We are beginning a new series this week looking at Abraham starting from Genesis 11. If you remember we did a series in the first part of the book of Genesis earlier this year, so we are carrying on from where we left off.
The story so far in Genesis
In the first few chapters of Genesis we saw how God created the world. We then saw how people didn’t treat God as he deserved or other people as they should – they sinned. God sent a punishment with the flood but was kind in saving Noah and his family to start over again. Again, after some time people started to rebel against God and they built the tower of Babel to show how great they were. God punished them by mixing up their language and scattered them all over the earth. God then shows his kindness again through Abraham who we will meet in today’s Bible story.
Read today’s passage as it is below in the NIV bible or from a children’s bible you have at home.
12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
2 “I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. 5 He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.
6 Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
8 From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.
Watch the bible story
Why don’t you watch the cartoon below which re-tells the bible story we are looking at today.
Questions to think about
Here are some questions to think about. The verses the answers are found in are given in brackets.
- Who speaks to Abram (Abraham)? (1)
- What does God say to Abraham? (1-3)
- What are some of the different things that Abraham is promised? (1-3)
There are a few parts to God’s promise to Abraham, he promises to give him and his family a land, he promises to make them a great nation and he promises that he will bless them and also that all people on earth with be blessed through them.
- What did Abraham do? (4)
- Does this surprise you? What does this show about his trust in God?
- Who went with Abraham? (5)
- Where did they go to? (5)
- What does God say to Abraham when he is there? (7)
- How does Abraham respond to God? (7)
- What does this and the following verse (8) show about how Abraham trusts in God?
- What does this tell us about God’s character?
God keeps showing throughout the book of Genesis that he is faithful and keeps his promises. Abraham knew this and trusted God, therefore when God told him to leave where he was and travel, promising that this would bring blessing Abraham went straight away and did as God told him. Abraham showed that he trusted God as he acted on his words, he trusted that what God promised was true.
- From what you’ve seen in the book of Genesis so far what do you think about God and his promises?
- Abraham showed that he trusted God by the way he acted. How might our actions show about whether we trust in God or not?
Listen and sing this song together that reminds us of God’s promises to Abraham and how they come true in the rest of the bible.
Craft – God’s promises to Abraham
You will need:
A paper plate or cardboard/paper cut into a circle shape
- First on one side of your paper plate draw a picture of Abraham and write the words ‘God promised Abraham….’
- On the other side of the paper plate divide it into 3 sections, one for each of the things God promised to Abraham. Write and draw the 3 promises in each of the sections: …Land, people and blessing.
- Now colour in your pictures on both sides and make a hole in the top of your plate for some string to go through.
- Finally, you can hang your craft up!
Father God, we thank you that we can know that you keep all your promises. Thank you that this means we can trust what you say is true. Help us to be like Abraham and trust you. Amen