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The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation.” Genesis 7:1Genesis 6:9- Genesis 9
Kids Corner: The Story of Noah
Many years after God created everything, the earth was filled with people. God loved these people very much, and he wanted them to love him too. God hoped that everyone would trust him and obey him. After Adam and Eve sinned, things got bad. People chose to turn their backs on God, and they did whatever they wanted to without love for each other.
Scene One A
Hey, gimme that. It’s mine!
Not it’s not. I found it. Finders Keepers
(Footsteps running away)
Hey! Thief! Thief!
Scene One B
They cared more about themselves than they did for other people.
(A physical fight)
Hey, I’ll shut you up, big mouth!
That all you got? Let’s go!
Scene One C
They fought in battle and killed each other.
(Armies preparing for battle)
(Trumpets sound) Prepare for attack!
Kill them! Take no prisoners!
Scene One D
And some even turned their backs on God and began to worship false gods.
We bow to Baal, the giver of all life.
We worship you. Oh, Baal bring us rain! We pray for the crops.
All this made God very sad. God was sorry that he had made all these people. Everyone that is except Noah and his family. They kept all of God’s ways in their hearts.
Come on in everyone. Time for supper.
It’s been a long day.
What’s for supper?
(other boys wonder too)
Shem’s wife (Let’s call her Shirley)
C’mon Shem. It’s rude to ask what’s for the supper!
Well… what is for supper?
Noah’s Wife (Let’s call her Sheila)
Everyone sit down. I made a hearty stew that will fill your bellies after all that work.
Let’s pray. Thank you God. You give everything to us. You give us the strength and skill we need to work the fields and care for the animals. Thank you for this wonderful stew to bless our bodies and for those who prepared it. Amen.
Noah? Can’t you sleep? What are you doing out here?
I’m just restless, I guess. But, please go back and lie down.
Alright. Don’t be too long. You need your rest.
Noah looked up in the clear night sky. He didn’t know that God had a plan for him.
Speak Lord. I am your servant.
Cruelty and violence have spread everywhere. Now I’m going to destroy the whole earth and all its people.
God then told Noah that he would send a flood.
But, a long time before, God had made a promise to rescue the whole world. Had God changed his mind? No, God would begin by rescuing Noah from the flood. God then instructed Noah to build a big boat, an ark that would save Noah and his family.
But I solemnly promise that you, your wife, your sons, and your daughters-in-law will be kept safe in the boat.
Then God gave Noah instructions on how to build the Ark and what to do next.
So much to do. Who can sleep now? Wake up! (Everyone wakes up and is questioning) Wake up! Just wait until you hear what God has told me to do!
Noah made plans to build the ark. Noah’s neighbors didn’t believe one word he said.
That’s right. God is going to send a flood. You have to believe me!
Ahhh, nonsense. We don’t have to worry. Our gods will protect us.
Yeah, there’s never been a flood around here.
They mocked Noah when they heard about the ark.
(lots of mocking and laughter) “You’re a hoot, Noah!” “What a joke!”
Yes, I'm serious! God told me how to build it.
(lots of mocking and laughter) “What do you call that thing? An ark?”
An ark, a big big ark.
(even louder jeering) “in the middle of nowhere!”
C’mon, Dad. Let’s go.
Good luck on your boat building!
I can’t believe they bought all those tools!
Okay, boys. This field should be big enough.
(We hear God’s voice throughout the building process.)
Get some good lumber and build a boat.
Hey, watch out.
(Saws, Mallets and Hammers sounds throughout the dialogue)
Make it four hundred fifty feet long, seventy-five feet wide, and forty-five feet high.
Shem! Where’s my hammer?
Over there on the ground where you left it.
(More Saws, Mallets and Hammers sounds)
Great work everyone! We are making good progress.
Cover it with tar inside and out.
(working with tar. Brush sounds) Whoa! That tar sure does have a strong smell.
(With effort. Brush sounds) Sure is. Let’s put a thick coating over there!
Make the boat three stories high.
Ham’s wife (Let’s call her Shelley)
Japheth, Ham, Shem. Where are you boys?
Right here, honey. On the roof. We’ll be down in a minute!
We’ve got lunch for you.
We’ll be right down!
Look at the plans everyone. We’ll finish off by making the roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit high all around, just as God has said, and lastly, we’ll put in a door big enough for the largest animals of the earth to walk through.
(We hear the villagers approaching)
Animals? Did you hear that?
He’s a crazy old fool who builds a huge boat far from any ocean!
My father is no fool.
