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1 Lesson 021 A Bride For Isaac Genesis 24:1-67

2 MEMORY VERSE IS AIAH 62:5b "...as the bridegroom rejoic es ov er the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you. " WHAT YOU WILL NEED: Several appropriately colored construction paper shapes of a shoe, piece of bread, car, shirt, pair of socks, pants, house, money, box of cereal, etc. Masking tape and two signs designated needs and wants. Blank white paper, markers or crayons. ATTENTION GRABBER! Seek and Find Cut out several appropriately colored construction paper shapes of a shoe, piece of bread, car, shirt, pair of socks, pants, house, money, box of cereal, etc. Hide these around the classroom prior to the arrival of your class. Instruct them to find hidden objects in the classroom. Discuss how God supplies for our specific needs for food, clothing, and shelter. LESSON TIME! Abraham was getting old and his son Isaac was not yet married. Abraham wanted to make sure that Isaac had a godly wife. We can trust God for our specific needs. Did you know that God will take care of all of your needs? He promises in the Bible that He will take care of His children. That is you and me when we believe in Jesus. As we read today s lesson we

3 will see a beautiful picture of God's provision as an example for us to always trust our Lord to provide what we need in life. G EN ES I S 24:1-4 N o w Abr ah am w as o l d, w e l l -ad v an c e d i n age ; an d t h e L O R D h ad bl e s s e d Abr ah am i n al l t h i n gs. S o Abr ah am s ai d t o t h e o l d e s t s e r v an t o f h i s h o u s e, w h o r u l e d o v e r al l t h at h e h ad, " Pl e as e, p u t y o u r h an d u n d e r m y t h i gh, " an d I w i l l m ak e y o u s w e ar by t h e L O R D, t h e G o d o f h e av e n an d t h e G o d o f t h e e ar t h, t h at y o u w i l l n o t t ak e a w i f e f o r m y s o n f r o m t h e d au gh t e r s o f t h e C an aan i t e s, am o n g w h o m I d w e l l ; " bu t y o u s h al l go t o m y c o u n t r y an d t o m y k i n d r e d, an d t ak e a w i f e f o r m y s o n I s aac. " Abraham found his most trusted servant and sent him back to Abraham's own country to find a bride for Isaac. Isaac was now forty years old. Abraham made his servant swear that he would not find a bride from among the Canaanites, but rather from his own relatives from where he came from. Why was Abraham concerned about having a bride from his own people? He was concerned that the people there worshiped pagan gods. Throughout the Bible we see a separation between God s people and the world, those who serve God and those who serve idols. It is a reminder that we are to be a separate people. We live in this world, but it should never mark who we are. We need to be a different people who reflect the light and life of Jesus Christ. G EN ES I S 24:5-8 An d t h e s e r v an t s ai d t o h i m, " Pe r h ap s t h e w o m an w i l l n o t be w i l l i n g t o f o l l o w m e t o t h i s l an d. M u s t I

4 t ak e y o u r s o n bac k t o t h e l an d f r o m w h i c h y o u c am e?" B u t Abr ah am s ai d t o h i m, " B e w ar e t h at y o u d o n o t t ak e m y s o n bac k t h e r e. " T h e L O R D G o d o f h e av e n, w h o t o o k m e f r o m m y f at h e r ' s h o u s e an d f r o m t h e l an d o f m y k i n d r e d, an d w h o s p o k e t o m e an d s w o r e t o m e, s ay i n g, ' T o y o u r d e s c e n d an t s I gi v e t h i s l an d, ' H e w i l l s e n d H i s an ge l be f o r e y o u, an d y o u s h al l t ak e a w i f e f o r m y s o n f r o m t h e r e. " An d i f t h e w o m an i s n o t w i l l i n g t o f o l l o w y o u, t h e n y o u w i l l be r e l e as e d f r o m t h i s o at h ; o n l y d o n o t t ak e m y s o n bac k t h e r e. " Abraham insisted that Isaac stay in Canaan. He assured his servant that God would prosper his mission and that God's angel would go before him. If the servant could not get the woman to go with him, he was released from the oath. It was important to Abraham that Isaac not go back to his father s homeland because he knew the call that God had on his life. He was to become a great nation and the land of Canaan was the Promised Land that the descendants of Abraham would be given. If Isaac were to travel back to where his relatives lived there might be that temptation to settle there and not fulfill God s plan and purpose. We need to be careful to make sure we understand what God s plan is for our lives and then move forward in that plan. We need to trust that God will meet all of our needs along the way just as Abraham had faith in God. We can trust God for our specific needs.

