Genesis: Abraham & Sarah

Sunday, July 7, 2013
Today's lesson is Abraham. We used a lot of stars for this lesson with the projects! You can print a 'Be a Star for Jesus' set of cards that are discussion starters. I used this title so these cards could be used with other Bible lessons. You can print them in color, black/white or in Spanish. 

Some time passed after Babel and people had children and they had children. Terah (Tee’rah) had Abram. Abram was married to Sarai, (Sar’eye) and they didn’t have any children. He was very rich in livestock, silver and gold He lived in Canaan. 
Today's scripture is Genesis 17:1-18:16; 21:1-5; 22:1-13. When Abram was 75 years old, God appeared to him. (Genesis 12:1-7) Even though Abram didn’t have sons, God told him to “Look toward the heaven and count the stars, if you can and that is how many descendants you will have.” (Genesis 15:5-6) Abram believed what God told him. He said that Abram would be “a father of many nations” and now his name would be Abraham.  Nations and kings would come from his descendants. Also, now his wife will be called Sarah. 
Many years later, God talked to Abraham told him that He would bless Abraham and Sarah with a son, and she will be a mother of all nations. How do you think Abraham felt about this? He actually fell on his face and laughed! (Genesis 17:17) Abraham asked God “How can I have a son when I’m 100 years old and my wife is 90?” God told him that Sarah would have a son and they are to call him Isaac and she would have him next year.
Later, Abraham was sitting by the door of his tent and when he looked outside, there were three men. He ran out to meet them and offered them water, rest, food and feet cleaning.  He had Sarah make bread, and he took a good calf and had someone cook it.
They asked Abraham where his wife was and he told them “She is here in the tent.” Sarah was listening by the tent door and heard one of the men say that she would have a son. Well, she knew she was old and she laughed to herself.
Now the man asked Abraham why Sarah laughed because can’t God do anything? Sarah became afraid and denied that she had laughed, but He said “Yes you did.” The men rose and Abraham went with them to send them on their way.
The next year, Sarah had their son and they named him Isaac just as God told them to.
More time passed and God called to Abraham and told him “There’s a mountain that I want you to go to and take your son Isaac.” So, Abraham got up early, saddled his donkey, and took two men and Isaac. He went where God told him to and on the third day he saw the place that God wanted him to go. He told the young men to stay there because Isaac was going with him to worship.
Abraham took the wood, fire and a knife for the offering. Isaac said “But, father, we have everything for the offering, but where is the lamb?” Abraham told him that God would provide it.
Abraham built an altar and put the wood on it. He tied up Isaac and laid him on the altar and lifted his knife to kill him. But the Angel of God came and called out his name and told him not to hurt Isaac. Now I know that you fear God. Abraham looked up and there was a ram caught in a thicket.  
He took the ram and offered it up as a sacrifice instead of Isaac. Compare this to God being willing to send His Son to be offered as a sacrifice for us. He didn’t ask Abraham to do something that He wouldn’t do.
This is another visual I used with the ram caught in the thicket.
I made this lighted night sky for this lesson from a science board, purchased with the blue background. I spray painted the bottom with the Krylon Make It Stone! textured paint. I used the Travertine Tan color. I glued the scripture topper to the board. Then, I added the light bulbs (35 in a craft pack, but suggest the 50 set purchased during Christmas to be cheaper). I used yellow paint and a Q-Tip to add the stars, then I used different glitter glue to make dots to add the shine & sparkle! To finish it, I used a sand color felt for the ground, and I used my Moses (I don't have Abraham) to stand.
I also used this visual for the sacrifice.
The project is a set of how to 'Be a Star for Jesus'! I left the title generic so this could be used with other Bible lessons, but I wanted to use stars since that is one of the points of learning about Abraham. These are discussion starters for various times that we may or may not act like Jesus wants us to. So, each star has a time and a fill-in-the-blank. For instance, with my family, could be nice, share, control mouth, etc.
They can be put in any order. Also, you can print them in color or black and white. Printed on black and white can be printed on color paper or cardstock. They can be connected with a book ring, or I used a star brad. I used a tiny hole punch to make the holes (you can purchase at craft stores), then added the brad. You can print the cards here:
Color    B/W     Spanish: B/W

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission.
*Note: this was updated 5 years later. As you can see from the above, the new link has several options. I included the completed pictures that are shown for an easy teacher's visual. This pack includes the original (right) Abraham and the (left) Abraham by Sweet. I added the worksheets with Abraham already on the paper, or separate so the student can cut and glue. I also added black & white options for each. I also add the final application worksheet that is on the far right. This is a discussion starter to let students think about the blessings that they have from God.

Here is the cut & glue worksheet pack that can be used by itself, or with the lapbook printables.

Click here to download.
Here are the lapbook printables:
Lapbook #1    Lapbook #2
See all the Genesis cut and paste worksheets and lapbook printables here.


  1. Thank you so much for using your talent for the Lord. Your lessons take all the stress of preparation out of teaching these young kids about God. I really look forward to Sunday School now and even to the preparation. Bless you.

  2. Thanks so much for visiting! I appreciate the nice comment! I am glad you are able to use some of the ideas for class.

  3. I agree to what pattyo has said , your lessons do indeed take all the stress of preparation out of teaching the young ones especially on articles that are quite complicated even for us as grown ups your illustations and simplicity makes it so easy to get the word of God to reach the children minds , God bless your sevice your are of great help to us as teachers

    1. Thank you! I appreciate you stopping by and leaving the nice comment!

  4. Thank you so much for your work. I am a missionary in Cambodia and it is impossible to get good material over here. Using your lessons have really helped me to bring the word of God to the kids here in a fun and simple way. May God continue to bless with you great ideas and a love for His word.

  5. Debbie, I love using your wonderful lessons and all of your great visuals and ideas.
    One problem with this lesson, Abraham, Early Elementary: your fantastic visual that I had already copied and planned on using in my class, Abraham and the stars, verse Gen. 17:4, is incorrect. The verse should read "God told Abraham that he would be a father of MANY nations." Genesis 12:1-3 is where God tells Abraham that ALL families will be blessed thru Abraham. Wish I could have changed the page to use. Thanks for all of your hard work and for sharing.

    1. Thanks for letting me know. The pack has been updated with other printing choices added.

  6. I thank God for using your work to educate me on how to demonstrate some Bible passages to the children in our local church.
    May the Lord bless you Aboundantly.

  7. I truly enjoyed this I'm a teacher of puppets in the church I attend and this lesson helps me as an adult and I'm sure it will be a great to tool for a puppet show thanks you so much God continually Bless you and your faithfulness in His Kingdom.


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