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Trouble for Isaac
by Linda Sue Pochodzay Edwards

Text Version | Afrikaans


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           "Mrs. Elliot, may I please go to see the nurse?" Colton asked as he lifted his arm to show his teacher the large festered gash on his hand.

           "Why, of course you may," Mrs. Elliot replied as she looked sympathetically at the wound. "But do you mind telling how that happened?" she asked.

           "I fell off the slide on the playground." Colton quickly made up a story. He hadn't expected his teacher to ask him how he got hurt. As he walked slowly down the hallway to the nurse's office, he was in deep thought. By the look on the teacher's face, he could tell that even though she didn't question him further, she didn't really believe his story.

           When it was his turn to see the school nurse, Colton was prepared. He had made up what he thought was a better story. As the nurse cleaned the wound and put a bandage on it, she asked, "How long have you had this sore?"

          Colton replied, "I got hurt yesterday when I fell off my bike."

boy with hurt arm

           "Hmm, yesterday?" the nurse questioned. "Are you sure? It seems awfully infected to have happened yesterday."

           Colton was afraid to tell the truth because he was afraid that the nurse would call his mother and he certainly didn't want that to happen. He was afraid that he would be in b-i-i-gggg trouble if his mother found out he had broken her favorite flower vase. "Yes, Ma'am. It happened yesterday while I was riding my bike."

           As it happened, the school nurse did call Colton's mother. The sore was full of infection and the nurse thought he should see a doctor. At the doctor's office, Colton stuck to his story about falling off the bike. "How did that piece of glass get in your hand?" Doctor Stevens asked.

           Colton hesitated for a moment, then said, "Uh, I guess there must have been some glass in the ditch where I fell."

           Finally Colton's mother spoke up. "Young man, I think it's time for you quit lying and start telling the truth. I know you broke the vase. I've known for several days. I was just waiting for you to confess on your own. If I had known you had a bad cut, I would have had it taken care of much sooner."

           "You knew? . . . How did you know?"  he asked in surprise.

           "Well, first of all, I couldn't help but see that the flowers were in the trash can. Then when I was cleaning, I found bits of glass you had missed. Why didn't you just tell me?"

           "I . . . I was afraid," Colton replied tearfully. "I was afraid you would be mad. I was afraid you would punish me."

           His mother responded, "Yes, you deserve punishment, but this time I think you have punished yourself enough. That gash in your arm is going to take quite awhile to heal. When you feel pain, you can let it be a reminder to you that the truth is much less painful than lying. When you face the truth, you only have to face it once, ask forgiveness, and then it's over. When you lie, you have to keep making up more and more lies to try to cover up the first one, but eventually you do have to face the truth anyway."


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           Isaac and Rebekah loved one another very much and were very happy together. The Lord had blessed them and caused them to become very prosperous in the land of Canaan. Life couldn't have been much better for the two of them, until . . .

           A huge famine came upon their land. It didn't rain . . . and it didn't rain . . . and it didn't rain . . .

dry land

           For Isaac, having no rain was a big, big problem. The land dried up, and the crops wouldn't grow. They began to run out of food for their many flocks and herds, and for their family.

          "Oh, what are we going to do?"  Rebekah asked worriedly, wondering if there would be enough food to last the rest of the week.

           "One thing is sure," Isaac replied. "If we stay here we will all starve."

Forgetting to pray about this situation . . .

Forgetting to trust God . . .

Forgetting that his father Abraham didn't want him to move out of Canaan . . .

Forgetting the promise that they would be taken care of and blessed by the Lord . . .

           Isaac made his final decision.

"There is just nothing else we can do," he said to Rebekah one day. "We are just going to have to move."

           "But where will we go?" Rebekah asked.

They gathered their belongings loaded the camels and donkeys and were ready
in no time "My father once told me that he lived in a place called Gerar. He dug several wells while he lived there, so there should be plenty of water. We will go there."

           The matter was settled. Isaac and Rebekah shared the news with their family. Everyone was going to have to pack everything they owned and move to Gerar. Since the Lord had richly blessed Isaac and Rebekah, they had a huge task to undertake. What a busy time it was for Isaac and his family and their servants and maids, as they pulled their tent stakes out of the ground and folded the heavy tents into small bundles. They loaded all their belongings onto the camels and donkeys, then gathered the sheep, the cows, the chickens, and all the other animals. When everything was ready, they made a long caravan and started on their journey to Gerar.


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           When Isaac and his family finally reached the land of Gerar, Isaac went to see the king to get permission to live there. King Abimelech gave his approval, so Isaac went to the place his father had once lived, set up their tents, unpacked their belongings, and settled there.


