APRIL 18, 2021
Children’s Bible Lesson
War and Peace (Isaac’s Wells) • Genesis 26:1-6, 12-22, 26-31
READ: Isaac had to face a challenging situation when it was tough to keep the peace. Isaac was the son of Abraham.God had chosen Abraham to follow Him. God made the same promises to Isaac that He made to Abraham. Genesis 26:4 says, “I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed.” God was with Isaac, just like He had been with Abraham. Isaac lived in the land of the Philistines when there was a famine. God blessed Isaac’s crops as he was able to water his crops with the water from his wells. Some of the Philistines were jealous of Isaac. They filled Isaac’s wells with DIRT. Isaac could have chosen to stay and fight them to get even. The king, Abimelek, told Isaac to move away as he was too powerful for them. Isaac kept his cool and moved to the Valley of Gerar, where Abraham had lived many years before.
Isaac’s men dug up Abraham’s wells to open them again. They found water! The Philistine herdsmen argued with the people who took care of Isaac’s herds, saying the water was theirs. To keep the peace, Isaac’s servants dug another well. The Philistines argued with them about THAT well, too. Isaac moved on again and dug ANOTHER well.This time, no one argued about that it.
One day, King Abimelek and a group of advisers came to visit. They told Isaac that they could see God was with them and that they should make a treaty with him so he won’t hurt them. Isaac knew that God had been providing for him. He chose to be at peace with the Philistines. He prepared a feast for them, and the next morning, he made a peace treaty with the king. Isaac chose to stay strong and walk away from a fight—three times in a row! God blessed him with peace. Isaac knew that God wanted him to live at peace with others.
Bottom Line: You can show you care about others by walking away from a fight. We can show people that we care about THEM—even more than we care about winning.
PRAYER: “Dear God, thank You for this story from Isaac’s life. Thank You for this reminder that we can show others that they matter by walking away from a fight. Help us choose peace with the people around us. Help us show others that we care about THEM more than we care about winning an argument. We love You, and we pray these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: When should you walk away from a fight?
MONTHLY BIBLE VERSE: Romans 14:19 NIrV “So let us do all we can to live in peace. And let us work hard to build up one another.”
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