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Cain And Abel Lesson

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Cain And Abel LessonScripture

Genesis 4

Memory Verse

“By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous…” Hebrews 11:4a

Objective Of The Lesson

Your kids will see the effects of sin, death and suffering, playing out in the world through the danger of allowing anger to lead them into sin. They will also learn that God alone sets the rules for how we can come before His presence.

Introduction

The context of this chapter suggests that God had explained to Adam and his family how to enter His presence with proper sacrifice. God Himself made the first animal sacrifice in the Garden of Eden, setting the example for Adam’s family of what was required; the life of an innocent animal.

“Adam and Eve had a son. Then Eve said, “I’ll name him Cain because I got him with the help of the Lord.” Later she had another son and named him Abel.” Genesis 4:1-2a

Adam and Eve had children. Now it is possible that they had more children, but this narrative focuses on their two firstborn sons.

They named their firstborn Cain, meaning “possession”, because she got him with the help of the Lord.

Children are blessings. They are given to us by God. And as we saw in the previous lesson, we are all made by God in His image and likeness.

They called their second son Abel, meaning “weakness or grief”. This was a reminder of the misery that she had brought her children into.

“Abel became a sheep farmer, but Cain farmed the land. One day, Cain gave part of his harvest to the Lord, and Abel also gave an offering to the Lord. He killed the first-born lamb from one of his sheep and gave the Lord the best parts of it. The Lord was pleased with Abel and his offering, but not with Cain and his offering.” Genesis 4:2b-5a

Both sons had responsibilities. Abel became a sheepherder. Cain was a farmer; the two oldest professions.

One day both men brought an offering to God. Cain brought what he had grown, “an offering… of the fruit of the ground.” At first glance, this seems like a legitimate act of worship on Cain’s part. It would seem only natural for Cain to bring an offering of the fruit of the ground, but as we will see Cain evidently knew better.

There was a great distinction between Cain and Abel’s sacrifices.

Cain did not bring the sacrifice that the Lord required. He brought the sacrifice that he felt was adequate. He wanted to have his own way. Cain knew what God wanted, but he ignored God’s command and brought what he wanted instead. He was about to learn that he didn’t get to set the rules.

Abel on the other hand was obedient and generous.

He brought the sacrifice that was required by God, a sheep from his flock (Hebrews 9:22), but not just any sheep. Abel brought the first-born lamb from his flock. He prepared it and gave the best parts to the Lord. This suggests an attitude of generosity on Abel’s part.

Abel also had a correct attitude. Hebrews 11 tells us that Abel brought his offering in faith. Because of his faith Abel was accounted as righteous by God (Hebrews 11:4-8).

Because of this God accepted Abel’s offering, but He rejected Cain’s offering.

God’s acceptance of Abel was based on his offering, not on anything that he had said or done. God’s rejection of Cain was also based on his offering, not on some preference for one brother over the other.

 

“This made Cain so angry that he could not hide his feelings.” Genesis 4:5b

Cain became angry that God had rejected his offering. He couldn’t believe that God had accepted his brothers offering and not his own.

He was not just angry, he was furious. The verse says that he could not hide his anger, “he could not hide his feelings.” It was clearly visible on his face.

“Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Genesis 4:6-7

God lovingly exhorts Cain. He called his attention to the underlying problem in his attitude, his stubbornness. Cain wanted to decide for himself what offering was acceptable.

God made it clear that his offering would have been accepted if Cain would have been obedient, “If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up?”

God goes from exhorting Cain to warning Him. He warned Cain about the destructive power of anger. He needed to master his emotions (Ephesians 4:26).

“Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go for a walk.” And when they were out in a field, Cain killed him.” Genesis 4:8

Cain completely ignored Gods warning. He gave into his anger and into sin.

Cain convinced His brother to go with Him on a walk to the fields, the whole time knowing his evil intentions. There in the fields he murdered his brother. He literally slayed his brother. Cain had no regard for the life of his brother.

Cain killed his brother because he hated Abel (1 John 3:12). Abel’s righteous life only helped to show the depravity and rebellion in Cain’s life.

Before Cain murdered Abel no human had ever died or been killed, but Cain knew how animals were killed for sacrifice. He extinguished Abel’s life in the same way.

“Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” Genesis 4:9

Where is Abel your brother?” God knew the answer to this question. He asked Cain because He wanted to give him the opportunity to confess his sin and start to do right after doing wrong.

But does Cain repent of his sins, no.

His famous response is filled with audacity and rebellion. He  was being a little smart mouth. Even making an impertinent reference to his brother’s profession.

