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Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: Lesson 14 “Nimrod’s Kingdom”

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By Janth English

Read Together: The people began to put their faith and trust in Nimrod, and Nimrod began to feel very proud of himself. The name Nimrod can mean “rebel,” and Nimrod was truly a rebel. Nimrod is known in history to be a ruler who turned people from the true worship of God and caused religious confusion. According to some historical sources, he began to gather people together in cities rather than encouraging them to spread out over the earth as God wanted. Initially, the reason for keeping people together might have been for protection. But it soon became clear that Nimrod wanted the people together so he could be a powerful ruler, and he became a cruel tyrant over them. Nimrod set out to establish a world-ruling kingdom and his first city was Babel. He also founded Erech, Accad, and Calneh in the land of Shinar which is near modern-day Iraq. He also took lands in Assyria that were occupied by the descendants of Shem, which included Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah, and Resen. This was likely not done peacefully, and it is probable that Nimrod introduced war again to the human family after the Flood.

Read Together: Genesis 10:6–12

Discuss:

  • Help your child identify ways in which history suggests Nimrod rebelled against God.
  • Nimrod was born in the third generation after the flood. Discuss with your child how short the time was before mankind forgot the lessons of the Flood. This is a good opportunity to discuss the fact that people who don’t learn from their mistakes are often doomed to repeat them.
  • Nimrod was a “mighty hunter” who helped the people in the beginning. But history says he had pride and credited himself for his accomplishments. Ask your student how humility might have helped Nimrod. Take this opportunity to talk about servant leadership.

Review Memorization:

Genesis 11:9 “Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.”

 

Printable PDF – L2.14

Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: Lesson 13 “Nimrod the Mighty Hunter”

Author: Janth English

Read Together: God saved eight people from the great flood He brought upon the earth: Noah and his wife, his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and his sons’ wives. The sons of Noah began to have children, and their families grew into all the nations of the world. The names of their descendants (children, grandchildren, etc.) can be found in Genesis 10. Even as these families grew into tribes and nations, the earth was still very sparsely populated. One of the sons of Ham was named Cush, and one of the sons of Cush was named Nimrod, who was a mighty hunter. The people began to trust in Nimrod for their protection in place of God Almighty. They called Nimrod “the mighty hunter before the LORD” (Genesis 10:9). People began to idolize him, and most of them soon forgot the lessons of the Flood.

Read Together: Genesis 9:18–19; 10:1–8, 13–32; Acts 17:26

Discuss:

  • Explain to your child that knowing the names of the ancient peoples and lands they lived in is important because it helps us identify their descendants today. This also helps us understand prophecies that affect them.
  • Discuss Acts 17:26 with your child. Explain that Acts 17:26 shows that God has given different parts of Noah’s family different lands to inherit.
  • Ask your child to picture himself or herself on the earth about 100 years after the flood. Would it be frightening to live in an area where wild animals outnumber humans? What would be the natural thing to do? What should they have done?
  • Ask your child what lessons he or she thinks people should have learned from the Flood. How does the people’s attitude toward Nimrod show they had not learned those lessons?

Review Memorization:

Genesis 11:9 “Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.”

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Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: Lesson 12 “Noah’s Family Expands”

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Author: Janth English

Read Together: Did you know that Noah’s name means “rest”? His name showed the hope his father had that God would use Noah to bring deliverance to His people. And of course, that’s what God did. God used Noah to preserve the human race. When Noah and his family left the ark, God commanded them to be fruitful and multiply. This means God wanted them to have large families. All nations, races, ethnicities, and cultures–all people today can trace their lineage back to Noah. Noah saw many of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren because he lived for 350 years after the flood. He lived a total of 950 years, which was common for people in the pre-flood era. However, after the flood, the length of most people’s life began to shorten. Within about five generations after the flood, people were living less than two hundred years. Noah also lived to see, just as God had said, that man’s heart is inclined toward evil (Genesis 8:21). People did not learn from the problems of the pre-flood world. Not long after the flood, the human family was again walking contrary to God.

