Teaching Skit: The Offering of Isaac / God Tests Abraham

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This is a skit portraying the story of Abraham offering Isaac to God as written in Genesis 22. It is written directly from the Bible, only putting in a few directorial cues, which are written in parenthesis. This skit can be performed as simply as having your students read the script in class, or as extravagant as having costumes and scenery.
2 Young Men
Angel of The Lord
donkey (picture)
wood (can use rolled up construction paper)
altar (or fake rocks)
ram (picture)
God: Abraham!
Abraham: Here I am.
God: Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.
Narrator: So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son; and he split wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. On the third day Abraham raised his eyes and saw the place from a distance.
Abraham: (to his young men) Stay here with the donkey, and I and the lad will go over there; and we will worship and return to you.
Narrator: Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son, and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together.
Isaac: (to his father) My father!
Abraham: Here I am, my son.
Isaac: Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?
Abraham: God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.
Narrator: So the two of them walked on together. Then they came to the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
Angel of the Lord: (calling to Abraham from heaven) Abraham, Abraham!
Abraham: Here I am.
Angel of the Lord: Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.
Narrator: Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son. Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the Lord it will be provided.”
Angel of the Lord: By Myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son, indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.
Image courtesy of Sweet Publishing and Distant Shores Media
On our website, we’ve uploaded a coloring page of Abraham and Isaac on the alter. You can also print our longer Bible lesson about Abraham following God’s Promise.

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