Scripture Reference: Genesis 24:1-67
Story Overview: Abraham did not want his son to marry a woman who did not worship God so he sent a servant back to the land of his relatives to find a wife for Isaac. He found Rebecca. She her family loved God and knew that He wanted her to become Isaac’s wife. She went with the servant on the long journey to Isaac’s home and Isaac welcomed her.
Suggested Emphasis or Theme: It is important to marry a person who worships God.
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Way to Introduce the Story:
Bring wedding photos to class today and share them with your pupils. This lesson emphasises the importance of two Christians marrying. You might want to invite a Christian couple with a strong marriage to bring their wedding photos to show. “We have been learning about Abraham and his son, Isaac. When Isaac was a grown man Abraham wanted him to marry someone who believed in God. In today’s lesson we will learn about how Abraham helped his son find a wife.”
Abraham and his family lived in the land of Canaan. Even though Abraham loved God, his neighbours, the Canaanites did not even believe in God. Abraham taught his son, Isaac, to worship God. One day Abraham called in his most trusted servant and said, “Promise me that you will find a wife for Isaac. Make sure that she isn’t a Canaanite. Go to my home country, to my relatives, and find Isaac a wife there.”
Wasn’t that different? You expect to pick out your own husband or wife. But in that time some people didn’t pick out their own husbands or wives—their parents did. That was the custom. Abraham wanted to be sure Isaac married someone who worshipped Jehovah (God), not false gods like the Canaanites. She would learn to love God as Isaac did.
The servant did as Abraham asked. He took along camels loaded with gifts to give to the father of whoever the bride would be. The servant travelled a long time before he came to Haran, the place where Abraham’s family lived. When he arrived, the servant prayed, “O Lord God, be kind to me and to Abraham today. I’m going to stand here to watch the young women come to get water. I will say, ‘May I have a drink.’ May the one who answers, ‘Have a drink and I will water your camels too,’ be the one You have chosen for Isaac’s wife.”
He had no sooner prayed than a girl named Rebekah came to the well to get water. The servant said, “Give me a drink.”
“Oh, yes sir,” Rebekah answered, “and I will draw water for your camels.”
It was just as the servant had asked! The servant knew that God had answered his prayer. He gave Rebekah a two gold bracelets and a gold nose ring (girls wore nose rings during this time in history). “Whose daughter are you? Is there room for us to stay overnight at your house?” he asked.
“My father is Bethuel the son of Nahor. Yes, there is room at our house.”
How thankful the servant was. “Oh, God, thank You. You have led me to the right place!
The servant went to Rebekah’s home and explained who he was and why he was there. Bethuel and his family were glad to hear about Abraham’s family.
The servant explained about his prayer to God and how it had been answered. “Will you let Rebekah go with me to be Isaac’s wife?” the servant asked.
“Yes, she would go. The Lord has spoken.” Bethuel and his son Laban concurred. Rebekah agreed to go with Abraham’s servant to marry Isaac. Abraham’s servant gave Rebekah and her family many more rich gifts.
Rebekah and the servant had to travel a long way before their journey was complete. She and Isaac were very happy when they saw each other. They got married and Isaac loved Rebekah very much.
Ways to Tell the Story:
This story can be told using a variety of methods. Always remain true to the facts found in the Bible but help children connect to its meaning by using drama, visual aids, voice inflection, student interaction and/or emotion.
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- Why didn’t Abraham want Isaac to marry a Canaanite woman? Because Canaanites did not believe in God.
- Where did Abraham send his servant to find a wife for Isaac? Back to Haran where their relatives were living.
- How did Abraham’s servant know which woman was the right wife for Isaac? He prayed that the woman who gave him water and offered to water his camels also would be the right woman.
- What was Isaac’s wife’s name? Rebekah
Craft and Activity Ideas:
- Decorate a wedding feast and celebrate Isaac and Rebekah’s marriage. Guests can make wedding speeches where they recount how Isaac and Rebekah met.
- Find Haran on a Bible map.
- Show pictures from your wedding or someone you know. Talk about the importance of marrying a Christian.
- Ask a Christian couple from your church to come and talk to the class about how they help each other follow God.
- Have the children list attributes to look for in a Christian husband or wife.
- Check the Teaching Ideas page on this website for ideas that are adaptable to any lesson.
- Find other ideas on the Pinterest Board “Abraham, Isaac and Jacob”
Other Online Resources:
- Colouring page and puzzle worksheets at http://calvarycurriculum.org/pdf/Curriculum/Original/Curriculum/CURR021.PDF
- Colouring page at http://www.christiananswers.net/kids/clrpg005.html
- Craft: Rebekah’s jewelry craft http://www.sundayschoolcrafts.net/rebekahs-pasta-necklace.php
- Craft: Make a camel like the ones Rebecca watered at the well (Printable).
Instructions at http://learncreatelove.com/?p=4525
- Worksheets: There are a number of Old Testament worksheets on the following link. Just scroll down to “Isaac and Rebekah”. The link is http://www.squidoo.com/bible-worksheets-OT#module110252211
- Various puzzles and activities about Rebekah specifically (covers more than one story) at http://gardenofpraise.com/bibl81s.htm
- Lesson: Great visuals to print and worksheet ideas found at http://kidsbibledebjackson.blogspot.co.nz/search/label/Abraham