for Saturday 30 October 2010

Topics: birth of jacob/esau; birthright traded for soup
Primary Scripture: Genesis 25;
Lessons: God’s election and the certainty of His promises; short-sighted choices versus awareness of the magnitude of salvation

Volunteers: paul, colleen, kaitlyn, alyssa

Drivers: Fran (10am); Sheila (noon)

Coloring: HERE and HERE (paul will bring printouts)

New memory verse:

(Psalm 146:5-6; NIV)

New song (two verses): (“Supplanter” by Jamie Soles)

"Supplanter" by Jamie Soles, verse 1 of 2

"Supplanter" by Jamie Soles, verse 2 of 2

Lesson worksheet: [none this week]

Outline

  • Setup
  • (10:00am) name tags, new memory and songs into mini-albums, two coloring pages
  • collect emergency contact info for new students
  • together: Matthew 6 “Lord’s prayer
  • Sing — Apostles’ Creed; “Supplanter” song by Jamie Soles (new for the kids)
  • memory verse (Final review of Psalm 105:13b; introduce Ps. 146:5-6)
  • Lesson (see below) —
  • Craft[Kaitlyn/Alyssa]
  • (11:00 am) SNACK/BREAK
  • (11:20 am) activity(See “Activities” section below)
  • [review worksheet answers] — stickers
  • Singing: “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” (Augment 2), and psalm 105 stanzas 1, 3, and 4; Ps 8 or 116 if time
  • Praying: [Paul]
  • (11:50 am) tidy

Lesson

1. Review Genesis 24 — Colleen

  • Abraham’s wife (Isaac’s mom) Sarah died age 127; Abraham bought a field with a cave in it, and had Sarah buried there; that was Abraham’s first purchased land in Canaan;
  • When Isaac was 40 years old, Abraham sent a servant to Haran, where Abraham’s family was from, to find a wife for Isaac;
  • Abraham asked the servant to swear to not look for a wife in Canaan, where the people did not serve God;
  • The servant made an oath before God, and put his hand under Abraham’s thigh as the sign of this oath;
  • The servant chose some other servants to travel with him, as well as ten camels, and many expensive gifts;
  • The journey (show on map) from Mamre/Hebron [just SW of Bethlehem] to Haran would take us from here into Saskatchewan;
  • Finally, one evening, they arrived outside the town Nahor and had the camels kneel near the well where the women would be coming to draw water;
  • The servant chose to trust God instead of himself to find the right bride for Isaac — he asked God in prayer to show him the right bride by this sign: that when he asked for some water to drink, she would also offer to water his camels;
  • Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel, came out with a jar on her shoulder and fetched some water; she had never married, and very beautiful;
  • When the servant asked for some water, Rebekah gave him some, and watered his camels, so he knew she was the one;
  • They went to her father’s house, where they met her brother Laban;
  • After the servant told them why he was there, Bethuel and Laban agreed that they must not interfere with God’s choice;
  • They had a meal together, and Abraham’s servant gave many gifts to Rebekah, her mother, and her brother;
  • The next morning, Laban and his mother asked if Rebekah could stay with them for ten days before she left with Abraham’s servants, but he didn’t think that was a good idea — God had showed mercy, and it was best to keep going;
  • Rebekah agreed to leave right away and go to Canaan land;
  • Rebekah’s family blessed her, and her maids and her nurse left with her;
  • Arriving in the evening, Isaac saw them coming from the field he was in;
  • Rebekah asked the servant who was in the field coming toward them;
  • When she knew it was Isaac, Rebekah got down off the camel, and covered her face with a veil — according to custom, she would wear this veil until they were married.

2. Isaac and Rebekah’s Babies — Paul

[no worksheets today]

  • After Sarah died, Abraham got married again and had more kids!
  • Abraham gave most of what he had to his son Isaac, the son of promise by God’s choice and blessing
  • Abraham also sent the rest of his family to the east country, away from Isaac and his family — Abraham knew that Canaan land belonged to Isaac by God’s promise, and he knew it would all come true even though he didn’t live to see it
  • Abraham died at age 175 (seventy-five years after Isaac was born)
  • His sons, Ishmael and Isaac, took their father and buried him in the cave at Mamre, where Sarah was
  • As for Ishmael, God’s promises came true: he was the father to twelve princes; they lived in and around Egypt, and they still do today
  • Rebekah was sad because she wasn’t able to have any babies, just like how it was with Sarah; if you were with us last year, you might remember studying Hannah who was sad because she wasn’t able to have a baby, until Samuel was born
  • However, Isaac prayed for Rebekah, that she would have a child, and she became pregnant when Isaac was sixty years old, twenty years after they got married
  • Furthermore, there was more than one baby! (twins)
  • Rebekah could feel the babies fighting [hitting each other; Heb. רָצַץ -- to crush] in her womb
  • Rebekah prayed and asked God why this was happening
  • The LORD said to her,
    “Two nations are in your womb,
    and two peoples from within you will be separated;
    one people will be stronger than the other,
    and the older will serve the younger.” (Genesis 25:23; NIV)
  • God told Rebekah that the twins inside her would become two mighty nations, that they would always be at war, even as they were now, but the second born would be stronger than the first
  • (Look at the photo of two unborn twins)
  • When the babies were being born, the first one was a boy with red hair all over his body!
  • (Look at the photo of babies) Isaac and Rebekah named this baby Esau, which meant something about how rough his hairy body felt
  • Esau seemed attached to his twin brother, who was behind him; but they weren’t attached — the second baby was holding Esau’s heel!
  • (Review this part of the new song we’re learning — “Supplanter”)
  • Isaac and Rebekah named the second boy Jacob, which means “heel grabber” in the Hebrew language; say aw-KABE for ‘heel,’ and yah-ak-OBE for ‘Jacob’; a “heel-grabber” is a cheater, or a supplanter — a cheater gets what he wants, but is dishonest; a supplanter takes somebody else’s place
  • This baby grabbing the heel of his older brother was an early example of God’s promise to their mother that the younger would be stronger and would overcome his older brother — we will see this again, even today
  • Jacob was God’s choice of which son through whom the promise would be fulfilled, not Esau; just as we learned that Isaac was the son of promise, not Ishmael
  • Jacob’s life was all about conflict, and our next three classes are going to be about Jacob’s struggles — we will even learn about Jacob wrestling with the Angel of the Lord; nothing could stop God’s promises from coming true, but He never promised that Jacob would have an easy life!
  • (also note God’s election despite that the twins had not done any good or evil, and despite Jacob’s dishonestly)