Read Together: Genesis 5:28–29; 9:18–29; 10:1–32

Parents:

  • Help your student to see how families are the structural building blocks of society.  Notice that families grown large became nations.
  • Point out to your child the care that God took to record the descendants of Shem, Ham, and Japheth and where they lived. One reason for this is so that we can identify modern nations by their ancient names.
  • Noah was a preacher of righteousness before and after the flood (2 Peter 2:5). He also was the elder and leader (“patriarch,” which means the male head of a family or tribe) of his growing family. Discuss with your child why people did not listen to Noah. Explain that human beings have freedom of choice, but that Satan the devil influences their decisions.
  • The people did not listen to the wisdom of Noah who was a “preacher of righteousness” (2 Pet 2:5). Ask if this is a common problem in families today. Think aloud with your child about Proverbs 1:7–8; 10:21. Ask your child if they can think of an incident in which things went wrong because someone failed to listen to their elders.

Review memorization:

Genesis 6:9 “This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect [upright, blameless, or wholehearted] in his generations. Noah walked with God.”


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Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: Lesson 11 “God Makes Another Covenant”

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Author: Janth English

Read Together: Noah had warned the people, but they would not listen. After Noah and his family entered the ark, God closed the door and sealed it. The rain poured down from the sky, and the waters under the earth were opened up. For forty days and nights it rained, and the waters covered the entire earth. No animal that lived on land survived. After being on the water for five months, the ark came to rest on top of Mt. Ararat, which is in modern-day Turkey. Noah, his family, and all the animals stayed on the ark for another seven months while they waited for the waters to recede. Noah had been on the ark for a year, but the first thing he did upon leaving the ark was to make a sacrifice to God and worship Him. God decided that He would never again destroy everything because of man’s wickedness. God made a covenant with Noah, all his descendants, and every living creature that He would never again destroy the earth by flood. The sign God gave in remembrance of the covenant is the rainbow.

Read Together: Genesis 7:1624; 8:122; 9:117

Parents:

  • Some people believe that the flood was just a local flood somewhere in the Middle East. Explain to your child it was worldwide. (Hint: God said He would destroy “from the face of the earth all living things” [Genesis 7:4], and that “all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered” [Genesis 7:19], and that when the water receded “the tops of the mountains were seen” [Genesis 8:5]).
  • Ask your child what would it be like for Noah and his family to stay aboard the ark for a year. What would they eat? Where would they sleep? Where would they get fresh water for themselves and the animals? Building the ark was no small task, and it took a lot of planning.
  • Point out that God gave Noah, his sons, and their wives the same command that He gave Adam and Eve. Can he or she point out what that command is?
  • Ask your student if he or she has seen a rainbow. Explain that whenever a rainbow in seen in the sky, God wants us to remember that His promise is still in effect. Ask, what was that promise?

Review memorization:  

Genesis 6:9 “This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.”


Printable PDF – L2.11

 

Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: Lesson 10 “Noah and His Family are Delivered”

Author: Janth English

Read Together: Noah was a man who obeyed God and was faithful to Him. Noah had faith that God would do what He promised. God told Noah how to build a very large boat, called an “ark.”  Noah built it just like God told him to. Noah and his three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, worked on building the ark for about one hundred years. While the people made fun of Noah for building an ark, Noah would tell people that God was not pleased with their disobedience to Him. He warned them to repent and obey God. But the people did not listen. God told Noah to bring seven male and female pairs of clean animals and birds into the ark. And He also said to bring one male and female of the unclean animals to repopulate the earth after the flood. The animals came to the ark two by two, and Noah saved them. When the rains came, only Noah, Shem, Ham, Japheth and their wiveseight peoplebelieved God and were saved.

Read Together: Read Genesis 7:1–16; Hebrews 11:7; 2 Peter 2:5, 9

Discuss:

  • Explain to your child that people lived longer before the flood than they do today; so, taking one hundred years to build an ark is not unrealistic. (See Genesis 5.)
  • Some Christian groups wrongly believe that dinosaurs were aboard the ark because they think the earth is only 6,000 years old. Help your child see that there is a large time gap between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. God created the earth in perfection, not in chaos (Isaiah 45:18). Satan’s rebellion caused devastation, and a restoration of the earth is described in Genesis 1.
  • Many people think that laws concerning clean and unclean foods were only part of the Old Covenant. Point out to your child that Genesis 7 shows that Noah knew that there were clean and unclean animals, which was a long time before the Old Covenant and the time of Moses.
  • Explain that Noah was a “preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5).  Righteousness just means obeying God and keeping His commandments (see Psalm 119:172). Ask, is the Living Church of God teaching people to be righteous today as well?

