Gen. 12.1-5; Gal. 3.9
God chose a man named Abraham through whom he would establish a chosen nation to make his name great. The fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham depended on the birth of a son, but the ultimate fulfillment would come through the birth of God’s very own son. God’s promise to Abraham extends to us and finds it’s fulfillment through his Son! We want the kids to see that God wants them to be part of his chosen people. They can trust God’s promises for themselves because of what Jesus has done for us!
“For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ”
– 2 Corinthians 1.20a (NLT)
Explain to the kids that each week you’re looking at a story from the Old Testament* that points to Jesus. It’s often helpful to briefly review the previous week’s lesson.
Lesson Intro (If you would choose…)
Part of this game is to introduce the idea of choosing. Have the kids stand in the middle of the room/corridor and explain that you’re going to call out “If you would choose…” and then present 2 options, each represented by 1 of the sides of the room. The kids then go to the side of the room of the thing that they would choose. For example, you might say “If you would choose chocolate ice cream, then go to that side of the room; if you would choose vanilla ice cream, then go to the other side of the room”. Some of the things you could call out:
- If you would choose between having a dog or having a cat.
- If you would choose between watching Wild Kratts or Odd Squad.
- If you would choose between eating a hotdog or a hamburger.
- If you would choose between wearing all green or all yellow.
- If you would choose between playing soccer or baseball.
Explain to the kids that when we get to choose, we choose things that we really like. Tell them that God loves each one of them and he wants each of them to be part of his chosen people. Tell them that God promised that a long time ago! In today’s story we see that we can trust what God says.
Supplies: A map and a travel case with travel supplies (towel, change of clothes, toothbrush, etc.)
Ask the kids if any of them have ever moved from one country to another or from one state to another? Use the map to say that their mom and dad probably had a plan or an idea of where they were going. They probably first went and found a house and a school that they would move to and only then everything was packed up and moved. Use the bag and the props as you tell the story to help the kids visualize packing up and moving from one place to another. Imagine that God asks you to move to a place but you don’t know where you’re going (you could crumple the map for dramatic effect). You would really need to trust God wouldn’t you?
Off the back of that tell the kids the background story of Abraham from Genesis 12.1-3
Abraham was especially chosen by God because God wanted to do something really special! Remember that God had made people to know him and love him and trust him? Well, most people didn’t know God anymore and they didn’t believe in him. The really special thing that God told Abraham about was this: He promised that Abraham would be the father of a nation in a Promised Land and that through that chosen nation every nation would be blessed! But there was a problem. Abraham and his wife Sarai were really old and they didn’t have any children and they would need to pack up all there stuff and move to a far off place and they didn’t know where they were going. So, what do you think Abraham did?
Read the next passage: Genesis 12.4-5
Abraham trusted God and obeyed him. It took a long time and Abraham and Sarai were very old but they moved to the land, just as God promised them. God also gave them a baby, just as he had promised. God even made a chosen nation, just as he had promised!
Did you know that this is also a story about Jesus? Remember that part of God’s promise to Abraham was that ALL NATIONS would be blessed? Jesus was also God’s promised Son. Just as Abraham left his home to go to a new land to start a new nation, Jesus also came down from his home with God the Father and came to make God’s promise true for all people! Jesus came to invite everyone to be part of God’s chosen people!
For the 9-11s you can read Galatians 3.9
Did you know that God wants you to be part of his chosen people? God loves each one of you more than chocolate ice cream, or Wild Kratts, or hotdogs, or baseball! He sent Jesus so that we can know God and wouldn’t have to be far from God. Every day we can live our lives knowing that God is with us and that we trust him to lead us and guide us, just like he did with Abraham.
Prayer: Thank God for sending his Son Jesus and making a way for us to be close to him. Thank him that we can always trust his promises. Pray for wisdom and courage for the children as they seek to follow God.
* Old Testament: The first part of the Bible that tells the story of God’s people and explains his promise.
Travel and Trust
Supplies: 2 Blind folds, 2 small suitcases or duffles, packing items like stuffed toys, toothbrush, and clothes for two teams.
How to Play: Spilt children into 2 teams. Give each team a suitcase. Put two piles of packing items on the other side of the room, one pile per team. Have kids partner up with a team mate. One partner is blindfolded and the other will instruct the blindfolded partner how to get across the room and find a packing item from their pile. The partners switch places so the leader is now blindfolded and the other gives directions for the return trip. When they get back to their team the item is put in the suitcase and the next pair goes. The team that fills their case first and sits down is the winner! It’s all about listening and trust!
* To make it harder, put chairs or objects in the path of the teams so they must navigate around them.
Featured Image Credit: The March of Abraham, painting by József Molnár, 19th century; in the Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest. © G. Dagli Orti—DeA Picture Library/age fotostock