Sermon

Isaac Is Born

The Birth of Isaac

Theme

God keeps His promises.

Object

“One of These Things Is Not Like the Other” Handout, cut apart

Scripture

Genesis 21:1

You'll need: "One of These Things is Not Like the Other" Handout, cut apart.

We’re going to play a game of One of These Things Is Not Like the Other. 

Show kids the set of animals. 

One of these animals is not like the other. Can you guess which one? (Allow kids to guess.) That’s right. Why is the dolphin less like the dog and the horse? (Allow responses.) Let’s try again.

Show kids the set of foods.

Here are some foods and one of these things is not like the other. Can you guess which one? (Allow kids to guess.) Why is the ice cream less like the hot dog and hamburger? (Allow responses.) Let’s try again.

Show kids the set of women.

Well these are all women, aren’t they? But one of these things is not like the other. Can you guess which one? (Allow kids to guess.) 

Show kids the set of women again. 

Which of these women do you think is the mother? (Kids will most likely guess the younger women.) Which of these women is the grandmother? Why would you guess this way? (Affirm kids’ ideas.)

What if I told you that all of these women are mothers? That might really surprise you because one of these things is not like the other. One of these women is almost 100 years old! How could she be a mother? 

In our Bible lesson today, we learn about a woman named Sarah. She wanted to have a baby all of her life, but it did not happen. Then one day, God told her husband that Sarah would have a baby. When Sarah heard that, she laughed out loud because she was almost 100 years old!

Read aloud Genesis 18:13-14: Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”

The next year, Sarah had a baby just as God had promised because God keeps His promises!

Dear God, thank You that You always keep Your promises to us. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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