There was a good man named Abraham. And God told
Abraham, Leave your fatherís house and go to a place where I will show
you. You will have children and they will have many children and
grandchildren and you will all be blessed.
So Abraham left, as God told him. He took his wife named Sarah and his
brotherís son, named Lot, because he had no children of his own, and they
took all that they owned along with all the people who wanted to go with
them. They went to a place called Canaan.
Abraham had a lot of gold, silver, and animals and many people that had
followed him to Canaan, and Lot had his own animals and people who had
After a while, there wasnít enough food and water in Canaan because
Abraham and Lot each had so many people and animals to take care of. They
even started to fight with each other. So Abraham said to Lot, Thereís
plenty of land here. Letís move apart a little bit and live in peace.
Then God made a promise to Abraham. God said, Look all around you as
far as you can see. I will give you and your family all this land,
forever, and you will have so many children and grand children and great
grandchildren, that you wonít be able to count them all.
Soon after that, there was a war where Lot lived, so Abraham took his
friends and saved Lot from danger until there was peace again. Lot and his
family lived in the city of Sodom. There was another city nearby called
Gomorrah. There were a lot of bad people in Sodom and Gomorrah.
One day the Lord visited Abraham! It was Jesus with two of his angels!
What would you do if Jesus came to your house to visit you? Well, Abraham
and Sarah made a nice meal for them. While they talked, Jesus told Abraham
that Sarah would have a son, but they were both very old, and when Sarah
overheard what Jesus said, she laughed to herself. Then the Lord asked
Abraham, Is anything too hard for the Lord?
The Lord and the two angels were getting ready to leave, and they were
headed to Sodom and Gomorrah to burn it all down because of all the bad
things that people did there. Abraham was afraid because he knew Lot and
his family lived there and he knew that they were good people.
So Abraham stopped the Lord and asked that if there were 50 good people
there, if He would change His mind. And the Lord said yes. Abraham asked
again, If there are 45 good people, will you change your mind? And the
Lord said, Yes. Again, Abraham asked about 40 people, then 30 people, then
20 people and finally, Abraham asked one last time. Lord, what if there
are 10 good people there? And the Lord said, I will not burn it if there
The two angels went to Sodom, and Lot invited them to his house. Before
long, the bad people from the city knocked on Lotís door and wanted to
hurt the angels. The angels told Lot that if he wanted to save his family,
to sneak them out of the city because the Lord was going to burn it down.
The angels said, Run for your lives and donít look back or you will die
So Lot did as he was told. And as Lot and his wife and his two
daughters were running from the city, Lotís wife turned her head and
looked back at the city that was burning with fire from Heaven, and she
turned into a pillar of salt.
The Lord didnít forget Sarah, just as he had promised, and Sarah and
Abraham had a son. They named him Isaac, which means laughter, because
Sarah laughed when she heard the Lord tell Abraham that they would have a
son in their old age.
One day, God tested Abraham to see how much Abraham loved God. He told
Abraham to give Isaac to God for a present. If Abraham did this, he knew
he would never see his son Isaac again. Abraham loved Isaac, but he loved
God more. Just as Abraham was about to give Isaac to God, an angel said
God saw that Abraham loved God more than his own son, so God let
Abraham keep Isaac. Abraham, Isaac and God were all very happy.
Abraham was a very old man now. He didnít want Isaac to marry anyone from
Canaan, so he told his favorite servant to go back to the place where he
grew up and find a wife for Isaac. Abraham told his servant that the Lord
would send an angel ahead of him to lead him to the woman that God wanted
Isaac to marry.
So Abrahamís servant went where Abraham told him to go. When he got
there, he went to the well where the women of the city go to get water.
And he prayed that the woman he asked to get water for him would ask him
if she could get water for his camels too, and that she would be the one
that God wanted Isaac to marry ... And before he was even finished with
his prayer, a girl named Rebekah came out with a pitcher on her shoulder
and asked him the very thing he asked for in his prayer! Rebekah and her
family agreed that she should go with him. Isaac loved Rebekah the moment
he saw her, and they were married.