Birthright

  • Do you know what the custom was about firstborn sons? The firstborn would inherit twice as much from his parents — he would also be the spiritual leader of the family
  • The oldest son’s right [entitlement] to his father’s inheritance was called the birthright – this right belonged to him from the second he was born — he also had more responsibility, such as looking after his mother and his unmarried sisters
  • Jewish people are the descendants of Jacob; the religious Jews still obey this tradition of birthright
  • If there were twins, the firstborn son was still the oldest, so by human custom, Esau had the birthright, not Jacob

3. Vegetable Soup — Colleen

  • As he grew older, Esau learned to be a good hunter, and spent a lot of time outdoors
  • His brother Jacob like to stay indoors and learned to be a good cook
  • The parents had favorites — father Isaac loved Esau, and liked the meat Esau got from hunting; mother Rebekah loved Jacob
  • Once, Esau came home from hunting and he was very weak
  • Jacob was boiling some vegetable soup — the lentils in it made the soup red [yellow and masoor lentils are red inside]
  • Esau said to Jacob, “I beg you, give me some of the red stuff– that red stuff! I’m starving!”
  • Since that time, Esau was sometimes nicknamed “Stuff,” or “Red
  • Jacob said, “Okay, but only if you give the birthright to me.” [recall birthright definition]
  • Esau said, “I’m starving to death! I don’t care about the birthright!”
  • Esau was ungodly/profane (Hebrews 12:16) to trade the birthright for a bowl of soup! — It “would be a little like selling your wedding ring for a hamburger cause you had not eaten all day, only worse” [Jon W. Quinn]; it also shows that Esau didn’t care about important things, such as God’s promises
  • Jacob wouldn’t give Esau any soup until he swore that he would trade the birthright
  • Esau swore to trade the birthright to Jacob [Cheated by 'the cheater'!]
  • Then Jacob gave some bread and some of the vegetable soup to Esau
  • Esau ate and drank, got up, and went away — he really didn’t care about the birthright, but Jacob knew that it was valuable
  • Esau was thinking about his gut today; Jacob was thinking about a promise that would last into generations

Activities

1. Draw and discuss this family tree with the kids

Abraham, Isaac, Jacob family tree

2. Other Ideas, depending on time

  • draw a bowl of stew;
  • give the kids twelve cards, with these descriptions on them, and tell them to choose the six most valuable/important ones, and throw away the other six; can talk about it after: to eat a chocolate bar, to become the prime minister of Canada, to win American Idol, to go to Disneyland, to be good-looking, to get a job as an astronaut, to win a soccer game, to have wisdom, to have $400, to have a healthy family, to live forever with our Father in heaven, to graduate from high school

Lesson: A Bride for Isaac

October 18, 2010

taught on Saturday 23 October 2010 — 7 regular students were away: we had S, S, N, A, and M

Volunteers: Justin, Rita, Josie

Driver: Ben

Main Topics: Sarah passes; Abraham’s servant’s oath, journey, prayer; Rebekah travels to Canaan and marries Isaac

Primary scriptures: Genesis 24;

Songs: Ps 105 (3 stanzas); Apostles’ Creed; “Abram” by Jamie Soles; next week we will introduce “Supplanter”; and when we get to Joseph, we will introduce another verse from Ps 105

Additional Supplies: coloring pages (below), worksheet printouts (see below), beads/string (Josie), map (Paul)

[no lesson worksheet this week.]

