Genesis 2.10-13 and 3.1-24
PURPOSE OF THE LESSON
Teach children that disobedience keeps us away from God.
MEMORIZE THE VERSE
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God…” (Isaiah 59.2)
Educator, take to class the picture of a vase with dead flowers and another with beautiful natural flowers. Start your class by saying: Children, observe this flower pot (show the picture and wait a few seconds). See these flowers, how beautiful they are, they ornament houses. But even someone looking after them, there will come a time when they will get ugly just as these ones here (show the picture of the dead flowers). When God created man, made him to live forever and never die; however, something happened and everything changed. Let’s know more about it by listening to the story?
THE DISOBEDIENCE OF ADAM AND EVE
THE FIRST man was formed of the dust of the ground; God molded him from clay. And from Adam’s rib God made the woman who was called Eve. Both of them lived in the Garden of Eden and nothing was missing for them. In the garden there was gold and gemstones.
God walked around that place and, every afternoon, he went to visit Adam and Eve and to talk with them every day. Man and woman lived happily in that wonderful place. Both were with no clothes because they had no malice and thought the way they were living was normal. However, one day, a snake asked to the woman:
- Did God say that you cannot eat any fruit from any tree of the garden?
- We can eat the fruits from any tree except the tree that stands in the middle of the garden. If we do so, we will die, said Eve to the snake.
- You will not die at all! God said that because He knows when you eat the fruit of that tree your eyes will open up and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. Children, do you know who was inside that snake? (Wait their participation).
The devil, that’s right, he was attempting Eve so she disobeyed God. Let’s hear what happened after that? The woman was looking that tree and she saw the fruit seemed to be tasty. So, Eve took the fruit and ate, and also gave to Adam who ate it as well.
At the same time, God sought for Adam and Eve to talk. He called them but they were hidden. Do you know why? Because they were afraid and ashamed for disobeying.
Due to their disobedience, God had to expel them from the garden and put angels to guard the way to the tree of life. From that day on, because of their disobedience, Adam and Eve began living far away from God.
Adam and Eve disobeyed God and lost the opportunity to live close to Him. So we must practice the Word of God and get away from everything that displeases Him as lying, stealing, disobedience to parents, etc. We can live filled with the Holy Spirit, talking with Him through prayers every day, as did Adam and Eve. We should only invite the Lord Jesus to live in our hearts and we can receive Him in our lives.
Educator, write on an office paper the word GOD, an on another one, the word SIN. Stick masking tape behind the papers and start the fun chat choosing three kids.
Give the papers for the first two kids that will stick it on their t-shirts. Educator, place the kids who have the papers back to back. The third kid should be in front of the kid who has the paper written GOD (two steps away).
Start by saying the following: Class, do you see these kids? One of them represents God and the other represents sin (point to the kids with papers). This one (point to the third kid) represents the people of God.
Children, when we are faithful to God and live a life of obedience and love, we are always before Him, close to our Heavenly Father, just like this one (point to the chosen kid) is in front of God. However, when someone lives lying, disobeying, swearing, being violent with your neighbor, this person turns away from God.
Educator, for each sin mentioned, the kids who have the papers should slowly move until one that represents sin be in front of the kid who represents the people of God.
Conclude by saying: You see now? This one (point to the kid) is before sin an away from God, do you know why? Because sin separates us from God! And only when a person repents and stops doing wrong things, then it gets closer to God again. Adam and Eve lived well in paradise but disobedience moved the away from God’s wonderful Presence and they lost everything they had. So, little friends, we should be obedient and practice the Word of God, amen?
Decorating the characters. Stick shredded paper in the hair of Adam and Eve
Coloring and thinking over. Adam and Eve disobeyed and ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge. Educator, after the activity, talk to your class about the danger and consequences of disobedience, listening to their opinion.
Memory game. Paint, cut and play with the memory game.