Today’s study is from Genesis 6-9:17.
Adam and Eve had their children, and they had children and those children had children and soon, the earth was a pretty busy place. BUT the people did whatever they wanted, and not what God wanted and so He decided to get rid of ALL people.
Except, there was one man named Noah who God was pleased with. So God went to Noah and said, “Noah…I am very unhappy with all these people. I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.”
BUT, He told Noah to build an ark (like a REALLY big boat). God told Noah exactly how to build it…He gave Noah all the measurements and directions and told Noah to make room for all the animals…one mommy and one daddy of each kind of animal. For some of the animals, God said to bring 7 daddies and 7 mommies. Then God also told Noah to take every kind of food on the ark with them.
Then, God told Noah He would make a covenant (like a strong promise) with Noah and that he and his family would all be safe if they followed God’s directions.
He warned Noah that it would rain for 40 days and 40 nights. Noah and his wife, and their three boys and the boys’ wives all got on the ark and then it rained and rained and rained….over the WHOLE earth. The Bible says even the highest mountains were covered in water…all the people who disobeyed God were washed away, but Noah and his family (who loved and obeyed God) floated in the ark on top of the water.
The Bible says the earth was flooded for 150 days! (That’s almost half a year!) God sent a big wind and the waters went down. Noah sent out a raven, but it flew right back (there was no where for it to land.) So Noah waited and then sent out a dove, but it also came back with nothing. He waited a week and sent the dove out again and this time it came back with a branch from an olive tree (that meant there were *some* dry spots). He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again and this time, the dove didn’t come back (he had found ground or a tree to live in). Noah knew that meant everything was dry enough for them to leave the ark.
God told Noah and his family, it was time to come out!
Noah gave God some of the best animals, and it made God happy. God made another covenant with Noah and said “I will never flood the whole earth again. And I will give you a reminder. Every time you see a rainbow (when the sun and rain mix), you can remember this promise that I will never again destroy everything with water.”
Below are a few of the Noah’s ark crafts we’ve done before:
First, is using pipe cleaners and beads to make rainbows, and a brief description of the story on the cloud. (This was part of our advent calendar last December.)
We also made rainbows using 2 pieces of contact paper and some tissue paper.
These rainbows were made using only red, yellow and blue paint (so it was a color mixing activity as well.)
Animal crackers make a great snack to go along with this story. You can take a paper plate, cut it in half and staple the two halves together, along the rounded edges and make your own little paper plate ark for your animals to live in.
Also, veggie tales has a noah’s ark movie.
The Beginnner’s Bible has a video on youtube of the ark story.
And Disney has a Silly Symphony of Noah’s ark which you can find here.
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