Once upon a time, in a far-off river, lived a family of otters. Mama Otter and Papa Otter had a little otter named Olivia. Olivia was always curious about the world and loved to ask questions. One day, she asked her parents, "Where did we come from?"
"Olivia, today's story is about God creating Adam and Eve," Mama Otter said. "God created everything in the world, the sky, the land, the animals and the plants. And one day, God decided to create humans, special creatures that would live in his world."
"This time we will explore something called the Fall," Mama Otter explained. "God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, but Satan came and tempted Eve to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil."
"Let's dive into the fourth chapter of Genesis, we will learn about the first family," Mama Otter explained. "Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel."
"In this chapter, we learn about the generations of Adam's descendants all the way to Noah," Mama Otter explained. "Adam had many children and each of his children had children of their own." Mama Otter continued. "There was a man named Adam who lived to be 930 years old. Can you imagine that?"
"This story is about the world in a time called the "days of Noah," Mama Otter explained. "People back then were not following God's ways and were doing many evil things."
"This story continues with the beginning of the flood that God had promised," Mama Otter explained. "Noah, his family, and all of the animals boarded the ark to escape the flood."
"The story moves on with the end of the flood and the start of a new beginning," Mama Otter explained.
"In this section we learn about God's new covenant with Noah and all of humanity," Mama Otter explained. "God made a promise to never again destroy the earth with a flood."
"Have you ever heard about the descendants of Noah and how they spread out around the earth?" Asked Mama Otter. Olivia shook her head no. Mama otter explained, "Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and each of them had many children of their own."
"In todays adventure, we learn about a group of people who tried to build a great city and a tower that would reach the heavens, Tower of Babel" Mama Otter explained. "The people wanted to make a name for themselves and show their strength."
"Today I will tell you about a man named Abram who was called by God to leave his home and start a new life," Mama Otter explained. "God promised to bless him and make him into a great nation."
"This part of our tale, we learn about a man named Abram who had to make a difficult decision," Mama Otter explained. "Abram and his nephew, Lot, had become very wealthy and had a lot of livestock. However, there wasn't enough land for both of them to live on."
"This chapter in our story we learn about a war that took place between several kingdoms," Mama Otter explained. "Lot, who was now living in the city of Sodom, was taken captive by the enemy."
"Now we learn about a promise that God made to Abram," Mama Otter explained. "God promised that he would make Abram into a great nation and bless him with many descendants."
"In today's tale, we learn about a problem that Abram and his wife, Sarai, were facing," Mama Otter explained. "Sarai was unable to have children and they both wanted to have a family."
"Let's dive into the special covenant that God made with Abram," Mama Otter explained. "God changed Abram's name to Abraham, which means father of many nations."
"This time, we find out about a visit that Abraham received from three visitors," Mama Otter explained. "Abraham welcomed the visitors and treated them with kindness and hospitality."
"This part of the story we learn about the wickedness of the city of Sodom and Gomorrah," Mama Otter explained. "Two angels were sent by God to visit the city and rescue Lot and his family before God destroyed the city."
"Now today we will learn about a man named Abraham who traveled to a new land and lived there for a time," Mama Otter explained. "Abraham married a woman named Sarah and he passed her off as his sister to protect himself."
"In this chapter, we learn about the birth of Isaac," Mama Otter explained. "Abraham and Sarah were getting old and they didn't have any children, but God promised them that they would have a son."
"This part of the tale is about a very important test that God gave Abraham," Mama Otter explained. "God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, the son that God had promised him."
"Now we learn about Sarah, the wife of Abraham," Mama Otter explained. "Sarah had passed away and Abraham needed to find a place to bury her."
"I will teach you more about Abraham," Mama Otter began. "Abraham was getting older and wanted to make sure his son, Isaac, would have a wife who followed God just like he did."So, Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for Isaac."
"We are going to learn about the birth of Jacob and Esau, two brothers who were born to Isaac and Rebekah," Mama Otter explained. "They were very different from each other, but they both had unique talents and abilities."
"In this chapter, we learn about Isaac and how he lived in the land of the Philistines," Mama Otter explained. "Isaac was a man of faith, and he trusted God to provide for him and his family."
"This time we learn about Jacob and how he tricked his father, Isaac, into giving him his blessing," Mama Otter explained.
"In this chapter, we learn about Jacob and his journey to find a wife," Mama Otter explained." During his travels Jacob fell a slept, he had a dream. In the dream, he saw a ladder reaching from the earth to heaven and angels were climbing up and down the ladder. At the top of the ladder, Jacob saw God and he heard God speaking to him."
"Now we will continue our story with Jacob," Mama Otter explained. "Jacob was on a journey and came to a well where he met a girl named Rachel."
"This chapter is about Jacob's struggles with his father-in-law Laban," Mama Otter said.
"In this chapter, we learn about Jacob leaving Laban and returning to his homeland," Mama Otter said.
"Now I will tell you about Jacob, who will be known as Israel," Mama Otter explained. "He was on his way back to his homeland after many years away, and he was very nervous about meeting his brother Esau again."
"Now I am going to tell you about a tragic event that happened to Jacob's daughter, Dinah," Mama Otter said.
"Today I will teach you when Jacob and his family return to Bethel, a place where Jacob had encountered God years before," Mama Otter said.
"Now we learn about a man named Joseph. Joseph was the youngest of his brothers and was very special to his father, Jacob. Joseph was given a dream by God that one day he would be a great leader and that his brothers and even his parents would bow down to him."
"For this adventure we're going to learn about another person in the Bible named Judah. He was one of Joseph's brothers who had sold him into slavery."
"Olivia, do you remember Joseph and how he was sold by his brothers?" Mama Otter asked. Olivia nodded, "Yes, and I learned not to be jealous and angry over other people's success."
"Olivia, This story is a continuation of Joseph story. Can you tell me something about him?" Mama Otter asked. Olivia nodded, "Yes, he was thrown in prison because Potiphars wife lied."
"In this chapter, Olivia," Mama Otter started, "Joseph's brothers travel to Egypt to buy food because there was a famine in the land. They did not recognize that the man who was in charge of selling the food was actually their brother, Joseph."
"We continue our story about Joseph's brothers making a second journey to Egypt to buy more food." said Mama Otter, "So, Joseph's brothers went back to Egypt to buy food because there was still a famine in the land. Joseph, who was now a very important person in Egypt, recognized them, but Even the second time they didn't recognize Joseph."
"This is where we learn about Joseph's clever plan to test his brothers," Mama Otter said. "He placed his silver cup in Benjamin's sack of grain and then accused him of stealing it before they left Egypt."
"In this chapter, we learn that Jacob, Joseph's father, and all of his direct descendants went to live in Egypt because there was a famine in Canaan."
"This time we learn about Joseph," Mama Otter began. "Joseph was one of Jacob's sons and he was loved by his father very much."
"On this journey," said Mama Otter. "We learn about Joseph's sons Manasseh and Ephraim."
"This teaching is about Jacob's final blessings for his sons," Mama Otter explained. "He speaks a special blessing over each of them and predicting what their future will be like. Jacob start in with his oldest son. Jacob says, "You are my firstborn, Reuben, and my might and the beginning of my strength. You will always be greater than the others, but your might will be taken away from you."