In his response to God, Cain revealed whom he truly served.

“Then the Lord said: Why have you done this terrible thing? You killed your own brother, and his blood flowed onto the ground. Now his blood is calling out for me to punish you. And so, I’ll put you under a curse. Because you killed Abel and made his blood run out on the ground, you will never be able to farm the land again. If you try to farm the land, it won’t produce anything for you. From now on, you’ll be without a home, and you’ll spend the rest of your life wandering from place to place.” Genesis 4:10-12

Cain was foolish in believing that he could hide his sin from God. As we have seen before God knows everything and He sees everything. In this case He had seen Cain murder his brother.

The blood of Abel spoke, metaphorically of course, and it spoke of judgment. The blood of Jesus also speaks, but of better things, of grace and of sin having been forgiven (Hebrews 12:24).

Just like his parents had been punished for their disobedience, he would now be punished for his sin.

Ask your kids what was Adam’s punishment. The ground would be cursed because of him. He would have to labor to feed himself and his family.

The curse placed on Cain would make it impossible for him to farm again. Even if he tried nothing would grow. He would also have to wander all the days of his life. He would never have a home.

“This punishment is too hard!” Cain said. “You’re making me leave my home and live far from you. I will have to wander about without a home, and just anyone could kill me.” Genesis 4:13-14

Cain never sought forgiveness for his sin.

He was not sorry that he had killed his brother. Instead he whines over the punishment that God placed over him.

Cain was worried about someone taking revenge for Abel’s murder.

“No!” the Lord answered. “Anyone who kills you will be punished seven times worse than I am punishing you.” So the Lord put a mark on Cain to warn everyone not to kill him. But Cain had to go far from the Lord and live in the Land of Wandering, which is east of Eden.” Genesis 4:15-16

Even though God had just cursed Cain, He still had mercy on him. God placed on Cain a mark of protection. What the mark was or where it was on his body we don’t know. This mark would act both as a sign of God’s protection and a reminder of his lifelong shame and guilt.

Cain ultimately had to leave the presence of God. He was forced to move far away from the Garden of Eden. .

“Adam and his wife had another son. They named him Seth, because they said, “God has given us a son to take the place of Abel, who was killed by his brother Cain.” Genesis 4:25

Ask your kids what was promised to Eve in the garden. What was prophesied?

Abel is dead and Cain has been banished. How would God keep His promise? Does God keep His promises? God always keeps His promises!

God gave Adam and Eve another son. They called him Seth, meaning “appointed”. He replaced Abel and was the one to whom the promise of a deliverer from the seed of the woman would be passed (Genesis 3:15).

A Better Sacrifice

As we’ve already stated, the difference between Cain and Abel was not in their personalities or talents but in the sacrifice which each brought.

Able found favor in God’s eyes for the simple reason that his sacrifice was acceptable to God. He brought a suitable offering for his sin, and God accepted that offering.

By his faith-filled obedience Abel became an example for us today; we must be like him, acting in faith that God’s final sacrifice shall indeed save us from our sins.

In today’s world, it is important that people understand this basic concept of the Gospel. There are not “many paths” to God-there is only one way, and that is through the blood of Christ.  There are no exceptions (John 14:6).

Review Questions

  • What were the names of Adam and Eve’s children?
  • What were their jobs?
  • Whose offering was accepted? Whose was rejected?
  • Why was Abel’s offering accepted?
  • What did God warn Cain about?
  • Did Cain listen to God’s warning? What did he do instead?
  • Did Cain repent from his sins? What was he sorry about?
  • How did God punish Cain? How was He merciful with Cain?
  • How was God going to keep His promise to Eve?
  • Are there many ways to get to God?
  • Who is the only acceptable sacrifice?

Take some time to memorize the memory verse at the end of the lesson.

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The Fall Of Man Lesson

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The Fall Of Man LessonScripture

Genesis 3

Memory Verse

“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.” Romans 5:12

Objective Of The Lesson

We will look at the narrative of when Adam and Eve sinned against God and the consequences of their sin. Your kids will also have an understanding of what sin is and how it affect them.

Teacher Exhortation

Take the opportunity at the end of the lesson to present the Gospel to your kids.

The Simple Command

Quickly go over the command that God had given to Adam. Recall that this command was clear.

“16 The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17

Adam would have no excuse for disobeying God’s command!

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” Genesis 3:1-2

The Bible presents us with man made in the image and likeness of God working in the Garden of Eden. And who happens to slither by, a serpent.

Ask your kids what a serpent is.

The Bible describes the serpent as more crafty than any beast of the field. In reality the snake was the devil himself, the New Testament makes this point clear (Revelation 12:9; 2 Corinthians 11:3).

