Brave Hearts Ministry


Genesis



Memory Verse: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

 

Purpose: to record God’s creation of the world and His desire to have a people set apart to worship Him.

Author: Moses.  It was written to the people of Israel.

Key people: Adam, Eve, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph.

 

Lesson #1:   God’s Creation of earth.

Lesson #2:   God’s creation of man

Lesson #3:   Noah and the Ark, a lesson of obedience.

Lesson #4:   Abraham’s Story, a lesson of trust.

Lesson #5:   The story of Joseph, a lesson of God’s using the bad things in our lives for      

                     good.

 

Lesson One: The Story of Creation.  Genesis 1:2–3:3

 

     “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

 

      And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light ‘day’ and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning the first day.

 And God said,” Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.”   So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so.  God called the expanse “sky.”  And there was evening, and there was morning.

 

The second day.

 

     And God said, ‘let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.’ And it was so.  God called the dry ground ‘land’ and the gathered waters he called ‘seas.’  God saw that it was good.   Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds.  God saw that it was good.  And there was evening, and there was morning the third day.

God made two great lights, the sun and the moon. The greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night.  He also made the stars.  He gave light to the earth to separate light from darkness.  God saw that it was good.  And there was morning the fourth day.

    

     And God said,’ Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.  So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems.  Let the land produce creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according its kind. This was the fifth day.

 

     God said, Let us make man in his own image, the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God gave them every thing he had made, everything that has the breath of life in it. This was the sixth day.

 

     By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so he rested.  God blessed the seventh day and made it holy”.

 

You have two choices of getting the information out of this text.

(1)   Fold an eight by 12 piece of paper into four squares by folding it in half and folding it in half again.  Using both sides the girls can label each square one through eight and draw a picture of each day’s creation using the eighth square to have a picture of the complete creation.

 

      (2)    Answer the questions.

 

      1.   What did the earth look like at the end of day one? (God made light and darkness.  One he called day and one he called night.)   

  1. What did God add to his creation of day two?  (God created sky above the water.)
  2. On day three God created another thing.  What was it? (God placed the water together and the ground was dry. The land produced plants.)
  3.  What four things does the earth have at the end of day four? (God made two great lights.  The sun and the moon.  The greater light to govern the day and lesser light to govern the night.  There was evening and morning.)
  4. Day five God added what food for us to eat? (The land provided living creatures of all kinds.)
  5. God added the image of himself.  What was that image? (God created man.)
  6. On day seven God made it a special day.  What was special about that day? (On the seventh day God blessed His creation and rested.)   

  

 Lesson Two: God created Adam and Eve. The fall of man. Genesis 2:4-3:24

 

     “The Lord formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils and breath of live, and the man became a living being.  Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.  And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground- trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.  In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters.   The Lord took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.  The Lord commanded the man, ‘you are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die’.

     ‘The Lord God said, ‘it is not good for the man to be alone.  I will make a helper suitable for him. So the Lord made Eve.”

  

1. What was the name of the garden? ( The garden was Eden.)

2. What trees had God planted in the garden?  (All kinds of trees that produced fruit.)

3. Who did God put in the garden?  (God put Adam in the garden.)

4. What were God’s instructions to Adam about what he could and could not eat? (Adam could eat any of the fruit from the trees except the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.)

5. What would happen it he did.  (He would surely die.)

      6. What did God create as a helper for Adam?  (God created women and called her Eve.)

   

 

     “Now the serpent was more crafty than any other of the wild animals the lord God had made.  He said to the woman, ‘Did the God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?’  The women said, ‘We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.

 

     ‘You will not surely die,’ the serpent said to the woman. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. They ate of the fruit and their eyes were opened to good and evil.” 

 

Satan is a tricky tempter.  A person can choose to do the wrong thing or to do what is right.  They had a choice, to do what God wanted them to do or to be tempted by the serpent (Satan) and disobey God.  We all have these choices everyday.  Have a short discussion about some of the things they are tempted with everyday.  Share ideas of ways to avoid the temptations.

 

Lesson Three: Noah, the Ark, and the Flood. Genesis 6:1-11:32

                                     

“Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.  Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence.  God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.  God said, “I am going to destroy both man and the earth.  Make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch (tar) inside and out. God gave Noah exact instructions on how to build the ark, and what materials to use. It was to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high.  You are to take your family with you and two of every kind of bird, two of every kind of animal and two of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.  You are to take every kind of food that is to eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.  Noah did everything just as God commanded.

 

For forty days and forty nights the rain kept coming to the earth. The waters increased, they lifted the ark high above the earth. The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.  At the end of this time the ark came to rest on Mt. Ararat.  When the land was dry Noah, his family and all of the animals came out of the ark.  God made a covenant with Noah.  Never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.  And as a sign if this I will set my rainbow in the clouds and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.”

 

 

  1.  What was special about Noah in God’s eyes?  (Noah was the only living man that was blameless in God’s eyes.)
  2. Why was God angry with his people he had created? (God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.)

      3.   What did God tell Noah to do? (God told Noah to build an ark.) Why was this     strange?  (There was only dry land with no water nearby.)       

  1. How long did it rain and for how many days did the water stay on the earth? (It rained for forty days and forty nights.) (The water stayed on the land for 150 days.)
  2. What was the covenant God made with Noah and the earth after the flood?  (God said he would never destroy the earth again with water.  He made a rainbow in the clouds to remind us of His promise.)

