Sunday, June 29, 2014

Abraham and Sarah Sunday School Lesson - Abram Tries to Have Children

Use this Abraham and Sarah Sunday School lesson to teach children about the story of Abram, Sarah, Hagar, and Ishmael.

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

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. 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 does Abram have any children in our story so far? No, he doesn’t.

And how old do you think Abram is in our story? He’s eighty-six years old and his wife, Sarai, is very old too.

Do you think Abram and Sarai can still have kids when they’re that old?

Let’s read our story. Summarize Genesis 16-17, asking questions as you go.

Abram’s wife, Sarai, had not had any children. So she said to Abram, “Abram, take my servant, Hagar, and marry her. Maybe she can have children for you.”

Do you think Abram should marry Hagar? Is Abram allowed to have two wives? No, he’s not. But let’s see what happened.

So because Abram wanted to have children so much, he did marry Hagar, and Hagar became pregnant. When Hagar knew she was going to have a baby, she started treating Sarai badly and thought that she was a better wife than Sarai because Sarai couldn’t have babies and she could.

Do you think Hagar should have been mean and treated Sarai badly just because Sarai couldn’t have babies? No, she shouldn’t have.

Then Sarai went and told Abram about how Hagar was being mean to her and Abram told Sarai that she could do whatever she wanted to Hagar.

What would you do if you were Sarai? What would you do if someone was being mean to you?

Sarai was mean to Hagar back and, after a while, Hagar ran away from Abram and Sarai. Then an angel came and found Hagar in the desert. “Hagar,” the angel asked, “where are you going?”

“I am running away from Sarai,” Hagar answered.

“Go back to Abram and Sarai,” the angel said, “and stop being mean to Sarai. You will have a son and you will name him Ishmael.”

Hagar did have a son, whom she named Ishmael, but thirteen years later, God came and talked to Abram. “Abram,” God said, “Sarai is going to have a son.”

Abram fell down he was laughing so hard and he said, “I can’t have any more children. I’m ninety-nine years old! And Sarai is ninety!”

But God said, “Sarai will have a son. And I am changing her name to Sarah, not Sarai, and your name will now be Abraham, not Abram.”

Do you think Sarah really will have a son, even though she’s so old? Remember, God can do anything. But we’ll find out more next time.

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