Explore the Bible at Home - Week of January 20

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Dear Parents, Grandparents, & Guardians,

On Sunday, January 20th, our students learned about Isaac. God chose Isaac to continue His covenant with Abraham, but God’s blessing on Isaac’s life did not mean that Isaac never faced strife or conflict. Our world is broken by sin, which means that sin affects every area of life.  We can learn from Isaac that the best thing to do in trying times is to obey God and trust Him. Because Isaac trusted God to provide for him, he did not need to fight for what was rightfully his. Instead, Isaac chose peace—again and again. When is the last time your family chose to seek peace with each other? Name a couple of situations you or your kids face each week. Talk about how you can trust God and choose peace in those tough situations. If you'd like to check out the Explore the Bible at Home sheet you can find it here.

Bible Passage: Genesis 26:1-6,12-33

Younger Kids Text Truth: Isaac trusted God to care for him.

Older Kids Text Truth: Isaac trusted God and chose to seek peace. 

God Blessed Isaac, Genesis 26:1-6,12-33

God made a covenant with Abraham. He told Abraham that the covenant would also be for Abraham’s future family. One day God spoke to Abraham’s son Isaac. A famine had come to the land but God said, “Stay in this land. I will be with you and bless you. I will give this land to you and your future family. Everyone will be blessed by your family because Abraham listened and obeyed My instructions.”

Isaac planted seed and grew over 100 times what he planted. God was blessing Isaac. Isaac became very wealthy. The Philistines wanted to be wealthy like Isaac, so they filled up all the wells that Isaac used. Now instead of water, the wells were full of dirt. The leader of the Philistines, Abimelech, told Isaac to leave.

Isaac left and settled in a new spot, the Valley of Gerar. He reopened some wells that his father had dug long ago. Next Isaac’s servants dug and found a well of spring water. But the herdsmen of Gerar argued with Isaac’s herdsmen over the water. Another well was dug, but they argued over that well too.

So Isaac moved and dug a new well. Isaac knew that God was with him and would take care of him. Isaac and his family moved to Beer-sheba (bee ehr-SHEE buh). That night God appeared to Isaac. “Do not be afraid. I am with you. I will bless you and your future family.” Isaac built an altar to praise God. Then Isaac set up his tent and his servant dug a new well.

Later Abimelech came to visit Isaac. Isaac asked him, “Why have you come? You told me to leave.”

Abimelech told Isaac, “We have seen that God has been with you. We want to make a promise of peace with you.” Isaac agreed to have peace. After the men left, Isaac’s servant came to tell him that they had dug a new well and found water. God was with Isaac and taking care of him.

- Autumn