And who does he talk to? He talks to Eve. He asks her “indeed, has God said, you shall not eat from any tree of the garden?”

Ask your kids if this is what God really said.

The devil was not telling the truth. The Bible describes the devil as the father of lies. He cannot be trusted.

What was the devil doing? He was twisting God’s words. The very first thing that the devil does in his temptation of Eve was to question the word of God. He wanted Eve to doubt God’s word.

The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” Genesis 3:3

Here we also see the first problem.

Eve continued her conversation with the devil even though she knew he was wrong and was deceiving her.

She answered the devil, but her answer was differed to what God actually said in three ways.

First, she misquotes God. ‘From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat…” God had said that they could FREELY eat of every tree. She left out God’s generosity.

Secondly, she added to what God had said. “You shall not eat from it or touch it…” God never forbid them from touching the fruit.

Thirdly, she left out the urgency in Gods warning. “…or you will die.” God had said that they would SURELY die.

When we ignore the fact that there are consequences to our actions we can get ourselves into a lot of trouble.

“The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.” Genesis 3:4-6

First the devil twists God’s words. Now he is directly calling God a liar. He tells Eve that they will not die if they eat from the fruit.

Adam and Eve already knew the good. They were sinless and were in fellowship with God. The sad thing is that because of her desire to be like God her eyes would be open, but they would be open to the evil. She and Adam would come to understand evil by looking at their own fallen nature.

When the devil openly calls God a liar what does Eve do? Does she walk away saying that God is good and does not lie? No she starts justifying the temptation.She starts rationalizing the allure to disobey God’s command.

She went through every step in justifying the temptation (1 John 2:16).

  • The Lust Of The Flesh– she saw that it was good for food.
  • The Lust Of The Eyes– she saw that it was a delight to the eyes.
  • The Pride Of Life– She saw that the tree was desirable to make one wise.

Eve was deceived into eating the forbidden fruit and later tried to use this as an excuse. But she ate from the fruit out of her own free will and so did Adam.

Neither Eve nor Adam were forced to eat it. They were both guilty of their own disobedience, but as we will see neither one of them will take responsibility for their actions.

“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.” Genesis 3:7

There eyes were open and they could see their sin. Adam and Eve did gain knowledge from their sin, but it turned out to be knowledge of evil. shame and death.

Adam and Eve were now filled with shame as they realized that they were naked. Before they were not ashamed, they had nothing to be ashamed about. Once they ate from the fruit their conscience instantly attacked them.

Now they made clothes for themselves out of fig leaves. Their plan was not well thought out because fig leaves are prickly and are not an ideal material to make clothes out of. But they were not thinking about this in their rush to cover themselves.

They were not only covering their nakedness, but they were attempting to cover their shame. And as we read in the Bible nothing good comes out of trying to hide our sin. The Bible tells us that we need to confess our sin, not hide it.

And even if we try to hide it, it is no use, because God sees everything. Nothing is hidden from Him.

“They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” Genesis 3:8

In the middle of covering their shame they heard God coming and his themselves behind the trees. This is foolish because there is nowhere that we can go to get away from God. Physically we cant hide from God (Jeremiah 23:24; Psalm 139:7-12). We can’t hide our sin from His knowledge as well (Jeremiah 16:17; Hebrews 4:13).

God is everywhere and God sees everything. God had already seen when Adam and Eve sinned.

Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Genesis 3:9-13

God asks them if they had eaten from the tree from which He commanded them not to eat.

Did God truly not know? As we have already seen God knows everything and sees everything. God already knew that they had sinned.

God is presenting Adam and Eve with an opportunity to confess and repent from their sins. But as we see in these verses neither one of them will repent. Neither one of them wants to take responsibility.

Instead of taking responsibility for their own sin, they each blame someone else.

Who does Adam blame. He blames Eve, but not just Eve. He is ultimately blaming God. He said “the woman whom YOU gave me.” Adam had the audacity of blaming God for his sin.

Who does Eve blame. She blamed the serpent. Now it is true that the serpent deceived her, but she still has no excuse. She ate from the fruit of her own free will knowing full well that she was disobeying God.

Ask your kids if either Adam or Eve had a legitimate excuse. Neither Adam or Eve had an excuse. They each sinned and were each responsible for their own actions.

“The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life; And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.” Genesis 3:14-15

Here we find the consequences for the serpent’s involvement in the fall of man.

First God punishes the instrument that the devil used, the physical serpent.

