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Abraham's Big Test
This book retells the story of Abraham and his son Issac (Genesis 12:1-22:19).
The ArchÂ® Books
series tells popular Bible stories through fun-to-read
rhymes and bright illustrations. Softcover from Concordia. Recommended
for ages 5-9.
Abraham Offers IsaacMain Points to Remember
Prayer: Father, please help us remember that you gave us everything and it is still yours
Activity: borrowed from http://northamerica.adventist.org/cm/SS/helps/k0331_01.txt
ACTING ON SCRIPTURE - WILL YOU DO IT? GAME
Have the children line up in a horizontal line across the back of the room. This game is similar to Mother-May-I. Instead of taking turns all the children listen to your question and respond with, "Yes, I do". You then issue the command and they all may respond. In this game everyone will be a winner when they reach you. (Adjust the commands according to your room size, so that they can reach you by the time you've finished asking the questions.)
1. Mother asks you to turn the TV off. Will you get up and do it without saying, "wait"? (You may take 3 baby steps forward)
2. Teacher asks you to stop talking in class when she's talking. Will you stop talking? (You may take 4 little hops forward)
3. Big brother asks you not to play in his room while he is at school. Will you stay out of his room? (You may take 1 giant step forward)
4. Grandmother tells you eating cookie dough is bad for you. Will you keep your fingers out of the mixing bowl when she's not looking? (You may take 2 scissor steps forward)
5. Daddy tells you to come straight home from school and not stop for any reason. Will you go straight home even though your friend calls from his house to come see his new kittens? (You may take 3 side-winder steps forward)
Remind the boys and girls that often we have to obey even though we can't understand the reason for it. Only Jesus can help us do that. When someone asks you to do something and you feel like saying, "no" say a prayer for Jesus to help you.
Discussion: Think about the thing you have that you treasure the most. Is it a toy? A picture? Is it your Mom or Dad? Now imagine having to give up that thing. Imagine seeing it destroyed. How does that make you feel? God knows how that feels. He gave up the thing most precious to him so that evil people could destroy it. What was it? His son. God was asking Abraham if he was willing to be like God and see his precious son destroyed. Are we like God? Are we willing to sacrifice like he has?
Activity: Review the family tree. Have the students use generic paper people (like Bible Friends) to illustrate the lesson. Name them and post them on a board, using yarn or dots to connect the family lines. A great source for OT family tree information is: http://bible.ort.org/books/gened2.asp