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