The Tower of Babel
There is one God, the Father… and there is one Lord, Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 8:6
Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. Today’s Bible story is about the tower of Babel. Following the flood, God wanted to have a fresh start. God commanded Noah in Genesis 9:1 to “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” In Genesis 11:2, Scripture indicates that instead of filling the earth as God commanded, the people built a city and a large tower into the heavens. The people didn’t want to be scattered. They didn’t believe God would give them what was good if they obeyed Him. They sought to obtain for themselves what they believed was good.
The people tried to build a monument with its top in the heavens, but they succeeded only in separating themselves from God and from each other. God confused their language and scattered them over the earth. They were unable to finish building the city, so the city was called Babel—which sounds like the Hebrew word for “confused”—because there the Lord confused the people’s language. Teach your kids about God’s better plan: His plan not for people to reach up to Him, but His plan to reach down to people by sending His Son, Jesus, to live the perfect life we couldn’t live and die the death we don’t want to die. That is the gospel.
KEY PASSAGE: 1 Corinthians 8:6
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- Why did God create the world? God created the world for His glory.
BIBLE STORY: THE TOWER OF BABEL
- People disobeyed God and did not spread out and fill the earth.
- People decided to make a tower to reach to the sky.
- God mixed up their languages.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- What are some talents or gifts God has given the members of your family?
- How have you been tempted to use those talents to make people think you are great?
- How can you use your talents to show how great God is?
- Talk about how your family can bring God glory at church and in your community.
- Go further: Identify a specific way you can use a talent or gift to honor God, and do it!