Sunday June 14

Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7  

Sing Together

Read Together

A Son Is Promised to Sarah

18 The Lord appeared again to Abraham near the oak grove belonging to Mamre. One day Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent during the hottest part of the day. He looked up and noticed three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran to meet them and welcomed them, bowing low to the ground.
“My lord,” he said, “if it pleases you, stop here for a while. Rest in the shade of this tree while water is brought to wash your feet. And since you’ve honored your servant with this visit, let me prepare some food to refresh you before you continue on your journey.”
“All right,” they said. “Do as you have said.”
So Abraham ran back to the tent and said to Sarah, “Hurry! Get three large measuresof your best flour, knead it into dough, and bake some bread.” Then Abraham ran out to the herd and chose a tender calf and gave it to his servant, who quickly prepared it. When the food was ready, Abraham took some yogurt and milk and the roasted meat, and he served it to the men. As they ate, Abraham waited on them in the shade of the trees.
“Where is Sarah, your wife?” the visitors asked.
“She’s inside the tent,” Abraham replied.
10 Then one of them said, “I will return to you about this time next year, and your wife, Sarah, will have a son!”
Sarah was listening to this conversation from the tent. 11 Abraham and Sarah were both very old by this time, and Sarah was long past the age of having children. 12 So she laughed silently to herself and said, “How could a worn-out woman like me enjoy such pleasure, especially when my master—my husband—is also so old?”
13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
15 Sarah was afraid, so she denied it, saying, “I didn’t laugh.”
But the Lord said, “No, you did laugh.”

The Birth of Isaac

21 The Lord kept his word and did for Sarah exactly what he had promised. She became pregnant, and she gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age. This happened at just the time God had said it would. And Abraham named their son Isaac. Eight days after Isaac was born, Abraham circumcised him as God had commanded. Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born.
And Sarah declared, “God has brought me laughter. All who hear about this will laugh with me. Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse a baby? Yet I have given Abraham a son in his old age!”

Watch the Story

Or how about this version of the same story?

Discuss the Story: 

  • What part of the story did you like best?
  • Was there any part that was surprising to you?
  • Who were the three visitors who came to visit Abraham and Sarah? How do you think that Abraham knew that one of the visitors was God?
  • What would your reaction be if God came to visit you?
  • The visitors promised Abraham and Sarah a son. But they still had to wait for what they wanted.  What is the longest that you have waited for something that you really wanted? Did you sometimes wonder if the time would ever come?
  • Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90 years old when they finally received what they had wanted.  Sarah learned that God can do anything – nothing is impossible for him!  When you follow God and trust in him, you can expect amazing things to happen. 

Pray Together 

Dear Lord,
we love you and thank you for your promises! 
Help us obey and trust your will for our lives. 
Help us to remember to be hospitable, kind and prayerful like Abraham. 
Amen.

Activities: 

  • Make the characters in the story out of clay or play-doh and retell the story while “acting” it out.
  • Parents make or buy a special treat (example:  candy, fruit, cookies etc.). Wrap it up like a gift and before you open the gift set it in the middle of the table and talk about how difficult it is to wait for surprises like Christmas or birthdays.  Abraham and Sarah had to wait a long time for God to do what He said and give them a child. After you discuss this, open the gift and share.
  • Invite your bubble family over for dinner.  Let the children help in the planning and let them suggest ways that they can make the bubble family feel welcome.  Have the children be involved in preparing and getting ready for this dinner date.  Be ready to show eagerness to show hospitality to your guests, just like Abraham and Sarah did in our Bible story.  Afterwards discuss what each child/children did to make the guest feel welcome.

Old Sarah laughed at the thought of having a baby at her age.  What a joke!  Here are some jokes for you:

  • Who was the greatest babysitter in the Bible? (David – He rocked Goliath to sleep)
  • Why didn’t they play cards on the ark? (Because Noah was standing on the deck)
  • What kind of lights did Noah use to see on the ark? (Flood lights)
  • What did Adam say on the day before Christmas?  (It’s Christmas Eve)
  • What was Boaz before he married Ruth? (Ruthless)
  • Write your best joke and tell it and make someone laugh.
This session’s ideas came to us from

https://ministry-to-children.com/abraham-and-sarah-lesson/