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God Tests Abraham

Application:

God wants us to obey Him, so that He can bless us.

Bible Text:

Genesis 22.

Age Group:

Preschool to Grade 2.

 

 
Stop - do not harm the boy!

God Tests Abraham:

God kept His promise and gave Abraham and Sarah a son named, Isaac.   How they loved that boy who was so precious to them and thanked God every day for their wonderful son.  When Isaac had grown up to be a young man, God spoke to Abraham and said, "Take your son and go to Moriah Mountain, and when you get there, sacrifice him as a burnt offering to Me."

Wow!  What would your Daddy have done, if God told him to build a fire, lay you on it, and then burn you up? (Let the children respond).  Would you have run away and hide in a deep cave? (Let the children respond).

Well, Abraham did not run away from God, because he loved God and knew that God was very wise and loving.  He believed that God would make Isaac come alive again, so that he would have all the children and grandchildren that God had promised him.

Abraham Obeys:

So early the next morning, Abraham got up and saddled his donkey.  He cut enough wood for the burnt offering, and then set out with two of his servants and Isaac.  On the third day of their travel to the place God had told him about, Abraham told his servants, "Stay here with the donkey while the boy and I go and worship.

Next morning, Abraham got up very early and took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on Isaac's back for him to carry, while he carried the fire and a big knife.  As they walked along, Isaac asked, "We have fire and wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?"

Abraham replied, "Son, God will provide the lamb."  You see, Isaac didn't know he was to be the sacrifice!  And so they went on until they came to the place on Mount Moriah and Abraham built an altar of stones and arranged the wood for the fire on it.

Ready to be Sacrificed:

Abraham then told Isaac that he was to be the sacrifice!  Wow!   Would you have run screaming and shouting down that mountain? (Let the children respond).

Isaac very calmly said, "Yes, Father!"  He did not scream or shout for the servants to come and save him!  Isaac loved God and knew that God didn't make mistakes, so he didn't scream and run away!   He let his father tie his hands and feet and lay him on top of the wood ready to be sacrificed.  What would you have done? (Let the children respond).

You see, God wanted to see if Abraham would obey Him, even though he did not understand why God wanted him to do such a horrible thing.   And so Abraham picked up the knife and was just about to plunge it into Isaac, when the angel of the Lord called, "Abraham! Abraham!"

God Provides a Ram:

"Here I am," replied Abraham.  "Do not lay a hand on the boy and do anything to him," commanded the angel, "Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld your son from Me."  Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a bush, so he sacrificed the ram as the burnt offering instead of his son.

And Isaac?  I'm sure he wiped his brow very thankfully that it was the ram that was burnt up and not himself!  Let's all say, "Whew!   I'm glad it wasn't me!" (Let the children respond).

After this, Abraham and Isaac returned to their servants, and travelled back to Beersheba, where Abraham lived.  What a time they had telling Sarah all about the sacrifice!  She hugged Isaac and exclaimed, "How thankful I am that God keeps His promises and kept you safe!

Yes, Abraham had obeyed God and done just what God asked him to.  And so God blessed Abraham and he became the friend of God!

God's Blessing:

If you have asked Jesus to come and live in your heart, then you are a child of God.  And now God wants you to obey all He tells us to do in the Bible and what you learn in Sunday School.  If you obey, then God will bless you and like Abraham, you will also be a friend of God!

Let's pray now and ask Jesus to help us to obey God in all we do and say.  And then let us thank God for all His blessings and for being our Best Friend.

God bless!

 

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