This collection of 128 classic Bible stories makes it easy for parents to teach young children the best-loved stories of Scripture. Each story is followed by factual questions plus application suggestions. Young children will enjoy the full-color illustrations on each page spread, and parents will love introducing their young ones to the Bible with this beautiful collection from best-selling author Dr. Kenneth Taylor.
|Publisher:||Tyndale House Publishers|
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|Age Range:||3 - 6 Years|
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FAMILY-TIME BIBLE in Pictures
By KENNETH N. TAYLOR
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.Copyright © 1992 Tyndale House Foundation
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Chapter OneGod Makes a Beautiful World
Long ago, God made the world out of nothing. But it didn't look the way it does now. There were no people, animals, birds, trees, or flowers. Everything was lonely and dark. So God made the light. He gave the light the name Day. He called the darkness Night. This was the first day of creation.
On the second day of creation, God made the sky. He named the sky Heaven. And on the third day, God made the oceans and lakes and the dry land. Then he made the grass grow and covered the land with all kinds of flowers, bushes, and trees.
The fourth day God put the sun, moon, and stars in the sky.
On the fifth day, God made all the wonderful fish in the sea, big and small. He made all the birds, too-ducks and geese that could swim, eagles and robins to live in the woods and fields. Then, on the sixth day, he made the animals-rabbits, elephants, and even bees-he made them all! And God was very pleased with what he had made. It was all beautiful and good! The seventh day, God rested. It was a quiet and different day from all the other days, a holy day of rest.
Let's thank God now for the beautifulworld he has made. Can you think of some ways you can help keep it beautiful? GENESIS 1
God Makes Adam and Eve
On the day God made all the animals, he made the first man and named him Adam. God shaped him out of dust from the ground and breathed into him to make him alive. God put Adam in a beautiful garden to live. But Adam was lonely because he was the only person in all the world. So God put him to sleep and took one of his ribs and made a woman from it. Her name was Eve, and she became Adam's wife. So Adam and Eve lived together in the Garden of Eden. They were very happy, and they were special friends of God.
God told Adam and Eve to take care of the garden. He also told them to eat any food in the garden except the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
You are an amazing creation. Look at the way your hand moves! Listen to the noises around you. You can hear! Let's thank God now for making you so wonderful. GENESIS 2
The World's Saddest Day
There was a wicked spirit named Satan in the garden with Adam and Eve. He was disguised as a beautiful snake. He came to Eve and told her to eat the fruit God said not to eat. "God is bad," Satan told her. "That fruit is good for you." Satan was lying, but Eve believed him instead of believing God. She looked at the forbidden tree. Its fruit looked so good that she took some and ate it. Then she gave some of it to Adam, and he ate it too. What a sad day! Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Now there was sin in the world. And God punished them and sent them out of the beautiful garden!
What did Satan tell Eve? What did Eve do? How did God punish Adam and Eve for disobeying him? GENESIS 3
Cain Kills Abel
Adam and Eve had a son named Cain. He was a farmer and grew lots of fruits and vegetables. His brother, Abel, was a shepherd and had a flock of sheep. Both Cain and Abel had sinful hearts, like their parents. But Abel was sorry about his sins. He brought a lamb from his flock as an offering to God so that God would forgive him. God wanted Cain to sacrifice a lamb, too. But Cain didn't do what God wanted. He gave God vegetables from his farm instead. God was pleased with Abel's gift, but not with Cain's. This made Cain very angry. He wanted to get even. So one day when they were alone, Cain killed Abel! How sad this made God! God told Cain that he would never have a home to call his own. This was his punishment for killing Abel.
Do you ever get angry? Let's ask God now to help you when you are angry. Ask God to help you get rid of your anger before it makes you do something wrong. GENESIS 4
Noah Builds an Ark
Many years went by. The world became more and more wicked. People did all kinds of bad things. This made God angry because he hates sin. God said he would punish the people. He would send water to cover the earth so everyone would drown. But there was one good man, whose name was Noah. God told Noah to build a huge boat to save himself and his family from the flood. Noah believed God. He built a giant ark with a big door in the side. Noah also warned all the people. He told them God would send a flood because of their sins. But the people just laughed at Noah. They were not sorry for their sins.
Why was God going to send a flood? What did God tell Noah to do? What did all the other people do? GENESIS 6
Saved from Drowning
God told Noah to fill the ark with birds and animals. So Noah brought a father and mother animal of every kind into the ark. Then he and his family went inside, and God closed the door behind them and locked it so no one else could get in.