Memory verse: Psalm 105:13b

Coloring pages: (Paul will bring these) 1. “Abraham’s servant finds a wife for Isaac” from “My Bible Coloring Book” by Shirley Dobson; 2:

i combined these images (from two different internet sources) onto one page

Outline

  • Setup: arrange tables, chairs, flip chart, map, CD player;
  • Post the larger map;
  • (10:00am) name tags for any new students
  • ask a child to hand out mini-albums (extras for the new students in the bin); another: coloring pages; another: name tags
  • collect emergency contact info for new students
  • together: Matthew 6 “Lord’s prayer
  • Sing — Apostles’ Creed
  • Sing — “Abram” from Jamie Soles, all stanzas
  • memory verse (Psalm 105:13b)
  • get a child to hand out the coloring pages
  • place the jar of beads in the center of the table, so all the kids can see it
  • Lesson (see below) —
  • CraftJosie is bringing beads
  • (11:00 am) SNACK/BREAK
    • ..
    • Make sure nobody is thirsty so the second half isn’t interrupted;
  • (11:20 am) activitysee “Activity” section below the lesson
  • have one of the children hand out stickers — max 3 stickers per child;
  • Singing: psalm 105 stanzas 1, 3, and 4;
  • Praying: [Justin];
  • (11:50 am) Kids tidy: beads, pencil crayons, glue, scissors, name cards, mini-albums.

Lesson

1. Review Genesis 21 (Birth of Isaac) and 22 (Abraham tested) – Rita

  • Just as God had said, Sarah gave birth to a baby boy about a year after the angels visited, and Abraham named this boy Isaac, which means “he laughs”;
  • Abraham was one hundred years old when Isaac was born;
  • Abraham believed that God’s promise [many descendants] would come true through his son Isaac;
  • Hagar raised Ishmael in the desert, and Ishmael became an archer; he took a wife from Egypt, and would become a great nation;
  • When Isaac was still a boy, God told Abraham go to the land of Moriah, where he would sacrifice Isaac as a burnt offering;
  • review terms: offering: a gift dedicated to God in worship; sacrifice: when someone surrenders to God something that is valuable, to worship and honor God; animal sacrifices were only a shadow of our Lord Jesus, who offered Himself “once for all”; altar: a structure (pile of rocks, in this case) on which to offer a sacrifice to God;
  • Moriah is present-day Jerusalem;
  • Abraham cut wood for the burnt offering;
  • Abraham, Isaac, two servants, and one donkey went on the long journey to Moriah;
  • On the third day, when Abraham saw the mountain, he told the servants to stay behind;
  • Abraham placed the wood on Isaac, while Abraham carried the knife and the fire;
  • Since Abraham believed God’s promise, he reasoned that God would raise Isaac from the dead after the sacrifice (Hebrews 11:19);
  • Abraham’s obedience to God in offering Isaac was evidence that Abraham really did have faith;
  • Isaac noted that they had the fire and wood, but asked his father where was the lamb for the burn offering;
  • Abraham replied, “God will provide the lamb”;
  • Abraham built the altar and placed the wood on top;
  • Abraham bound Isaac to the altar, and stretched out his hand with the knife to slay him;
  • the angel of the Lord called, “Abraham, Abraham!” and he replied, “Here I am”;
  • “Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
  • Abraham raised his eyes and saw a ram caught in a thicket;
  • Abraham offered the ram in the place of his son;
  • Abraham called that place, “The LORD Will Provide”;
  • God reminded Abraham, “I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore,” and “In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice”;

[at this, show the kids the jar filled with the beads we will use, and ask if they can count them. the number of beads is pale in comparison to the stars of the heavens or the sand on the seashore; these innumerable descendants will be the children of Isaac, and today's lesson is about finding a wife for Isaac.]

  • the sacrifice was not stopped before the knife fell on our Lord, the Son of God;
  • Jesus Christ, the seed of Abraham, fulfilled the good news first promised to Abraham… when He completed the sacrifice and offered Himself to pay our penalty;
  • even as Isaac lived after that three-day journey, so it was that Jesus rose from the dead after three days in the tomb;

2. Introduce Today’s Lesson — Justin

Isaac’s mother, Sarah, died when she was 127 years old. Abraham bought a field that had a cave in it for 400 shekels of silver. That amount of silver is the weight of a bag of flour or of a fat baby, which was a lot of money back then. Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave. We will learn how this cave would become a family tomb. Check Mr. Paul’s laptop to see how people have made that place look fancy today. (See bibleplaces.com.)

This field, with its trees and the cave, was the first bit of land in Canaan that Abraham had legal ownership of, in the witness of other men. Remember that Canaan was the land that God had promised to Abraham and his offspring.

[On map, show site of cave at Hebron, south of where Abraham had offered Isaac at Jerusalem.]

God’s promise of a large family would come true through Isaac. What does a man need before he is able to father children? He needs a wife! Today’s lesson is about how Isaac’s wife was found.

3. The Servant’s OATH — Rita

Sarah was dead. Lot was probably still living in the hills with his two daughters — he became the father of the tribes known as the Moabites and the Ammonites. Abraham was a very old man — somewhere between 137 and 140 years old! Isaac was now 40 years old, and was temporarily working in the wilderness area that is on the way to Egypt. [This was where God visited Hagar.]

Finding somebody to get married to is a serious thing. God cares about who we marry. Abraham knew that the people in Canaan land where he lived did not believe in the one true God. It would be wrong for Isaac to marry a young woman from one of the tribes in the land of Canaan.

So, Abraham called upon his chief servant. [This man was Eliezer, unless he had died and another was now the chief and most trusted servant. We noted Eliezer before -- he would be the heir if Abraham and Sarah had no child.]

