Saturday, June 28, 2014

Isaac and Rebekah Sunday School Lesson

Use this Isaac and Rebekah Sunday School lesson to teach kids about the power of prayer.

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and to give their answers to the questions before clarifying the teaching.)

Ask students, Have you ever prayed for something? What did you pray for?

Did God answer your prayer? Did He give you what you wanted?

Does God always give us what we ask for?

Well, we’ve been learning about Abram. You remember that God told Abram to leave his country and his friends and his family and go live in the country of Canaan. Does anyone remember what promise God made to Abram about the country of Canaan? God promised that He would give the whole country to Abram’s children and grandchildren forever.

But there was a problem with Abram having children, wasn’t there? Does anyone remember why Abram didn’t have any children yet? His wife, Sarai, couldn’t have babies.

So what wrong thing did Abram do to help him have a baby? He married Sarai’s servant, Hagar. Abram had two wives.

Did Hagar have a baby? Yes, she had a son named Ishmael.

But then, a few years later, God talked to Abram and told Abram that his wife, Sarai, would have a son, even though Sarai was ninety years old. And God named Abram Abraham and He named Sarai Sarah. Abraham and Sarah thought it was funny that God would say Sarah would have a son and they didn’t believe Him at first. But God can do anything, can’t He? So a year later, Sarah did have a son and they named him Isaac.

Today we’re going to learn about what happened when that son, Isaac, was all grown up.

Summarize Genesis 24, asking questions as you go.

Sarah, Abraham’s wife, died when she was 127 years old. Abraham was getting very old, too, and their son, Isaac, was all grown up and ready to be married. So Abraham called his chief servant and said to him, “My chief servant, I want you to go back to my old country, the place where I lived before God told me to come to Canaan, and find a wife for my son, Isaac, there. Go find her and bring her back here to Canaan.”

“What if I find a wife for Isaac,” the chief servant asked, “but she doesn’t want come back with me to Canaan? Should I take Isaac to her and let Isaac live in your old country with her?”

What do you think? Should Isaac go live in Abraham’s old country? Why or why not?

“No,” Abraham answered. “Isaac must not go back to my old country. God told me that He would give this country, Canaan, to my children and grandchildren forever. So do not take Isaac back to my old country. But don’t worry about whether the woman will come back with you or not. God will send His angel ahead of you to help you find a wife for Isaac.”

So the chief servant left on his journey and after many days, finally made it Abraham’s old country and even the same town where Abraham used to live. The chief servant and his camels were thirsty so he walked to the well in the middle of the town. A lot of women were coming to the well to get water, too, and the chief servant had an idea. “God,” he prayed, “I will say to one of these girls, ‘Let me have a drink of water please.’ If the girl answers, ‘I’ll give you a drink and give your camels some water, too,’ then I’ll know that she is the right girl you want Isaac to marry.”

Do you think one of the girls will give the chief servant a drink and give his camels some water, too?

While the chief servant was still praying, a young woman named Rebekah came to the well. “Please give me a drink of water,” the chief servant said. So Rebekah gave him a drink. When the chief servant was finished drinking, Rebekah said, “Now I will give your camels some water, too.”

Did God answer the chief servant’s prayer? Yes. God answered the chief servant’s prayer exactly. Sometimes God does not give us exactly what we want, but sometimes He does. In this story, God gave the chief exactly what he wanted.

After Rebekah had given some water to the camels, the chief servant gave Rebekah a gold nose ring and two gold bracelets. “Who are you?” he asked. When she told him that she was one of Abraham’s relatives, the chief servant was very happy and went to spend the night in her family’s house.

Rebekah’s family was cooking dinner when they got there and they invited the chief servant to eat with them, but he said, “I will not eat until I tell you why I have come.” Then he told them about how he was Abraham’s chief servant and how Abraham had sent him to get a wife for his son, Isaac. He told them about how he had prayed and how Rebekah had said and done exactly what the chief servant had prayed she would. Then he said, “I know God has led me here to take Rebekah to be Isaac’s wife. Now tell me. Will you let her go with me or not?”

Do you think Rebekah’s family will let her go with the chief servant and marry Isaac?

“All this is from God,” Rebekah’s family answered. “We have to let her go.” Then they asked Rebekah if she was willing to go marry Isaac, and Rebekah said that she was.

A few nights later, Isaac was praying in the field when he saw the chief servant coming back with Rebekah. Then Isaac married Rebekah and he loved her.

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