[advent] two.three

Day Number Two

[Fallen]

The man God created, Adam, named all the animals and birds and fish.

But he was lonely. 

Nothing in all creation seemed to be good for him.

So God made one more thing. 

Her name was Eve.

Adam and Eve lived in the garden of Eden, a beautiful home that God gave them.

There was only one rule. One single rule.  He pointed out a tree and said, “Do not eat from that tree or you will surely die.”

But they did.

They disobeyed.

They weren’t content.

They were greedy.

First Eve, then Adam, ate from the tree that God said, “No” about. Just because a snake said it was okay. And this was a very, very bad thing. 

God was so sad. Do you know why?

Because something awful and nasty had come into his world. Something called sin.

There is a thing you should know about God. He is perfect.

That means he can’t have or be in the presence of sin.

And now both Adam and Eve, who were created to be God’s friends, had sin in their lives. And God couldn’t be with them anymore. 

But God still loved them. Oh! did he still love them! So he made a plan.

And he whispered the plan into the pages of the Bible.

He told Adam and Eve that someday one of their children would fight the same snake that tricked them- but when this person does, he will win!

Adam and Eve had to leave the garden of Eden but there was hope. 

Someday, somehow, God was going to fix the mess. 

Someday they would be free from sin. 

And then, once again, they would be friends of God. 

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Advent activity:

Paper Chain Verse: write out the words to Romans 3:23 on separate strips of paper. Decorate! Link strips together in circles, fastening with tape or staples. 

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Day Number Three

[Saved]

Adam and Eve had many children. Their children had children and their children’s children had children. Soon there were lots of people in the world.

But remember how Adam and Eve chose to sin instead of obeying?

Their children did too.

In fact, everyone was selfish and greedy and full of nasty- so much that they didn’t care about God at all. Even though God loved. They made it clear that it didn’t matter to them that God was making a way for them to be friends.

And God was sad.

Even if he could be friends with the people.               They didn’t want Him. 

Except one man.

His name was Noah.

In all the world- he was the only man that wanted to be friends with God.

So God said, “There is going to be a great flood.” He told Noah to build a big boat. Then he explained that every single person or animal in the boat would be saved.

So Noah built.

And when the flood came- Noah and his family were the only people who went into the boat.

And they were the only ones saved.

After the flood God made a promise. A very special promise.

Never again would there be a great flood to cover the earth.

Noah and his family were saved by a boat. But the next time God saved all the people- it would be different.

The next time- they wouldn’t be saved from a flood.

They would be saved from their sins.

And then, then, they would, once again,                                    be friends of God.

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Advent Activity:

make paper links in the colors of the rainbow to add to your verse chain.

Put the paper chain on your Christmas tree or use as decoration around the house.

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