Thursday, May 23, 2013

Adam, Eve and Sin


Familiarize yourself with this passage:
Genesis 2:4-3:24
Out of all of God’s creation, the creation of man was the most special.  When God created man in His image, He said it was “very good” (1:31). There was only one thing that was not good to God, and that was that man was all alone. There was no suitable helper for him out of all the other things that God created. So, God made a woman out of a rib from the man. He named the man and woman, Adam and Eve, and told them to live in the Garden of Eden. There was word of caution to them. God told them not to eat of the tree of knowledge in the middle of the garden, but everything else was good for them.
Some time later, Satan came to Adam and Eve in the form of a snake and tricked Eve into eating from the tree in the middle of the garden. When Eve ate it, so did Adam.  As a result, sin entered the world. God had to punish their sin. For man, his work would be hard and eventually his body would die. For woman, having babies would be much harder. For Satan (the snake), there would soon come a Man that would crush him. After God announced their punishments, he threw them out of the Garden of Eden.

Object Lesson (optional):
The Bowl of Temptation
Supplies needed:
One bowl
Cut up fruit
1. Have the children sit in a circle and prepare for story time. Before you begin the story, set a bowl of cut fruit in the middle of the circle. Tell the children that they are not supposed to eat the fruit, that there are consequences. Do not say anything else about the bowl of fruit. As you tell the story, the children may start to reach for the fruit. Let them take it and eat it. At the end of your story, take out the candy and give a piece of candy to those who did not eat the fruit from the bowl. (You can do two different kinds of candy, instead of fruit, one ok kind and one really good kind.)
2. Explain to the children that Adam and Eve were also tempted. The fruit that as in the middle of the garden looked like good food to eat. When they ate it, it tasted good, too! But there were consequences for eating that fruit, just like there were consequences for taking the fruit from the bowl. God wanted what was best for Adam and Eve. He had something better planned for them; to live a life forever with God in the Garden of Eden. You also had something better planned for the kids; yummy candy!

Memory Verse:
Genesis 3:15
And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel. (NLT)

Jesus Connection:
Genesis 3:15 talks about the offspring of the woman.  That offspring is Jesus! One day, Jesus would come to take care of the sin problem that Adam and Eve started in the garden. When that time would come, Satan would cause Jesus a blow by killing him in the flesh, but Jesus would ultimately crush Satan by rising from the dead and cleansing us from all our sins. (1 Peter 2:24)


“My God Is So Great!”
My God is so great, so strong and so mighty
There’s nothing my God cannot do.
My God is so great, so strong and so might
There’s nothing my God cannot do.
The mountains are his
The valleys are his
The stars are his handy work too.
My God is so great, so strong and so mighty
There’s nothing my God cannot do
For you!

My God is so big, so strong and so mighty
There’s nothing my God cannot do
My God is so big, so strong and so might
There’s nothing my God cannot do
He made the tress
He made the seas
He made the elephants too
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty
There’s nothing my God cannot do
For you!


Picture Board review from creation story
Supplies needed:
Pictures that correspond with each day of creation
Tape or sticky tack
A board or blank wall
*This activity is designed as a review from the Creation story. If you are doing these lessons in Biblical order, then this is a good reinforcer activity from your previous lesson.
1. Pass out the pictures to the children.
2. Ask the kids what was made on the first day of creation. When they respond, have the children with those pictures place them on the board. Continue this through the remaining days of creation, until you have completed the creation collage.

Simon Says 
Supplies needed:
*Before beginning this game, talk to the children about the importance of obeying. When our parents ask us to do something, they expect us to obey. If we do not obey, there are consequences. Ask the kids what are some things that their parents ask them to do. (Make their bed. Set the table. Take out the trash….) God also asks us to obey him. When we do not obey it is called sin. When we sin, there are consequences. Ask the kids what are some things that God asks us to do. (Love our neighbor. Obey mom and dad. Do not lie…..) This game will remind the children that not obeying has consequences.
1. Have all the children stand facing you. You are “Simon”.
2. Call out instructions like this, “Simon says touch your nose.” The children should respond by touching their nose.
3. If you call out an instruction without saying “Simon says” first, then the children should ignore the instruction.
4. If you call out an instruction and start by saying “Simon says” and the children do not obey, they are out. If they follow an instruction that does not have “Simon says” on it they are also out.
5. The person who wins the game can be the next Simon.

Create Clothes for Adam and Eve
Supplies needed:
Two dolls or stuffed animals (One to be Adam and one to be Eve)
Branches, leaves, grasses OR different colored paper
*This entire activity can be done outside, particularly if you are using the branches and leaves (in which case the kids can find the supplies themselves!)
1. Divide the class into two teams. Give Adam to one team and Eve to the other.
2. Tell the kids that they will have 10 mins to create clothes for their doll the best they can.
3. Whichever team has their doll best dressed at the end of the time wins.


Apple Snake Craft
Supplies Needed:
Popsicle sticks
Red tissue paper
Black pipe cleaners
Small googly eyes
Watered down glue
Paint brushes
Green leafs made from construction paper
*Discuss with the children how the apple is beautiful but God sees the whole picture (the hidden snake) and knows what is best for us.
1. Wad up a piece of red tissue paper around a popsicle stick. Make sure that the top of the stick is still showing. (If you do not have tissue paper, use construction paper, but have them crumple and uncrumple several times to get the paper to soften a bit.
2. Add googly eyes to one end of the pipe cleaner. Mostly hide the pipe cleaner in the apple.
3. With watered down glue, paint the tissue paper to hold together around the stick and pipe cleaner.
4. Add a green leaf to the top of the stick that is coming out of the apple.

Paper Chain Snake
Supplies Needed:
Construction paper (2 or three colors)
Small scraps of red construction paper
Tape or glue
Googly eyes (optional)
Black marker
1. Cut about 16 strips of construction paper 2 inches wide and 10 inches long.
2. Decide what type of pattern you want to make (ex: green, green, yellow, green, green yellow…)
3. Make your first strip of paper into a ring and tape or glue it together.
4. Slide your next strip of paper through the ring and tape or glue it into a ring.
5. Repeat the process until you have a long chain of paper rings.
6. For the tongue, cut a tongue shape from red paper. Fold a small tab at the end and glue it onto the head (the front of the paper ring)
7. For the eyes:
a. Glue on googly eyes
b. Cut red eyes out of paper and draw a slit in the middle of each with a black marker.

Coloring Page:
This coloring page can be used as is, or you can insert the memory verse on the bottom of the page.

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