God Spared Noah
Adam and Eve had many children and grandchildren. Their grandchildren had children and grandchildren, and people began to fill the earth. God looked at all the people on earth and saw that they were choosing to sin more and more. Every person’s thoughts were evil, and God was sad that He made people. God decided to send a flood to destroy all the creatures on the earth.But God showed favor to a man named Noah. Noah was a righteous man; he followed God. God warned Noah about the flood. He told Noah to make an ark to save himself, his family, and all kinds of animals. God told Noah exactly how to make the ark, and He said that He would make an agreement—or covenant—with Noah and his family. Noah did everything God commanded. When the ark was finished, Noah went inside with his family and the animals, and God shut the door. The rain started and water rose from the ground. Now the ark floated on top of the water. The water rose higher and higher until all of the mountains were covered. Everyone inside the ark was safe.Finally, after 40 days and 40 nights, the rain stopped and the water started to go down. Noah waited inside the ark until the ground was dry. Then God told Noah to bring all the people and animals out of the ark. So Noah did. Noah built an altar and gave an offering to the Lord. God promised to never completely flood the earth again.God told Noah and his family to spread out over the earth and fill it with people. God placed a rainbow in the sky as a special sign of the covenant He made with Noah. Every time Noah and his family saw the rainbow, they would know God remembered the promise He had made with all the living creatures on earth.
God Spared Noah
God rescued Noah and his family from the flood. The story of Noah points ahead to a greater rescue. God’s Son, Jesus—the only perfectly righteous One—came to take the punishment for our sin. By trusting in Him, we are saved from the punishment our sin deserves.
Family Discussion Questions
- Why would God want to destroy His own creation?
- Why did God choose to save Noah?
- How can we trust God to keep His promises?
-Use a crayon to write the two ways God rescues in this Bible story: God rescued Noah from the flood in the ark, and God rescues us from our sin through Jesus.
-Use the watercolor paints to paint a rainbow over the words. The wax in the crayon will not absorb the paint and will continue to be seen through the painted rainbow.
-Consider using white crayons so that the message will be visible only after the paint is applied.Guide the kids in retelling the story of Noah and how it points us to Jesus.
-Provide the kids an opportunity to practice sharing the story with other kids. Encourage kids to share this story with someone this week.
"God’s rescue of Noah points us right to Jesus’ rescue of us. Jesus took the punishment for our sin. Jesus is the only One who was perfectly righteous. Jesus saves us from our sin."