Today, FaithKids learned about rebellion, just like the people who were trying to build the Tower of Babel for their own interest and not the Lord’s. Faithkids participated in various activities to be reminded of this big truth by playing Simon Says with a twist. Whenever the teacher gave an instruction followed by “Simon Says,” the children had to do the opposite of what was asked of them. The children, of course, had fun participating in this silly game of “not listening to the teacher,” but an important takeaway was received here. Just as the people of Babel rebelled against the Lord, we also are rebellious in nature. Our key passage that we have been reciting repeatedly over the last four weeks reminds us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And if we were to go back and read the earlier part of the chapter, we would see that “None is righteous, no not one” (Romans 3:10). We were made in the image of God to glorify God, but when sin entered the world, it ruined everything–including our relationship with God–which then caused sin to spread as we became a rebellious people of God.
FaithKids were then challenged to work in teams to try and build the strongest tower using Jenga Blocks. In the first round of this building activity, they had to take turns communicating to their teammates where to place each block. Then came the second round where the only thing that changed was the children could no longer communicate with each other. The children got to experience the challenges that the people of Bable faced when the Lord restricted everyone from speaking the same language, which caused miscommunication that stopped the construction of the entire tower.
When we sin, we go against God’s commands and ignore His plans. But God is sovereign over everything, He has a plan, and He will see to it that His plans and purposes are fulfilled. Just as God commanded for His creation to be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, God confused the people’s language and scattered them all over the earth. One day, Jesus will gather all of God’s people–from every tribe and language–and they will worship Him together. Let us never give up on sharing the gospel and let us never get too comfortable in trying to build and remain in our own tall towers when God is calling us to go to uncomfortable places to do uncomfortable things. To end the lesson, FaithKids learned how to say welcome in many different languages for a chance to win treats.