What a Snake! The World’s First Bad Guy (Week 2)

Ten Interesting Stories of Animals in the Bible

Welcome to Week Two

How it works:

  • Listen to the story, then think about the questions.
  • Finally, hear what Sophie and Timley have to say about it!

This is a reading from one of the very first stories of the Bible, from the  book of Genesis (Chapter 3:1-15).

  1. What did you hear when you listened to this story? Did the serpent or snake sound like a “bad guy” to you? Why or why not?
  2. What does the story tell you about Adam and Eve? Why do you think the fruit was tempting to them when they had the rest of the garden to choose from?
  3. What does the story tell you about God? In chapter 1:29-30, God tells Adam and Eve that he was giving them “every” green plant in the garden for food. Why do you think he also said that they couldn’t eat from this one tree? Do you think it’s possible that God would have eventually let them eat from that tree as well?
  4. Can you think of situations where something sounds good at first, but then the reality is very different? What were the consequences of disobeying God?
  5. Why do you think Adam and Eve were suddenly afraid of God? Can you ever really hide from God? How might that be a very good thing? As the story goes on, God eventually makes real clothing for Adam and Eve that will protect them better than the fig leaf clothing that Adam and Eve made for themselves. What does this show about God’s character?
  6. Why do you think this story is in the Bible? What do you think verse 15 is talking about when it says that the people will “crush your head” and “you will strike his heal”? Did God have a plan to ultimately save his people from the ultimate “bad guy”?

Now let’s hear from Sophie and Timley. What have they got to say about it?

Sophie Topfeather (looking concerned): I don’t really understand what was so awful about the serpent, do you-oo Timley? He was just asking Eve a question!

Timley Mouse (rubbing his tail thoughtfully): Think about it, Sophie. What if your grandfather, the Great Wise Horned Owl told you not to do something, and then I asked you if that’s really what he said. How would the Great WHO take that?

Sophie (frowning): Good point, Timley! He wouldn’t like that at all. He would say that you-oo were trying to make me doubt him or even worse–

Timley (slapping his sword against his paw): It would take a pretty brave–or foolish–mouse to call the Great WHO a liar. I wonder what was in it for the snake. Why did he care what fruit tree Adam and Eve ate from?

Sophie: That’s a great question. You sure are a big thinker for being such a little mouse! Well? What do you-oo think, reader? Who-oo would care about separating God from his people? Was he successful?

Author’s Note: Sophie and Timley are characters from a novel for kids ages 8-12, Sophie’s Quest, by Sonja Anderson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Sonja Anderson

I write novels and picture books for children, and occasionally an article or short story for adults, too. I grew up in Ohio, and I have lived in Chicago, Connecticut, Boston, Tokyo, and Seattle. The beautiful Pacific Northwest inspires me every day.
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