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ATM VBS Day 1 Younger: Who Is God? Bible Lesson

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In A Nutshell

During day one of The Amazing Time Machine VBS, Junior Scientists are tasked with the mission of answering the question; Who is God? From creation to the story of Adam and Eve, children go back to the beginning of time in this creation Bible lesson to experience the perfect world God created. But man is not perfect and when Adam and Eve disobey, they are forced to leave their home and are sad to be separated from God. This Creation Bible lesson is part of The Amazing Time Machine VBS. but can also be used as a stand alone Bible lesson.

ATM VBS Day 1 Younger: Who Is God?  Bible Lesson
ATM VBS Day 1 Younger: Who Is God?  Bible Lesson
ATM VBS Day 1 Younger: Who Is God?  Bible Lesson

Ages

Preschool, Younger Elementary

Estimated Time

20 minutes

Scripture

Genesis 1, 2 and 3.

Memory Verse

So God created mankind in his own image... (Genesis 1:27)

What You Will Need

  • Bibles
  • Chalk board or news print and markers
  • Biblical scene decorations. See decorating ideas for scene background templates and other props.
  • Props for the skit (See below).
  • Script for actors (See Downloads Below).
  • One completed Garden of Eden puzzle cut apart then put back together on a tray.

The Beginning of TIme BIble Skit

Actors: Harry the Camel Puppet, voice of God, Adam, Eve, voice of snake. If you have limited people, The narrator, voice of God and voice of snake can be the same person. If you don’t have other adults for actors, assign the parts to children and let them read and act out the story.

Scene: Sign that reads: “Garden of Eden”. The room is decorated with fake or real trees, plants and flowers. Set up a water fountain if you can borrow one. Adam and Eve are seated behind the white sheet in silhouette. They should gesture with their arms when they talk. See Bible Scene Decorations for more details.

Props for the Skit:

  • Fake snake
  • Apples or some other large “forbidden” fruit
  • Sound effects such as waterfall, tropical rain forest, etc.
  • Adam and Eve should dress in snug apparel like leggings, body suits, etc.
  • Harry The Camel Puppet
  • Script for actors (See Downloads Below).

Script:

Harry Welcome, welcome, welcome, welcome, welcome. My name is Harry the Camel, and I will be your host during your travels in the time machine. If everyone will be very quiet, I will tell you a very cool story about the beginning of time. There are some cool motions to go with it, so follow along.

In the beginning God created the heavens, (children reach for the sky) that’s way up there, (tilt head up) and the earth, that’s under our feet (stomp feet). A great, empty darkness covered everything. (cover eyes)

And God said, “Let there be light,” (uncover eyes) and there was light.

I wonder how He did that? Wouldn’t it be cool to just say it and it is? Like I could say, let there be a hot fudge sundae in my hand, and there it would be. Oh, well. I guess God is the only one who could do that. I wonder if he makes himself hot fudge sundaes? Oh, I should get back to the story.

God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning of the first day.

And God said, “Let there be “sky” above the waters (reach for sky). And that was the second day.

And God said, “Let there be seas, and land. Let the land produce plants and trees.” (Pretend to be a tree. If you have waterfall sound effects, start them). And it was good. And this was the end of the third day.

And God said, “Let there be lights in the sky to separate the day from the night. (Turn on back light). And God made a bright golden sun to light the sky and warm the earth, and a glowing moon and stars to fill the night sky. God saw that it was good. And this was the fourth day.

And God said, “Let the water be filled with living creatures, that would be fish and whales and crabs, (Put palms together and wiggle in front of you like a fish). and let birds fly above the earth and across the sky.” (Pretend to be a bird). And this was the fifth day.

And God said, “Let living creatures fill the land.” And God made every type of animal like cows that moo (moo), dogs that bark (bark), cats that meow (meow) and CAMELS, just like me. Does anyone know what sound a camel makes? Here goes. Nurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Can you do it with me this time? And camels that nur (Nurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr). Wow, I feel like I’m back home in the camel herd. Can you do it one more time for me? And camels that nur. (Nurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr).

Then God said, “Let us make people to take care of the new world.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. They were named Adam and Eve and God gave them His perfect world in which to live and care for. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And this was the sixth day.

Now everything was complete, and on the seventh day God rested. (Pretend to sleep). After all of that, I would be tired too, wouldn’t you?

Now God created a special garden in Eden where Adam and Eve were to live and in the center of the garden stood a special tree. Let’s listen and maybe we can hear what is going on.

Adam: Look, Eve. That animal runs like the wind. Look how beautiful it is with it’s tail flowing behind and its mane rippling in the sun. I think I will call it a horse.

Eve: Horse, that’s a wonderful name, Adam. What about this? It is soft and delicate and smells wonderful.

Adam: Hmmm. How about flower?

Eve: Flower. That would be perfect. God will be so pleased with all the names you have chosen for his beautiful creations. We can tell Him when He comes to visit later.

Adam: I think I hear him now.

God: Adam? Eve? Where are you?

Adam: (Waves arm). We’re over here, Lord, naming the animals as you asked.

Eve: (Points) That’s a horse, drinking from the lake over there. And this, in my hair, is a flower.

