Abraham's Sons Main Points to
Vocabulary: handmaiden: a female servant
God's plans will be fulfilled God's way, not ours.
Going outside God's ways brings strife and pain
Prayer: Father, please keep us from pursuing our plans and
instead guide us through your plans
Activity: Make a timeline to show that God's time is larger than
our time. Put Abraham and one end and Christ at the other. Talk
about the promises God made to Abraham and mark their approximate
completion on the timeline. Isaac was born when Abraham was 100
years old. A great people could start about the time of the
captivity - 400 years after Abraham. The land would be about 50
years after that. The Messiah would come 2000 years after Abraham!
Discuss how much sooner the son of promise came than the other
promises. Which promises did Abraham live to see? Should we always
expect to see all of God's promises fulfilled in our lifetime? No.
There are some things we do that we may never see the full result
of. But we must trust that the promise will be fulfilled and our
efforts will be worth it all.
Discussion: Do the ends justify the means? Sarah felt that if
she couldn't give Abraham a son, Hagar could. She failed to rely on
God to give them both a son. God often asks us to participate is his
plans, but that doesn't mean we can change his plans. We can't use
any old means to achieve God's ends. The crusaders felt they could
torture people into "converting" to Christianity. Many people today
feel they can worship, or obey, in whatever fashion they desire, as
long as their "goal" is to worship or obey. God wants "obedience
more than sacrifice". He wants us to submit, and trust that his ways
will accomplish his plans.
Activity: Add Ishmael and Isaac to a family tree that will
develop as the lessons progress. Have the students make generic
paper people (like
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:
God intended from Abraham's son to be from Hagar. F
Abraham and his wife were beyond child-bearing age. T
Sarah loved Ishmael and Hagar. F
Hagar was rescued by the Angel of the Lord. T
Ishmael was the son that God promised Abraham. F
Review Questions (can be
"No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham,
for I have made you a father of many nations." Genesis 17:5
Where in the Bible is this lesson found? Genesis
Fill in the blank: "I have made you a father of many __________." nations
Name the wife and sons of Abraham.
Draw a quick family tree of Abraham's family.
Act out Sarah being harsh to Hagar.
Describe what is happening in the picture of the
Ishmael Bible Trading Card.
Why did Sarah give Hagar to Abraham? She wanted a son by any means.
Why was Sarah harsh with Hagar? 1) because Hagar disdained Sarah, 2) she
worried that Ishmael would take Isaac's place
How do you think Hagar felt when she was sent away? hopeless, used
How do you think she felt when the Angel of the Lord saved her? rescued,
Will altering God's plan bring joy or pain? pain
Can God accomplish his plans his way? always
It's easy to take our failures out on others? How can we avoid being like
Sarah? 1) don't try to alter God's plans, 2) confess our error and take
responsibility for our mistakes
Who was Hagar? Sarah's servant
Who was Ishmael? Hagar's son with Abraham
Who was the son of promise? Isaac
How old was Abraham when Isaac was born? 100
Why was Isaac obviously a special child? only God could make a child from
two people as old as Sarah and Abraham
Why was Ishmael promised a nation? because he was also a child of Abraham
Was Ishmael's life easy? no, God said "his hand shall be against every man,
and every man's hand against him"