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Abram's Call & Lot

Main Points to Remember
  1. Abram trusted God, so he obeyed without knowing what would happen
  2. Abram based his decisions on spiritual values. Lot based his on physical values.
Vocabulary:     pasture: fields used to feed sheep and cattle

Prayer:
Father, please give us strength and faith to obey your Word when we don't know where it will lead us.

Activity:
Follow the leader. Play a quick game of follow the leader. Discuss how the followers don't know what to expect and have to watch the leader to see what to do. We don't know what to expect in life either, but we know our Leader knows what to do, so we follow Him.

Discussion:
Abram became a great man of faith and the father of all God's people. He started out by trusting God's word and following an unknown path. What if Abram was too scared to leave Ur? None of the things that follow could have happened. When we refuse to follow God's call for us, we are sacrificing all the wonderful blessings he had planned for us on that path. We are also refusing to grow. Abram did not start out the tremendously faithful man he grew to be. These first tests strengthened him and rooted his faith in God, so that later on, he trusted God enough to make major sacrifices. We don't become strong in the faith until we take the first steps and overcome the first challenges in our lives.
 

Map of Abraham's Journey
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Map showing Abraham's Journey from Ur to Canaan.

Abraham & Lot's Pastures
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Photo map showing the location of Abraham and Lot's division of the land.

Discussion:
When it came time for Abram and Lot to split up, their choices demonstrated their mindsets. Peace and family relationships were so important to Abram that he gave up the right to choose the "best" land. On the other hand, Lot valued the rich land near the cities, and preferred taking it above honoring his uncle. The choices we make show what we value most.

Activity
: Start a family tree that will develop as the lessons progress. Have the students make generic paper people (like Bible Friends). 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

True/False

  1. Abram was familiar with the land of Canaan before he left Ur.   F
  2. Abram was a poor man.   F
  3. Abram's shepherds and Lot's shepherds began to fight over pasture.  T
  4. Abram allowed Lot to chose which land to settle on.   T
  5. Lot based his decision spiritual things.   F
Memory
Books of OT. Round Robin:
Review Questions (can be used with gameboard)

  linguistic questions
  1. What is a pasture?  a field used to feed sheep or cattle
  2. What book of the Bible is this lesson in? Genesis
  3. Unscramble this word:    marab      (Abram)
  activity questions
  1. Draw a quick family tree of Abram's family so far.
  2. Trace Abram's route to Canaan on a map.
  3. Act out Lot choosing which lands to take.
  emotion questions
  1. How do you think Abram felt about leaving his home? sad, scared
  2. How do you think God felt when Abram left? proud, happy
  3. How do you think Lot felt when Abram let his choose his lands? excited, eager
application questions
  1. Must we always understand God's plan before we start to obey it? No - sometimes we won't know his plan, but we can trust that his will is the best for us.
  2. Should we base our decisions on physical or spiritual things? Spiritual decisions reap spiritual rewards. Physical choices often result in pain and suffering.
  3. Are God's plans ever going to be the wrong choice? No, we can be certain that following God's will is always going to bring us the best result.
  4.  
fact questions
  1. What city did Abram's family settle on the way to Canaan? Haran
  2. What relationship was Lot to Abram? Lot was Abram's nephew
  3. What cities were near the lands Lot choose? Sodom and Gomorrah
review questions
  1. Why did Abram leave Ur? because God told him to
  2. Why did Abram and Lot need to separate? Because their flocks were too big to travel together.
  3. Why did Abram allow Lot to pick the land? Because Abram valued their relationship more than he valued land.
 

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