One of the things I love about the patriarchs is they’re not perfect. The Jewish faith likes to say “We came from Abraham, look at Father Abraham.” (Who else got the song in their head now?). They don’t mention how twice Abraham nearly let his wife be given to another man. Or his other failure……… That’s why Abraham makes such a great Sunday School lesson.
But despite his failings Abraham did move “across the world” when God told him to. I don’t know if I’d be willing to do that.
I had a lot planned to do with this lesson on Abraham, but ran into the problem of a week long migraine. So we only achieved a few of the things in the lesson plan.
What I learn from the Call of Abraham
When we start the lesson on Abraham, he’s living with his family, and it sure seems like they’ve been there for generations. By the end of today’s story Abraham has left his home and traveled to a completely different part of the world. He’s not going to see his family again, and he is trusting God where he moves will have good grazing.
In Hebrews 11 it talks about Abraham, “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” Imagine not knowing where you’re going and just going. I find Abraham to be an amazing example of faith.
Call of Abraham activities
Call of Abraham craft supplies: printable in the Call of Abraham lesson, Crayons*, Crayola Watercolor Paints*
(might as well buy 6 as not), and glitter glue* (optional, but my kids like them, especially this kind)
We happily spent an afternoon coloring the picture of Abraham counting the stars and then painting it to get a nice wax resist effect.
I love crayon resist projects, they’re so much fun.
And the final results really did vary so much. On the far right is mine, the middle one is Superman’s and Batman’s is the one on the right, I think……… (Apparently we also did this craft earlier with slightly different results: Call of Abraham craft)
The next day after reading the story again we built an altar, just like God told Abraham to do. We searched all over our backyard for rocks, and built a nice little altar. It would have gotten bigger, but that was the day the temperature dropped 30 degrees and we were getting threats of snow.
So, only a little altar. But certainly more than enough to get the point across of the Call of Abraham story.
For more Call of Abraham lesson ideas:
(links marked with * are affiliate links)
- CALL OF ABRAHAM lesson (this includes storybook, discussion questions, and activity suggestions)
- Abraham “Get up and Go” craft
- Call of Abraham lesson (I love this site)
- Call of Abraham starry night jar
- Call of Abraham starry night jar* (I love this Veggietales)
- Buck Denver Asks: What’s in the Bible? Volume Two – Let My People Go*