Bible Story: Isaac is Born
Reference: Genesis 17, 18, 21
Many years went by. Abram and Sarai were very old. They still had no children. When Abram was 100 years old, God appeared to him and said, “I am changing your name to Abraham because I have made you a father of many nations. I am changing Sarai’s name to Sarah because I have made her a mother of nations. Your children will inherit the land of Canaan.” It seemed impossible to have children when you are old, but Abraham believed God’s word.
One day Abraham was sitting at the door of his tent under a big tree. It was very hot outside, and three men came near. Abraham always made everyone feel welcome. “Come and rest,” he told them. “Eat here with me.” The men agreed and had lunch. Abraham soon realized that these 3 men were really the Lord God and two angels! After eating, the Lord told Abraham, “Sarah will have a baby by this time next year.”
When Sarah heard what the Lord said to Abraham, she laughed. “Abraham and I are too old to have a baby!” The Lord replied, “Why did Sarah laugh? Nothing is impossible for Me to do. She will indeed have a baby.”
Just as God promised, the next year, Sarah gave birth to a son named Isaac. She laughed again, but this time, with joy!
Our Bible story reminds me of the prayer verse, Luke 18:27, in which Jesus says, “There are some things that people cannot do, but God can do anything." (CEV). Abraham trusted in God to fulfill His promise even when it seemed like having a baby was impossible. Trusting in God to do what He promises in His Word is called faith. One special promise God gave in the Bible was the promise to send His Son Jesus to die for our sins. He did just that. Our part is to believe Him, like Abraham.
Dear Father God, Thank You for keeping Your promises in the Bible. Thank You for sending Your Son Jesus. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Nature Collection: God's Amazing Creatures
God giving Abraham and Sarah a son in their old age was an amazing miracle. In nature, we see the creatures God made do so many amazing things. Let’s look what a couple of God’s creatures can do, then have faith in God’s ability to do anything!
I hope you don’t squish every ant you see. They truly are amazing creatures to watch. One special ability God gave them is being able to carry things that weigh 5,000 times their weight! That’s like you being able to carry an elephant! Impossible! But not with God!
The Monarch butterfly is another amazing creature God made. In the 4th generation, it travels up to 2,000 miles from northern United States and Canada down to Mexico to hibernate for the winter. The Monarch “great grandchild” knows exactly how to find the special mountains its great grandparents hibernated in without their help! That’s impossible for you and me, but not with God!
God certainly loves the creatures He made, but He loves us so much more. If He can help the lowly ant carry its burdens and help the Monarch butterfly find its way home, certainly He can do anything for you and me. Believe in His promises.
Memory Mastery: Sabbath Facts
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.