November 4, 2007

Abram and Lot Split

What We Talked About:
Abram and Lot lived on the land God sent them to. But, as they began to gather more and more stuff, especially animals, things got really crowded. The people looking after Abram's animals began fighting with the people looking after Lot's animals. Abram knew something needed to be done.

He told Lot it would be a good idea if they split up and went separate ways, in order to have more room. "You pick one way to go," Abram said, "and I'll take my stuff and go the other way." Lot looked at the land around him. On one side was the city of Sodom. It was a beautiful place to live with plenty of water. But, the people of Sodom weren't very nice. On the other side was the land of Canaan. It was a good land, too, and it wasn't full of evil people like Sodom was.

In the end, Lot chose to move to Sodom. Abram packed up and moved to Canaan. When Abram settled there, God came to Abram and told him again about the things He had promised Abram. He also gave Abram a new name: Abraham, which means 'father of nations.'

What's the Big Deal?
1. Pick your friends, not your nose. Lot chose to live near an evil group of people, and in the upcoming stories, we'll find out what happened to him.

What We Did
1. We had three kids (Nigel, Brianna, and Bethany) come up front to play Abram, Sarah, and Lot. We make a large square out of carpet squares and made them stand on them to represent the land they lived on. We had a couple of kids come onto the 'land' to represent the animals they owned and the people who looked after their animals. When everybody was up there, it was pretty crowded!
2. We played a game of Twister to know what it feels like when things just feel too crowded.

Our Memory Verse
1 Corinthians 15:33 - “Do not be misled: bad company corrupts good character.”

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