Abraham, the Patriarch

From the Desk of Dawn Parr, Children’s Ministry Director

“Father Abraham had many sons.
Many sons had Father Abraham.
I am one of them.
And so are you.
So, let’s all praise the Lord!”

This song is sung every year in our preschool classes at Sunday school. It is a fun way for the children to “get out the wiggles” while learning about Abraham, the Patriarch of the Old Testament.

Abraham was chosen by God as the Father of many nations.

It began when God called Abram one night. God told him to look to the sky and count the stars, if he could. God exclaimed that Abram would have as many children as the stars were in the sky. At this time, Abram and his wife Sarai were old and beyond the childbearing years. Yet, throughout the chapters in Genesis we come to understand Abraham’s loyalty to God and God’s promises fulfilled in Abraham.

God gave many promises to Abraham:

  • All nations will be blessed in Abraham.
  • Abraham’s family are to possess the land for ever.
  • Abraham is to be the father of many nations.
  • Abraham is to be the father of the One who will conquer all enemies.
  • Abraham’s name is to be great.

Did you know that Abraham is mentioned over 74 times in the New Testament? Why?

Because Abraham is the link to Jesus.

God began the promise in Abraham and finished it in the work on the Cross.

Today there are more than 2.5 billion Christians in the world; one third of the world’s population. That is a big number; one that is too difficult to count. In fact, it would take 510 years to count that number, and that would be counting 16 hours a day!

How amazing that God’s promise has been fulfilled, first in Abraham and now in Jesus. Just think, we have been counted and are part of His family! We are one of many sons. “I am one of them and so are you, so let’s all praise the Lord!!”