God curses the serpent and punishes it by forcing it to crawl on his belly all the days of his life. This tells us that before the fall snakes had legs. How many and where they were located we will never know.

…dust you will eat All the days of your life…” This would be a sign of degradation and humility.

…I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed….” There is a natural aversion between mankind and serpents.

The important thing to keep in mind is that these were the punishments for helping to cause the fall of man.

Second God punishes the spiritual serpent, the devil himself.

Verse 15 is the first prophecy concerning Christ in the Bible. God is promising to send a Savior. The devil will bite His heel and he did so. Christ was brutally tortured and nailed to the cross. But Christ would bruise the devils head. Christ would physically die, but He would come back to life and in this way He would destroy the work that the devil accomplished in the Garden of Eden (1 John 3:8).

“To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you will bring forth children; Yet your desire will be for your husband, And he will rule over you.” Genesis 3:16

Here we find the consequences for Eves disobedience. God was not only going to punish the serpent. He was also going to punish Adam and Eve.

First her pains would be increased not only in giving birth, but in raising children.God’s original plan for childbirth and child rearing had been free of pain and sorrow. Now mothers would struggle through pain, not only in giving birth, but also suffer heartache in the raising of their children.

Secondly Eve would struggle against the established roles set by God for husband and wife. God had ordained from the time of creation that man and woman should live together in harmony and cooperation, each perfectly content in and satisfied with his role. But now, sin had corrupted that relationship, and the women would strive to take control.

“Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life. “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.”
Genesis 3:17-19

Here we find the consequences for Adams sin.

Both Adam and Eve turned their backs to God and disobeyed His commandment. Eve listened to the serpents voice and Adam to the voice of his wife.

For his disobedience the ground would be cursed. Thorns and thistles would grow. Every kind of plague and infestation appeared. Adams sin had an affect on all of creation!

Adam would also have to work the ground in order to feed himself and his family. Not only would he have to work, but it would be hard work. Before the fall Adam worked in the garden, but it was enjoyable. Now it would be tedious and laborious.

Finally we have the consequence that affects all humans, men and women. They would no longer be immortal and would one day die. They would return to the dust of the ground from which they were made.

When Adam and Eve ate from the fruit God’s warning took effect. God warned them that they would surely die. At the moment they ate from the fruit they did not die physically, eventually they would, but they died spiritually. No longer would they have perfect fellowship with God on earth and now they would need a Savior. And recall that God had just promised them that Savior.

“Now the man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all the living. The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.” Genesis 3:20-21

Up to this point Even had no name. Adam names his wife Eve, meaning life, because she would be the mother of all the human race.

In order for Adam and Eve to be clothed, a sacrifice had to be made. An animal had to die. (Hebrews 9:22) Adam and Eve were clothed in a garment that was purchased with the life of another. A reminder to them of the coming Savior who would destroy the work that the devil accomplished that day.

“So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.” Genesis 3:24

Before the fall Adam and Eve had intimate fellowship with God. He would spend time with them in the beautiful paradise that He had made for them.

Now God was throwing them out. God is holy and does not take pleasure in sin and cannot have fellowship with it.

To prevent them from entering the garden He placed a flaming sword and a cherubim to guard access to the Garden of Eden.

They would no longer be allowed to enter into the paradise that God lovingly prepared for them. Wanting to have it all they sinned and ended up loosing everything.

Sin

Adam and Eve sinned against God.

Ask your kids what sin is.

The Bible itself gives us a clear definition of what sin is. Sin is breaking Gods law.

“Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.” 1 John 3:4

Sin is incompatible with God and His law. Sin is being in open rebellion against Him.It is a disregard for the law of God, which is a disregard for the God Himself.

How did Adam and Eve sin against God? God had given them a very clear and easy to understand command, but they both chose to openly rebel against Him and disobey His commandment.

The Affects Of Sin

This first sin introduced evil, suffering and death to the world. This contaminated all human beings because we are all descendants of Adam.

“Adam sinned, and that sin brought death into the world. Now everyone has sinned, and so everyone must die.”Romans 5:12

“I have sinned and done wrong since the day I was born.” Psalm 51:5

As a result, every person who has ever lived with the exception of Jesus Christ, is a  sinner by nature and by choice.

“All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.” Romans 3:23

There are many consequences of human sin, but we’ll talk about two: Physical Death and Spiritual Death

Physical Death

Some people think that because things like illness, suffering and death exist, this must mean that there is no God. But the Bible has a very good explanation for the origin of death. Before Adam sinned there was no death. Death is a result of the sin of man.  Everyone who has ever lived has sinned and is worthy of death.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

Spiritual Death

This is the death of eternal punishment in hell that separates us from God for all eternity. Instead of spending eternity in heaven we deserve to be forever separated from God in hell.

