Devotion: The Tower of Babel

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Use this engaging devotionto
show kids that God wants us to communicate with our family members
and work together…Even during times that it appears we are all
speaking a different language.

Text: Genesis 11:1-9

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Object Lesson Preparation: For each group,
you’ll need 10 paper towel rolls cut in thirds and clear cellophane
tape. You’ll also need five slips of paper for each group with one
of the following directions written on each slip: “Say the opposite
of what you mean,” “Remain silent and use no body language,”
“Gesture with your hands,” “Ask questions,” and “Talk in baby
talk.”

The Message: (Form groups of five. Give each
group its supplies. Tell kids to each take one paper slip and to
keep their directions secret from their group.) Build a tower as
high as you can in three minutes. Each person is allowed to
communicate only the way his or her slip of paper instructs. (Allow
time.)

How did it feel to communicate with one another? Explain. Have
you ever felt the same way when you’re trying to talk to your
family? Why or why not?

(Read the Scripture.) Why do you think God confused the
languages of the people? God doesn’t want us to rebel like the
people in our story, but he wants us to communicate with our family
members and work together. Let’s ask God to help us communicate
with our families.

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Teresa Welch
Decatur, Illinois


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