Abraham Story

The Abraham story is a very interesting and grateful story for little kids. This story is part of the Bible story. The story of Abraham and his descendants is found in the book of Genesis. Read the full Abraham Story which teaches a good lesson to your children.

Abraham Story for Kids

In the ancient city of Ur in Babylonia there lived a good man named Abram. One day he and his family set out from Ur to go to the land of Canaan. But when they came to the city of Haran, they decided to settle there instead.

When Abram was an old man, God spoke to him and said, ‘You must leave your country and your native home and go to a land which I will show to you. You will have many descendants and they will become a great nation. I will bless you and your name will become famous.”

Abram had no idea where this new land was, but he believed and trusted in God. So he set out with his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, and a great company of slaves and cattle and all their other possessions.

At last, they reached a place between Bethel and Ai and there they settled for a time. Abram had become a very rich man, with lots of cattle, sheep, and goats, as well as gold and silver. Lot also had sheep, goats and cattle, and his own family and servants.

Because they had so many animals between them, there was not enough pasture land for them both. And Abram’s herdsmen and Lot’s herdsmen began quarreling.

‘So Abram said to Lot, ‘We should not quarrel like this, for, after all, we are relatives. The whole land is before us, so let us separate. Choose which part of the land you want. And you can go your way and I will go the other way;

Lot looked around and he thought that the Jordan Valley looked very fertile. So he moved away to the east and camped near Sodom which was a very wicked city, so much so, that both it and the city of Gomorrah were later destroyed.

Abram stayed in the southern part of Canaan, and God said to him, ‘Look in all directions. This is, the land which I am going to give you and your children and their children, and it will be yours forever. You will have so many descendants that no ‘one will be able to count them all.’

Although Abram had no children at that time, he believed and trusted in God’s word. He set up his camp near the sacred trees of Mamre at Hebron, and there he built an altar to the Lord.

One day the voice of God spoke to him and said, ” I am the Almighty God. Obey me and always do what is right.”

‘Abram bowed down and his face touched the ground. God repeated His promise that Abram would be the ancestor of many nations, and then He said, “Your name will no longer be Abram, but Abraham; no longer shall you call your wife Sarai
from now on her name is Sarah. I will bless her, and she will be the mother of many peoples, and there will be kings among her descendants.”

Abraham must have found this news hard to believe, for both he and Sarah were very old.

One hot day Abraham was sitting by the door of his tent when he looked up and saw three strangers coming towards him. People were always very welcoming and polite to travelers in that country

So Abraham ran out, bowed to the men, and said, Sirs, please do not pass my door without stopping. Let me bring water to wash your feet and some food. it will help you on your journey. You have honored me by coming here, so now let me serve with you the best that my house can provide.

“Thank you,” said the newcomers. “We accept gladly.”

So Abraham ran into the tent and said to his wife Sarah, “Quickly, let us prepare a meal for our visitors.”

He took bread, cream, milk, and some tender meat and set it before his guests.

Then the visitors asked him, ‘Where is your wife?

“She is in the tent,” answered Abraham.

“In the spring, she will have a son,’ said one of the men.

Sarah was just behind the tent entrance, and she heard what the man had said, and she laughed. “I am much too old to have a baby and Abraham is too old to be a father.” she thought to herself.

“Why did Sarah laugh?’ Abraham was asked. ‘Is there anything which is too hard for the Lord to do?”

The strangers left and Abraham walked with them part of the way. By now he had realized that the men were messengers from God. He knew that if God had planned it, then Sarah would certainly have a son.

On the way, the men told Abraham that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were so full of wickedness that they would have to be destroyed.

Later Abraham remembered that Lot had gone in that direction, so he pleaded with God to spare the cities for the sake of any good people who might be living there. “Will you spare the cities if there are fifty good men there?” Abraham asked God, and God said He would.

Then Abraham thought that there might not be as many as fifty good men. So he asked God if He would spare the cities for forty-five, and again God said He would.

“For forty?” asked Abraham, and then, “thirty”, “For twenty”, “For ten?” Each time God promised He would save the cities if He found there were that many good men there.

Sadly, however, there were not even ten good men to be found in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah—but what lot?

After speaking to Abraham, the strangers had gone down to find Lot and to get him out of the cities before they were destroyed.

“Flee for your life,’ they urged. “Take your wife and your daughters and run to the hills! Don’t stop to look back or you will be killed!”

The lot and his family ran out. But Lot’s wife did look back, and she was turned into a pillar of salt.

The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by fire, but God, remembering Abraham, allowed Lot to escape.

‘The promise which the strangers had brought to Abraham from God came true. And before long Sarah had a son, just as they had said. Abraham and Sarah were delighted, and they called the boy Isaac, which means ‘full of laughter. Perhaps this, was because they laughed with happiness when he was born, or it may have been because they remembered Sarah laughing in the tent when they first heard of their son yet to be born.

“God has brought me great joy and laughter,” said Sarah.

Isaac grew up to be a fine boy and his parents him very much.

The Sacrifice of Isaac

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When Isaac was still a young man, God put Abraham to the test to see whether he really trusted Him.

He called to him one day, ‘Abraham!”

“Yes,” replied Abraham, ‘Here I am.”

“Take your son,” said God. “Your only son, Isaac, whom you love so much, and set out for the land of Moriah. I will show you a mountain there. And on it want you to offer your son as a sacrifice to Me.”

Abraham must have wondered if he had heard God rightly. In those days human sacrifices were not uncommon, and people always offered to God the best that they had. But could God really want Abraham to kill and offer his only son whom God himself had sent?

However, Abraham’s trust in God was very great, and he believed that God’s commands must be obeyed. So he did not delay.

Early next morning he called Isaac and told him they were going off into the mountains. He cut some wood for the sacrifice and loaded it upon his donkey. Then, with Isaac and two of his servants, he set out, walking with a sad and very heavy heart.

After three days of journey, Abraham saw the mountain ahead. He turned to the servants and said, “Stay here with the donkey, while Isaac. And I go over there to worship, and then we will come back.”

In saying this, he hoped that perhaps in some way God would be able to save his son for him.

Abraham carried the knife and the coals for the fire, while Isaac carried the wood. As they climbed the mountain, Isaac began to look puzzled and at last, he said. ‘Father, we have the coals and the wood, but where is the lamb which we are going to sacrifice.”

All Abraham could reply was, “God Himself will provide one”. With that Isaac had to be content, and the two of them walked on together.

When they arrived at the place of which God had told him, Abraham began to build an altar and to arrange the wood on it. Then he took Isaac and bound him and placed him on the altar on top of the wood. He stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.

At that moment the voice of an angel called out to him from heaven,”‘Abraham, Abraham!”

“Yes, here I am,” answered Abraham.

“Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to hurt him. Now I know that you really trust God because you have not kept back your only son from Him.”

What a great relief Abraham felt! He looked around and there he saw a ram with its horns caught in a bush. God had sent it for him to sacrifice. He went over and freed it and offered it as a sacrifice in place of his son.

God was pleased with this great proof of Abraham’s love and trust in Him.

Then the angel called to Abraham a second time and said, ‘God says because you did this. And did not hold back your only son, He will indeed bless you. You will have as many descendants as there are stars in the sky or grains of sand on the sea-shore because you have obeyed His voice without question.

So God confirmed the promises which He had made to Abraham.

Abraham named the place of sacrifice JehovahJireh, which means ‘The Lord will provide. Even today people say, ‘On the Lord’s mountain He provides.

End of Genesis Abraham Story

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