“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.” Isaiah 59:2

“These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power” 2 Thessalonians 1:9

Take this opportunity to end the lesson with the Gospel presentation.

Review Questions

  • What animal came to talk to Eve? Who was in possession of it?
  • What did the snake first say to Eve? What was he doing?
  • What was Eve’s response/her answer? What did she add and leave out?
  • What was the devils response to what Eve said? What was he calling God?
  • Did Eve end the conversation with the devil? What did she start to do with the sin?
  • When both Adam and Eve ate from the apple what happened to them?
  • What did Adam and Eve do when they heard God coming? Was it a smart thing to do?
  • Who did Adam blame for his sin? Who did Eve blame?
  • What was the consequence to the physical snake?
  • What was the consequence to the spiritual snake, the devil?
  • What was the consequences of Eve’s sin?
  • What was the consequences of Adam’s sin?
  • What is sin?
  • Who has sinned?
  • What are the affects of sin?

Take some time to memorize the memory verse at the end of the lesson.

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Adam And Eve Lesson

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Adam And Eve LessonScripture

Genesis 2:7-25

Memory Verse

“Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7

Objective Of The Lesson

Your kids will learn who and how Adam and Eve were created. They will also understand that God created us as well.

“Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7

Previously every time God created something new He spoke it into existence; “then God said”. Here the Bible shows us that God formed man.

God took His time when He made Adam. The language in this verse expresses an intimate level of involvement on God’s part. He formed Him in the same way that a potter forms his clay.

This is completely different than everything God had previously created, which He had merely spoken into existence.

And what did God use to make man? He used the dust from the ground.

When the Bible talks about dust it means something of low value. God wisely mentions what He used to make us so that we would not exalt ourselves.

This is the only thing that we have in common with the rest of creation. We were created by God from the same material. God did not evolve man from a lower form of life.

Adam was a figure made of dust, but he was made alive by God. God breathed life in through Adams nostrils. Not just physical life, as the animals have this as well, but also a spiritual life.

Make this an emphasize to your kids. Unlike animals we also have a spirit.

God gave Adam his life just like God gave us life.

“The Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Genesis 2:8-9

God planted a beautiful garden towards the east in a region named Eden. That is why the garden is called the Garden of Eden. The Garden of Eden was to be a paradise for man where he could be in fellowship with God and under Gods watch.

The creation of the garden was a demonstration of God’s loving-kindness towards man, for the world was already a suitable paradise for Adam and Eve. God went above and beyond, creating a special area for His most loved creation.

The Garden of Eden was truly a beautiful place.

God placed every tree that is edible and beautiful to look at throughout the garden.

In the middle of the garden He placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They will come into play in the next chapter.

Like the Tree of Life, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil did not have any magical properties capable of giving Adam and Even knowledge if eaten. By eating the forbidden fruit they would gain a deadly and irreversible knowledge of evil by experiencing evil itself through their sin.

“Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers. The name of the first is Pishon; it flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. The gold of that land is good; the bdellium and the onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is Gihon; it flows around the whole land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is Tigris; it flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.” Genesis 2:10-14

These verses give us an idea of where the garden of Eden was located, somewhere near Mesopotamia. If you wish you can go over the verses with your kids. It can help to show them a map of the region.

Many archaeologists and scholars have spent their entire life trying to find the Garden of Eden. They look for any trace that might remain, but our focus shouldn’t be on finding it.

We no longer have a need for a temporary paradise here on earth. The Bible is clear. We need to have our eyes focused on the things above (Colossians 3:2; Matthew 6:33).

“Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” Genesis 2:15-17

God put Adam into the most spectacular paradise the world has ever seen, but God put Adam there to work, to cultivate it and keep it. Many people have the false idea that Adam spent all of his days lying around eating and sleeping, but this wasn’t the case.

Adam would work the garden, but the work would not be hard. It would be enjoyable. Remember that the fall and the consequences that came because of the fall had not yet taken place.

This time would also serve as a reminder to Adam that God is not only the Creator, but also the Sustainer.

God gave Adam a clear commandment.

Ask your kids to repeat it out loud.

Adam could eat from every tree of the garden, when he wanted and however much he wanted, except from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This was a very simple and clear commandment from God.

Ask your kids if they understand the commandment.

Adam clearly understood the commandment. He was not confused at all on any part of the commandment.

Gods commandment came with a warning if Adam disobeyed.

Ask your kids what the consequence would be if Adam disobeyed.

