Bible Text: Genesis 15 click on link to see NIRV text).
Key Point(s) of Passage: Abram was worried that because he did not yet have any children, that his servant would inherit everything. But God promised that not only would Abram have a son, but that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky.
Memory Verse:“Abram believed the Lord. The LORD accepted Abram because he believed. So his faith made him right with the Lord.” (Ge. 15.6)
Questions for Family Discussion:
You do not have to go through all the questions – pick and choose whatever you feel will work best for your particular family.
1. Preparation – Pray a quick prayer together as a family that God will help you to understand His word.
2. Find an easy to read version of the Bible to read together as a family. The NIRV (New International Reader’s Version) is a good choice for elementary kids. Then if your child is able, help them find the passage in their Bible and read it out loud, while helping with hard words. Or read it out loud for your child.
3. Read v. 1. What is the very first thing God said to Abram? Why do you think God said that to him (why might Abram be afraid of God) ?
4. Also in v.1, what do you think God means when He says, “I am like a shield to you” ? How is God like that for you?
5. Also in v.1, what do you think God means when He says, “I am your very great reward” ? How is God a reward for us, too?
6. Read v. 2-3. What was Abram worried about? (Parents – you might need to explain a little bit about how inheritance works)
7. Read v. 4. But what was God’s reply? How do you think it felt for Abram -already an old man- to hear that he would finally have a son?
8. Read v. 5. Have you ever tried counting all the stars on a clear night? Do you think Abram tried counting all of them?
9. Read v. 12-14. How did God speak to Abram? Has God ever spoken to you in a dream or while you were sleeping? What did God tell Abram? (God told him prophetically [in advance] what would happen to Abram’s descendants when they became slaves in Egypt, and then were miraculously delivered in the Exodus and got to take treasures with them).
Family Activity Idea
1. Find a nice, clear night when many stars are visible. If it is feasible, drive to a more rural location without many city lights. If available, bring a pair of binoculars or a portable telescope. Go outside and lay on your back and gaze up at the stars. See if you can count even a small portion of the stars in the sky without losing count! How many stars were you able to count? On a clear night, you might be able to see as many as 3,000 stars: http://media.caltech.edu/press_releases/11660. You could even help NASA in their Star Count program: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/son/energy/starcount/index.html. Now what do you think it felt like for God to tell a childless Abram that he would have more descendants than he could count?!
2. Even though Abram might have been able to see 1,000s of stars that night long ago, we now know that there are actually billions of stars in the universe. It says in Ps. 147.4 that “He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name”. God knows the name -not only of the 1,000s of stars we can see- but of each of the billions of stars that He made! And God knows each and every one of Abram’s numerous descendants, and each and every one of His followers. Though if you want, you can actually name a star too with http://www.starregistry.com/index.cfm. However, after you die and get to be with God, you’ll have to compare His original name for the star with yours!