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A Bride for Isaac

Application:

God wants to guide and use us as we grow up.

Bible Text:

Genesis 24.

Age Group:

Preschool to Grade 2.

 

 
Rebekah draws water for Abraham's servant

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!"

Eliezer Prays:

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 respond).

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 bracelets.

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).

Eliezer's Story:

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 children respond).

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 very dearly.

God's Blessing:

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.

God bless!

 

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