The Rainbow of God's Promise: Genesis 8-9
God established a covenant with Noah by His grace.
Sunday morning our kiddos pressed on in the story of Noah and learned:
- Though Noah could not fully see or understand, he responded in faith
- God remembered Noah and brought an end to the flood
- God made a covenant with Noah and through Noah with all men
Where is Jesus?
As soon as Noah got off the ark, he sacrificed some of the animals to God. Noah didn't realize it, but to God all genuine sacrifice to him point forward to his plan to sacrifice his son Jesus. So the story of Noah and his family being saved from the flood should remind us of God's plan to save his people through the death of his son, Jesus.
God gave Noah (and us!) the rainbow as a sign of one of God's covenants with his people. It reminds us of God's promise that he will never again destroy the earth by flood. God always keeps his covenants perfectly, and the best covenant of all is the one involving Jesus and his death on the cross for our sins.
In the home.
We are on week 6 in the Long Story Short family devotional book (starting on page 39). Questions to point out for good discussion with your kids:
- When we say God is faithful, we mean he keeps his promises. How was God faithful to Noah? (God did everything he said he would do. God kept all his promises to Noah) - page 41.
- What did Noah do that pleased God? (Noah built an altar and offered on it a sacrifice to the Lord. Remember that every sacrifice offered in worship to God pointed to the day when God would sacrifice His son Jesus) - page 43.
- Do you remember why God gave us rainbows? (Rainbows are signs that mark God's promise to never destroy the earth with a flood) - page 44.
- Can you think of a way Jesus provides a refuge or safety for us? (Jesus saves us from the punishment we deserve for our sin) - page 45
This month's memory verse (Psalm 119:89-91, the highlighted portion below) is going to be quoted on July 2nd.
Speaking of promises, I am reminded of Jesus' promise in the context of discipleship, "And behold, I am with you always, till the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:20). With kids out for the summer and more time on their hands than they know what to do with, this may feel like a never ending age. Regardless, we know Jesus is with us making it possible to engage our kids and make the most of the moment. Truly He is our refuge and our sanity! Praise His name.