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The Story of the Tower of Babel

What are the different languages you know? English, Spanish, German, Chinese, Italian, Filipino? Why do we have different languages? We can find the answer to this question in Genesis 11:1-9.

After the flood, God told Noah to be fruitful, increase in number and fill the earth. But when they have increased in number, the people decided to stay in one place, in the plain of Shinar. Then the people said to each other that they will make bricks and build a tower.  They said that they will build a tower that reaches up to the heavens so that they will make a name for themselves and not be scattered over all the earth.

But the Lord did not approve of this plan of theirs. During this time, people still speak one common language.  Then God confused the language of the people so that they did not understand each other. They stopped building the tower and began to scatter throughout the earth.  Thus, the tower was called Babel because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world.

1. What did God command Noah and his descendants?
2. Did the people obey this command?  What did they do?
3. What is wrong about building the tower? shows man's rebellion and pride
4. How did God feel about the men building the tower?
5. What did he do about it and what was the result?

God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.

1. Ask the kids to color the Tower of Bable coloring page.

2. Using Building blocks. If the kids have building blocks to play with they can play a game. Two or three groups of kids can be given the same number of blocks and they build the tallest tower they can as fast as they could. The one who finishes first is the winner. Alternatively, if you don't have building blocks, you can just use plastic cups in playing the game.

3. The children can also review the lesson by role-playing. They can retell the stories by doing what the people in the story did. There should be a narrator and someone who will do the role of God. They can also use the building blocks or stacks of cups as props.

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