God: Those are wonderful names you have chosen. You have done well. And do you have plenty to eat and drink?

Adam: Of course. We have everything around us that you have provided.

God: You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree that gives knowledge of good and evil, if you eat from it you will die.

Adam: The tree in the middle of the garden that has the large red fruit?

God: That is the tree.

Adam: That is such a little thing to ask. We promise never to go near it or eat its fruit.

God: That is good. Well, you have had a busy day, and I am sure you are tired. I will visit tomorrow. I love you, Adam. I love you, Eve.

Adam and Eve: We love you, Lord. (God departs).

Adam: Now that God’s visit is over, I will go and fetch some water from the lake for dinner.

Eve: And I will gather some food.

(Adam leaves and the snake appears).

Snake: (In a hissing voice) Did God really say that you must not eat from a certain tree in the garden?

Eve: God said we couldn’t eat fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden, and we must not not touch it, or we will die.

Snake: You will not die. God knows that when you eat from it you will be wise. You will be like God, knowing good and evil.

Eve: It does look good. (Eve reaches up and takes an apple in her hand and takes a bite out of it). And it tastes good too. (Adam returns). Here, Adam, have some.

(Adam also eats the fruit. Then God returns).

God: Adam? Eve?

Adam: Hurry, we must hide, before God sees what we have done.

(Adam and Eve hide out of site of the screen).

God: Adam? Where are you?

Adam: We’re hiding.

God: Why are you hiding?

Adam: We’re afraid.

God: Did you disobey and eat the fruit you were not allowed to eat?

Adam: Eve ate it first and then she gave me some.

Eve: The snake said it would be all right, but he tricked me.

God: You disobeyed me. You have broken your promise to me and sinned for all of man. You must leave the Garden of Eden and never return. You will not eat from the tree of life and live forever. Because of your sin, you must one day die. (Back light goes out).

Harry: And Adam and Eve sadly left the beautiful Garden of Eden, to go out into the world alone. From that day forward, whenever they saw God they felt ashamed and afraid. Because they had disobeyed, their special relationship with God had forever changed.

Broken To Pieces

  • Dr. Jekyll and Professor Jive are trying to answer the question, Who is God? Does anyone know? (Our creator).
  • When God first created Adam and Eve were they afraid of Him? Did He spend time with them? Were they happy to see Him?
  • What about after Adam and Eve disobeying God? Were they happy to see him? (No. They were ashamed and afraid).
  • (Show them your Paradise Puzzle). Their relationship was wonderful, just like this picture. They lived in a beautiful place and God loved them and provided everything they could possibly need. Then they disobeyed. (Pull the puzzle apart). And this was what happened to their closeness with God. It fell apart.
  • When you disobey your parents do they punish you? (Yes). Why? (So that you learn to make the right choices in life).
  • Do you think they like to punish you? (No. It is usually very hard to be a parent and punish your kids).
  • Do they still love you even though they punish you? (Yes).
  • Would you like it if they didn’t care enough to punish you when you did something wrong? If they didn’t care one way or the other whether you did right or wrong?
  • Do you think God still loved Adam and Eve even though he punished them? (Yes)
  • Do you think God was sad that they disobeyed and He had to punish them? (Yes).

Applying The Science

  • How is the story of Adam and Eve like what happened at Scientific Central tonight? (Phinneus disobeyed Professor Jive and destroyed the experiment. Because of his mistake, he can’t go in that part of the lab ever again).
  • How do you think Phinneus feels now? (Sad, ashamed of what he did).
  • How do you think Professor Jive feels? (Mad and maybe sad too).
  • Would you rather have Professor Jive mad and disappointed with you or God mad and disappointed with you?

God Created The Heavens

  • You will need: Cup, 1 Tablespoon baking soda, a sprinkling of glitter and stars, 1/2 cup vinegar, blue food coloring, and a shallow pan to set the cup in.
  • Preparation: Pour vinegar into the cup and set it in the shallow pan. Put baking soda, glitter and stars in a plastic baggie or another container.
  • Experiment: In the beginning there was nothing but God. Does anyone remember what the first thing he created? The first thing God did was create the heavens. (Put 1 drop of food coloring in the vinegar. Quickly dump the baking soda mixture into the cup with vinegar. It will foam up and over the top and your pan will be floating with stars and glitter, just like the heavens). We are sending this experiment home with you as your Science To Go Project. You are to share this experiment with your family to explain how God created everything including all of us.
  • The Science: Vinegar is an acid, and the acid in the vinegar reacts with the baking soda and gives off carbon dioxide gas with is the “fizz” you see.

Summarize

  • Who is God? (Our creator).
  • Its important that we listen and obey our parents and our teachers, but who is it most important that we obey? (God).

Prayer

Dear God our creator,
What awesome things You have created, everything we see and hear and touch was created by You. Everything and everyone that has come before us and everything and everyone that will come after us is Your creation. Sometime we have trouble living up to all that you want us to be. Like Adam and Eve sometimes we fall short of all that you want for us. We will try to obey you in all things because You love us and we want to be ever closer to You.

Amen

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