“Take an oath,” said Abraham. “Swear to me that you will not get a wife for my son Isaac from the Canaanite people around here, but that you will go back to the land I came from to find a Godly wife for my son Isaac.”

“As a sign that you will make this promise with God as our witness,” Abraham continued, “put your hand on the side of my leg while you swear to God.”

Have you ever heard somebody make a promise, saying, “Cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye”? Whether they know what they are saying or not, that expression means that if they break the promise they are doomed to die!

Taking an oath before God is the most serious kind of promise to make, because it means that if we break our promise God will punish us.

If Abraham’s servant would take this oath before God, he would put his hand on the side of Abraham’s leg to show that he understood that God would enforce his promise.

Abraham’s servant did not quickly take this oath.

“What if the woman I find does not want to come back here with me?” he asked Abraham. “Should I then take your son Isaac back to that country you came from?”

“No,” Abraham answered. “Do not take my son Isaac to that country. Instead, trust that God will send an angel before you so that you can find a wife for my son there. But if the woman refuses to come back with you then I will release you from this oath. There will be no trouble for you if you do your job of finding the woman and asking her to come back here with you.”

So the servant put his hand [on the leg] of his master Abraham and swore an oath to him [about] this matter.

Even if Abraham had died, the servant would still be bound to this vow, since it was an oath before God.

4. The Servant’s Journey, Prayer, and Sign — Justin

After swearing to find a wife for Isaac in the country that Abraham first came from, the servant got 10 camels ready for the journey to Aram Naharaim [show the kids on the map], and placed many expensive gifts on some of the camels. He also chose some of the other servants to come with him.

This map is from israel-a-history-of.com

It was a long journey until the servant finally arrived in the land of Aram Naharaim. This journey was over 1000 km long! Imagine walking all the way from here to Saskatchewan with 10 camels, but imagine that you were traveling through a hot desert, and you did not have a cell phone or air-conditioning.

The area the servant traveled through was mostly in the country called Syria today.

Toward evening, the servant arrived at a town called Nahor, and had the camels kneel near the well that was outside the town.

At that time of the evening, the women of the town would visit the well to get water.

Abraham’s servant knew that he could not trust himself to find the right bride for Isaac, so he prayed to God, in whom he believed.

O LORD, God of my master Abraham, give me success today,” he prayed. “…I am standing beside this [water] spring, and the [women of the town] are coming out to [fetch] water. May it be that when I say to a girl, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels [as well] — let her be the one you have chosen for [..] Isaac.”

5. Rebekah at the Well — Rita

While he was still praying, a young woman named Rebekah, who was the daughter of a man named Bethuel, came out with her jar on her shoulder. She had never married, and she was very beautiful. She was the granddaughter of Abraham’s brother.

Rebekah went down to the well, filled her jar with water, and came back up.

rebekah watering the camels

Rebekah had placed the full jar back on her shoulder.

Abraham’s servant rushed over to her. “Please give me a little water from your jar,” he asked.

“Have a drink, sir,” Rebekah replied, quickly lowering the jar to her hands to give him a drink.

“Let me fetch some water for your camels as well,” Rebekah said. “I’ll let them drink until they have had enough.”

[...] she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, ran back to the well to draw more water, and drew enough for all his camels.

Without saying a word, [Abraham's servant] watched her closely to learn whether or not the LORD had made his journey successful.

God had shown the sign to Abraham’s servant, so now he knew that this was the right woman — she had offered to give water to the camels as well.

So, the man took out three of the gifts he had brought from Hebron — a gold nose ring and two gold bracelets. The ring weighed 5.5 grams, and each bracelet weighed 110 grams — that is the weight of 44 pennies. He put this jewelry on Rebekah.

Whose daughter are you,” the servant asked Rebekah. “[And] please tell me, is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?

“I am the daughter of Bethuel,” said Rebekah. “We have lots of hay and food for your camels, and an extra room for you to sleep in.”

Then the man bowed down and worshiped the LORD, saying, “Praise be to the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has [been kind and faithful] to my master. As for me, the LORD has led me on the journey to the [place my master Abraham came from].”

Rebekah ran to her family to tell them what had happened, and that they had a guest to look after.

6. Rebekah’s Home and Family — Justin

Rebekah told her family that a visitor had come, and showed them the gold nose ring and the gold bracelets on her arms. She told them everything the man had said to her.

Rebekah’s brother Laban told his servants to get the house ready and to prepare a place for the camels, and then he hurried out to meet the man, who was still at the well with his camels.

“Greetings, servant of God,” Laban said. “Why are you standing out here? I have prepared the house and a place for the camels.

Abraham’s servant went with Laban to the family’s house. Some servants took the packs off the camels and brought hay and grain for them.

The servants also brought water for the man and his servants to wash their feet.

When the servants of Rebekah and Laban’s family brought food for Abraham’s servant to eat, he refused.

“I will not eat until I have explained why I am here.”

“Then tell us,” Laban said.

7. The Servant Explains his Visit — Rita

So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant. The LORD has blessed my master [Abraham] abundantly, and he has become wealthy. He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, menservants and maidservants, and camels and donkeys. [Abraham's] wife Sarah has borne him a son in her old age, and [Abraham] has given [this boy] everything he owns. And [Abraham] made me swear an oath, and said, ‘You must not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live, but go to my father’s family and to my own clan, and get a wife for my son.’”

