March 22 – Jesse Tree – Noah and the Flood

Read Genesis 6:9-227:17-8:128:20-9:16

“Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of the time and he walked with God.”  Genesis 6:9

Sin had entered the perfect place God had made for man.  No longer could Adam and Eve live in the garden, but worse yet, they were now separated from God by sin.

Things had gone from bad to worse.  Sin was everywhere!   Noah didn’t just wake up one day and ”poof” everyone around him was bad. The sin that had started in the garden had crept in little by little, slowly but surely, it had taken over everyone and everything.  God was so upset with the way people were behaving that He decided to destroy the creation that he had once called “very good.”

But Noah had found favor in the eyes of the Lord.  He didn’t “go along with the crowd.”  He might have even been made fun of or bullied by the people around him. However, Noah held fast to what he knew was right.  In the end, it paid off.   He and his family were the only ones saved from the flood.

Sometimes it is really hard to do what is right.  Friends and people on TV make doing mean or bad things seem like so much fun.  But just one time of bullying, or talking about someone, or being mean, can lead to another. Before you know it you have turned you back on your one true friend, God.

Questions and Activities:

  1. Talk about times that you have felt out of place because you wouldn’t go along with the crowd.  How did you handle it?
  2. Take a coffee filter. Talk about how pure white it is. Kind of like a person’s life when they are born.  Then have your child use a black marker (not permanent) and put a dime sized dot right in the middle.  This represents sin that can come into our lives.  Then fold the filter into 4ths.  Dip the tip into a glass of water.  See how the black (sin) will slowly take over the whole filter
  3. Cut out, color, and display today’s ornament.

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