The Bible contains many stories about the consequences of disobedience. Sunday school teachers could draw from these Bible stories or use more modern stories and relate them to Bible truths. Either option provides a large sample of potential lessons that can be paired with activities that reinforce the principles of the lesson.
The first 11 chapters of Genesis include several well-known stories of disobedience. Sunday school teachers can tell the story of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the Ark or the tower of Babel as examples of the disobedience of man. Activities could include puppet shows for these stories or colouring pages that illustrate these stories. Additional activities include making an ark out of craft sticks with small paper animals or creating a tall tower of Babel out of marshmallows and peanut butter.
Sodom and Gomorah
Using the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, Sunday school teachers can use several activities for the story. Blindfold the students and let them try to find Lot's door after being blinded by angels in Genesis 19:11. To create Lot's wife, hot glue cotton pads around a wooden or plastic clothespin and slip a 3-inch piece of pipe cleaner inside the clothespin eye for arms. Glue a small cotton ball to the top of clothespin. Get the cotton and pipe cleaner damp and roll in coarse sea or rock salt and allow it to dry.
After rescuing the Israelites from Egypt, God gave man laws to live by. During Moses' absence, the Israelits made a golden calf and worshipped it, disobeying the first of the Ten Commandments. (Exodus 31:18-32:19) Have each child create a personal set of tablet commandments. One option uses heavy cardboard to cut out two tablet shapes roughly the size of sheet of paper. Cover the tablets with craft paper and write five commandments on each tablet. Alternatively, students could create scrolls for the Ten Commandments.
Jesus Pays Sin's Penalty
Jesus took the disobedience of all of mankind upon himself and died to remove the sin penalty for believers. Sunday school teachers can begin explaining how the penalty for man's disobedience was paid beginning with Romans 3:23 -- "For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard." Have students draw a winding road from the Garden to the cross and include all the Scripture references from the Romans Road to Salvation. These include Romans 3:23, Romans 3:10-18, Romans 6:23, Romans 5:8, Romans 10:9, Romans 10:13, Romans 5:1, Romans 8:1 and Romans 8:38-39. Alternatively, students fold five sheets of 4.25 by 5.5-inch paper in half and staple in the fold. They create their personal witnessing book by writing out each Scripture on a different page.