God didn’t say that Adam would die if he disobeyed. God said that he would surely die. There is an urgency in God’s warning. God is letting Adam know that He is not playing around. If Adam disobeyed God is letting him know that he will surely, certainly, no games, I’m not playing around, you will die!

Ask your kids the following question: If Adam disobeys God does he have an excuse?

The answer is no. Adam knew what would happen to him if he disobeyed God.

It is also important to note that Eve had not yet been created. The responsibility for obeying this commandment fell on Adam alone, and not Adam and Eve together. It would be his responsibility to be the spiritual head in his marriage and teach this command to his wife. This is why God would hold him responsible when they both sinned (Romans 5:12)

“Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18-20

God gave Adam the job and privilege of naming all of the animals. But there was a problem.

Adam had no companion. He had no helper. God never intended for man to be alone.

This verse also shows us that none of the animals that existed were suitable helpers for Adam. Man and animals are not at an equal level.

Remind your kids that God gave man authority over all of the animals.

“So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.” Genesis 2:21-24

God caused Adam to go to sleep. This way Adam would not feel any pain or discomfort when God “operated” on him.

God created Eve from one of Adams ribs. God used Adam’s own body to create Eve.

In verse 24 we see the creation of marriage. Marriage was ordained by God.

It is important considering the culture we live in that we make sure that our kids understand the following three things:

  1. Marriage was created by God not man.
  2. Marriage is sacred, it is not a joke and it is not to be taken lightly.
  3. Marriage is between one man and one woman.

“And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.” Genesis 2:25

Adam and Eve knew they were physically naked before the fall. Why were they not ashamed to be naked? Because they had not sinned. They had nothing to be ashamed of; nothing to hide.

Ask your kids what we all feel when we sin.

We all feel, to some extent, shame. Why? Because we know we did wrong. Our conscience accuses us.

Did God Create Us?

God created Adam and Eve. Did He create us?

The answer is yes. God created each one of us.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…” Jeremiah 1:5a

“13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:13-16

God didn’t create us in an assembly line.

Each of us is unique, made differently and in the exact way in which God wanted us to physically be. This is important for our kids to understand.

We live in a culture were each and every day there is more emphasis on physical “beauty”. If we have a biblical perspective we will realize that God made us physically the way we are and nothing that God does is bad.

Let your kids know that instead of worrying about how tall they are or how fast they are, they should instead be grateful to God for being “fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Review Questions

  • How did God create Adam?
  • How was Eve created?
  • What command did God give Adam and Eve?
  • What would happen if they disobeyed?
  • Did God create us?

Take some time to memorize the memory verse at the end of the lesson.

Activities
The Perfect Homemade Playdough
Cloud Dough

Bible Crafts
All Made In God’s Image
Adam And Eve Paper Dolls

Coloring And Activity Page
Creation Of Man Coloring Pages
Adam And Eve Coloring Page

The Days Of Creation Lesson

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Creation LessonScripture

Genesis 1-2:3

Memory Verse

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

Objective Of The Lesson

Your kids will learn who created everything and for what purpose.

Teacher Exhortation

“If we want to understand creation, if we want to understand origins, if we want to understand how the universe came into existence and everything that is in it, we have to look at theology, not science. And the source of theology is the Word of God in which God speaks. The Bible is not theory, the Bible is fact. The Bible is reality. The Bible is truth no matter what subject it addresses, but particularly with regard to origins since no one was here when God created. We have only His eyewitness account. And when the Bible speaks with regard to creation, or when it speaks with regard to origins, it speaks truly, it speaks factually.” Pastor John MacArthur

Teach this narrative with conviction and do not be intimidated by the ideas and philosophies of the world. It is important that we establish a firm foundation of Biblical truth in the minds of our kids and that begins with the story of Creation.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

This verse is not only the memory verse, but it serves as a summary of the days of creation.

Break down the verse, part by part, so your kids can understand it.

In The Beginning– In the beginning of our time. Not in the creation of God. God is eternal.
God– God existed before the creation of our time and universe. He doesn’t have a beginning or an end.
Created– God created or made everything out of nothing. He did this with the power of His words; “Then God said…”
The Heavens And The Earth– Everything that we see. Everything that is in the universe.

Ask your kids to say the Bible verse in their own words.

Example: In the beginning of our time, God who is eternal, created everything that we see with the power of His words.

“The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.” Genesis 1:2

This verse describes the earth in a bleak way: formless, void and dark.

The earth was uninhabitable. Things could not grow or live on it in the way that it was. But God was going to change that. He was going to prepare it.

