Dear Parents, We hope the following summary of the Sunday School lesson will help you in discussing the lesson with your children and in working through this booklet together. SCRIPTURE PASSAGES: Genesis 16, 21:1-21
Abraham A Person of Faith
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY: Abraham and Sarah try to fulfill God’s promise on their own, and Ishmael is born. Twice God meets Hagar’s needs in the wilderness, confirming that He sees and knows her. The Lord fulfills His promise through Sarah, and Isaac is born. LESSON FOCUS: To understand that God will fulfill His promise in His time. To understand that God sees me and knows what I need. WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT GOD: God is called El Roi, the God who sees me. God is faithful to fulfill what He promises. LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT WE’VE LEARNED: Which one of God’s promises did Abraham and Sarah begin to doubt that God would keep? (God was going to give them a son.) Abraham and Sarah tried to solve the problem themselves. What did Abraham do? (He took another wife, Hagar. Hagar gave Abraham a son, Ishmael.)
God kept His promise and gave Abraham and Sarah a son, Isaac. What problem arose between Sarah and Ishmael? (Ishmael made fun of Isaac.) How did Sarah fix this problem? (She told Abraham to send Hagar and Ishmael away.)
What happened to Hagar and Ishmael in the desert? (They ran out of water and Hagar thought Ishmael would die.) What did Hagar remember about God? (God is the one who sees me – El Roi.) What did Hagar do? (She remembered that God had helped her before so she prayed and asked Him to help her again.) Did God help Hagar? (Yes, He showed her a nearby well.) What promise did God give to Hagar about Ishmael? (He would become a great nation and he would be prosperous.)
Will you talk to God when you have a need and will you depend on Him to help you? Will you believe that God knows best and trust Him to give you what you need in His time?
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God Supplies My Needs
Hagar and Ishmael This Week’s Memory Verse: Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:28-31 September 22, 2013
Monday – Sarah and Abraham Doubt
Saturday – This Week’s Puzzle
Read: Genesis 16:5-10 After Abraham and Lot separated their herds, God told Abraham to lift up his eyes and look to the
s__________ , e___________ and w___________ to see all the land He was giving him. He also said he would have many, many
(children and grandchildren). 13:14-15)
God wanted Abraham to remember His promises. About ten years after Sarah and Abraham came to the land God promised, they began to wonder and doubt the promise for many offspring. Is it hard for you to trust God for something? yes no If yes, what is it? ___________________________________________________ Because they doubted, Sarah asked Abraham to take another wife. What was her name? _______________________ (Genesis 16:3) What did they name Hagar’s son? ___________________ Even though a baby boy was born, the adults weren’t very happy. Do you think it is best to do things God’s way? yes no Why? ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________
The God Who Sees Me Find the hidden words within the grid of letters that match the list below. Can you guess the hidden message by writing down the unused letters ?
G T A O E L H M X E Q V M B L
H N R T A B P S L M Y C T F I
S T I H K V V R O C I R B K K
T H G R S M O R C N E S R W S
R L Y N P I G A T S O T A O Z
E T E E E S J W E B X B P A S
N O P A T R F D Q V H G V X C
G T O W M U T F C V B S M O J
S H W R Y H A S O E L R A T P
T A E E R B S L F U R I V I H
B E R T R D E I M A Y P G A E
U W R A A Q R A G A H E B O B
O E H W H A V R B J Q U I G N
D A T T S U R T X P J Q J O T
M P O W E R M N S T J Z V F R
________ __ ___ _____, _____ __ ___ ____ Abraham Desert Doubt
El-Roi Hagar Isaac
Ishmael Sarah Offspring Son Power Strength
Friday – El-Roi, the God Who Sees Me
Tuesday – Baby Isaac
Read: Genesis 16:13
Read: Genesis 21:1-14
Read out loud the scripture two or three times.
When Abraham was 99 years old, he was visited by angels. What promise did the Lord make to Abraham? (Genesis 18:10)
What did Hagar say about God’s name?
a___ ___ G___ ___ s ___ ___ ___
“Y___ ___ t___ ___ w___ ___ m___ .”
Do you think God is everywhere at the same time? yes no not sure
God is everywhere at the same time! Do you think God knew everything about Hagar? yes
How about you, does God know all about you? yes no not sure When Jesus was living on earth, He told the Pharisees that God not only knows about us (He knows how many hairs we have on our head), but He also sees what is in our hearts. (Luke 12:7 and 16:15) Do you think God is powerful enough to solve your problems? yes no not sure Abraham sure did! Read Romans 4:18-21. Write Romans 4:20-21 in your own words. ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________
“About this time next year … _______________ … will have a son.” Did the Lord’s promise to Sarah come true? yes
What name did Abraham and Sarah give to their baby boy? ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ When Isaac got a little older they had a big feast. At this feast, Isaac’s big brother, Ishmael, kept mocking him and making fun of him. Do you think this made Sarah mad? no
Sarah wanted Abraham to send Hagar and Ishmael away. Abraham listened to God’s plan and sent Hagar and Ishmael into the desert with just food and water. Do you think this was hard for Abraham ? yes
Why do you think this was hard for Abraham to do? ___________________________________________________ What is something that is hard for you to do? ___________________________________________________
Wednesday – Hagar Learns About God Read: Genesis 21:12-19 and Genesis 16:13
Read: Genesis 21:17-20
As Hagar and Ishmael wandered through the desert of Beersheba, it must have been very hot and dry. What would you have been thinking as you were running out of water? _________________________ _________________________ _________________________
How did God help Hagar? ______________________________ ______________________________ ______________________________ ______________________________
Did Hagar give up? yes
With Ishmael under a bush and Hagar a little farther away, they began to cry. Who do you think could hear them ?
What did God provide for Hagar to help Ishmael?
_________________ As Hagar heard God’s voice, she remembered another day in the desert about thirteen years before when God saw her trouble. Her name for God at that time was El-Roi. Write down what this name means. (Genesis 16:13)
the _________ who
Thirteen years before Hagar saw God provide for her. Now, alone in the desert with Ishmael, she would trust in Him again because she remembered He is the God who always sees us. Does God ever change? yes
Thursday – God Provides for Hagar and Ishmael
Do you think He sees your problems today? yes
Talk to God right now and tell Him about a problem in your life.
___________________________________________________ Did God have a promise for Ishmael? yes
If you think yes, can you write down which verse tells us about it? Genesis 21:________ Who was with Ishmael as he grew up? ___________ Write down times when God was with you and helped you out of trouble. ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________