noah and his family and all the animals to leave the ark. Noah thanked God for saving him and his whole family. God blessed Noah and his sons and told them that from now on they could eat animals for food. Now they could eat the beasts on the earth, birds in the air and fish in the sea. God was also very careful to explain that man could only kill animals - not any other person. This is because man is created in the image of God.

God promised Noah that He would never flood the earth with that much water again. The rainbow is a special sign of God's promise to Noah and to us. God said when He saw the rainbow, He would remember His promise. You can trust what God says. God always keeps His promises and takes care of His children.

Discussion
Preschool questions:
What happened when God flooded the whole earth with rain? Every living thing was destroyed.
What does a rainbow mean? A reminder of God's promise not to flood the earth again.

Elementary questions:
What did Noah do after he stepped back on dry land? He worshiped God with thanksgiving.
What was God's covenant with Noah? God promised never to destroy the earth with a flood again.
How long will God's covenant last? Forever.

Preteen application:
What did humans eat before the flood? God told humans to eat from every tree of the garden and herb of the field. It was not until after the flood that mankind was given permission to eat all things including animals. However, based on the sinful nature of the world before the flood, it is very possible that mankind ignored God's instructions and ate animal flesh.

Memory Verse: Psalm 145:13 “The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.” (NIV)

Journal (age 8+) Read Genesis 8:22, write what you think it means (hint: seasons), and write down any prayer requests.

Journal (age 3+) Draw and color a picture of Noah's family. Copy memory verse if able.

Optional Activity: Make a rainbow using colored construction paper. On each color, write your promises for the week. (I promise to share toys with my sister, I promise to clean my room, I promise to do my chores/homework, etc.) See if you can keep your promises!

Prayer: Praise and thank God, ask for forgiveness, submit any prayer requests.

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