Abraham & Isaac – Genesis 22
What a powerful story this is! If you were Abraham, would you have voluntarily sacrificed your son, your only son, the one through whom all the nations of the earth were going to be blessed? Abraham certainly could have thought of hundreds of reasons not to obey, and he could have talked himself out of this ask, but instead he immediately set out to do the thing God asked of him, proving to God and mostly to himself that he loved God most of all.
The mountain Abraham and Isaac climbed was the same one Jesus would climb many years later - the same one where He would sacrifice Himself for us. On that day, no one would rescue God’s precious, only Son, but on that day, the Son of God would pay for the sins of the world. This story lets us vicariously feel the pain God must have felt as He turned His back on His Son. What a test for Abraham, and what a picture of God’s magnificent love for us!
1. REVIEW THE STORY
- • Game – Testing, Testing – Test the kids in two ways. The first test will be a memory test, and the second test will be a physical test. Explain that you will read a list of words and will not repeat them. Read the word list slowly and then challenge kids to repeat all the words they heard. WORD LIST: red, cabbage, bank, rabbit, orange, spoon, church, clock, spin, music
For the second test, invite kids to do a wall sit. Instruct them to stand with their backs against the wall and then slide downward by moving their feet forward until their knees are bent at a 90-degree angle and their upper legs are parallel to the floor. Challenge kids to hold that position as long as they can. Ask kids what they learned about themselves from the test? Did they learn anything about anyone else?
Tests are used to measure a person’s knowledge, skill, physical fitness, and so on. In today’s Bible story, God tested Abraham. God didn’t test Abraham on his memory or strength; God tested his faith. What do you think Abraham learned about God? About himself?
- • Coloring - let kids draw a picture of Abraham and Isaac as you discuss story.
2. DISCUSS THE STORY (possible answers in italics)
- • What did you like about this passage?
- • What didn’t you like about this passage?
- • What do you learn about God from this passage?
- God always provides what we need.
- God’s tests teach us about God and about ourselves.
- God wants us to know and feel the enormity of His sacrifice for us.
- • What do you learn about people from this passage?
- People must love God most of all.
- It’s important for people to obey God immediately.
- People learn about God through their experiences.
- • What do you learn about yourself from this story?
- I must love God more than anyone or anything.
- I must obey God immediately even when things don’t make sense to me.