Review memorization:

2 Peter 2:5 “[God] did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly…”

Printable PDF – L2.10

Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: Lesson 9 “Noah Finds Grace”

Author: Janth English

Read Together: Adam chose the way of the knowledge of good and evil, and all his progeny followed the same path. The world became totally corrupt; life was filled with violence and all manner of evil continually. Things were so bad that God regretted He had made mankind. Because of their wickedness, God decided to send a flood over the earth to destroy all humanity along with all the animals. Yet in all this darkness, there was one man who alone continued to serve the Eternal God; his name was Noah. Noah walked with God just as his ancestor Enoch had done, and God gave grace to Noah. He told Noah of His plan and instructed him to build an ark so that he and his family would be saved. Noah immediately began to do as God had said. God spared him because Noah put God first in his life. God always rewards those who diligently seek Him.

Read Together: Genesis 5:2829; 6:522; 7:1; Proverbs 3:34; Hebrews 11:67.

Discuss:

  • Help your child imagine what it would be like to live during Noah’s generation. He was the only person in the entire world trying to live God’s way.  
  • Ask your child if they have been in a situation where they were the only person in the group who practiced God’s way of life. How did they feel?
  • Explain to your child what the phrase “perfect in his generations” means. No human being has lived a perfect life except Jesus Christ. The Hebrew word for perfect can also be translated blameless which is how the word is rendered in many Bible translations. Talk about what it means to be blameless (pleasing God and keeping His laws as a way of life, but also being willing to repent in humility when we sin).
  • Discuss what it means to walk with God. Use Amos 3:3 as a starting point for the discussion.
  • Ask your child to look up the word grace in the dictionary. How does the definition apply to God and Noah? Why did God select Noah to receive His grace? If God gives grace to the humble, what does that say about Noah? Ask what it means to be humble. Can they give an example of acts of humility within their family interactions?

Review memorization:

Genesis 6:9 “This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.”

Printable PDF – L2.9

Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: Lesson 8 “Satan Deceives Eve”

Author: Janth English

Read Together: Adam and Eve were happy in the garden that God had created for them.Their lives were blessed with delicious foods that God had ordained for them to eat. They were surrounded by beauty, and they had meaningful work taking care of the garden and the animals. In the midst of the garden were two treesthe tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God told Adam that they could eat of the tree of life, but not of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Satan, the adversary, convinced Eve to disobey God, and God forced them to leave the garden.

 

Read Together: Genesis 2:1617; 3:16, 1319, 2224.

Discuss:

  • Explain to your child that Satan, whose name means adversary, was an angel who became evil and rebelled against God. He is called a serpent several times in the Scriptures.
  • Point out that Satan deceived Eve. Explain what deceived means.
  • Ask how Adam and Eve felt after they had disobeyed God.
  • Show your child how Adam’s and Eve’s lives were worse after disobeying God.
  • Discuss how obedience leads to blessings and disobedience to curses.

Review memorization:

Genesis 1:27  “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

 

More to Do!

These activities are optional, but some children may find them enjoyable.

  • Draw a picture of the Garden of Eden and talk about elements of the picture.
  • Play a “Truth or Error” game with your child. Make a statement concerning a point covered in the lesson and ask them if it is the truth or an error.  

Examples are:

  • Truth or Error.  Human beings are distant cousins of apes.
  • Truth or Error.  Only a man and a woman can start a family.
  • Truth or Error.  Men and women are just alike; their gender doesn’t matter.
  • Truth or Error.  God made the woman from man.


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Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: Lesson 7 “God Creates Adam”

Author: Janth English

Read Together: God restored the earth creating the perfect environment for mankind. God always starts things out small, so He created one man, Adam, as the beginning of His family. God made Adam from the dust of the earth to look like Him and breathed life into him. God placed Adam in Eden, a beautiful garden created just for him, and told him to maintain the garden. Every beautiful tree and seed-bearing plant was in Eden.

