Tuesday, October 20, 2015

FHE idea & handout of parallels of Abraham and Isaac with Christ

Today in seminary we studied Abraham and Isaac, especially their parallels with Heavenly Father and the Savior. 
Bible scholars estimate that Isaac was in his thirties during this story, which means he would have been much stronger than his father who was more than a hundred. This reinforces the concept that Isaac was a willing sacrifice, just like Jesus was. 
FHE Idea: 
  • Work in groups to fill the chart below, or just discuss the filled-in chart if you're short on time. 
  • Then watch the video.
  • Read a couple of the quotes below.  
  • And end with making your own little altars to sacrifice something personal to the Lord. 

Use this handout to fill in answers through your own study or for a family home evening lesson. 

This handout has the answers already there. It's a good size to glue into your scriptures or a study journal. 

Here is a tear-jerking 13 minute video of Abraham almost sacrificing Isaac. 

After you study the parallels with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in relation to Abraham and Isaac, as you watch this video, ponder how much Heavenly Father and the Savior both love you. 

Here are a few quotes about this story and the importance of Christ's sacrifice. 

Elder Neal A. Maxwell: “The submission of one’s will is really the only uniquely personal thing we have to place on God’s altar. The many other things we ‘give,’ brothers and sisters, are actually the things He has already given or loaned to us. However, when you and I finally submit ourselves, by letting our individual wills be swallowed up in God’s will, then we are really giving something to Him!” (“Swallowed Up in the Will of the Father,” Ensign, Nov. 1995, 24).

Joseph Smith: “Let us here observe, that a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation. … It was through this sacrifice, and this only, that God has ordained that men should enjoy eternal life; and it is through the medium of the sacrifice of all earthly things that men do actually know that they are doing the things that are well pleasing in the sight of God” (Lectures on Faith [1985], 69).

Elder Melvin J. Ballard: “In that hour I think I can see our dear Father behind the veil looking upon these dying struggles. … His great heart almost breaking for the love that He had for His Son. Oh, in that moment when He might have saved His Son, I thank Him and praise Him that He did not fail us. … I rejoice that He did not interfere, and that His love for us made it possible for Him to endure to look upon the sufferings of His [Only Begotten] and give Him finally to us, our Saviour and our Redeemer. Without Him, without His sacrifice, … we would never have come glorified into His presence. … This is what it cost, in part, for our Father in heaven to give the gift of His Son unto men” (in Crusader for Righteousness [1966], 137).

You can make your own little altars to sacrifice something personal to the Lord. 

We used shredded wheat cereal for the rocks and pretzels for sticks. Then each person wrote something he or she is willing to sacrifice for the Lord. This student wrote "less screen time." Click here to print lambs. 
I love Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac more than ever before after deeply studying their stories. I am excited to meet them someday and say thank you for teaching me important principles like these: 

  • God always keeps His promises when we are faithful, even if it's not the way or the timing we expect. Nothing is too hard for the Lord. If he can give Sarah a baby at age 90, he has power to help with my problems too. 
  • Put God first and everything will work out in the long run. 
  • We are never alone in our trials. God is always there. 
  • Be a quick obey-er and you'll be blessed. 

Click here for more quotes about the Savior's Atonement. 


Stacey said...

Thank you! Where did you find the lamb cut out? Ive been looking, i would live to use this idea and I like how they wrote their sacrifices in the lamb cut out---thanks!

Becky Edwards said...

Stacey, Here is a file of lambs. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B61aflbNZPLSVHltMExfT2E2dWM/view