This is Day 21 in a 31 day series on Teaching Toddlers Theology. To catch up on where we've been, or view our menu of posts, go to this intro post.
The story of Noah and the Ark is a favorite of so many kids! I'm actually wrapping this story up in my Sunday School class today! I mean, who doesn't love a good story about building a really big boat, lots and lots of animals, a huge storm and lots of water, camping out with animals, and the rainbow at the end? Any little boy, especially, is hooked on a story like this! But there are some powerful truths in it that we can't miss when teaching our littles.
But from here on out, the theme of most of the Bible stories is about Sin and oftentimes there is also included the thread of Hope that God is weaving to accomplish his purposes in the future through Christ. And the story of the Flood, maybe more than a lot of other Bible stories, is full of Sin and of Hope! Noah was commanded by God is build the boat because of sin! The world had become so sinful and wicked and vile, that God was pronouncing a worldwide judgement! But He found one faithful man and determined to save him and his family! Sin and Hope!
This is the first time since creation that we see God's awesome power on display! He sent the Flood and destroys everything, saving one family faithful to Him, and two of every kind of animal!
What we learn about God:
He takes care of those who love and obey him!
He takes sin seriously and punishes sin!
He keeps His word! (Rainbow promise)
What we learn about us:
We are sinful!
We need God and the Hope he offers!
We must obey God!
Once again, the gospel is here! This Hope that is coming is present in this story! We are sinful, but God has mercy on us and provides a way for us to be rescued!
As I said earlier, so many Bible stories deal with sin because human beings are sinful, and as well purposefully point this fact out to our kids as we read to and teach them, we are teaching them of their own sinfulness and need for Christ! And they will be one step closer to understanding the Gospel!