The Land of Canaan:
When Abraham travelled to the land of Canaan, he took with him
everything he owned. That was a whole lot of stuff, because he
was very rich! He had lots of tents, lots of silver, lots of
gold, and herds and herds of sheep and cattle! Do you think he
needed a whole lot of lorries to carry his stuff? (Let the children
No! They didn't have any lorries in those days, and Abraham only
had lots of servants, donkeys and camels to carry his belongings!
Abraham's nephew, Lot, lived with Abraham and the problem was that he
also had lots and lots of servants and lots and lots of animals!
So between Abraham's and Lot's animals there was hardly enough
grass and water to go around.
Everywhere you looked there was just lots of tents and servants, and
lots of pots and pans, and lots of goods and bedding, and lots of
sheep and cattle, and lots of shepherds and herders!
What do you think it sounded like? (Let the children
Someone has to Move!
There was so much baa-ing and bleating, and mooing and lowing, that Abraham
could hardly hear himself talking! And before long there just
wasn't enough room for everyone to stay in the same place. Even
worse, their shepherds and herdsmen began to quarrel and fight over the
best grass and water for their animals and herds!
It's not good for boys and girls to quarrel and fight is it? (Let the
No, its not and I'm sure Abraham must have shouted, "Someone has to
MOVE!!" And so they decided that someone would have to live in
a different place. Since Abraham was older, he could choose first
where he wanted to stay. But Abraham did not want to argue over
land, so he said to Lot, "You choose first where you want to live with
your sheep and cattle.
I think that Abraham was very unselfish and kind to do this. Don't
you think so? (Let the children respond).
Well, Lot looked around and saw the beautiful Jordan valley. "Hah!"
he thought greedily, "That's the best land and now I will get rich!"
He turned to Abraham and said very humbly, "I will take the low
lands if that's alright with you, Abraham".
Do you think Lot was a very nice person? (Let the children respond
). No, I think he was very selfish and greedy.
And so poor old Abraham was left with the dry and rocky hills and not
much water for his herds! But, it was decided, and so Abraham
stayed in Canaan while Lot moved near to the city of Sodom.
Lot rubbed his hands in glee as he looked over his rich and fertile
fields! "More sheep, more cattle and more cash and riches," he
cackled, but didn't realise that the men of Sodom were very wicked!
Do you think Lot made a good choice? (Let the children
Abraham Rescues Lot:
Soon a war broke out between the kings that lived in cities near Lot in
the Jordan plains. Lot and his family were taken prisoners and
all of their possessions were stolen! Abraham heard about the
terrible news. Do you think Abraham really cared after Lot had
taken all the best lands for himself? (Let the children respond
But Abraham was very kind and knew he had to do something about it even
though he lived far away. After all, he was still Lot's uncle
wasn't he? So Abraham called together servants, all 318 of them!
He set out to rescue Lot and with God's help, Abraham defeated all
those kings and rescued Lot, his family and all their possessions!
"Thank's Uncle!" cried Lot as he waved goodbye to Abraham and returned to
his home once more. Do you think he was really grateful for what
Abraham had done? (Let the children respond).
Abraham went sadly back to his home because he knew that Lot didn't realise
that he had made a bad choice in choosing to live on the Jordan plains
near Sodom. In fact because of all the wicked people in Sodom, God
was going to destroy that city with fire!
God told Lot to take his wife and two daughters and get far away before
all the bad people died. Lot obeyed God, but Lot's wife looked back
as they hurried away and she was turned into a pillar of salt by the
fire and died, and so poor Lot lost all his possessions!
Lot had made a bad choice, don't you think so? (Let the children
respond). What wrong choices can children make? (Let the
Had Abraham made a good choice? After all he was living on the dry
and rocky hills and water was scarce for his herds (Let the children
Yes, Abraham had made a good choice, and God said to him after Lot moved
away, "Look to the north and south, east and west. All the land
that you see I will give to you and your families that come after you
forever. I will make your children as numerous as the dust of the
earth, so go and walk throughout the land, for I am giving it to you
That was a wonderful promise wasn't it? (Let the children respond).
God was not only giving Abraham the hills, but He was giving him
the whole land of Canaan!
God also wants us to make good choices. If you choose to disobey
your parents, or be naughty, and shout and scream, those are bad choices.
But, if you ask God, He will help you make good choices.
God can help you to decide to be good and listen and obey to your parents.
God can help you choose to help your Mommy or Daddy, be kind to
your friend, and share your toys. If you make good choices, that
will please God.
Let's ask Jesus right now to help you make some good choices today!