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Even in the time of Isaac people were afraid of the Hebrew nation.

Excerpt from the upcoming book Enjoying Genesis: The Bible in Rhyme by Marcia Goldlist

Isaac and his followers were told to leave because the king was afraid that they had become mightier than him and his nation.

Bible Study Tools

Bible Talk

Discuss with your children:

  • How do you know when someone is dangerous or helpful?
  • Are most people dangerous, helpful or neutral?
  • Are most countries dangerous, helpful or neutral?

Creative Thinking

  • Think of reasons that a stronger nation living within your region could be detrimental.
  • Think of reasons that a stronger nation living within your region could be advantageous.
  • List as many ways as you can for one nation to be greater than another.

Homeschooling Projects

  • Write a story in which someone is afraid of a group and tries to get other people to be afraid of the group too.
  • Write a story in which someone is afraid of a group but tries to make friends with the group.
  • Create a billboard for your community encouraging everyone to get along.
  • Make a list of reasons why large groups are intimidating.
        • For each reason think of a way of overcoming this feeling.
  • Pretend that you are a king and a group in your kingdom became very large. What could you do to make sure that this group remains friendly to you? Write a proposal to discuss with your advisors.
  • Pretend that you were the leader of a large group which lived in a kingdom.
        • What are ways that you could destroy the kingdom?
        • What are ways that you could become closer allies with the rulers?
  • The king told Isaac to leave because he was afraid. Write a journal entry for Isaac describing what he felt and what he thought he should do.
  • Pretend that you are the king. Write out a speech that you would deliver to your people explaining why it is best for Isaac and his followers to leave.
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