The Call of Abram Object Lesson

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Promises. We all make them. We all break many of them. Yet God has made hundreds of promises to us and not once has He broken them. Trusting God to be Who He says He is and that He is going to do what He says He is going to do is vital to our foundation of faith. This Object Lesson on the Call of Abram and His Flight to Egypt will encourage children to trust in the One True God.

The Call of Abram Object Lesson

Scripture Focus: Genesis 12

Materials:

  • A deck of cards {Have the cards separated by books. Take out the jokers.}

Geography: locate the fertile crescent, Ur, Haran, and the land of Canaan

Background: After the tower of Babel, the people spread out across the land. About 8 generations after Shem, Terah was born. Terah’s sons were Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran died and left his son Lot. Abram’s wife was Sarai and she was barren. Abram’s father, Terah, moved his family from Ur to Haran, and at 205 years old he died. It’s in Haran that God approached Abram with a promise.

Object Lesson for the Call of Abram:

{Fan the cards in front of you showing the backs of the cards to the children.}

{Ask:}

  • Do you know of to play “Go Fish”? [Allow for answers.]
  • When you play “Go Fish” you try to collect books of cards. Who can explain what a book is? [Allow for answer.]
  • Let’s say I ask you to play “Go Fish” with me, but we MUST use MY deck of cards. Would you be ok with that? [Allow for answers, but they should say, “Yes.”]

{Place the stack of cards face down in front of you.}

You are I start playing the game. Soon you notice that I am winning lots of books. You also notice that as soon as you draw a card, I ask for the same card.

{Ask:}

  • What do you think might be causing me to win so easily? [Allow for answers, but they should figure out that cheating is happening.]

When people play cards, there is a way to cheat called “Stacking the Deck.” {Turn the deck over and spread out the cards so the children can see all of the cards already in books.} Whoever the cheater is manipulates the cards so that the opponent loses. The one who is cheating at the card game doesn’t trust the cards. He doesn’t trust that he will win.

{Ask:}

  • Will you win every game you play? [No]
  • When you obey God will you always be successful? [Allow for answers. We may not be successful in the world’s eyes, or even in our own. But obedience ALWAYS wins with God.]

Bible Lesson for the Call of Abram:

A man named Abram lived in Haran. His wife’s name was Sarai. They had no children. One day God spoke to Abram. The Bible does not tell us why God chose to talk with Abram. Perhaps he was a man who walked with God. We do learn later on in Hebrews that Abram had faith in the Lord, as did Sarai.

The Lord told Abram to do a hard thing. God told Abram to leave his family and go to a strange land. He then made some promises to Abram. God told Abram that:

  • He would lead Abram to a land
  • And make of him a great nation
  • Abram would have a great name
  • And all families of the earth will be blessed.

{Use the bold words to create a list to help memorize of the 4 fold promise of God to Abram. These 4 things are important to remember. God over the list with the children 3-4 times.}

Abram obeyed God and left Haran. He was 75 years old. Sarai and Lot went with him. They traveled and God led them to the land of Canaan. There God appeared to Abram and told him that this was the land He would be giving to Abram’s descendants. And so Abram settled there and called on the name of the Lord…

Until there was a famine. Abram went to Egypt. Before they entered Egypt, Abram told Sarai to tell the Egyptians that she was his sister instead of his wife. Abram knew that she was beautiful and that Pharaoh would want her as a wife and then kill him. Abram was right. Pharaoh did want Sarai and he did take her. But because he was told that Sarai was Abram’s sister, the Pharaoh treated Abram well and gave him many things.

All of a sudden Pharaoh and his house were plagued. The Bible does not tell us what plagues they were, but I’m sure they were bad. In Egypt, the people believed that everything happened because of their gods. So when this plague happened, the Pharaoh probably went to his temples first and eventually he and the priests figured out that the plague started when Sarai entered his home.

Pharaoh confronted Abram. He gave Sarai back to him before Pharaoh had touched her, and told them to leave Egypt.

Life Application for the Call of Abram:

{Ask:}

  • Is God trustworthy? [Yes]
  • Does God do what He says He is going to do? [Yes]
  • What did God promise Abram? [Land, nation, name, and all families will be blessed]
  • So far in Genesis, which part of the promise has God brought about? [He took Abram to the land.]
  • Is there more to do? [Yes]
  • When Abram went to Egypt, did he trust God to care for him? [No. He lied and had Sarai lie.]
  • Abram tried to manipulate the Pharaoh because he thought he would be killed. What should Abram have done? [Told the truth and allowed God to take care of the situation.]
  • If God’s promise wasn’t completed yet, did Abram need to worry about the Pharaoh killing him? [No, Abram needed to trust God.]

When God tells us to do something and we choose to obey Him, God is not going to turn His back on us. He will provide everything we need to be successful in His mission. Things might look troublesome in our eyes, but if we are trusting God, He going to help us.

God made a promise to Abram and it had not been fulfilled yet. There was no need for Abram to manipulate the situation and sin in order to save his life. God would have helped him. There is no need for us to “stack the cards” so we can win a game. We don’t need to cheat or lie when obeying God. Lying is sin and God will never ask you to sin.

The fourth part of the promise given to Abram has to do with us. We are those families that will be blessed. Jesus is one of Abram’s descendants and He is the one who blesses all families with the gift of salvation.

What can we learn from the call of Abram? When God asks us to do something, and we choose to obey, then He will help us to be successful in His power.

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