Genesis 12:1-4a, 15:1-6, 17:3-5
“Abraham had faith and obeyed God. He was told to go to the land that God had said would be his, and he left for a country he had never seen.” Hebrews 11:8
Objective Of The Lesson
Jesus Christ the Savior would one day be born from the line of Abraham.
Big Picture Question
Why was Abraham chosen by God? Abraham was chosen by God to fulfill His promise of sending the Savior. Jesus would be born from Abraham’s descendants.
Study the Scripture passages diligently and carefully. Ask God to make them real in your own life and pray for the children in your class.
- After the fall of Adam and Eve, who did God promise He would send?
- Why do we need a Savior?
In the passages we will go over the word covenant is repeatedly used. Make sure you explain to your kids what the word means.
“Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you; And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-3
God gives Abram a command; to leave his home and family behind. Abrams sacrifice would come with a reward for obeying God. God promised to Abram a land that He would show him. God would personally show him the land that He would give to Abram and his descendants.
God then goes on to list the promises that He makes to Abram:
- I Will Make You A Great Nation– Abram would have so many descendants that they will form a great nation, the nation of Israel.
- I Will Bless You– God would bestow upon Abram many blessings. Abram did not earn any of these blessings. They would be given to him because of Gods mercy.
- I Will Make Your Name Great- There is probably no more honored name in history than the name of Abram, who is honored by Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
- I Will Bless Those Who Bless You And The One Who Curses You I Will Curse– God promises divine protection for Abram and his descendants.
- In You All The Families Of The Earth Will Be Blessed- Not only was Abram promised blessings, but God also promised to make him a blessing, even to the point where all the families of the earth would be blessed in Abram. God is promising that through Abrams descendants would come the Savior. This promise that He gave to Eve in the Garden, then continued through Seth and then Noah would now continue through the line of Abram.
“So Abram went forth as the Lord had spoken to him…” Genesis 12:4a
Abram obeyed God and left his home for the land that God would show him. Abram had no idea were he was going because he had never been there, but he trusted God. Their was no hesitation in his obedience.
The Bible tells us that Abram obeyed God because he had faith. “By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going.” Hebrews 11:8
Abraham obeyed God because he fully trusted Him.
“After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you; Your reward shall be very great.” Genesis 15:1
After Abram rescues Lot, God confirms His covenant with him.
God promises Abram that He will be his protector, reiterating the promise that God gave him in Genesis 12:1-3.
Again God promises that he will greatly bless Abram.
“Abram said, “O Lord God, what will You give me, since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “Since You have given no offspring to me, one born in my house is my heir.” Genesis 15:2-3
Abram could not see how God could keep His promises. He had no children so how would his descendants inherit God’s blessings? In his mind his slave Eliezer would become his heir.
“Then behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This man will not be your heir; but one who will come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir.” And He took him outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” Then he believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.” Genesis 15:4-6
God told Abram that Eliezer would not be his heir. Abrams heir would be his very own son, whom God promised to give to him.
God took Abram outside and showed him all of the stars in the sky. He told Abram to count the stars and then promised him that he would have as many descendants as the stars that were shinning back at him.
As Abram looked at the stars, he could see the millions of lights in the sky; a symbol of God’s promise to him.
So Abram believed God even though, from our human perspective, the fulfillment of such a promise seemed impossible.
Abram believed God and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. Abram was justified before God because of his faith. He completely trusted God.
“Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying, “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, And you will be the father of a multitude of nations. “No longer shall your name be called Abram, But your name shall be Abraham; For I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.” Genesis 17:3-5
A few years later God appears to Abram once more. God once more reaffirms His covenant with Abram. He reminds him that He will give him many descendants and
out of those descendants would come a multitude of nations.
God then changes Abrams name. God now calls him Abraham. Abraham means father of a many nations. His very name would be a constant reminder of Gods covenant.
The Promised Savior
God mercifully gave Abraham many promises and Abraham believed God. This is why Abraham is remembered as one of the heroes of the faith. Abraham had complete faith and trust in God. He could not see how he at his old age could have a son, but because God Himself made him the promise he believed.
The greatest promise that God gave Abraham was that of the coming Savior.
Abraham was chosen by God to fulfill His promise of sending the Savior. Jesus would be born from Abraham’s descendants.
Ask your kids, why was Abraham chosen by God? Abraham was chosen by God to fulfill His promise of sending the Savior. Jesus would be born from Abraham’s descendants.
Ask them the following review questions:
- What does the word covenant mean?
- What did God command Abram to do?
- Why did Abram obey God? The Bible tells us he had what?
- What did God promise Abram? (Name At Least 3)
- God told Abram that his decedents would be as numerous as the?
- Did Abram believe God’s promises?
- What did God change Abram’s name to? What does it mean?
Finally take some time to memorize the memory verse.