Isaac and Rebekah

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The story of Isaac and Rebekah shows how the Lord helped bring them together. Isaac’s father, Abraham, sent his most trusted servant to find a wife for his son. The servant prayed to the Lord for help, and the Lord led him to Rebekah. This story is a lovely illustration of the way the Lord wants to lead and prepare us for a happy, eternal marriage.

The Story

Read or retell the story of Isaac and Rebekah in Genesis 24:1-67. “The Story of Isaac and Rebekah Retold”  summarizes this story for younger children.

Key ideas for discussion

  1. Who did Abraham send to find a wife for Isaac? (His oldest, most trusted servant)
  2. Why did the Abraham send his servant to Haran where Abraham’s relatives lived? (The people nearby worshiped idols, and Abraham wanted to help Isaac find a wife who loved the Lord.)
  3. What did the servant take on his journey? (Ten camels and gifts for the bride.)
  4. What did the servant ask the Lord? (For a special sign to let him know when he found the right woman for Isaac.)
  5. What did Rebekah do when the servant asked for water: (She told him “Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink.”)
  6. What did the servant give Rebekah? (Two bracelets and a ring made of gold.)
  7. Why did the servant thank the Lord? (The Lord led him to Rebekah, and she was one of Abraham’s relatives.)
  8. How did Rebekah’s family welcome the servant? (Rebekah’s brother, Laban, invited him to the house, unloaded his camels, provided straw and feed for the camels, brought water to wash the feet of the servant and the men traveling with him, and brought food for him to eat.)
  9. What did the servant do before he would eat the food the family gave him? (The servant told them that Abraham sent him to find a wife for Isaac.)
  10. Why did Rebekah’s family let her marry Isaac? (They knew that the Lord was leading the servant to find Rebekah for Isaac.)
  11. What did Rebekah do when she first saw Isaac? (She asked the servant who he was and took a veil and covered herself.)

The Lord led Isaac and Rebekah to marry, and they loved each other. The Lord wants to give each one of us the gift of true marriage love—if not here on earth, then in heaven. But we need to do our part by looking to the Lord, trying to do what is good, and cherishing our marriage partner.

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