In the second half of the verse we are presented with the second person of the trinity. You do not have to give your kids a crash course on the trinity, but it would be nice to show them that all three person of the trinity had a part in the story of creation. (Genesis 1:1; Genesis 1:2; Colossians 1:15-17)

“Then God said, “Let there be light” and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.” Genesis 1:3-5

On the first day of creation God separated the light from the darkness. He called the light day and the darkness night.

All He had to do was speak it and it came into existence. Remind your kids that He created everything by merely speaking them into existence.

Ask your kids what would happen if we said “let there be light” in a dark room. Nothing would happen. But God is so powerful that His very words can create.

And what did God think about the light? God saw that the light was good. Everything that God does is good. And all of this happened on the first day of creation (One literal 24 hour day.)

“Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so. God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.” Genesis 1:6-8

The earth was completely covered in water so on the second day of creation God separated the waters. He made a division between the heavens (skies) and the waters below.

And it was so… Everything happened in the exact way that God wanted it to happen. Creation itself obeys God.

And all of this happened on the second day of creation.

“Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:9-13

The planet is now ready to sustain life, so on Day 3 God calls life into existence.

God did two things on the third day of creation.

First he divided the dry land from the waters. God called the dry land earth and called the waters seas.

The second thing that God created was all kinds of plants: trees, grasses, bushes.

God made them according to their kind. Moses repeats this phrase repeatedly throughout the Creation account.

Ask your kids what would happen if they planted an orange seed. Would an apple tree grow? No, God gave His creation order and purpose.

Then God again saw that everything that He created was good. And all this happened on the third day of creation.

 “Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.” Genesis 1:14-19

On the fourth day of creation God created the sun, the moon and the stars.

He created the sun to govern the day and he created the moon to govern the night. (At this point you could explain the important role that both the sun and the moon play in every day life.)

God gave these lights in the sky a purpose. “…let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth.” God not only provided light for the earth, but He provided a way for us to keep time and mark the seasons.

Everything that God made on each day of creation, He made complete and fully functioning. There is no need for evolution!

For the fourth time God saw that what He made was good and everything happened as He said. And all of this happened on the fourth day of creation.

“Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.” God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.” Genesis 1:20-23

On the fifth day of creation God created the first living creatures. He filled the skies with all kinds of birds and the seas with all kinds of marine animals.

God waited until the fifth day to create the first living creatures because before this He was preparing the earth.

God not only saw that all these creatures swimming in the water and flying in the sky were good; he blessed them as well. He told them to multiply on the earth.

Moses here repeats the key phrase “after their kind.” Every fish and bird was made by God fully developed and would produce offspring like itself.

All of this happened on the fifth day of creation.

“Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so. God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:24-25

On the sixth day of creation God created every animal that walks, slithers or crawls on the earth.

He made them after their own kind. If a chicken lays an egg, what do we expect to hatch, a baby chick.

God again saw that they were good.

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:26-27

On the sixth day of creation God also made the first humans. One male and one female.

God made us special unlike the other animals. God made both animals and humans, but we were made differently. We were made in the image and likeness of God.

This does not mean that we are God or little gods. It also doesn’t mean that God looks like us. The Bible tells us that God is spirit, He doesn’t have a physical body or physical features.

This means that we have some, not all of Gods characteristics and attributes. We can think and reason and as this passage shows us we can demonstrate authority. God gave us authority over all of the animals.

“God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.” Genesis 1:28-31

God blessed the first humans. He commanded them to multiply and fill the now completed earth.

The earth was truly different then it had originally been. At first it was dark and void; uninhabitable. Now it was full of light and life. It had dry land covered with all kinds of plants. The seas and skies were full of wonderful creatures.

God gave all the best of His creation to us.

God looked at all of His creation and saw that it was very good. And all of this happened on the sixth day of creation.

“Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” Genesis 2:1-3

On the seventh day of creation the earth was complete and finished.

God rested on the seventh day, not because He was tired. God is all-powerful, He never gets tired. He rested because He was pleased and satisfied with His creation. He had made it exactly like He wanted it. Remember that God had looked and saw that everything that He had created was very good.

God had created everything in six, literal twenty-four hour days.

Why Did God Create Everything?

The question then becomes why? Why did God make everything?

  • God did not create everything because He wanted to make us happy.
  • God did not create everything because He wanted to make all our dreams come true.
  • God did not create everything because we are so special that he needed a relationship with us.

These ideas make man the center of creation, but God is the center of creation. He is the Creator. The whole Bible is centered around God. He is the main character of the Bible and creation is no exception.

God created everything to bring Him glory and for His glory.