      6.   Spend some time discussing ways that the ladies are finding it hard to remain faithful to God in there everyday lives.  Can you keep from doing what the

            other kids do and not go along with your friends?  Is it easy?

 

 Lesson Four: Abraham: A Lesson in Trust. Genesis 17:1-22:9            

 

     “The Lord had said to Abram, “leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you;  I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing,  I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.  So Abram (God changed his name to Abraham) did as he was told. 

When Abraham was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, ’I am God almighty, walk before me and be blameless.  I will confirm my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.’  

 

     Abraham fell face down and God said to him, ‘You will be the father of many nations.  I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you.  I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.

 

     Then Abraham threw himself down in worship before the Lord, but inside he was laughing in disbelief! ‘Me be a father?’ he said in amusement. ‘Me – 100 years old?  And Sarah, to have a baby at 90?’  Isaac was born to Abraham.

 

     God tested Abraham. He said to him ‘Abraham!’ ‘Here I am’ he replied.  Then God said ‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love and go to the region of Moriah.  Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.’  Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey.  He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac.  When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. When they arrived at the place, Abraham prepared the offering of his son as asked.  However God knew Abraham would obey and not even hold his beloved son from God.  God provided a ram for the offering. Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide.”

 

     We all know there are consequences to any action we take.  Abraham had to choose between the security of what he knew and the uncertainty of traveling under God’s direction.  All he had was God’s promise to guide and bless him. His obedience affected the history of the world.  His decision to follow God put into motion the development of the nation that God would eventually use as his own when he visited earth himself.  When Jesus Christ came to earth, God’s promise was fulfilled: through Abraham the entire world was blessed.

                                       

1.      What did God ask Abraham to do? (Leave your country, your people and your household and go to the country I will show you.)

2.      Why was this a hard thing for Abraham to do?  (He had to leave everyone and everything he knew.)  A good opportunity to talk about kids that have had to move and how scary it was to them.)        

3.   When God told Abraham he would become a father of many nations why did       Abraham find this hard to believe.  (He had no children, he was 100 years old and Sarah was ninety.)

4.      Abraham was very trusting when he took Isaac up to the mountain for a burnt    offering?  Can you tell why?  (Abraham knew God had promised to make great nations from him.  He knew God would provide substitute burnt offering.) Nothing is too hard for God. Do you have this kind of faith in your everyday life when things happen to you?  Share some of these times with each other.

5.   Can you become more trusting?  Discuss ways that they can use to do this.    (Pray, talk to adults, etc.)

 

Lesson Five: Story of Joseph. Genesis: 37:3-44:34

 

     “Jacob was Joseph’s father.  Joseph had 11 brothers.  He was the favorite of his father.  Now it happened, Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other children, because Joseph was born to him in old age.  So one day Jacob gave him a special gift – a brightly colored coat.  His brothers of course noticed their father’s special gift to Joseph and consequently hated Joseph; they couldn’t say a kind word to him.  One night Joseph had a dream and promptly reported the details to his brothers, causing even deeper hatred.  ‘Listen to this,’ he proudly announced.  ‘We were out in the field binding sheaves, and my sheaf stood up, and you sheaves all gathered around it and bowed low before it!’  So you want to be our king, do you:  And they hated him both for the dream and for his cocky attitude.  The brothers had a plan to get rid of Joseph. They took off his coat of many colors and threw him in a well. But instead of leaving him in the well they sold him Egyptian traders.  They took his coat home to Jacob after they had killed an animal and put animal blood on the coat and told Jacob that Joseph had been killed by a wild beast.

 

     Meanwhile, in Egypt, The traders sold Joseph to Potiphar, and officer of  Pharaoh the king of Egypt.  Potiphar was captain to the palace guard. The chief executioner.  The Lord greatly blessed Joseph there in the home of his master, so that everything he did succeeded.  Potiphar noticed this and realized that the Lord was with Joseph in a very special way.  Soon Joseph was put in charge of the administration of Potiphar’s household, and all of his business affairs.

 

     The Lord continued to bless Joseph in everything he did.  He was placed in charge of Egypt.  He became the ruler.  Joseph and his brothers meet again in Egypt.  The brothers came to get food as there was a famine in their country.  Many events happen to the brothers before they became aware that the ruler of Egypt was Joseph, their brother.  Joseph treated his brothers kindly.  He was united with Jacob, his father.”             

 

 

1.      Why was Joseph the favorite of his father? (He was born to Jacob in his old age.)

2.      How many brothers did Joseph have?  Joseph had 11 brothers.)

3.      Why were the brothers angry at Joseph?  (Joseph was his father’s favorite son.  He had given him a coat of many colors.)

4.       What did the brothers do to Joseph?  (The brothers took Joseph’s coat away from him and threw him into a well. Then they decided not to kill him and sold him to an

      Egyptian trader instead.  They took his coat smeared, animal blood on it and took it to       their father saying Joseph had been killed by a wild beast.)

5.      How was God with Joseph through all of his hard times? (God blessed Joseph in everything he did.  God had taken a bad thing and used it to bring honor to himself.)

6.      How can you react when someone you love receives a gift and you don’t?  Are you upset if a brother or sister gets more presents at Christmas than you?  Do you consider the value of the gifts?  Are you happy for that person or do you become angry?  How can you deal with these feelings?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*The scripture utilized in this merit was taken from the “NIV Young Women of Faith Bible”.