Bible Story: Abram Follows God
Reference: Genesis 12
There was a descendent of Noah named Abram who was a true worshipper of God. He lived in the land of Ur with his wife Sarai, his servants, and his animals. He didn’t have any children.
One day, God called out to Abram. “Abram, leave your relatives and homeland. Follow Me to a new land, and I will bless you. I will even bless the whole world through you.” God was testing Abram’s faith. Would Abram believe and obey God’s word?
Abram and his family set off from Ur to Haran. While he lived in Haran, Abram’s father Terah died. Then, God called Him again. “Abram, leave your relatives and homeland. Follow Me to a new land.” Abram obeyed. Many of his relatives stayed in Haran, but Abram’s wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, and his servants went with him. God led him to the land of Canaan.
Canaan was a beautiful land, but there were lots of people already there. Abram was sad to discover that the people there worshipped idols and did evil things.
At Shechem, Abram built an altar to God and worshipped Him. He taught all his household to worship God. Everywhere Abram moved in Canaan, he set up an altar to the true God.
Our Bible story reminds me of the prayer verse, John 10:27, in which Jesus says, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me" (NKJV). Abram obeyed God’s voice because he knew it was God and he knew God was good to him. As we spend time with Jesus in His Word, the Holy Spirit will speak to our hearts and give us strength to obey. Then we will discover how good Jesus is because we have tested His word for ourselves. Will you be like Abram and trust and obey God’s word?
Dear Father God, I want to follow Jesus. Help me listen to His Word and obey it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Nature Collection: Migration
Abram moving to a new land at God’s direction reminds me of a miraculous phenomena in nature called migration. Migration is when certain animals or critters move to a different place. Many travel in groups like Abram did with his household.
Animals migrate because their food source is gone, they need to mate and have babies, or they just need to rest more comfortably for the winter. Animals can travel hundreds or thousands of miles to get to their same perfect spot from generation to generation.
Here are a couple of examples. When salmon fish are ready to mate, they leave the ocean and travel up dangerous creeks and waterfalls to get back to the place where they were born. Each fall, you can hear and see geese fly overhead in a V-shape, as they seek water sources that are not frozen.
How do animals know where to go? God guides them. He wants to guide our lives, too, just as He does for the migrating animals and just as He did for Abram. Take some time to look up more examples of migration and wonder at God’s leading.
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 School Rooms 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.