Abraham’s servant explained everything to Rebekah’s family. He told them about the angel that would go ahead of him in the journey; he told them that Abraham would release him from the oath if the woman refused to return with him; and he told them about how he had prayed for God to let him know which woman was the right one by causing her to give water to his camels as well after he asked her for a drink.

“Before I finished praying in my heart,” [he explained,] “Rebekah came out, with her jar on her shoulder. She went down to the spring and drew water, and I said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’ “She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder and said, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too.’ So I drank, and she watered the camels also.”

“I asked Rebekah whose daughter she was, and she told me.”

Then I put the ring in her nose and the bracelets on her arms, and I bowed down and worshiped the LORD, who is the God of my master Abraham.”

“Now here I am,” the servant explained, “and I ask you to show kindness to my master Abraham… Let me know whether I may take Rebekah back to Isaac, or not.”

8. Laban, Bethuel, and Rebekah’s Response — Justin

Laban, Rebekah’s brother, and Bethuel, Rebekah’s father, answered the servant:

“God Himself is asking for Rebekah to go to Canaan, so we have no right to choose what to do! Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master’s son, as the LORD has directed.

Abraham’s servant bowed to the ground before the LORD once again. Then, he brought out more of the expensive gifts he had brought — gold jewelry, silver jewelry, and clothing — and he gave them to Rebekah. He also gave expensive gifts to her brother Laban, and to her mother.

Now that he had explained everything, and received their answer, Abraham’s servant sat and ate a meal with them, and he slept the night in the room they had for him.

The next morning, the servant called to Rebekah’s family, “Let me go home now, with Rebekah, to my master Abraham.”

Laban and his mother asked if they could have more time with Rebekah… “Let us have Rebekah here for ten more days, and then you may leave with her.”

Abraham’s servant was wise and would not take any chances with God’s plans.

“Do not make me wait now,” he said to them. “The LORD has made this journey a success, so let me return to my master Abraham.”

Rebekah’s brother and her mother answered, “Let us see what Rebekah thinks.”

They called Rebekah and asked her, “Will you go with this man?”

“I will go,” she said.

9. Isaac and Rebekah Meet and are Married — Rita

So it was that Rebekah, her maids, and her nurse all got ready to travel back to Canaan with Abraham’s servant and his men.

Rebekah’s family blessed her, saying:

Our sister, may you increase
to thousands upon thousands;
may your offspring possess
the gates of their enemies.

This blessing was surely a prophecy. Notice how much it sounds like what God said to Abraham after Abraham obeyed Him [as we learned last week]: “…your seed shall [defeat] the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

Once Rebekah and her maids were ready, they climbed on the backs of the camels, and left with Abraham’s servant to return to Canaan where Abraham was. By this time, Isaac was also back home in Canaan.

After days of travel, the company of men, women, and camels arrived at Canaan land at evening time. As they journeyed into Abraham’s territory, Isaac saw them while he bowed in a field to meditate.

Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac in the field.

She got down from her camel and asked [Abraham's] servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?”

“He is my master, the very son of Abraham,” the servant replied.

Coming down off the camel was a respectful thing for Rebekah to do, and now that she heard that this man was her husband-to-be, she covered her face with a veil. It was proper for a woman to hide her face with a bride’s veil until her husband married her.

The servant told Isaac everything that had happened.

Isaac married Rebekah, and he loved her. She was a comfort to him, as he was still grieving over the death of his mother Sarah.

Rebekah was now the mother of God’s blessed people.

10. Review Questions: If you still have time after the activity!

[I got these from ebibleteacher.com]

linguistic questions
1. What is a spouse? A husband or wife
2. Unscramble this word:    ramry
3. Fill in the blank: “Drink, and I will give your ___________ drink also”

activity questions
1. Draw a well.
2. Act out the servant meeting Rebekah.
3. Find Rebekah’s home on a map.

emotion questions
1. What did Abraham desire for his son? He wanted him to have a good, faithful spouse
2. What did the servant want? He wanted to choose the right person for his master
3. What did Rebekah show to the servant? kindness, generosity, hospitality

application questions
1. What things should we require of a spouse?    faith in God, kindness, unselfishness, generosity
2. What will make us a good spouse in the future? we must develop good behavior and attitudes now
3. Why do our parents make us behave? to make us into good people [um..]

fact questions
1. What sign did the servant ask for? that the girl would offer him and his camels water
2. What did the servant give Rebekah? bracelets and a ring
3. Who was Rebekah’s brother? Laban

review questions
1. Why did Abraham send the servant so far away? he wanted Isaac’s wife to worship God, like his family there did
2. Why did the servant ask God for a sign of kindness? because the person who is kind makes a good spouse [probably more important was the reason for asking God for a sign in the first place]
3. Why was it unusual for Rebekah to leave so soon? because it meant leaving her family forever, at very short notice

Activity

Rita’s water relay idea: “outside of course…….  2 TEAMS  transfer the water back and forth, and the team with the most water in the bucket is the winner…….how much water does one camel drink? how was the water drawn out of the well?    does anyone have 6 ice cream pails with handles?

