03 Water a blessing from God - Hagar

UNIT #: 
Lesson Theme: 
To understand that God provides water for all living things

God who satisfies our need - Water precious gift from God

Bible Passage: 

Genesis 21:15-19

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

15 When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one of the bushes. 16 Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, “Do not let me look on the death of the child.” And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept. 17 And God heard the voice of the boy; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be afraid; for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. 18 Come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make a great nation of him.” 19 Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. She went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the boy a drink.

Teacher’s Preparation: 

Water is an important part of life. All living creatures need water. Fish and many other animals live in water. Plants need water to grow.

Our own bodies are made up mostly of water. Water refreshes us when we are thirsty. We need water in order to live.

Pure, fresh water is a gift from God. We should never waste water. Many people in the world do not have enough water. This can cause many problems, such as sickness or a lack of food. We should always give thanks to God for the water that He gives us.

Main Ideas: 

Water is very special. Without water we wouldn’t be alive. God knows our needs. He gives us rain. We get water from rivers and wells. We purify water and bring it in pipes for drinking. We should always remember that many people in the world do not have enough water to drink. They can get very sick without water.

Hagar, the servant of Sarah, who was the wife of Abraham, was chased with Ishmael out of the house after Isaac and Ishmael started bonding. They were supplied with some food and water. When they ran out of supplies, Hagar ran away from where Ishmael was because she didn’t want to see him die. She started praying to God to give them supplies. Suddenly, God opened her eyes to see a spring nearby.


1. Circle the things that you use water for:

  1. Doing your homework       
  2. Shopping
  3. Washing the dishes
  4. Coloring
  5. Farming
  6. Traveling
  7. Playing
  8. Fishing
  9. Bathing

2.Answer the following questions:

  1. Who created water?____________________________________________
  2. What is the name of the boy who cried in the desert for water? (Genesis16:15)


3. What did Hagar do when her son became very sick?

Bring in a pitcher of water and glasses and share drinks of water with the class.Talk about how thirsty you can get and how wonderful water feels trickling down your throat.

Lesson Review: 

Key Words:    

Pollute – To make dirty or impure                                                            

Bitter – A drink or food item that has a bad taste                                             

Desert – Land that gets very little rain and has few plants and animals

Purify – To make clean

Values for Life: 
  1. Water is one of God’s special creations
  2. Without water we wouldn’t be alive
  3. Water is very precious, so we shouldn’t waste or pollute it
  4. Water is a gift from God. We should thank God for giving us water.
Life Response/My Decision: 

Water is a scarce resource in many countries today. India is one of those countries. There are many reasons why there is a water shortage in parts of India. Sometimes, weather changes affect the water. A lack of rain can cause a water shortage. Sometimes water is not drinkable because of pollution. Sometimes there is not enough water for everyone because people waste water. Often, people who have enough water will not share with those in need.

We must learn to be thankful and take good care of the water that God gives. We must also pray for those in need of water.

Memory Verse: 

Genesis 21:19

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

19 Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. She went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the boy a drink. 


Closing Prayer: 

Dear Jesus,

Thank you for giving us water and all that we need when we need it. We pray for the people around the world who need water. Please give them the water and other things that they need.