The Tower of Babel | Genesis 11:1-9
To help children understand that we cannot be successful apart from God. For our lives to be truly successful, we must depend upon God, not our personal or collective strength.
Read Genesis 11:1-9: Following the flood, God commanded people to multiply and populate the whole earth (Genesis 9:1). The people, who all spoke the same language, decided to do the exact opposite. Wanting to stay close together, they built a great city and then began constructing a massive tower that would symbolize their power and make a name for themselves.
In response to the people’s rebellion, God confused their languages so they could no longer communicate. What was once a single language now became many, making cooperation impossible. God then enforced His original command in Genesis 9:1 by scattering the people across the earth.
Today's Bible Story
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Philippians 4:13 (NLT)
13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
Meaning: This lesson reminds us that our best efforts will not succeed apart from God. However, this memory verse reminds us that with Christ’s strength, anything is possible. In Christ, we can do all things we are called to do!
The Big Idea
We should recognize our dependence on God and be thankful for His provision. God has designed us to worship and depend on Him. He has given us the abilities and talents to be successful, but we must always remember that without God, we can do nothing. Explore the following ideas with your class:
Made for good works: The Bible tells us in Ephesians 2:10 that God has prepared good works for us to do in advance. We will find our greatest fulfillment when we invest our lives in serving God.
Made for God’s glory: In Isaiah 43:7, we are told that God created us for His glory. When we look at our lives, we see the wonderful workmanship of our creator. God has designed us in His image to bring Him glory.
Made for God’s purposes: Colossians 1:16, speaking of Jesus, says, “all things have been created through him and for him.” Not only did God make us, but He also made us for Himself. The very best in life can only be found when we give our life to Jesus.
Dear God, thank You for creating languages. Thank you that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Help us to depend on You, not on ourselves. We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.
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