Saturday 16 October 2010 — 12 children were present — (note: the felt was difficult to cut with ordinary kids scissors)

Volunteers: Colleen, Paul, Kaitlyn, Alyssa

Driver: Jennifer

Main Topics: birth of Isaac; God tested Abraham; God did not withhold His Son

Primary scriptures: Genesis 21-22; Hebrews 11:17

Additional Supplies: coloring pages (below), worksheet printouts (see below), sheets of felt (paul), glue/scissors, GCP poster of Isaac on the altar

Memory verse: Psalm 105:13b

New stanza: Psalm 105 (revised version) stanza 3 [note: the kids have the non-revised version of stanza 4; that is my mistake]

 

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Note: The background image for this 4×6 print was released into the public domain by the author.

Coloring pages: check here and here [paul will bring coloring sheets]

Lesson worksheet: 16oct2010worksheet.PDF

Outline

  • Setup: arrange tables, chairs, flip chart, map, CD player;
  • put up the poster of Isaac on the altar while Abraham stands by, which we happen to have in our materials from GCP;
  • (10:00am) name tags for (possibly 3 or 4) new students
  • ask a child to hand out mini-albums (extras for the new students in the bin); another: coloring pages; another: name tags
  • collect emergency contact info for new students
  • together: Matthew 6 “Lord’s prayer
  • Sing – psalm 105 stanzas 1, 3 (*new this week*) and 4
  • Sing — “Abram” from Jamie Soles, all stanzas
  • together — recite the memory verse (Psalm 105:13b)
  • get a child to hand out lesson worksheet (see above), another the coloring pages
  • Lesson (see below) —
  • Craft/activity, part 1 — cut felt and glue layers on top to make Abraham, Isaac, and/or a ram; i.e., Abraham body shape is bottom layer, robe glued on, staff glued on, etc.
  • (11:00 am) SNACK/BREAK
    • ..
    • Make sure nobody is thirsty so the second half isn’t interrupted;
  • (11:20 am) – Mark each child’s worksheet, then go thru them together as a group;
  • Craft/activity, part 2 — SCAVENGER HUNT [i got this from "180 games for children's ministry"]: “Begin by asking each child to ‘sacrifice’ something, such as a sock or a barrette. Make a list of the items. Then, hide the items around the room. Divide into teams and give each team a list of the items. When you say ‘Go!’ players should search the room for the items on the scavenger hunt list. The first team to find all of its items wins. Return all items to the owners.”
  • have one of the children hand out stickers — max 3 stickers per child;
  • Singing: Apostle’s Creed, Psalm 116, and/or Psalm 8;
  • Praying: [Colleen];
  • (11:50 am) Kids collect: felts, pencil crayons, glue, scissors, name cards, mini-albums.

Lesson

1. Review Genesis 18-19, and Introduction to this Lesson (Birth of Isaac) – Paul

Review

  • Abraham and Sarah visited by God and 2 angels
  • Abraham and Sarah served bread, meat, curds, milk
  • God told Abraham that Sarah will give birth to a son in one year
  • Overhearing this, Sarah laughed from inside the tent
  • The two angels visited Sodom
  • Abraham pleaded with God, and God promised that He would not destroy Sodom if there were 10 righteous people living there
  • In Sodom, Lot begged the two angels to stay with him at his house for the night
  • Lot served a meal
  • The wicked men of Sodom surrounded the house, because they wanted to harm the two strangers that were Lot’s guests
  • Lot begged the evil men to leave them alone
  • The men charged at Lot, intending to smash the door down
  • The two angels pulled Lot inside the house and struck the men blind
  • The angels told Lot that they were going to destroy Sodom, and told him to gather his family and leave quickly
  • Two young men engaged to marry Lot’s daughters thought that Lot was joking, so they did not join the escape from Sodom
  • The angels took Lot, his wife, and their two daughters by the hand, and led them outside the city
  • One of the angels warned the family to keep running, and to not look back at the city of Sodom
  • By the time the sun had risen, the LORD God rained sulfur and fire on Sodom
  • Lot’s wife looked back at Sodom, and so turned into a pillar of salt
  • God had been kind to Lot and his family because He remembered His covenant with Abraham
  • The next morning, Abraham looked down at Sodom in the valley, and saw only terrible smoke as from a giant furnace

Birth of Isaac
[Tell the kids to watch their worksheet now -- they will hear answers for filling in the blanks. We will check/mark each of children's worksheets after the lesson.]

Even as God had promised that Sarah would give birth to a son, so she did give birth to a son, about a year after the angels visited. Abraham named his boy “Isaac,” which means “he laughs.” [Recall that both Abraham and Sarah had laughed about the promise of this child being born to them in their old age.]

Abraham was one-hundred years old when Isaac was born, and Sarah was also very old.

Many years later, an apostle of Jesus Christ wrote a letter to some Hebrew people, and it is in our Bible. He wrote this: “By faith Abraham, even though he was past age—and Sarah herself was [unable to bear children]—was enabled to become a father because he considered [God] faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

With baby Isaac now in the family tent, God reminded Abraham again that the promised blessing would be fulfilled through this child, the son of Abraham’s wife Sarah — not through Ishmael, Abraham’s firstborn son with Hagar, although Ishmael would become a great nation.

Hagar raised her son Ishmael in the desert, and God was with him as he grew up. Ishmael became an archer and married an Egyptian woman.

