Sunday, June 29, 2014

Abraham and Lot Sunday School Lesson - Abram Lets Lot Have His Way

Use this Abraham and Lot Sunday School lesson to teach kids about generosity.

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

Ask students, Have you ever gotten into a fight with someone? Maybe a brother or sister? Or a friend? Or even a teacher or parent? Do you remember what you were fighting about?

What do you think would have happened if you just stopped fighting and let the other person have their way? Would that have been so bad?

Well, we’ve been learning about Abram. Does anyone remember what God told Abram to do? God told Abram to leave his country and his friends and his family and go to a new country.

So Abram went to the country of Canaan, but after he got there, there was a drought. All the animals and plants were dying and there wasn’t enough food for everyone to eat. So Abram went and lived in Egypt for a while. Does anyone remember what bad thing Abram did in Egypt? He was afraid that someone would kill him and take his wife, Sarai, away from him since she was so beautiful, so he lied and said that Sarai was his sister. Then Pharaoh did take her to be his wife, but God made Pharaoh and everyone in his palace sick and made Pharaoh give Sarai back to Abram.

Now, in our story, we’re going to learn about what happened to Abram and his family after they went back to Canaan.

Summarize Genesis 13, asking questions as you go.

When the drought in Canaan was over, Abram and his wife, Sarai, and his nephew, Lot, left Egypt and returned to the country of Canaan. But Abram and Lot had both become so rich and had so many animals that they couldn’t live in the same place anymore. Their servants were always fighting with each other about whose sheep got to eat the best grass.

So Abram said to Lot, “Lot, let’s not fight about whose sheep gets to eat the best grass. Let’s move away from each other. You pick which direction you want to go and I’ll go the other direction.”

Then Lot looked all around him and decided to take the best land for himself. “I’ll go move over by Sodom and Gomorrah,” he said, “because that land is the best.”

Do you think Abram should have let Lot take the best land?

Abram agreed to let Lot have the land that he wanted because Abram was generous and didn’t want to fight about it. Then God rewarded Abram and said, “Abram, look around you. I am going to give this whole country of Canaan to your children and to your grandchildren forever.” And Abram went and built an altar to God to thank Him for everything God had done for him.

Why do you think God rewarded Abram by giving him the whole country like that? Because Abram was generous and didn’t fight with Lot about who got the best land.

Do you think maybe we could let other people have the best sometimes and trust God to reward us like He did for Abram?

Remember God wants us to be generous and to not fight with people if we can help it.

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