Abraham Covenants with the Lord
August 1998

“Abraham Covenants with the Lord,” Friend, Aug. 1998, 34

Abraham Covenants with the Lord

Ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you (Mosiah 18:10).

Abraham was a man who tried to do all that the Lord asked of him. When he and Sarah, his wife, were quite old, they had a son, Isaac. He was very dear to them. One day the Lord told Abraham to travel to Moriah, build an altar there, and sacrifice his son.

Though Abraham loved his son very much, he had great faith in the Lord, and he took his son to Mount Moriah. There he built an altar and laid his son on it. He raised his knife and was just about to slay his son, when the angel of the Lord called to him out of heaven:

“Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me” (Gen. 22:12).

Because of his great faithfulness and obedience, the Lord made a covenant with Abraham. Through him and his descendents, all the nations of the earth would be blessed. His family would be as numerous as the sands of the sea. They would bear the holy priesthood and would take the gospel of salvation to all nations. When you become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you share in that Abrahamic covenant. If you obey the commandments and do all the Lord asks you to do, you will receive all the blessings promised to Father Abraham.

Color the flannel-board figures, then mount them on heavy paper. Cut them out and use them to retell the story of Abraham.

Flannel board figures

Knife; Altar; Isaac; Abraham; Sarah.
(Illustrated by Beth Whittaker.)

Paintings by Del Parson

Knife photo by Tamra Hamblin