That Great Dragon

The great dragon * 2

Scripture reference from Revelation 12:7-9 –  ” And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.  So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world…”

If you have taught a lesson on the original sin from Genesis 3, no doubt you had conversations with your kids regarding the serpent…the creature that Satan chose to indwell.  This is what I teach kids (upper elementary age and older) about their foe: He is a created being…originally very beautiful. (Ezekiel 28:15)  He is able to transform himself in order to deceive.  (a serpent in Gen.3:1 and as an angel of light  in 2 Corinthians 11:14)  He lies to everyone….mostly about the nature of sin – that it is o.k. and it will not hurt you; and  about the character of God -that He is not good or trustworthy. (John 8:44, Revelation 12:9)  His fate is sealed…”The devil who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are.  And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” (Revelation 20:10)   He is under God’s authority (Job 2:1)  All of these facts are to prepare us for spiritual warfare because our enemy is prowling around looking for someone to destroy. (1 Peter 5:8)   We engage the enemy by putting on the whole armor of God. (Ephesians 6:10-18) For further study you can read Isaiah 14 which describes Lucifer’s fall from his exalted position as an anointed cherub.

The Great Dragon - no text

The Great Dragon – no text

Note: ideas for drawing the dragon image were borrowed from dragon clip art royalty-free image #6 (graphicsfactory.com)  I embellished the scales by tracing on the foil seal from a nut can. Cut out pieces and imprint design with a pencil  on a soft  surface like a magazine before gluing in place.

The Fall

 Of course we do not know what kind of fruit tempted Eve , but we all agree  it must have been luscious.  Adam and Eve were only given one commandment to obey to show their gratitude and love for their Creator.  To disobey  meant death. They chose to doubt GOD’S goodness, and as a result, everyone born after them inherits a sin nature.

Tips: I pre-cut the serpent’s tongues, fruit, and little cross for the  younger kids. You might need to help them thread the serpent through the holes.  Add glitter if desired. A hole-punch is needed and card-stock recommended.  Have them write Romans 6:23 on the rectangle which will go glued on the fruit along with the cross, or you can print it on a rectangle or write it on the fruit before it is colored.  For a worksheet with no text, or a worksheet with annotated text see my other blog at kidsbible.wordpress.com  posted on 9/30/2012  (untitled)

Here is also a worksheet  if you want to go into the redemptive aspect of the LORD God providing a covering for Adam and Eve. (There is a space on the page for the children to draw how God has made a provision for their covering…hint: it should involve a cross!)  You may want to take an extra week to go over these vital truths.  Without going into graphic detail, you might want to mention Cain and Abel’s offerings…why Abel’s was accepted and not Cain’s.

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