Now let us hear the beginning of Isaac’s life.

2. Abraham is Tested by God — Colleen

When Isaac was still a boy, God called out to Isaac’s father Abraham.

“Abraham!” God said.

“Here I am,” answered Abraham.

“Take your son Isaac to the land of Moriah,” God commanded. “There, I will lead you to a mountain where you will sacrifice Isaac as a burnt offering.” [Might need to get them to look at their worksheets, and tell them this part again!]

Moriah was the place we know as Jerusalem today. [Look up on maps.]

Discuss “offering,” “sacrifice,” and “altar”:

  • Offering: … a gift [living, as an animal, or non-living, as first-fruits or sweet-smelling spices], presented or dedicated to God in worship [often burned]; prayer is a type of offering (Psalm 141:2; Hebrews 5:7).
  • Sacrifice:
    • Definition: [A guilty person] surrenders a valuable offering to God [in some attempt to reconcile with Him; this only ultimately possible in Christ]. God established the practice of sacrifice as a way to worship and honor Him.
    • OT sacrifices versus Christ’s sacrifice: Before the time of Jesus, animal sacrifices were only a copy and shadow of the better sacrifice made by Jesus Christ, who offered Himself (Hebrews 5-10) “once for all” (Hebrews 9:27), as the sacrifice for our sins (1 John 2:2; 4:10). This is why Christians do not make animal sacrifices to God. These were not able to “clear the conscience of the worshiper” (Hebrews 9:9), as the unblemished blood of Christ is. In this story of Abraham with Isaac, Abraham served to shadow this great Gift which had not yet come.
    • Christian sacrifices: Praise, confession, doing good, and sharing are all sacrifices pleasing to God (Hebrews 13:15-16). Christians must sacrifice everything they have and everything they are, not to somehow buy what Christ has already purchased, but because it is reasonable (Romans 12:1).
  • We have also learned about altars (Abram built an altar near a great oak tree at Shechem; he built another altar near Bethel):
    • Definition: A structure that somebody builds [likely by piling rocks in the days of Abraham] on which to offer a sacrifice.
    • Ungodly: People who do not believe in God have also erected altars to honor objects (e.g. Acts 17:23); pagans have made sacrifices to dead gods and to demons (Psalms 106), and those exercised in idol worship have even inappropriately attempted to offer sacrifices to apostles of Jesus (Acts 14:18).
    • The cross: The Roman cross, though constructed by wicked hands, was a type of altar upon which our Lord was sacrificed.

Abraham obeyed and prepared the sacrifice:

God told Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, whom he loved, as a burnt offering. So:

Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. (Genesis 22:3a; NIV)

While Isaac watched, Abraham cut some wood — enough for the burnt offering.

With one donkey, the group of four left on the journey to Moriah, the place where God had told Abraham to go.

On the third day of traveling, Abraham looked up and saw the mountain that God wanted him to go to with Isaac.

[Figuratively, Isaac had been as good as dead until this third day, wherein we see a shadow of Christ's resurrection per the youth walking away from that mount of death.]

“Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told his servants, “While the boy and I go farther ahead, where we will worship God. Then we will come back to you.”

Abraham’s faith:

Remember that to sacrifice is a way to worship God. Abraham was set to obey God and sacrifice Isaac on an altar.

If Isaac were to die, God’s promise to Abraham could not come true through Isaac, as God had said it would! Isaac was the child of promise. God had made an oath, and it is not possible for God to lie. God is holy and good forever.

Abraham might have wondered why God was asking him to sacrifice Isaac, but we know one thing for sure: Abraham believed, without question, that God would keep His promise. Abraham was so confident in God, that Abraham believed that God would raise Isaac from the dead if this were necessary to keep His promise. (Hebrews 11:19)

Abraham was certain of what he did not see; this is faith. Those who have not received the gift of faith from God do not understand faith. Sometimes we hear them say that faith is a leap into darkness — but faith is the opposite of a blind leap. Faith is a certain hope, not just a wish or a dream.

We learn about evidence when we study science. With science, we measure and record what we see through microscopes, litmus tests, and radiometers. This evidence strengthens what we believe about how the particulars of God’s creation works.

Faith is evidence given by God to those who are being saved in Jesus Christ. This remarkable evidence gives us firm and confident belief in Christ’s work to save us.

If you did not look into the microscope, you might not believe another who says that she saw a living cell on the glass slide. If you did not receive faith from God, you might not believe another who says that he sees the truth of the gospel.

Remember those two men in Sodom who did not believe that the city would be destroyed? They thought that Lot was joking — would that be a good reason for Lot to stop believing what the angels had told him? If those men had said, “there is no such thing as an angel,” would that make angels not exist?

None of us decide what is true. Truth is what it is, and it will not change. The wind blows everything around, but it will not blow away a large rock. Jesus Christ is the Rock, and what He said never changes. If we build our life on that Rock, we will not blow away when the storms come. He will save us from death itself.

Fairy tales sound great, but even if they were true, every hero and every princess would end up dead in their graves after a few years anyway. Only Christ saves us from the grave, and this is far greater than all the ridiculous stories about magic that godless people keep telling each other.

