The Sign of the Covenant

Everyone loves rainbows… but the fact that it is a sign of a covenant with God may elude many admirers!  After Noah was commanded to enter the ark, he was told that he would have to wait seven more days inside the vessel before  the rain started. I’m sure he had no worries though, he had been faithfully obeying the LORD’S commands and preparing for many years.  But can you imagine  today being given a warning by God, that you have seven days before certain destruction falls?  Would your life change any?  Are there people you would encourage or share the words of life with?  Any habits you would finally get the victory over or ruined relationships you would seek to mend?  This scenario is not that far-fetched as we recall what Jesus said in Luke 17:26-27 & 30, “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.  People will be eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark.  Then the flood came and destroyed them all…It will be just like this on the day the Son of man is revealed.”  The LORD’S saints are to be watching and prepared like Noah!

Instructions for this technique are posted over at “kidsbible.wordpress.com” (A New Beginning 10/3/2012)

A new beginning - worksheet

A new beginning – worksheet

Scripture reference from Genesis 9:13, “I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.”

Important note:  Given the mature themes of the story of Cain and Abel, I  do not teach this lesson in its entirety to younger kids but you may send a note home with parents to encourage them to discuss the story from Genesis 4 with their kids as it includes helpful information to further illustrate the plan of redemption.  You will recall that God provided a covering of skins for Adam and Eve after they sinned.  This taught them that they needed a suitable covering – not the fig leaves they had sewn together.  God would have to provide a covering by shedding innocent blood.

The LORD God provides a covering

No doubt  they would have taught the acceptable worship of the LORD to Cain and Abel, and we read in Hebrews 11 that Abel offered a more excellent sacrifice “by faith”  and faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17).  Cain did not submit to the God-given instructions of his parents but willfully offered the fruit of his own self-righteous efforts.  Only Abel “obtained witness” from the LORD that his sacrifice was accepted and he was to enjoy right-standing with God as a result. Cain was filled with burning anger because he was aware that the LORD did not acknowledge  his sacrifice.  It was at this point that the LORD sought Cain to reason with him about his destructive attitude and offer him another chance “to do well” and be accepted. God, as a loving Father, also warned him  that sin was waiting to overtake him if he hardened his heart. We all know the result of Cain’s unwillingness to repent.  Jude prophesies that false teachers “have gone in the way Cain”… and certainly there are many religions that boast a plethora of man-made rules and rituals in which they seek to be made acceptable to the god that they worship.  Praise God, He has provided a covering for  all… and “whosoever believes” that the blood of the spotless Lamb of God is the only means by which our sins can be covered and washed away…is made acceptable to God.  “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” Romans 5:8-9

The LORD provides a covering - wkst

The LORD provides a covering – 

*Note: I finally posted a worksheet for older children 10/26/2015

Crossing the Jordan River

Crossing Jordan River

Crossing Jordan River

What was only an eleven day’s journey from Mt. Horeb to the border of  the promised land, took forty years.  Joshua is now leading the people and  God has covenanted  to be with him and give him success and great victories if he remains confident  and very courageous.   They are to cross the Jordan  at flood stage and I am sure it is “chilly and deep”… But as soon as the priests carrying the ark touch that first toe in the water, the river stood in a heap and all of Israel passed over on dry ground.  A man from each tribe was to take up a large stone on his shoulder to set  as a memorial in Gilgal, and likewise,  Joshua took 12 stones and set them in the midst of the Jordan River. Then the priests were called to come up out of the water, and the Jordan River resumed its flow.  The promised land is a picture of the spirit-filled life…one that has victory over the “flesh”. I heard a good illustration today that might be helpful in explaining this concept to children.  A Christian has two natures that battle each other. Picture the spiritual nature as a white dog (the one that comes alive when Jesus has covered your sin though faith) and the “fleshly” nature as a black dog(the one that still likes to sin).  The one you feed is the stronger.  For Joshua to be strong and have much courage, God tells him to meditate on the Book of the Law day and night and to observe and do all that was written in it ! That is how he feeds his spirit which will enable him to be fearless in the land of giants.

Crossing Jordan – worksheet

To assemble this lesson you will need a separate piece of white card stock.  Fold as shown in sample below.The top portion that you fold will measure  2 5/8 inches. On this flap you will “magic tape” the priests and draw the banks of the Jordan. Before you glue down the top flap, place your Joshua 3:11 verse and lightly pencil in the 12 stones of memorial. This page should be a “sandy color”. ( If you want to save on paper and coloring, have the kids write out the verse and draw in the stones themselves in the middle section…use alternate worksheet) Only glue the top 3/4 inch of the flap… you will want the “Jordan River” to be able to slide back and forth. Use blue cardstock or color the water blue, add waves to indicate water !  Glue small tabs on sides to separate water.  Cut “water” in half. On bottom flap write the Hebrews verse.  Since you have added magic tape to the figures of the priests with the ark, they are moveable….as they approach the water, the water separates (pull tabs). To keep bottom portion from flapping about, you may add a paper clip 🙂

alternate worksheet

8 1/2 in. by 5 1/2 inches

Crossing Jordan - folding instructions

Crossing Jordan – folding instructions

The Flood

 There are many books readily available to help you teach this story…Let’s focus on the grace and goodness of the LORD because  even though God destroyed the earth with a flood…”Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD”. (The first mention of grace in the Bible) On the back of this page we color a rainbow to remind us that God always keeps His promises.”…the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.  But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment…” 2 Peter 3:6-7

Don’t we always think of Noah with a long, white beard?  You can glue a tiny bit of cotton to Noah’s chin ! I used brown card stock for the arks but you can just color them.   Turn over the  rainbow page  and that is where you will glue down the ark. The animals  will have to be glued down in order , after they are colored and cut out, to get them all to fit…giraffes first, then elephants, Noah and the turtles last…Don’t forget you can email me with questions.  Color some water and add  raindrops.

This lesson was prepared with a younger elementary age child in mind.  For a coloring page  more suitable for the older elementary-school aged child see my post “A New Beginning” at kidsbible.wordpress.com (Oct. 3, 2012) Instructions for a mosaic dove are also available.           (God’s Holy Convocations – part one 5/21/2012)

The Flood – worksheet