In this 6th Grade lesson, we study the holy Patriarchs of Abraham and Isaac.
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The Three Angels Appearing to Abraham by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, 1729
Abraham is called “Our Father in Faith” because God promised Abraham that his descendants would fill the whole earth. How could that be?
We began this unit learning about how God created the world with Adam and Eve. Then we saw Original Sin come into the world. It was then that we realized that a savior would have to come to open up Heaven for all of us. In another lesson, we learned about how God told Noah to build an ark so that his family would be spared, along with two of every animal, when God flooded the earth to rid it of evil. Then again we saw the people behaving sinfully when they built the Tower of Babel to try to reach Heaven. Now we find out about the first patriarch (father) of our religion, Abraham.
Abram (this was his name at first) was an old man who lived with his wife Sarai in the town of Haran. It was normal to live in the same area as your relatives back then. Abram lived among the people of his family, including his brothers and nephew.
One day God told Abram to pack up his things and leave the area where he was living. God was sending him to a new place. He would make a new nation and Abram would be blessed with many children. Can you imagine Abram’s surprise at this? He and his wife Sarai were very old, probably older than your grandparents, and God was telling them to leave their home, move far away, and that they were going to have many children. Do you think they were confused? God also changed Abram’s name to Abraham, and Sarai’s name to Sarah.
Abraham was obedient to God and he followed God’s instructions. He and his wife Sarah and his nephew Lot packed up their things. They left their home. They didn’t know where it was that God wanted them to go. They trusted that God would lead them to where He wanted them to be. Abraham knew that God would protect them and guide them to do His will.
They traveled and entered an area where their enemies lived. God told Abraham that he was going to give that land to Abraham and his children. Abraham then built an altar in that spot to honor God’s promise to him.
One night, after Abraham had built the altar, God showed Abraham that he was going to be the father of all nations. God showed Abraham the night sky and all the stars. He told Abraham that he would have more children than all the stars in the sky. What an amazing thing to suggest t... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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