The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth because their hearts were full of evil. He decided to wipe mankind, animals and other creatures from the face of the earth. Noah was a righteous man, in whom God found favor. He gave Noah very specific directions to build an ark. He told him exactly how long, wide and high to make it. He told him what kind of wood to use and how to divide the space.
God gave Noah instructions for his family to go inside the ark (He had three sons, Ham, Shem and Japheth.) He told him to take seven of every kind of clean animal, male and female and two of every kind of unclean animal, male and female, into the ark. Noah did all God commanded him, then the Lord shut him in.
For forty days, it rained. The waters rose 20 ft. above the mountains and the ark floated on the surface of the water. The water flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days. (Note that the flood waters remained, even after it stopped raining. Oftentimes, this story is taught as if the total time on the ark were 40 days and 40 nights.) At the end of the 150 days, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.
Noah opened the window he had made in the ark and sent out a raven and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. Then he sent a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. He waited 7 more days until the dove returned with an olive leaf. After 7 more days, he sent the dove out again. This time it did not return.
Noah, his family and all the animals came out of the ark. Noah built an altar to the Lord. The Lord created a covenant, or agreement, that he would never destroy all life with a flood again. He set a rainbow in the sky as a reminder of the covenant for all generations to come.
What is the biggest job you have ever had to do? We are going to read today about a man who was given a really big task.
For younger children, read the story from a Children's storybook Bible so they get a summary of the entire story.
For older children, read the story from an age-appropriate Children's storybook Bible or you can tell the story yourself (using the "Story Summary" from above as a guide). If you tell the story yourself, make sure you fully understand the story prior to class time.
Scripture for Kids to Read Aloud Genesis 5:32, Genesis 6:5-8, Genesis 7:1-5, Genesis 8:1, Genesis 8:18-19
First, ask the children if they have any questions about the story. What to do if you don't know the answer?