Bible Text: Genesis 9.1-17 (click on link to see NIRV text).
Key Point(s) of Passage: God tells Noah’s family to fill the earth, and makes a promise through the rainbow to never again use a flood to destroy the earth.
Memory Verse: “So God said to Noah, “The rainbow is the sign of my covenant. I have made my covenant between me and all life on earth.” ” (Ge. 9.17).
Questions for Family Discussion:
You do not have to go through all the questions – pick and choose whatever you feel will work best for your particular family.
1. Preparation – Pray a quick prayer together as a family that God will help you to understand His word.
2. Find an easy to read version of the Bible to read together as a family. The NIRV (New International Reader’s Version) is a good choice for elementary kids. Then if your child is able, help them find the passage in their Bible and read it out loud, while helping with hard words. Or read it out loud for your child.
3. Re-read verse 1. How did God bless Noah’s family? Why is it a blessing to have children?
4. Re-read verse 2. Why do you think God made it so that the animals would be scared of humans? Are you ever scared of animals?
5. Re-read verses 5-6. What is murder? What does God think about that? Why? (The “why” question is a bit harder, but the answer is at the end of verse 6 – “I have made man in my own likeness”). What are some ways we are like God?
6. God keeps talking about making a “covenant” with people in this chapter. What is a convenant? (It is like a promise). What is the covenant (or promise) that God made?
7. What is the sign of God’s promise? Have you ever seen a rainbow? (Parents – you could also tell about a time you saw an amazing rainbow). What should we remember the next time we see a rainbow?
Family Activity Ideas
1. Try to discover ways that you can make a rainbow. For example, you could try shining light through various glass-like objects, or by spraying water while the sun is shining on it, or by making lots of soapy bubbles that light reflects off of.
Then look up about how rainbows are made (e.g., a book at the library, or an encyclopedia, or an online resource). You could also talk about other amazing things in the natural world that God designed and made.