Abraham Offers Isaac Main Points to
We must be willing to give up the things that mean the most to us
sacrifice: to give something up
Prayer: Father, please help us remember that you gave us
everything and it is still yours
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
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
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.
- Isaac was the son of promise. T
- Abraham refused to obey God. F
- Abraham believed God could still keep his promise. T
- God made Abraham complete the sacrifice. F
- God provided an animal for the sacrifice. T
Review Questions (can be
Genesis 22:12b "now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld
your son, your only son from me."
What does Isaac mean? laughter
What is a sacrifice? to give up something
Name the people in this lesson? God, Abraham, Isaac
Draw a quick picture of a sheep.
Act out the voice telling Abraham to stop.
Act out the verse: Gen. 22:6 "And Abraham took the wood of the
burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his
hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together."
How do you think Abraham felt about this command? confused, sorrowful
How do you think Isaac felt when Abraham put him on the altar? worried, sad
How do you think God felt when Abraham obeyed him? pleased, loved
What might I have to give up in this life? money, friendships, time
Would God command us to do things that break his promises? If it seems that
way, it's only because he can fulfill his promise in ways we don't
Does God ask us to do more than he has done? never
What were the names of Abraham's sons? Isaac and Ishmael
Where did Abraham take Isaac? to the mountain
What did God provide for the sacrifice? a ram
Why did God ask Abraham to do this? to see how strong his faith was
Do you think Abraham's faith was stronger or weaker after this? stronger
How does God make us stronger? by helping us through harder and harder