Year 1, Fall: Lesson 3
What we learned today
Big Idea: God is a covenant keeper, part 2
Abram: Genesis 12v15—16. God makes a covenant with Abraham. God promises Abraham that he will be the father of many nations and that his descendants will be so numerous that trying to count them would be like trying to count the stars!
Where we're headed next time
Big Idea: God is provider
Abraham and Isaac. Genesis 18v21—22. God asks Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. Just before Abraham completes the act, the angel of the Lord stops him and provides an animal to sacrifice in place of Isaac.
Did you know?
Share these facts to get the conversation started:
Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 years old when Isaac was born.
Though God did not require Abraham to sacrifice his son, God did require that Abraham be obedient— even in the face of potential heartbreak.
The mountain where Abraham laid his son, Isaac, on the altar was called Mt. Moriah. Many scholars believe that on this very spot 2,000 years later, God sacrificed His only Son, Jesus.
After his near sacrifice of Isaac, God rewarded Abraham for his obedience by reaffirming His covenant with Abraham.
Connect as a family
Get out some baby pictures of your children. Let them look through the pictures, and tell them a little about the day they were born. Tell them about the excitement and anticipation that came with watching them be born and the love you felt for them before they were born. Read Genesis 21v1–6 and discuss how Abraham and Sarah must have felt when Isaac was finally born after many decades of hoping, praying and waiting upon the Lord to fulfill His promise.
After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:
What happened that made Abraham and Sarah so excited?
When have you seen God provide for you or your family?
How can you show God that you believe He will provide for you in the future?
These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how God is your provider into your everyday life as a family.
Blessings are often used in the Bible. A blessing can be a prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words to encourage and guide.
A blessing to pray over your child: (Child’s name), may you know that God is your Provider. May you trust in His provision and follow Him wherever He leads you.