The Right kind of Wife:
When Isaac was old enough to get married, Abraham wanted him to have the
right kind of wife. So Abraham spoke to his chief servant and said,
"Eliezer, I want you to go back to the land we came from and find my
family and choose a daughter who loves and obeys our God, and bring her
back to be Isaac's wife.
Eliezer replied, "I think this will be very hard and the woman I choose
won't want to come back with me!"
Imagine if someone asked you to go to Russia and choose someone to marry
your Daddy and be your new Mommy! Would you be willing to go?
(Let the children respond). And would you be happy with a
new Mommy? (Let the children respond).
Well, Abraham was certain that God would get Isaac a wife, and so he told
Eliezer, "God will send one of His angels with you and lead you in your
search to find a good wife for my son!"
And so Eliezer got ready for the long journey back to Abraham's home
country, and took presents and ten camels with him. He travelled
and finally reached the city of Nahor and stopped by a well of water.
It was nearly evening so he knew that someone would soon come
down to the well to get some water.
Eliezer then prayed to God that when a young lady came from the city to
draw water, he would say her, "Please let down your jar into the water
so that I can have a drink." And if she answered, "Drink, and
I'll water your camels too", then he would know that she was the one
that God had chosen to be the bride for Isaac.
God Answers Eliezer's Prayer:
Before he had finished praying, a very beautiful girl came down to the
well and filled her water jar. Eliezer hurried to meet her and
said, "Please give me a little water from your jar."
She answered, "Drink, my lord" and gave him a drink. She then said,
"I'll draw water for your camels too" and quickly emptied her jar into
the trough, and drew more water from the well for all his camels.
Eliezer asked, "Whose daughter are you? And is there room in your
father's house for us to spend the night?"
Rebekah answered, "I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son of Milcah and
Nahor, and we have plenty of straw and feed, as well as room for you to
spend the night."
At Nahor's House:
Do you think that God can answer your prayers? (Let the children
Eliezer replied, "Praise the God of my master Abraham! The Lord has
led me to the house of my master's relatives" (Nahor was the brother
of Abraham). He then gave Rebekah a gold earring and two gold
Rebekah ran into the house and told everybody about these things. Her
brother, Laban invited Eliezer to come in and the camels were unloaded.
Straw and feed were brought for the camels, and water for him and
his men to wash their feet. When food was set before him, he said,
"I will not eat until I have told you what I have to say."
How do you think Eliezer felt? (Let the children respond).
Then he told them about Abraham's son, Isaac, and what a fine young man he
was. He explained that Abraham wanted Isaac to have a wife from his
own people, and that he had come to select a wife for Isaac. He
told them how he had met Rebekah at the well, and that she had given a
drink of water to himself and all his camels in answer to his prayer.
And now he knew that Rebekah was the one that God had chosen to be Isaac's
wife! When he had finished telling this wonderful story, Rebekah's
father and brother said, "Here is Rebekah, take her, and let her be
Isaac's wife as the Lord has said."
What do you think Rebekah was thinking when they said this? (Let the
Rebekah Marries Isaac:
And so Rebekah travelled with Eliezer on the long return trip to the land
of Canaan. When they were nearly home, Isaac was a field thinking
about God. He looked up and saw camels coming in the distance.
Rebekah saw Isaac and got down from her camel. She asked Eliezer,
"Who is that man in the field?" Eliezer exclaimed, "That is Isaac,
the man who you have come to marry!"
Rebekah then covered her face with a veil and went to meet her future
husband. Isaac brought her into the the tent of Sarah, his mother
and married Rebekah. And so she became his wife and Isaac loved her
As you grow up, God will use you to tell others about Jesus, just as God
used Eliezer in finding such a good wife for Isaac.
Ask Jesus to be your Best Friend and to guide you every day. Jesus
will, because He loves us and promised to be with us every day.