Then the rains came. It rained and rained and rained for forty days and forty nights. Soon the ground was covered with water, and the ark floated away. Even the hills and mountains were covered with water. So all the people, animals, and birds were drowned except those inside the ark. After a long time, the water began to go away. The ark came to rest on top of a mountain called Ararat. God finally told Noah it was time to come out of the ark. Then Noah built an altar and sacrificed animals and birds upon it to thank God for saving his family from drowning in the Flood. God promised never to send another flood to drown all the people. As a reminder of his promise, God put a big rainbow in the sky. Noah could see this rainbow when it rained, and he remembered God's promise.
A rainbow reminds us that God always keeps his promises. Can you think of another promise God has made? Can you think of a promise you made but then didn't keep? GENESIS 7-9
The Tower of Babel
After the Flood, Noah and his family had many children and grandchildren. Soon there were thousands and thousands of people in the world again. These people did all sorts of bad things just like the people who lived before the Flood.
One day the people decided to build a huge tower as high as heaven. They wanted to show how great they were. They were very proud. But it is sinful to be proud, and God knew what they were thinking. So God decided to stop the people from building the tower. He made them speak in different languages.
If one man asked another for a hammer, the other man didn't know what he was saying. This made them angry with each other.
The people couldn't work with each other anymore because they couldn't understand each other's words. So they all left the tower, and those speaking the same languages formed groups and moved away. That is why different languages are spoken in different parts of the world today. The tower was called the Tower of Babel because it was there that God mixed up their languages.
Why did the people want to build the tower? What did God do? GENESIS 11
God's Friend Abraham
Far away in a land called Ur (we call it Iraq today) there lived a man named Abram. One day God told Abram to move to another country. Abram obeyed God. He took his family and all his sheep and goats and cows and made the long journey to the land that God showed him. This land was called Canaan. Today we call it Israel. And God told Abram, "I will give all this land to you. It will belong to you and to your children forever." And God blessed Abram and took care of him.
One day God told Abram, "I am your friend." Then Abram reminded God that he wanted a son. Abram had no children, and he was getting very old. God took Abram out under the night sky and showed him the millions of stars. Then God told him, "You will not only have a son, but many, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren too. Their families will be like those stars up there-too many to count. And they will become a great nation!" And God gave Abram a new name- Abraham. Abraham means "the father of a great nation."
Abraham obeyed God, and God took care of him. God was his friend. God wants to be your friend, too, and he wants you to obey him just like Abraham did. GENESIS 12; 15
Abraham grew up in Ur, but God wanted him to move to Canaan, a thousand miles away. Abraham obeyed God. He visited Haran and Egypt along the way, but he finally made his home in Canaan. Can you point out the places Abraham visited?
Abraham Shares with Lot
Abraham's nephew Lot traveled with him to the land God promised to give to Abraham. Abraham and Lot both became very rich. Each of them owned many cows, goats, and sheep. Soon there were so many animals that there wasn't enough grass for them to eat. Then the men who took care of Lot's animals began to argue and fight with the men who took care of Abraham's animals.
"Let's not have any fighting among us," Abraham said to Lot. So they divided the land between them. Abraham let Lot have the best land. It had the most grass for Lot's animals to eat. But Abraham didn't care. He knew God would take care of him.
Then God told Abraham, "Someday, the good land Lot chose will all be yours!"
It's better to be a giver than a taker. What is one way you can share and be like Abraham? GENESIS 13
God Rescues Lot
One day three men came to visit Abraham. Now these three men were really not men at all. Two of them were angels, and the other one was God. God told Abraham that he had decided to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because the people there were so bad. Abraham was very sad when he heard this because his nephew Lot lived in Sodom.
"Perhaps there are some good people living in the city," he said to God. "Must they die too?"
God listened to Abraham and said, "If there are only ten good people there, I will not destroy the city."
The two angels went to Sodom. But there were not even ten good people there. So the angels warned Lot that God was going to destroy the city. Lot was very sad to leave his home. The angels had to drag him and his wife and two daughters out of the city to save them.
"Run to the mountains where the fire won't kill you," the angels told them. "And don't look back." Then God sent down fire from heaven and destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. But Lot's wife disobeyed the angels and looked back. So she died right there and became a statue of salt.
Why did Lot's wife turn into a statue of salt? GENESIS 18-19
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