Pentateuch, Leaders, and Promises
Hi. This lesson is about the first five books of the Bible and Noah. The first five books of the Bible are called the Pentateuch. The Pentateuch tells stories about early leaders of God's people. Our story for this lesson is about Noah and the promises that God made to him. God is still keeping the promise he made to Noah.
The first five books of the Bible are: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
The Story of Noah
This is the story of Noah and his family. Noah was a good man. He walked with God. Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.
People on earth did what God said was evil. Crime was everywhere. And God saw this was bad. All people on the earth did only evil. Only Noah and his family were good.
So God told Noah that people have filled the earth with crime. Then God said, "I will destroy all evil people on the earth."
God told Noah to build a big boat for Noah and his family. The boat was to be very big. Big enough to hold two of every living thing. God was going to flood water over all the earth. Everything on the earth would die.
But God promised Noah that those in the boat would live. Noah and his family were to care for the living things.
Noah did everything that God told him.
Noah and his sons built the very big boat. It is called an ark.
After the ark was done, Noah and his family got two of every living thing. They put all of the living things and their food in the ark.
Then water flooded the earth for 40 days. The water lifted the boat off the ground. More water came and the boat floated on the water above the earth.
But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and tame animals with him in the boat. God made a wind blow over the earth. And the water went down. The rain stopped. The water went down more. When most of the water had gone, the boat rested on one of the mountains of Ararat.
Noah set a dove free. The dove flew, but found no where to rest. It came back to the boat. Later, Noah set the dove free again. This time the dove came back with a leaf. After a week, Noah set the dove free once more. The dove did not come back. It found a place to live.
When the land was all dry, God said to Noah, “You and your family should go out of the boat. Bring every animal out of the boat with you—the birds, animals and everything that crawls on the earth. Let them have many young ones and let them grow in number.”
Noah and his family let all of the animals go free. Then Noah and his family gave thanks to God for saving them.
Then God made Noah another promise. God promised he would not flood all the earth again. As a sign of this promise, God set a rainbow in the sky. God is still keeping that promise. When you see a rainbow, remember that God keeps his promises and wants you to be safe.
Psalm 23-The Lord the Shepherd
A song of David.
The Lord is my shepherd.
I have everything I need.
He gives me rest in green pastures.
He leads me to calm water.
He gives me new strength.
For the good of his name,
he leads me on paths that are right.
Even if I walk
through a very dark valley,
I will not be afraid
because you are with me.
Your rod and your shepherd’s staff comfort me.
You prepare a meal for me
in front of my enemies.
You pour oil of blessing on my head.[a]
You give me more than I can hold.
Surely your goodness and love will be with me
all my life.
And I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
Source: International Children’s Bible
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
Author: Joachim Neander
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
Come ye who hear, Brothers and Sisters draw near,
Praise Him in glad adoration.
Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen All that is needful hath been
Granted in what He ordaineth?
Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.
Ponder anew All the Almighty can do,
He who with love doth befriend thee.
Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him.
Let the Amen sound from His people again,
Gladly for ay we adore Him.
God’s Promise to Noah
A Reading from Genesis 9:8-13.
Then God said to Noah and his sons, “Now I am making my agreement with you and your people who will live after you. And I also make it with every living thing that is with you. It is with the birds, the tame animals and the wild animals. It is with all that came out of the boat with you. I make my agreement with every living thing on earth. I make this agreement with you: I will never again destroy all living things by floodwaters. A flood will never again destroy the earth.”
And God said, “I am making an agreement between me and you and every living creature that is with you. It will continue from now on. This is the sign: I am putting my rainbow in the clouds.
The word of the Lord.
Response: Thanks be to God.
Adult Lead Project
Make a rainbow with your child: https://blog.kidadl.com/articles/rainbow-shine-11-ways-to-make-a-rainbow-in-lockdown
Note to Adult
“Noah” reviews the story of the Flood, emphasizing the events that occurred after the ark came to a rest. The rainbow appears as a sign of God's promise to never destroy all of creation with a Flood. Read the story in Genesis 9:8-13.
Story images: By Distant Shores Media/Sweet Publishing, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Genesis#Chapter_1_to_11:_Beginnings_of_History
Puzzle, Card, and Lesson: https://www.vts.edu/lifelong-learning/christian-formation-and-discipleship/resources-and-curriculum/episcopal-childrens-curriculum/shell---primary
Rainbow collage and new words: Jo-Mae Maris, CC0, no attribution required