Explore the Bible at Home - Week of January 13th
Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Guardians,
This Sunday we looked at Genesis 15 and 17 and considered the life of Abraham, God's call on Abraham's life, and the covenant that God put in place between himself and Abraham. Abraham is known for his great faith in God. God appeared to Abraham and told him some incredible things. Here are two: you will have more descendants than stars you can see in the sky, and you will have a child even though you are 100 years old. Those promises may seem outrageous, but nothing is impossible for God. God always keeps His promises. Think of a time when something seemed impossible or outrageous, but God made it possible. Share about that time with your kids. It might be something small or maybe it was something big. Share with your kids about how it felt to trust God and have faith that He would keep His promise. If you'd like to continue the conversations we began today at home this week, check out this week's Explore the Bible at Home guide.
Younger Kids Text Truth: God always keeps His promises.
Older Kids Text Truth: God fulfills His promises in His perfect time.
God’s Covenant with Abraham, Genesis 15:1-6; 17:1-9,15-22; 21:1-7
God had told Abram to move to a new land. Abram had obeyed God. One day God spoke to Abram in a vision. “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield. Your reward will be great.”
God took Abram outside and said, “Look at the sky and count the stars, if you can. Your family will be that numerous.” Abram believed God and the Bible tells us that God "counted Abram's faith to him as righteousness."
When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to him. The Lord said, “I am God Almighty. I will establish My covenant between Me and you. Your name will no longer be Abram but will now be Abraham. I will make you the father of many nations.”
God also told Abraham, “As for your wife, do not call her Sarai (SEHR igh) anymore. Sarah (SEHR uh) will be her name. I will bless her; indeed, I will give you a son by her. Kings will come from her.”
Abraham laughed and said to himself, “Can a child be born to a man that is a hundred years old? Can Sarah, a ninety-year-old woman, have a son?”
God said, “Your wife Sarah will have a son and you will name him Isaac. I will continue the covenant I have with you with Isaac. This time next year, Sarah will have your son Isaac.”
God kept His special promise. Sarah had a baby boy and Abraham named his son, Isaac.
Abraham and Sarah waited and waited for God’s promise to come true, and it did. God always keeps His promises in His time.