|Theme:||Trusting our Heavenly Father. Proper 8 (13) Year A|
|Object:||No object is needed. The children will play a game as the teaching object.|
|Scripture:||But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, "My father!" And he said, "Here I am, my son." Then he said, "Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?" And Abraham said, "My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering." So the two of them went together. Genesis 22:7-8 [NKJV]|
Today we are going to play a game. The game is called, "Who do you trust?" I am going to choose one person to stand up here in front of the group. That person will choose someone to come and stand behind him. Then the person in front will close his eyes and fall backward into the arms of the person he has chosen to stand behind him. Now, it is very important for the person who is falling to choose someone that he can trust. You wouldn't want to fall back and find that the person you had trusted to catch you has gone to get a drink, would you? (Depending upon how much time you have, allow one or more children to play the game.)
We have been playing the "Who Do You Trust?" game all of our lives. Don't you remember when you were little and you would jump off the bed into your father's arms? You never worried about whether he would catch you or not. You trusted him completely and knew that he wouldn't let you fall.
The story of Abraham and Isaac is a story about trust. Abraham was Isaac's father. Abraham and his wife Sarah had waited for many years for a son and Abraham loved Isaac more than anything in the world. One day, God spoke to Abraham and told him to take Isaac up on a mountain and offer him as a sacrifice. So Abraham took Isaac and they started up the mountain. On the third day, Abraham told Isaac that they were going to build an altar and offer a sacrifice to God.
Isaac said to his father, "The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for the offering?"
Abraham answered Isaac and said, "God will provide the lamb."
They kept walking until they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, then Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied Isaac and placed him on the altar. He took a knife and was ready to kill his son when the angel of the Lord called out to him, "Abraham! "Don't lay a hand on that boy! Don't touch him!" Then Abraham looked and saw a ram caught by his horns in the thicket. So Abraham took the ram and offered it as a sacrifice to God. Abraham had faith in God and trusted in him completely -- and God provided the lamb -- just as Abraham had told Isaac that he would.
When we put our trust in God, He always provides. Who do you trust?
Dear Father, help us, like Abraham, to put our trust in you and have faith that you will provide. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
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