Isaac was blessed


           The Lord was merciful and appeared to Isaac, reassuring him and repeating the same promise he had made to Abraham many years earlier. "You may live in this land of Gerar, and I will be with you. I will bless you, and make you a great nation, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed because your father Abraham obeyed me." Isaac was happy and excited that the Lord had spoken to him and had assured him that all would be well here in Gerar.


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           Isaac had lived in Gerar for a long time and made many friends. One day while he was talking to some of the other men, one of them said, "That surely is a beautiful woman you have living in your camp. Who is she?"

           At that moment, Isaac seemed to have forgotten again that the Lord promised to be with them. "She is my sister," he lied. He was afraid to tell the men that she was his wife, because he was afraid one of them might kill him and take Rebekah for a wife.

Isaac and the King

           King Abimelech was looking out his window one day and saw Isaac hugging and kissing Rebekah. He went to the door and called for Isaac to come. "Why did you tell us that woman was your sister?" he asked angrily. "It is very obvious that she is your wife! Why did you lie to us?"

           "I . . . I was afraid," Isaac blurted out. "She is so beautiful, I was afraid one of the men would want her for a wife and would kill me."

           "But didn't you know that one of us might have taken her for a wife, not knowing she was your wife? You could have caused one of us to sin!"

           Isaac held his head in shame. He hadn't considered the harm and great shame he could have caused for Rebekah. He was very sorry for his lie and apologized. King Abimelech forgave him and told the men of the surrounding area the truth that Rebekah was Isaac's wife. He also ordered the men not to harm Isaac or Rebekah.

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           After confessing the lie, Isaac and Rebekah and their family lived peaceably in Gerar. That year, Isaac planted crops and received an unbelievable harvest - 100 times more than what he planted. God blessed him abundantly and there was plenty of food for the entire household and all the animals.


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THINK!

Why did Isaac and Rebekah have to move from Canaan?
Where did they go?
Why was the king angry with Isaac?
Why did Isaac lie?
What happened after Isaac confessed?



REMEMBER!

Even when we do wrong, God will be merciful
if we confess and repent.


A VERSE TO LEARN:

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just
to forgive us our sins" (1 John 1:9a).


LET'S PRAY:

Dog and boy praying

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Dear God, thank You for keeping Your promises
even when we forget them. Thank You for being
merciful and loving and forgiving our wrong
doings when we admit we have done wrong.
In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.
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CAN YOU FIND THIS STORY IN THE BIBLE?

Genesis 26:1-13

crayons

Isaac Was Blessed
1 John 1:9 Coloring Page
Camel
Isaac and Rebekah Coloring Book
Bible Color and Learn: Abraham Book 4

Coloring Through the Bible
Beginner's Bible Super-Duper Mighty Jumbo Coloring Book
Bible Story Coloring Pages V2
Really Big Book of Bible Story Coloring Pages
My Bible Coloring Book
Thru-the-Bible Coloring Pages
What's in the Bible Reproducible Coloring Book—Genesis to Revelation
Children's Bible Coloring Books



activities

Story Cards To Share
Isaac Was Blessed Jigsaw Puzzle
Dads and Sons Matching Game

Best Book of Bible Activities
Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry
The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry
The Super Sized Book of Bible Puzzles
Memory Verse Games for Kids
Big Book Of Bible Puzzles
Bible Puzzles: Word Search
Big Book Of Bible Story Activity Pages V1
Jumbo Bible Activity Book 4
Christian and educational toys
Children's Activity Books
Children's Puzzles
Crossword Books
Games
Sticker Books



crafts

Make A Mobile
Crafts For Any Story
Make a Puppet (scroll down the page to find them)

Bible Crafts
Bible Crafts & More (Ages 3-6)
Bible Crafts On A Shoestring Budget: Paper Sacks & Cardboard Tubes (Reproducible: Ages 5-10)
Big Book of Bible Crafts (Ages 3-12)
Encyclopedia Of Bible Crafts For Preschoolers
Praise God with Paper Plates (Reproducible: PreK-Grade 2)
Really Big Book Of Cool Crafts For Kids w/CD-Ages 4-12



child reading a book

Abraham (Bible Encyclopedia)
Abraham—A Man Who Heard And Obeyed God's Call
Abraham - eBook
Abraham—God's Brave Explorer
(Discover 4 Yourself Inductive Bible Studies for Kids)
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
Abraham, Sarah, & Isaac (Arch Books)
Extreme Adventures with God: Isaac, Esau, and Jacob
(Discover 4 Yourself Inductive Bible Studies for Kids)
HOBC Bible Big Book: Abraham

