Here are two more Bible stories to add to the Jesse Tree collection that we’ll recap for Advent (more on that later). Let me know your thoughts about these stories – what’s good, what needs work, etc. I’d love to hear from you!
Three: The Flood & The Rainbow – Scripture: Genesis 6-8
Adam and Eve had many children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren! New people just kept on being born until there was a lot of people on the earth! But after a while the people made only bad choices. God could only find one person on earth that was making good choices and still loved God. His name was Noah. God decided to send a flood that would cover the whole earth and destroy almost everything, but He also decided to save Noah and his family. The animals and birds would be saved as well. God told Noah to build a HUGE boat called an ark and fill it with at least 2 of every kind of animal, bird and reptile. Noah had the job of storing up enough food for his family and all the creatures in the ark. It took a long time to build the ark and gather the creatures and food, but Noah did the jobs God gave to him. Noah’s whole family was saved when the flood came. Rain poured down for 40 days and nights, and Noah’s family and all those creatures floated safely in the ark for about a year, until all the water dried up. God sent a rainbow to remind us about His promise to never flood the earth again.
Talk About: Did God keep His promise to Noah? Does God always keep His promises?
Prayer: Thank You God that we can trust You and that You never break Your promises.
Four: Abraham – Scripture: Genesis 12, 15 & 17
There was many people on the earth again and God told one good man named Abram to leave his country to go to a place God would show him. Abram loved God and wanted to do as God asked, so that’s exactly what he did. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all of his things with him. Abram left his home, his family, and his friends to follow God. He didn’t even know where He was going! When they came to the land of Canaan, God made a promise to Abram. God said, “I will give this land to your family forever.” There were other people living in Canaan at that time and Abram didn’t have any children yet, but God would definitely keep the promises He made to Abraham when the time was right. God changed Abram’s name to Abraham (the father of many people) and told him that his family would be so big that no one would be able to count them all! One other wonderful promise God made was to be the God of Abraham’s family forever. Everyone on earth who believes in God is part of that family that God promised to Abraham – that means you too!
Talk About: How many people are in your family? How many people do you think are in Abraham’s family that God promised to him?
Prayer: Thank You God for my family that You gave me to live with, and thank You for my family of God that is so huge I can’t even imagine. Amen.