Scripture: Genesis 22: 1 – 18
Target Age Group: 1st through 6th grade
Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.
Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.
Think of your most prized possession. What if you had to give it away?
Have the children open their Bibles to Genesis 22.
(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)
- What strange thing did God tell Abraham to do? To offer Isaac as a burnt offering.
- How do you think Abraham must have felt about that? Very, very sad. Confused.
- Think of the thing that you treasure the most. Now think about it being taken from you or destroyed. How would you feel? Abraham must have felt that way, too.
- Remember how long Abraham and Sarah had waited for Isaac to be born? Until Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 years old.
- It was a miracle that Isaac was born in the first place. Now God was asking Abraham to sacrifice him? What about the promise that his children would be as many as the stars and the sand on the sea? How could that happen if Isaac died?
- But, did Abraham obey God? Yes.
- Why do you think Abraham was able to be so obedient? God had made a promise about his descendants through Isaac, and he trusted God to keep his promise and work that out. He probably thought that God would raise him from the dead. (Hebrews 11:19)
- Has God ever allowed you to go through something very hard? How does God want us to respond to hard things that we don’t understand? Obey him and trust him.
- How long did it take for Abraham, Isaac and the servants to get to the mountain? Three days.
- Did the servants go all the way up the mountain? No. They stayed with the donkey.
- Who carried the wood for the alter? Isaac
- What question did Isaac ask his father? “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”
- What did Abraham tell him? “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.”
- When Abraham put Isaac on the alter, what happened? An angel told him not to go through with it.
- Why did God have Abraham go through this? He was testing him. He wanted to know if he would be willing to give up his only son for God.
- Do you think that you could give up everything for God like Abraham did?
- What did Abraham see when he looked up? A ram caught in the thicket by it’s horns.
- So, Abraham offered the ram for the sacrifice instead of Isaac.
- What did he name that place? “The-Lord-Will-Provide”
- Can you think of another Father in the Bible who sacrificed his own Son? God the Father! This story foreshadows how God provided his own son, Jesus, to die on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins.
- How sad do you think God must have been to have to give his Son?
- Who’s place did Jesus take on the cross? Ours
- What did the Lord do then? He promised to bless Abraham with as many descendants as the stars and that the nations of the earth would be blessed because he obeyed God.
- Let’s pray and thank the Lord for giving his son, Jesus, to be the lamb who took our place when he died on the cross…
During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…
Memorize the verse.
“And Abraham said, ‘My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb …’” Genesis 22:8a
Show a video of this story:
Share the story “The Present” from “The Jesus Story Book Bible” (Make sure that you order the collector’s edition, which has the DVD with the stories animated and narrated. It’s wonderful.)
Video #1 from NEST
Video #2 for older kids
Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page.
Color page #1 from Bible Wise.
Color page #2 from Crafting the Word of God.
Color page #3 from What’s in the Bible?
Color page #4 (Scroll Down)
Or have them color a color page related to the story. An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles. The pages are reproducible.
Have the children make this craft from Auntie’s Bible Lesson.
Bible Class Creations has a magic window for this lesson. Follow the link at the bottom of the post for instructions on how to make a magic window.
This project, also from Bible Class Creations, would be a lot of work, but highly effective.
Have the children complete this worksheet puzzle from Bible Wise.
Younger children will enjoy this dot-to-dot from Richard Gunther. (Scroll down to “God Gave Something to Abraham”.)
Have the children make story wheels from Children’s Bulletins.
Give the children Lego blocks and Lego people. Have them build alters and act out the story.
Have the children fill out these worksheets from Calvary Curriculum.
Crafting the Word of God has a ram craft.
Flame Creative Children’s Ministry has a great idea to get the kids to discuss their reactions to this story.
Have the children make the booklet “Abraham and Isaac” from Lambsongs.
There are some more great ideas about how to teach the lesson at Mission Bible Class.
Bible Class Creations has a couple of ideas for making an alter.
Share this children’s sermon from Sermons4kids. Don’t forget the activities at the bottom of the page!
Here is a game from Sunday School Sources.
This is a great object lesson for older kids from Teach Them.
“Abraham” by Mary Rice Hopkins from her “In the Beginning” album. Get it at itunes.
Evaluate what the children have learned. While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.
Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.