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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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?
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
will be like
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
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 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
"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?
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
"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 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?