How Abraham Found A Wife For Isaac
Isaac and Rebekah
Isaac Blesses Jacob and Esau (Arch Books) Kids' Prayers
The Birth of a Nation - Abraham to Joseph (listen and read online)
The Story of a Journey After a Wife
The Story of Abraham
The Story of Abraham and Sarah

365 Read-Aloud Bedtime Bible Stories
365 Activities For Kids:
A Bible Story And Activity For Each Day Of The Year

100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs w/2 CD
Beginner's Bible
Bible in Pictures For Toddlers
Bible stories
Egermeier's Bible Storybook for Beginners
Early Reader's Bible
The Action Storybook Bible
The Children's Illustrated Bible
The Preschooler's Bible
Toddler's Bible
Pilgrim's Progress Comic
Children's Books
Spanish Children's Books
The Picture Bible (also in Spanish)



birds singing

If We Confess - Sheet Music
Abraham - MIDI/Sheet music/Lyrics
Cedarmont Kids sing Father Abraham (DVD)
Father Abraham [Music Download]
Harvest Time - Sheet Music
Maynard's Groovy Bible Tunes

100 Ways To Know God Loves Me & 100 Songs
100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs
Action Bible Songs
Bible Songs on CD
Bible Songs on DVD
100 Singalong Bible Songs For Kids
25 Favorite Sunday School Songs
Children's Music



CDs and Videos

Bible Comes Alive 1 (12 Audio CDs) (Your Story Hour)
Bible on the Go Vol. 03: The Story of Abraham and Isaac (Genesis 12, 15, 18-19, 21-22) - Unabridged Audiobook [Download]
Great People of the Bible: Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob & Joseph
Here Comes the Bride (watch online)
The Sons of Abraham, DVD
The Story of Abraham, DVD
Bible on the Go Vol. 03: The Story of Abraham and Isaac (Genesis 12, 15, 18-19, 21-22) - Unabridged Audiobook [Download]
The Test! Abraham and Isaac (SuperBook DVD)
What's in the Bible DVD 1: In the Beginning—Genesis
Young Abraham DVD


The Animated Kid's Bible (3-DVD Set)
The Beginner's Bible Box Set, 4 DVDs
#1: Read and Share: The Ultimate DVD Bible Storybook
God's Story from Creation to Eternity (listen & watch online)
The Bible MiniSeries DVD Set
The Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum Kit
Bible story DVDs
Children's DVDs



RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS

Leon's Prayer - Puppets or Skit
Sin and Forgiveness Object Lesson
From Lemons To Lemonade Object Lesson
Bible Crafts and Activities for Any Story
The Birth of a Nation (Abraham to Joseph) pg. 2
Abraham (WebBible Encyclopedia)
I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebekah by Ravi Zacharias
Isaac and Rebecca
Kids' Prayers
Picking the Right Teacher
The Birth of a Nation (Abraham to Joseph) pg. 2
The Promise Maker

Top Five Countdown Trust - Puppet Script
Various Prayer Ideas


801 Questions Kids Ask About God
Absentee Postcards
African American Resources
Almost Every Answer for Practically Any Teacher
Children's Ministry
Bible Memory Games
Bible Story Coloring Pages Vol. 2
The Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum Kit
Bible Crafts and Activities for Any Story
Big Book of Bible Games
Bulletin Board helps
Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul
Children's Sermon
Church Nanny Sos: Teaching Discipline Essentials for Preschool Ministry Volunteers
Church Supplies
Closing Prayer
FREE materials to Bible schools, Bible colleges, seminaries, churches, missionaries & individuals worldwide
52 Games That Teach The Bible
Free educational videos
God's Servants Teach Me
God's Wisdom for Little Boys: Character-Building Fun from Proverbs
Help! I'm a Sunday School Teacher
How To Lead a Child To Christ
King James Version Gift & Award Bibles
Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings
Lord Teach Me To Pray For Kids
Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours
Memory Verse Ideas
Memory Verse Resources
Object Talks
Opening Prayer
Parenting Resources
Pray & Play Bible for Young Children
Puppet Scripts
Seven Laws of the Learner
Spanish Resources
Sunday school resources
Talking to God
Teachers' Reproducible Classroom Pages
Teaching Children Memory Verses Ages 4-5
Teaching Children To Pray Ages 4-5
Teaching to Change Lives
The Big Book of Bible Skits
Things To Make Craft Activities
Vacation Bible School
What Every Sunday School Teacher Should Know

Children's resources


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