3 The flood

Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from Genesis 7:1.

Do you remember a time when you did something wrong, or messed up, or upset a friend? How did you feel about it?

What did you do to try to put things right? Did it work?

What would it be like if almost everyone in the world did wrong, messed up and upset others – and didn’t care who, or what, was hurt? Would it be possible for anyone to put the world right?

 

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The story so far…

After Adam and Eve had left the garden, things got worse. Their son Cain murdered his younger brother, Abel. Gradually, the numbers of human beings increased and spread over all the earth. Violence, cruelty and evil increased too. The world was spoiled – and God was sad that he had made people. He decided it was time for a new beginning. There was just one person who was trying to live God’s way. This is Noah’s story.

Now read Genesis 6:17 – 7:5 together.

 

What happened next…

God told Noah that he was going to destroy the world through a great flood – but Noah and his family would be kept safe in the ark. Noah followed God’s instructions: he built the boat, brought his family and every kind of animal into it, and stored food for everyone. Then the floods began. It rained for forty days and water covered the land for many weeks, while Noah and everyone in the boat floated safely. At last the floods went down, the land dried out and Noah, his family and the animals were able to leave the boat.

 

Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 12 together.

 

Did you know…?

Noah’s boat or ”ark” was the size of a modern oil tanker. It was not designed to sail along – just to float on the flood water.

Boatbuilding Noah probably used cypress wood to make the boat. It is hard, red-coloured and has a strong smell. He coated the boat with tar or pitch, a sticky black liquid mineral that can be dug out of the ground. He would have used tools such as an axe, a saw and a hammer.

Rainbow Genesis was written in a language called Hebrew and there is no special word for “rainbow”. Instead, the word that is translated for us as “rainbow” is the same word that you would use for a weapon: the sort of bow you have for a bow and arrow. So when God put his “bow” in the sky, it was more than a pretty sight: it was a sign of peace.

 

Try it out

Find a globe or a map of the world. Talk with your Bible Coach about places where sad things are happening. This may be because there is a war, or the people do not have enough to eat, or they have lost their homes because of flooding or earthquake or something like this. In some parts of the world, children have no homes and they have to live and beg on the streets.

God loves the world and everything and everyone in it. How do you think God feels when he sees sad things happening in his world? How do you feel about it?

Hold the map or globe (if you have a globe, give it a hug!) and ask God to show his love and to bring his help and comfort to those who are sad or need his help today.

What else could you do to make those sad things a little bit happier? Talk with your Bible Coach about it.

 

Talk to God

What do you like most about this Bible story? Tell God about it now.

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