Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from Genesis 21:6.
On a scale of 1 to 5, how patient are you? 1 is mega-patient and 5 is impatient. You are given a birthday present a week early. Do you open it or wait?
1 2 3 4 5
Your friend is ten minutes late. Do you wait for them?
1 2 3 4 5
You’re reading an exciting book and can’t wait to find out how it ends. Do you sneak a look at the last page?
1 2 3 4 5
What is the longest time you can remember waiting? Was it worth waiting for?
Would you wait for years and years and years for something?
The story so far…
As time went by, it seemed less and less likely that Abram and Sarai would have any children of their own. But God spoke to Abram again and gave him a new name: “Abraham”, which sounded like the words for “father of many nations”. One day some special visitors arrived (they might have been angels) and they told Abraham and Sarai that God’s promise was no joking matter. Sarai was going to have a baby.
Now read Genesis 21:1–8 together.
What happened next…
Time passed. Sarah died. Isaac married Rebekah, a girl from the family’s old home town. They had twin sons: Esau and Jacob. Esau, as the slightly older son, should have been the one to take over from their father but, through various tricks, Jacob got the position of heir. He had won himself an important place in the family but he had also made an enemy of Esau. He had to leave home and he set off to stay with his uncle, Laban.
Explore the Bible
Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 18 together.
Did you know…?
Isaac He was given this name, which means “someone laughs”, because his mother, Sarah, laughed when she heard she was going to have a baby and when he was born.
Circumcision The sign of God’s covenant with Abraham was to have a small piece of loose skin of a boy’s penis cut off on the eighth day after his birth. Isaac was the first boy to be circumcised as a sign of God’s promise.
Sacrifice There are many stories in the Bible where people make a sacrifice to God. They take their most precious things and offer them to God. It often involved killing an animal. In Genesis chapter 22 God tells Abraham to take his most precious thing – his son, Isaac – up a mountain and sacrifice him! Look at your Big Bible Challenge book pages 15 and 16 to see them setting off – and read the story in the Bible to find out how God showed that he trusted God.
Try it out
Abraham and Sarah waited for 25 years for God to keep his promise but God was “faithful” – he did do what he said he would do.
Ask your Bible Coach or another Christian friend about God’s faithfulness in their lives. They don’t have to have an extremely dramatic story; it’s just as important to know that God is faithful in the small things – the day-to-day realities of everyday life.
Ask your Bible Coach to talk about God’s promises that have been kept, and ones that they are still waiting to be fulfilled. Ask them to explain why they have faith in God.
Talk to God
Thank God for keeping his promises.