Saturday, June 28, 2014

Abraham and Isaac Sunday School Lesson - Abraham Sacrifices Isaac, Almost

Use this Abraham and Issac Sunday School lesson to teach kids about the near sacrifice of Isaac.

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and to give their answers to the questions before clarifying the teaching.)

Ask students, What is the one thing that you love the most in the whole world?

What would you do if God asked you to give that thing up?

Well, we’ve been learning about Abram. You remember that God told Abram to leave his country and his friends and his family and go live in the country of Canaan. Does anyone remember what promise God made to Abram about the country of Canaan? God promised that He would give the whole country to Abram’s children and grandchildren forever.

But there was a problem with Abram having children, wasn’t there? Does anyone remember why Abram didn’t have any children yet? His wife, Sarai, couldn’t have babies.

So what wrong thing did Abram do to help him have a baby? He married Sarai’s servant, Hagar. Abram had two wives.

Did Hagar have a baby? Yes, she had a son named Ishmael.

But then, a few years later, God talked to Abram and told Abram that his wife, Sarai, would have a son, even though Sarai was ninety years old. And God named Abram Abraham and He named Sarai Sarah. Abraham and Sarah thought it was funny that God would say Sarah would have a son and they didn’t believe Him at first. But God can do anything, can’t He? He’s so powerful.

So now we’re going to learn about the time when Sarah finally had her son and we’re going to learn about a couple of times when Abraham had to make a hard decision.

Summarize Genesis 21-22, asking questions as you go.

When Abraham was a hundred years old – that’s pretty old, isn’t it? – and Sarah was ninety years old, God made it so that Sarah could become pregnant and she gave birth to a son. Abraham named this son Isaac, and he was so happy that he gave a great feast to celebrate.

But at the feast, Abraham’s other son, Ishmael, whose mother was Hagar, was making fun of the baby Isaac. Sarah saw Ishmael making fun of Isaac and went to complain to Abraham. “Send Hagar and Ishmael away from us,” she said. “Me and Isaac are your family, not them.”

Do you think Abraham should send Hagar and Ishmael away? (Remember that Abraham shouldn’t have married Hagar in the first place since he was already married to Sarah.)

Abraham didn’t want to send Hagar and Ishmael away because he cared about them too. But then God talked to Abraham and said, “Don’t worry about Hagar and Ishmael, Abraham. Send them away like Sarah said.”

So the next morning, Abraham gave Hagar and Ishmael some food and a bottle of water and sent them away to live somewhere else. Hagar and Ishmael walked through the desert all day. When their water ran out, Hagar took Ishmael and put him under a bush so he would be shaded from the sun. Then she went a little ways further and sat down and cried. She thought they were going to die it was so hot in that desert.

Do you think God will let Hagar and Ishmael die?

Then God sent His angel and the angel came and said, “What is the matter, Hagar? You and Ishmael will not die. God will make Ishmael to grow up and have many children and they will become a great nation of people.” Then God showed Hagar a well of water a little ways in the distance and she went and filled her water bottle and gave it to Ishmael. And God did what He had said for Ishmael. Ishmael grew up big and strong and got married and had his own kids.

A few years later, though, God came and tested Abraham. “Abraham,” He said, “I want you to take your son, Isaac, and go up the mountain and sacrifice him to me as a burnt offering. I want you to kill Isaac.”

Do you think Abraham will do it? Will Abraham kill his son, Isaac?

How do you think it makes Abraham feel for God to ask him to kill his son?

Why do you think God would tell Abraham to kill Isaac?

The next morning, Abraham took Isaac, some wood, and a knife and went up the mountain. As they walked, Isaac asked his father, Abraham, “Father, we have the wood and the knife, but where is the sacrifice? Where is the thing we are going to kill and burn up for God?”

“God will provide the sacrifice,” Abraham answered.

When they got to the top of the mountain, Abraham took Isaac and tied him down with a rope. Then he lifted the knife and was about to kill Isaac when an angel suddenly yelled, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“I’m here!” Abraham answered.

“Do not kill the boy,” the angel answered. “You have done the right thing. You were willing to even give up your son if God asked you to. Now God knows that God is first in your life. God will bless you for this and give you many children and grandchildren and God will give this whole country to them forever.”

Why did God tell Abraham to sacrifice Isaac? God wanted to see if Abraham would do it.

God asks us to do hard things sometimes. He might even ask us to stop doing something that we like to do, but we have to be willing to do whatever God asks us. We have to make sure that God is always first in our lives. He has to be number one, the most important thing. And if we will do what God tells us to and make Him first in our lives, then He will reward us, just like He rewarded Abraham.

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