Even as Abraham was certain that God was able to raise Isaac from the dead, we are certain that God has raised our Lord Jesus from the dead. If God raised Jesus from the grave, then Jesus is the firstborn of the dead, and we know that God is able to raise us from the dead.

3. The Altar and the Ram — Paul

The altar:

In the land of Moriah, on the third day of traveling, Abraham’s two servants stayed with the donkey, while Abraham and his son Isaac went ahead without them.

Abraham took the wood he had cut, and placed it on his son Isaac, while he himself carried the torch of fire and the knife.

“Father?” Isaac asked, as the two walked.

“Yes, my son?” replied Abraham.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

Isaac knew what a normal animal sacrifice looked like, and he knew that the animal was missing this time.

[at this point, a reading through the NAS translation of Genesis 22:8-19 is an appropriate and understandable completion of this story of Abraham and Isaac.]

Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together.

Then they came to the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built the altar [of stones] there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.

Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.

But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”

[The angel] said, “Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”

God provided a ram:

Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket [bushes] by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son.

Abraham called the name of that place The LORD Will Provide, as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the LORD it will be provided.”

Then the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven, and said, “By Myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son, indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall [defeat] the gate of their enemies.

“In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

So Abraham returned to his [two servants], and they [all left] together [...]

Listen also to these two verses from the New Testament part of our Bible: “By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. [Abraham,] who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”

Three weeks ago we learned that God counted Abraham’s faith as righteous. Today we have learned that Abraham’s obedience in offering Isaac on the altar made his faith visible. We can all see from what Abraham did that Abraham really did believe God’s promises — he did not just talk about it.

James, a servant of our Lord Jesus Christ, later wrote: “Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,’ and he was called God’s friend.” (James 2:21-23)

["True faith always produces fruit. Faith and works may be distinguished, but never separated or divorced." - R. C. Sproul]

[If we say that we believe, but we do not really believe, then we are windbags like those teachers of the law in Israel who Jesus mentioned. Those men repeated words, but Jesus lived His words; it is no wonder that He amazed people.]

4. The Father’s Sacrifice of His Holy Son — Colleen

And so it was, that an angel told Abraham to stop, and Abraham found a ram in a thicket to sacrifice instead of his son Isaac.

Does every story of sacrifice end before the knife falls?

Not so for the life of God’s own Son, Jesus who was born in Bethlehem.

As He hung on the cross, facing the great sacrifice of all time, no angel came to Jesus and said, “Do not offer yourself — do not make this sacrifice.”

Jesus was sacrificed. Jesus did pay the cost of our sins. Is that a sad thing? Yes, it was the darkest day in history; however, we also know that it was the greatest day — for imagine if Christ had not paid the penalty for our sins? We could not ever stand before God. We could only look forward to that sulfur and fire that rained from the sky on Sodom.

Jesus completed this sacrifice, and so all the families in the world received Good News of their forgiveness — the very Good News that God had first promised to Abram.

Remember when we read what God promised to Abram: “All peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:3b). We read it again today from Genesis 22:18: “In your seed [or through your offspring] all the nations of the earth shall be blessed.”

Do you know that Jesus is the offspring of Abraham? Jesus descended from Abraham, through his son Isaac. Matthew chapter 1 and Luke chapter 4 both record family trees that show this.

The resurrection of Jesus completes the Good News — Jesus rose from the grave on the third day after He died on the Roman cross. So, even as Isaac lived after three days with the death sentence, so does Jesus live today, and so shall we live. Believing in Jesus, we will not die for our sins. God provided a ram instead of Isaac, and God has provided Jesus to take our place on the altar.

Jesus knew His Father’s plan that He would be the sacrifice for many. While He walked and preached throughout Canaan before He died, He said to the people, “I came not to be served but to serve, and to give my life as a ransom for many.”

Jesus was set to obey God’s plan — to “do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” This He did, and so we wait for Him — we wait for when He appears the second time to bring salvation to those who believe in Him [-- to those who have the right to be called the children of God, and are, through Jesus, the children of Abraham and are receiving the promise given to Abraham].

Listen to what the prophet Isaiah wrote about Jesus. While you listen, remember that Isaiah had not read about Jesus in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; no, Isaiah wrote this by the power of God’s Spirit more than seven hundred years before Jesus came to this earth:

[...] he was pierced for our [crimes],
he was crushed for our [sins];
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the [sin] of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before her shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.”
(Isaiah 53:5-7; NIV)

Questions?

Beadie Critters

October 1, 2010

(See “Beadie Critters” website) — I’ve only tried this Spider-man:

7" spider-man using wooden square pony beads

Lessons I learned while attempting my first beadie critter:

  • I needed much more string and beads than I had imagined;
  • Even though the “cotton thread” came neatly wound, I still spent a LONG time unraveling/untangling EIGHT FEET of it to use for one dinky little spider-man;
  • i needed to use big needles at both ends to pull the cotton string through the wooden beads — I’m assuming the regular plastic pony/barrel beads can be threaded without using needles; otherwise, we’ll need something more child-friendly;
  • Square wooden beads instead of more common “pony bead” shapes: they seem to work fine;
  • A flat working surface is required;
  • It took (me) over an hour to make a critter that’s only 7 inches high;
  • I cannot imagine this being an appropriate activity for kids in a short time, unless the designs are extremely simple; then again, I might have done it the difficult way.

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