Chapter 2: God Builds a Nation
[God said,] “I will give you all of the land that you see. I will give it to you and your children after you forever. I will make your children like the dust of the earth.” —Genesis 13:15–16, NIRV
The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted.” —Genesis 13:14–16, NIV
Family Discussion Questions for Preschool & Elementary
• How do you see God working in your life? (Could be finding something that was lost, feeling better after being sick, answered prayer.)
• What are some of the ways God worked in Abraham’s life? (Giving him land, children, etc.)
• Would you have had the faith Abraham displayed by moving to a place you knew nothing about?
• Why is it so hard to move or adjust to new things? What does God do to help you feel better when things change?
Family Discussion Questions for Middle & High School Students
• Have you ever read something in the Bible and thought, that’s impossible! Is there anything in your own life that feels impossible for God?
• What can you learn from Abraham about waiting for God’s plan to come true?
• What was most interesting to you about the story of Jacob’s return to the land of Abraham? What about Jacob’s story echoed back to the story of Abraham?
Family Activity Option for Preschool & Elementary
Gather your family outside or in the living room. Set up an obstacle course. You can use pillows, empty 2-liter plastic bottles, stuffed animals, baseball bats, etc. Break family members into pairs. If there’s an odd number, have one person rotate in. Explain that one member from each team will stand on one side of the obstacle course wearing a bandana so he can’t see anything. The other team members will stand on the other side and call out verbal directions to guide her partner. Only verbal directions, such as “Two small steps forward,” “One step left” or “Lift your foot really high and take a big step” are allowed. All teams go through the obstacle course at the same time. If the blindfolded person steps on an obstacle or goes outside the boundary, then he has to be guided back to the beginning and start again. Take turns being blindfolded and giving directions, and always rearrange the obstacle course once a person has made it through. When you decide to stop playing, ask these questions:
• What was the hardest part about being blindfolded? (Couldn’t see; hard to hear directions.) Explain the blindfolded person had to totally trust the directions to stay safe and make it to the destination.
• Do you think Abraham may have felt the same way when God called him to go to Canaan?
• Is it harder to obey when you can see the destination or when you’re walking blind?
• What was the hardest part of giving directions? (Had to shout; had to put yourself in other person’s shoes to guide left or right.)
• Does God ever mess up in the directions He gives us?
Family Activity Option for Middle & High School Students
Watch a clip of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where Indy faces the 3 paths: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxPdqbmYi8U
Indy’s notes are from his father, who is also in the scene. How does this scene parallel the story of Abraham? Why is walking by faith so difficult?