Tower of Babel

Age 5+: Read Genesis 11:1-9
Under 5: Read about the Tower of Babel from a children's story bible or the short summary below.

After the flood, Noah's family spread out over the earth. The whole world only spoke one language. The people that settled in Babylonia decided to build a city with bricks. They planned to build a tower that reached to the sky. They were very proud of themselves.

But God came to see the tower they were building and He knew their plans. So he mixed up their language so they could not understand each other anymore. That's why the city was named Babel. He also scattered the people from there all over the earth. So they stopped building the city and the tower.


Discussion

Preschool questions:
What is a language? The words people use to understand each other.
Did the people finish building the tower? No.
What was the city named? Babel.

Elementary questions:
Did the people want to glorify God with their tower? No, they wanted to glorify themselves. 
When God saw the tower the people were building, did He like it? No.
What did God do to stop the people from building the tower? He mixed up their language and scattered the people all over the earth.

Preteen application:
Why did the people want to build the tower? They were trying to be important in their own sight instead of trusting God for what is best.
Why should we follow God's plans and not our own? Because God's plans are designed to help us.

Memory Verse: Proverbs 16:18 “Pride leads to destruction; a proud attitude brings ruin.” (NCV)

Journal (age 8+) Copy memory verse, write about a time you followed God's plan and write the results. Write down any prayer requests.

Journal (age 3+) Draw and color a picture of what you think the Tower of Babel might have looked like. Copy memory verse if able.

Optional Activity: Watch a television show in a foreign language or listen to someone speaking a foreign language on the radio or the computer. Do you understand what they are saying? Is it confusing even when you can see what is happening? Discuss how hard it might be for workers to collaborate on a project if they cannot communicate effectively with one another.

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

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