Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Target Vocabulary: Adam, choices, consequences, critical thinking, deception, disobedience, Eve, evil, expulsion, fertile, forbidden, Garden of Eden, Genesis, God, good, Hebrew, man, Mesopotamia, paradise, serpent, sin, temptation, woman
We recently concluded a prehistoric series based on a chronological timeline of life on Earth, from the creation of our planet through the proposed Ice Age. I decided to transition to the Garden of Eden story to focus on the first man and woman in order to establish a connection with the origins of modern man’s history as it is generally regarded.
Suggested Points to Cover:
You can expand the lesson by discussing the following:
Choices: some choices are better than others; all choices have consequences ~ some positive, some negative. Making choices is a natural part of being human.
In the story, we see where both Adam and Eve made choices. Eve chose to eat the fruit. Adam chose to stay silent and allowed Eve to sin. He chose to consciously eat of the forbidden fruit as well. Have you ever not spoken up or gone along with something you knew was wrong? How did it make you feel?
It is so much easier to blame others rather than owning up to our own actions. Have you ever done something you knew was wrong and tried to blame it on someone/something else rather than take responsibility for it? How did it make you feel? How did it make the other person feel?
What is temptation? Have you ever felt tempted to do something? Did you choose to do it or not?