It was a beautiful beginning for mankind. Contrary to what evolutionists teach, God created a literal Adam and Eve who were placed in a physical garden, and from these two human beings came all the people who have ever lived.

 

Read Together: Genesis 2:48, 15, 1920

Discuss:

  • Help your child to understand that Adam was the beginning of God’s plan to have a family.
  • Ask your child what job God gave to Adam.
  • Talk about the beautiful garden and the animals. Ask your child what kind of animal they would like for a pet if it were possible. (Use this as an opportunity to talk about the wonderful world tomorrow.)
  • Talk about the close bond and loving relationship that Adam had with God.

Review memorization:

Genesis 1:27  “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”


Printable PDF – L2.7

 

Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: Lesson 6 “The Re-Creation: Days 1 – 7”

Author: Janth English

Read Together: The re-creation week occurred perhaps millions of years after God first created the universe. Some of the angels, about one-third, rebelled against God’s rule over them, and they spread chaos throughout the universe, leaving the earth in devastation. It was in this setting that God rehabilitated the earth, making it suitable for human life again. The first thing God did was to restore light to the earth, and on day two, earth’s beautiful atmosphere, the sky, was prepared. On day three of the re-creation week, God made the land appear by separating the seas into their places. He caused the plants to grow. All the fruit trees, shade trees, edible plants, and beautiful flowers came forth at His command. The sun, moon, and stars, were ordained for signs, seasons, days, and years on the fourth day, so that humans could keep track of time. Knowing when the seasons occur helps us to plan for planting, harvesting, and especially for keeping God’s Holy Days. On day five of the re-creation week, God created birds and fish. Song birds along with larger birds flew through the sky; fish populated the lakes, streams, and oceans. God then created land animals on the sixth day. Toward the end of the sixth day, God created the first man, Adam, in God’s own image. God created the Sabbath on the seventh day of creation by resting on it, setting mankind an example to do the same.

 

Read Together: Genesis 1:18,1:919; Psalm 104:59; Genesis 1:202:3

Discuss:

  •    Help your child grasp that a lot of time could have transpired between verses 1 and 2 of Genesis.
  •    Ask what the earth must have been like when everything was dark and covered by thick clouds and water.
  •    Explain that God makes things in stages, and when re-creating the earth, He started by “turning the lights on” (clearing away the murky darkness) first!
  •    Ask why God made the land. What purposes does land serve for humans and animals?
  •    Help your child to make of list of all the things people and animals do with plants.
  •    Ask who humans look like, and what God said about His creation.
  •    Ask your child what he/she likes about the Sabbath and why it is special to him/her?
  •    Remind your child that God made the Sabbath, and He set it apart for holy use.

 

Printable PDF – L2.6

Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: Lesson 5 “Lucifer Becomes Satan”

Author: Janth English

Read Together: Lucifer was a powerful archangel with great responsibilities. However, he allowed pride and vanity to pervert his thoughts and actions. Lucifer began to believe that he knew better than God and that his way of competition and get was better than God’s way of cooperation and love. He devised a coup attempt, convincing about one-third of the angels to rebel with him to take over God’s throne. Lucifer wanted God’s job! Of course the created being was not more powerful than his Creator. God threw Lucifer and his angels back to the earth. God names things what they are, so when he rebelled, God changed Lucifer’s name to Satan, which means adversary. God called Satan’s angels demons.

 

Read Together: Isa. 14:1214; Ezek. 28:1517; Luke 10:18.

 

Discuss:

  • Satan was a son of God in that God was his Creator. Ask your child if they can think of any movie, television program, or personal example in which the child thought they knew more than their parent.
  • Help your child understand that we have nothing to fear from Satan because God is in charge and Satan can do nothing to us without God’s permission.
  • Explain that everyone will be given a chance to be in God’s family and that only those who willfully reject God will be burned up in the lake of fire (Mal. 4:1, 3).  No human being will spend eternity burning in hell fire.

 

Review memorization:

Hebrews 1:13–14 “But to which of the angels has He ever said: ‘Sit at my right hand till I make your enemies your footstool?’ Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister to those who will inherit salvation?”

Printable PDF – L2.5