Everyone’s heard your silly stories! You all are laughing stocks. You really are a crazy old man. Anyone who would do this…
Why won’t you listen to what I say? God has told me that a terrible flood is coming. There’s so much to do. So little time.
(Mocking and Jeering as they leave) Ahhhh, Go and sit in your boat and wait for high tide. Yeah, I’ll be happy to own your land once you float away. Animals on the boat. I’d like to see that.
It's fair to warn them, Shem.
Warn us about what? The flood that's never coming. Come on. Let's get out of here. Let's leave this crazy old man alone.
Okay, boys. We’ve got a big job to do.
Bring into the boat with you a male and a female of every kind of animal and bird, as well as a male and a female of every reptile. I don’t want them to be destroyed. Store up enough food both for yourself and for them.
Okay, everyone. Two of every kind... Each with a safe place on the ark.
(an array of animal sounds)
Father! I can’t believe it! Look!
Ham’s wife (It’s Shelley, remember)
Look at all of them!
(We continue to hear an array of animal sounds through the narration)
Why did Noah take these animals into the ark? Because God loves the whole creation- including the animals! God rescues not just people but the whole creation. He brought two of every animal to the ark, and they were on their very best behavior.
Whoa. God provides all these animals too.
Well, that does it. Everybody's here.
What happens next, father?
We wait for the rain.
Noah, It doesn't look like we'll have to wait long. Look!
(We hear thunder in the background and rain begins to fall)
Let’s get all the animals on board and settled. There’s still lots of work to do.
(throughout this narration, we hear the rain begin and get heavier and heavier)
Noah and his wife went into the boat with their three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and their wives. They took along every kind of animal, tame and wild, including the birds. Noah took a male and a female of every living creature with him, just as God had told him to do. And when they were all in the boat, God closed the door.
(a large big door slams shut)
Noah was six hundred years old when the water under the earth started gushing out everywhere. The sky opened like windows, and rain poured down for forty days and nights.
(Sounds of rain start here and continue throughout the dialogue below)
Good morning, everyone. Day 15. What’s happening outside?
Day 29. How about today?
Day 40. What about…?
The rain covered the whole earth even the highest mountain disappeared under water. Except for the animals and people on the ark, there was nothing else left. During the long trip, Noah and his family took care of all the animals.
We need more hay over here!
Birdseed? Where’s the birdseed?
(During the following two sentences, the rain begins to fade out and then stop)
God did not forget about Noah and the animals with him in the boat. The rain stopped.
God made a wind blow, and the water started going down. The waters slowly went down after about five months. Finally in the seventh month after the floods had stopped, the ark rested on the top of a mountain.
We’ve been on the ark for a long, long time. Father, when do we get off?
Well, I think if all goes well, the ground should start to peak through in about another three months... So, let’s say six months or so…
(Group heavy sigh)
Everybody was disappointed to hear this news, but they waited and waited.
Shem’s wife (Let’s call her Sharon)
Well, what did you see?
Sea. Nothing but sea.
I wish I had never seen this ark.
I don’t even know what dry land looks like any more.
How are we even gonna know if we're anywhere near land?
Japheth's wife (Let’s call Shannon)
This is hopeless.
Now what kind of talk is that?
Are you the same people who helped me build God's ark? God has saved us. And he continues to provide us with everything we need. He gives us the strength and skill we need to work and care for the animals. We need to pray for more patience.
I know you’re, but can we at least try to figure out how to find dry land?
I’ve got an idea.
Noah opened a window to send out a raven. (Raven caw sound loud and then goes softer to show distance) He thought if the raven found land he might bring something back, but when the raven returned, he didn't bring anything with him. Then Noah decided he would send out a dove.
(cooing of a dove) God go with you, little one.
But the dove returned with nothing as well
God wouldn't abandon us. Don’t worry, everyone.
Then one last time he released the dove again. This time when the dove returned, it brought something back in its mouth. It carried a branch from an olive tree.
Father, this is a wonderful sign. Dry land is near.
Yes son, soon. Very soon.
When Noah did come out of the ark, the very first thing Noah did was build an altar to worship God and thank him for his rescue. Then God made a covenant with Noah. A covenant is like a very special promise.
I am giving you my blessing. Have a lot of children and grandchildren, so people will live everywhere on this earth. I am going to make a solemn promise to you and to everyone who will live after you. I promise every living creature that the earth and those living on it will never again be destroyed by a flood. The rainbow that I have put in the sky will be my sign to you and to every living creature on earth. It will remind you that I will keep this promise forever.
If you'd like to read more stories about God's people and God's promises, read the Old Testament book of Genesis. It's the first book in your Bible.
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Bible Source: Contemporary English Version (CEV), Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society
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