Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from Genesis 12:1.
Imagine you are going on a school trip. Where are you going? Has your teacher given you a list of things to take? What else do you need to take with you? Do you know when to leave and what time you will be back?
Now think about going on holiday for a week. Where are you going? What will you need to take? When are you leaving and when will you be back?
Now pretend you are moving from your home. You don’t know where you are going. You have to sort out what to take. You know when you are leaving but you’re not coming back. Are you ready to go?
The story so far…
After the Flood, Abram’s family had settled in Ur. Then, Abram’s father decided to go to the land of Canaan, but they only got as far as a city further north called Haran. Abram was living here with his family when God told him to leave for Canaan.
Now read Genesis 12:1–9 together.
What happened next…
So, Abram obeyed. With his wife, Sarai, and nephew, Lot, he arrived in the land of Canaan. But many difficulties were ahead. There was not enough pasture land for Abram and Lot’s animals if they stayed in the same area. So they decided to separate. Later, Lot and his family were attacked and captured. Abram rescued him and was honoured by local rulers, especially the priest-king Melchizedek.
Explore the Bible
Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 18 together.
Did you know…?
Ur Abraham’s long journey began from the great and famous city of Ur, where houses had many rooms and were built with two storeys – and where life was very different from living in a tent!
Tents Abraham and his family were “nomads”, living in large tents and travelling wherever there was grass and fresh water for their animals. Whole families lived together in tents made from animal skins and cloth to protect them from sun, sand and wind.
Camels The Arabian camel has one hump and was a valuable and very useful animal, especially for people like Abraham and his family who travelled and lived in desert conditions. They can survive well on poor food and little water; they can carry heavy loads; they have broad feet for walking on sand, long eyelashes to protect against the sand and can close up their nostrils to keep sand out. Camel droppings are dry and can be used as fuel for a fire!
Bless means “to do good things for”.
Descendants means “your children, and their children… and so on”.
Try it out
Prepare a script to “interview” Abram.
Look at Genesis 12:1–3. What promises did God make to Abram? Count carefully and you should be able to find seven in these three verses!
With your Bible Coach, prepare an answer to this question: “Abram, you’ve got no children at all and God just told you that he’s going to bless you, make you famous, and that your currently non-existent children will be a great nation. How do you think this will happen?”
Look at Genesis 12:1–7 and chat about what it must have been like to start a journey and not know where they were going. What does this tell you about the level of trust Abram had in God?
Prepare an answer for a second question, maybe talking about the scenery Abram is seeing on the journey, how the countryside is different to the city and about the pressures of living in a tent! The question will be: “Abram, you’re 75 years old, you’ve left your city and you’ve gone to a country that God said he’s giving to you, but there are already people living there. How does this make you feel?”
Read Genesis 12:1–9. Why do you think Abram built altars to God? He was known later as “God’s friend” because he spent so much time in his company (James 2:23).
Prepare your third answer to this question: “Abram, you’ve just arrived in a new country and made camp. The first thing you did was build an altar to worship God. Why was this?”
Now you’re ready! Choose which one of you will read the interview questions and who is going to be Abram. If you have suitable equipment available, you could make a video or audio recording.
Talk to God
Say “thank you” to God for the place where you live, whether it is a palace, a flat, a house or a tent!