“For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.” Colossians 1:16

God created the material and spiritual universe for His pleasure and glory.

“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:36

God is the source, the Sustainer and the rightful owner of everything that exists and for this He is worthy to be praised.

“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” Revelation 4:11

God is worthy of receiving all glory and praise because it is because of Him that all things exist.

Review

Ask your kids who created everything. Make sure they give the full answer: God created everything for His glory.

Go over every day of creation and ask the kids to be as descriptive as possible.

Take some time to memorize the memory verse at the end of the lesson.

Bible Crafts

Days Of Creation
In The Beginning Bookmark
Days Of Creation Wheel
God The Creator And Sustainer
Creation Sun Catcher
All Made In God’s Image

Coloring And Activity Pages

God The Creator Coloring Page
God The Creator Puzzle
God The Creator Color By Number
Days Of Creation Coloring Pages

God’s Promises Lesson

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Gods Promises LessonScripture

Selected Scriptures

Memory Verse

“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” Numbers 23:19

Objective Of The Lesson

God always keeps and remembers His promises.  We want our kids to understand this truth. God always keeps His promises He can be completely trusted.

Introduction

How do you know if you can trust someone to keep their promise?

The character of the person making the promise lets you know whether you can trust them to keep their promise. If the person is a notorious liar then you know that you cannot trust him. If he is generally an honest person then you can trust him to keep his promise.

Is God someone who can be trusted to keep his promises?

If we want to find out if God can be trusted to keep His promises, we can look at His character and His attributes.

Do people always keep their promises? No not always. Sometimes people cannot keep their promise, they choose to break their promise or they forget to keep their promise.

Does this happen with God?

Would God Break A Promise Because Something Happens That He Didn’t Know Was Going To Happen?

Example: Your mom promises to take you to the zoo, but it starts to rain so she can no longer take you.

There are no surprises for God. Nothing happens without His say so.

“I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done.” Isaiah 46:9

“Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit.” Psalm 147:5

Would God Break A Promise Because He Changed His Mind?

Example: Your brother tells you that he will let you borrow his bicycle, but he decides not to.

God does not change His mind. He is the same “yesterday, today and tomorrow”.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” Numbers 23:19

Would God Break A Promise Because He Isn’t Strong Enough To Keep It?

Example: A friend tells you he’ll help you climb a wall, but he’s too weak to lift you up.

God is all-powerful. Nothing is to hard for Him to do.

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27

“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” Job 42:2

“All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, But He does according to His will in the host of heaven And among the inhabitants of earth; And no one can ward off His hand Or say to Him, ‘What have You done?” Daniel 4:35

Would God Break A Promise Because He Forgot?

Example: A friend promises to call you back but he has so much work he forgets?

God never forgets His promises.

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.” Isaiah 49:1, 6, 15

“God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” Hebrews 13:5

Would God Break A Promise Because He Lied?

Example: Your sister tells you that she will take you to the store if you clean her room, but she knows she will not take you.

God never lies.

“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” Numbers 23:19

“God cannot tell lies! And so his promises and vows are two things that can never be changed. We have run to God for safety. Now his promises should greatly encourage us to take hold of the hope that is right in front of us.” Hebrews 6:18

God’s Attributes

Go over the following list of the attributes of God that show that He can keep His  promises:

  • God is almighty (He is all-powerful)
  • God is sovereign (He has the right and wisdom, and power to do everything He pleases)
  • God is self sufficient (He doesn’t need anything from anybody)
  • God is attentive (He knows what is happening and acts appropriately)
  • God is faithful (He always does what He says He is going to do)
  • God is omnipresent (God is everywhere all the time)
  • God is love.
  • God is good.
  • God is unchanging (God never changes)
  • God is omniscient (God knows everything)
  • God is righteous (He is right in everything He thinks and does)
  • God is patient
  • And there are many more…

Can God be trusted to keep His promises?

Yes, God always keeps His promises.

Nothing prevents God from keeping His promises. He is all-powerful. He knows everything. He never forgets and He never lies. Since God always keeps His promises, He can be completely trusted.

Review Questions

  • Would God break a promise because something happens that He didn’t know was going to happen?
  • Would God break a promise because He changed His mind?
  • Would God break a promise because He isn’t strong enough to keep it?
  • Would God break a promise because He forgot?
  • Would God break a promise because He lied?
  • Can God be trusted to keep His promises?

Take some time to memorize the memory verse at the end of the lesson.

Activities

Attributes Poster- Make a giant poster illustrating and describing Gods attributes. His attributes help us to understand that God is more than capable of keeping His promises.

Bible Crafts

God Is