The Bible is full of promises. As early as the first few chapters of Genesis, we begin to see God make, and even fulfill, His promises: promises for punishment and for blessing, for death and for life, for separation and for salvation. In Noah’s journey to build an ark, survive the flood, and begin to repopulate the earth, we find multiple reminders that the Lord is faithful to fulfill His promises.
When God destroyed the entire population of the earth except for Noah and his family, we are reminded that God keeps His promise to preserve a remnant of His people always. When Noah sent a dove to find dry land and it returned with an olive leaf, we are reminded of God’s promise to show His people the way at just the right time. And when God painted His bow in the sky, we are reminded of God’s promise that He will always keep His Word.
In a world filled with fake news and false prophets, we are often skeptical of the stories and promises that we hear and read about. When it comes to the promises and claims of the world, we should be discerning. But when it comes to the promises of God, we should be trusting.
As you survey Genesis 6–10, may it stir a great reminder in your heart and mind that God is always faithful and true. God is no liar, and He will not turn back from His word. May these chapters of Genesis also give you hope that though everything around you may fail, God’s Word never will.
God is a God of great and magnificent promises. And every single one of them we can trust completely. When in doubt of this truth, look to the cross of Christ and His empty grave.
As Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 1:20, “every one of God’s promises is ‘Yes’ in [Jesus].”
God will fulfill His promises. This week, pray that God would stir in you many reminders of how He keeps His word.
FAMILY TALKING POINTS
This is the big idea of how this week’s Bible story points to Jesus.
- Babies & Toddlers: We can trust in Jesus..
- Younger Preschool: God rescued Noah and his family from the flood. Jesus came to save people from sin. When we trust in Jesus, He saves us from our sin.
- Older Preschool: God rescued Noah and his family from the flood. Later, there was an even greater rescue! Jesus came to save people from sin. When we trust in Jesus, He saves us from the punishment for our sin.
- Kids: God rescued Noah and his family from the flood. The story of Noah points ahead to a greater rescue. God’s Son, Jesus—the only perfectly righteous One—came to take the punishment for our sin. By trusting in Him, we are saved from the punishment our sin deserves.
BIG PICTURE QUESTION & ANSWER
This is an important biblical truth that your child will encounter each week of this unit.
- Younger Preschool: What does it mean to sin? We sin when we disobey God.
- Older Preschool: What does it mean to sin? To sin is to go against God and His commands.
- Kids: What does it mean to sin? To sin is to think, speak, or behave in any way that goes against God and His commands.
This is a Bible verse that relates to what your child will encounter each week of this unit.
- Babies & Toddlers: We all make wrong choices. — Romans 3:23
- Younger Preschool: Everyone makes wrong choices. — Romans 3:23
- Older Preschool: All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. — Romans 3:23
- Kids: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. — Romans 3:23
** Next week: People Rebel Against God (Genesis 10–11)