A Sky Full of Stars
God’s calling of Abraham was the beginning of the Jewish Nation. God reminds us of His plan for a Redeemer again when He tells Abraham that through him, one day, all the families (or “peoples” in some translations) of the earth will be blessed! Imagine that God was already thinking about sending Jesus — some 2000 years or so B.C.!
Edith Schaeffer has this to add about Abraham: “From two people too old to have children, there ‘sprang forth so many as the stars of the sky in multitude and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.’ It was a picture of life coming forth abundantly from those who, humanly speaking, were already dead, not of the age to have children…As Jews all look back to their forefather, the first Israelite, they look back to one who believed God, and ‘it was counted to him for righteousness.'” (1)
(If you as the parent or teacher would like to know more about the early part of Abram/Abraham’s story, please see these verses in Genesis.)
Discussion Questions (some these questions were taken from The Story of God and Man(2)):
1. Do you remember an important promise God made about the good news of someone’s descendant coming to be a blessing to all people in an earlier story we read this week? (God promised Adam and Eve that one of Eve’s descendants would crush the head of Satan!)
2. How would all nations all earth be blessed through Abraham’s offspring? (Jesus! From Abe’s line would eventually come JESUS!)
3. Why did God accept Abraham and count him as righteous even though he was a sinful person? (Because Abraham believed God. “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” Hebrews 11:6)
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(2) The Story of God and Man a booklet that goes through “narrations” of scripture, starting at the beginning, and brings you through a biblical worldview while building up the story of our Savior. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details about getting a copy.