LESSON 5: "A Giant Staircase to Heaven"

Big Idea for Parents

Oftentimes, we hear that we have to do the “right” things, say the “right” things, and act the “right” ways in order to get to heaven.  We are told that if we are simply “good enough,” our salvation will be secured.  In today’s story, the people of Babel worked and said and acted very hard – but none of their efforts were enough to take them to heaven.  There was and is only one way for that to happen – and that is through God’s plan of salvation in Jesus.

Have you ever learned to speak a different language?  Can you count to ten in Spanish or say “Hello!” in French?  Did you know that, in Hawaii, instead of saying, “Thank you,” people say, “Mahalo?”  Around the world, there are over 6,700 different languages … and in today’s Bible story, you will find out how the first ones came to be!  At the beginning of the story, everybody was the same – they ate the same foods, spoke the same language, and lived in the same place.  But, one day, they made a choice that did not please God – and so God changed their plans.  Read pgs. 48-54 to hear about that confusing, mixed-up day!

Questions  

  • Why did the people of Babel want to build a giant staircase to heaven?  And why was God not pleased with their reason?
  • Why did God stop their building plans?
  • Sometimes people think that, if they work hard, show kindness to others, and make good choices, they will be able to go to heaven.  What does the Bible say about what we must do to get to heaven?  
  • The people of Babel did not know God’s whole plan for saving the world … but you do!  To whom can you tell that wonderful story? 

Prayer
Dear God,
We praise you for loving us, even when we forget about you and try to do things by ourselves.  Please forgive us for those times and help us always to trust in you.  Thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, to earth so that, by believing in Him, we could live in heaven with you!  In His name we pray,  Amen.
Prayer:Dear God,We praise you for loving us, even when we forget about you and try to do things by ourselves.  Please forgive us for those times and help us always to trust in you.  Thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, to earth so that, by believing in Him, we could live in heaven with you!  In His name we pray,  Amen.