Unit 2 - RIGHTEOUS
Psalms 119.1 and Genesis 6, 7 and 8
Teach children that we will be very happy if we live correctly according to the Word of God.
“Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD.” (Psalms 119.1)
You will need a picture of you (current) and three copies of it. Start showing the picture and ask: Class, who is this person in the picture? (Wait their participation). It’s me, and what about this person over here (show the copies)? It’s also me, but these ones are copies of the picture, right? The copies are identical but they are only copies, they are not original. Today we are going to tell a story about a man apparently like others from his generation but he behaved differently and this caught the eye of God. Let’s find out who this man was? Then pay attention.
A RIGHTEOUS MAN
THERE WAS a time when people lived according their own will and they were far away from the presence of God. With that, violence and sin dominated those people and each day they were becoming more and more evil. God repented of making the man and even thought of destroying everything.
But God has found Noah, a righteous man, obedient and really faithful even living among those people. Noah received from god the mission of building an ark, that’s right, a big boat of three floors, doors and windows.
Noah started to build the ark and after a long time it was ready exactly the way God wanted. So Noah, his wife, his three sons, his wives’ sons and a couple of each animal species got in the ark and God closed the door so no one could open it, neither inside or outside. And seven days after that, the flood began.
The people who were outside the ark must have been frightened and desperate, right? Imagine them wanting to protect themselves and the waters of the rain dragging everything. However Noah and his family were safe. It rained for forty days without stopping.
The rain stopped but Noah waited the water to go down and when he came out of the ark he offered a sacrifice to God. Children, God was very pleased with Noah’s attitude and made a covenant with him saying that He would never destroy Earth again. And he put a rainbow in the sky as a symbol of this covenant. God gave up ending the mankind, when he saw that Noah was obedient to Him, and His obedience led him to save himself, his family and animals. Noah and his family lived happy on the earth; they had children, multiply and populated the Earth again.
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Through this story, Vivian taught her friends how to solve problems with each other, in other words, the way Jesus made it: with calm and goodness. If the person is acting rudely and poorly educated, you can turn a simple problem in a big mess.
It is written in the bible: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15.1)
Educator, you take to the class a pair of high heels (doesn’t matter the size). Start this moment by saying: Children, today I brought a shoe to show you (show it). I’m thinking about using it in a different way; invent a new fashion (educator, put only one shoe and walk through the room). What do you think? It will be good if I put on only one shoe? Will I walk correctly? (Wait their participation). Of course not, right? For me to walk properly I need to put on both shoes (put the other shoe and walk through the room again). What about now? (Wait their participation). Now I’m walking correctly, no difficulties. If I left home with one shoe of each type I would walk differently and would catch the eye of the people on the streets, wouldn’t I? Observe that I can walk correctly when I’m wearing two high heels or without them (put your own shoes and walk). We should walk in obedience (educator, put your right foot ahead) and with fear to God (educator, put your left foot beside your right foot then put your left foot ahead), No use to do some things that please God and grieve Him with others, but it will be as if we were walking with one foot of each shoe before God! Noah walked correctly, bended from the wrong things and respected God, so he was very happy, he and his whole family.
Make a prayer asking God to help children (and yourself) to always walk correctly in the presence of God. After the prayer, ask the children to sit down and ask:
1. In your opinion, is it easy to walk correctly in the presence of God?
2. Was it easy to Noah to be obedient and correct among those people?
3. Do you think is worth being obedient?
4. What would we do to live correctly with God?
5. Have you been an obedient child? If not, what is disturbing you?
Educator let the children express themselves and give the opportunity for those who wish to talk. But control time for not delaying other steps of your class.
At the end, use the poster of the week and memorize the verse.
After those days of heavy rain, they all left the ark.