Bible Story: Abram Keeps Peace
Reference: Genesis 13
Abram and his nephew lot continued traveling together with their families, servants, and animals. After a short trip to Egypt, Abram and Lot came back to Canaan to the place where Abram had set up his first altar to God. There they worshipped the Lord.
Soon there was quarreling. Abram’s servants were mad at Lot’s servants. Lot’s servants were mad at Abram’s servants. There just wasn’t enough pasture for everyone’s animals to be in the same place.
Abram loved his nephew. He didn’t want any arguing, so he said to Lot, “The land right here is not enough for all our animals. Why don’t we separate? You pick which way you’d like to go. Then I will go the other way.” Lot had grown into a big group. He looked out at the land. To the east, everything seemed greener, perfect for hungry sheep. “I will go east,” he said.
Abram was happy to give Lot the first choice. “That sounds good,” he said, “I will go the other way.” So the two of them hugged and separated. Lot journeyed east toward the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abram journeyed towards Hebron.
God then told Abram, “Look all around you. I will give you and your children this land. You will have lots of descendants!”
Our Bible story reminds me of the prayer verse, Genesis 13:8, in which Abram says to Lot, “There should be no arguing between you and me....We are brothers." (ICB). Abram wanted to keep peace between him and Lot. He was willing to let Lot choose first, so Lot could be happy. God wants to help us get along with others, too. Do you have a brother or sister? Why not let them choose first? Be happy for others when they have something you like.
Dear Father God, I want keep peace like Abram. Help me not argue. Help me let others choose first. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Nature Collection: Natural Resources
Our story about Abram and Lot’s animals and servants not having enough space to live peacefully reminds me of the importance of natural resources. Natural resources are things that we all need and use that are found in nature, like air, water, plants, animals, and oil under the ground.
Sometimes people use up too many natural resources that the resources start to disappear. For example, Abram and Lot’s animals needed to eat grass. But maybe there was not enough in the area for so many animals. Abram made a wise choice that protected the pasture by spreading the animals out over more land. This allows the grass time to grow back and still be there.
Other ways to protect our natural resources include not polluting our air and water, not killing plants or bugs with harmful chemicals, and finding ways to reduce how many car trips we take.
We make choices all the time about how we will use natural resources. God has designed things so that when we make good choices with using and protecting natural resources, we actually help ourselves live healthier and happier lives.
Memory Mastery: Sabbath
This quarter we are memorizing facts about the Sabbath in song. If your child can fill in the blanks, they will earn a new item to add to their Bible artifact collection.
Mission Mail: Sabbath Schools for Malaysia
This quarter the world church is helping our brothers and sisters in the Southern Asia-Pacific Division share Jesus with the people there. One special project that will share the 13th Sabbath mission offerings is building new Sabbath school rooms for a church in Malaysia. Please bring your coins each Sabbath to donate to the world mission project.