Abraham and Lot
Abraham and Lot had some conflict. They both wanted the best land for their families to settle on. This issue could have created division on the family for generations. One brother gave up what he wanted with the long view in mind. This story can teach each of us lessons about how we can deal with conflict when it arises in our families!
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➤ L E S S O N
Open the lesson with a song and a prayer.
🎶 O P E N I N G S O N G : "Love One Another"
➤ P R E P A R A T I O N
You will need a small handful of toothpicks.
➤ I N T R O D U C T I O N
Have the children work together to solve the following toothpick puzzles. Watch the video for a demonstration and to see the solutions.
Place nine toothpicks on the table and arrange them into one equilateral triangle with three toothpicks on each side. Ask the children to move only three toothpicks to change the single triangle into three triangles.
Now place 12 toothpicks on the table and arrange to make the outline of a large “plus” symbol. Ask the children to move only three toothpicks to change the object into three squares.
Explain that a conflict is when two people want different things. Like if a brother wants to play a game for family home evening, and his sister wants to go for a bike ride for family home evening. Finding a solution to a conflict is kind of like finding a solution to a toothpick puzzle!
When we have conflict, we can try to get what we want by fighting, or we can try to make peace by finding a solution.
🎥 V I D E O : "Abraham and Lot | A Story About Resolving Conflict"
Say: “Now we are going to watch a video about Abraham and Lot. These men were both righteous men, but they had a conflict. Let’s watch to see what the conflict was, and let’s see if they found a solution!”
[Watch Video: “Abraham and Lot | A Scripture Story About Resolving Conflict”]
Discuss the following questions after watching the video:
1) What was the conflict that Abraham and Lot had? (There wasn’t enough room for all of their animals to live on the same land.)
2) What solution did they think of? (The solution was to go their separate ways.)
➤ S C R I P T U R E
Read the following scriptures and discuss the questions that follow.
Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.
1) How did Abraham and Lot decide who would get the best land? (Abraham was nice and he let Lot choose first.)
2) Abraham probably wanted the good land too. Why do you think he let Lot choose first? (Because he wanted to have peace with someone he loved more than he wanted the land.)
3) Do you think it is easier to solve conflict when we love others? Why? (Because then we will think about what they want, not just what we want.)
For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another.
1) What is contention? (It means fighting against each other.)
2) Who wants to stir us up to contend and fight with each other? (The devil.)
3) Why do you think the devil wants us to contend and fight with each other? (Discuss.)
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
1) Who is speaking in this verse? (Jesus Christ.)
2) What does Jesus want us to do? (To love one another the way that He loves all of us.)
3) Why do you think Jesus Christ wants us to love one another? (Discuss.)
4) When it is hard to find a solution to conflict, how can love help us? (When we love someone, we want them to be happy and we will think about what they want.)
➤ A C T I V I T Y
Invite the children to color the scene from the video. Use this time to talk about finding solutions to conflict with love.
➤ T E S T I M O N Y
Bear testimony of the truths found in the scriptures.
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