5 Need or Wants Tape two large squares on the floor and label one needs and the other wants. Explain to your class that you will read several scenarios and that they must run to the square that best represents the scene. Susie is growing very quickly; her shoes are getting tighter every day. They already hurt her feet. Soon she will not even be able to get them on her feet. She prays and asks God for a pair of shoes that will fit her (Need or Want?) Ebenezer is very thrifty. He never wastes anything. He really likes the new Tazmanian Taffy Twister Toy. Since he is a good boy, he feels like it would be okay to ask for one for Christmas (Need or Want?). John is hungry. His mother offers him some soup and bread and butter. He cries because he doesn t want soup, but wants some French-fries instead (Need or Want?). Terry has two remote control cars. He prays for God to give him a fishing pole (Need or Want?). Silas has not eaten any food since breakfast and there is none in the house. He prays for God to provide some bread (Need or Want?). Xavier has to go to the store but his bicycle has a flat tire. The store is just three blocks away, but he prays for God to help him repair his bicycle (Need or Want?). Discuss the difference between needs and wants. Explain that it is OK to pray for both, but very important to know the difference.

6 G EN ES I S 24:9-14 S o t h e s e r v an t p u t h i s h an d u n d e r t h e t h i gh o f Abr ah am h i s m as t e r, an d s w o r e t o h i m c o n c e r n i n g t h i s m at t e r. T h e n t h e s e r v an t t o o k t e n o f h i s m as t e r ' s c am e l s an d d e p ar t e d, f o r al l h i s m as t e r ' s go o d s w e r e i n h i s h an d. An d h e ar o s e an d w e n t t o M e s o p o t am i a, t o t h e c i t y o f N ah o r. An d h e m ad e h i s c am e l s k n e e l d o w n o u t s i d e t h e c i t y by a w e l l o f w at e r at e v e n i n g t i m e, t h e t i m e w h e n w o m e n go o u t t o d r aw w at e r. T h e n h e s ai d, " O L O R D G o d o f m y m as t e r Abr ah am, p l e as e gi v e m e s u c c e s s t h i s d ay, an d s h o w k i n d n e s s t o m y m as t e r Abr ah am. " B e h o l d, I s t an d h e r e by t h e w e l l o f w at e r, an d t h e d au gh t e r s o f t h e m e n o f t h e c i t y ar e c o m i n g o u t t o d r aw w at e r. " N o w l e t i t be t h at t h e y o u n g w o m an t o w h o m I s ay, ' Pl e as e l e t d o w n y o u r p i t c h e r t h at I m ay d r i n k, ' an d s h e s ay s, ' D r i n k, an d I w i l l al s o gi v e y o u r c am e l s a d r i n k ' --l e t h e r be t h e o n e w h o m Y o u h av e ap p o i n t e d f o r Y o u r s e r v an t I s aac. An d by t h i s I w i l l k n o w t h at Y o u h av e s h o w n k i n d n e s s t o m y m as t e r. " Abraham s servant traveled to Mesopotamia and then prayed to God for success in his mission. He trusted in God to bring the right woman and he prayed specifically so that he could know it was God answering his prayer. We, too, can trust God to answer our prayers and to do so in a way that we know it is Him. We can trust God for our specific needs.

7 Can you think of a time when the Lord answered your prayers? Go around the class and allow a few children to tell about when and how the Lord helped them. G EN ES I S 24:15-19 An d i t h ap p e n e d, be f o r e h e h ad f i n i s h e d s p e ak i n g, t h at be h o l d, R e be k ah, w h o w as bo r n t o B e t h u e l, s o n o f M i l c ah, t h e w i f e o f N ah o r, Abr ah am ' s br o t h e r, c am e o u t w i t h h e r p i t c h e r o n h e r s h o u l d e r. N o w t h e y o u n g w o m an w as v e r y be au t i f u l t o be h o l d, a v i r gi n ; n o m an h ad k n o w n h e r. An d s h e w e n t d o w n t o t h e w e l l, f i l l e d h e r p i t c h e r, an d c am e u p. An d t h e s e r v an t r an t o m e e t h e r an d s ai d, " Pl e as e l e t m e d r i n k a l i t t l e w at e r f r o m y o u r p i t c h e r. " S o s h e s ai d, " D r i n k, m y l o r d. " T h e n s h e h as t e n e d an d l e t h e r p i t c h e r d o w n t o h e r h an d, an d gav e h i m a d r i n k. An d w h e n s h e h ad f i n i s h e d gi v i n g h i m a d r i n k, s h e s ai d, " I w i l l d r aw w at e r f o r y o u r c am e l s al s o, u n t i l t h e y h av e f i n i s h e d d r i n k i n g. " Rebekah came out to fetch water for the household. Rebekah was Abraham's nephew's daughter. No sooner did Abraham's servant pray than his prayer was answered. Rebekah did all that Abraham's servant had asked God that the chosen woman would do. Isaac's wife had to meet certain standards and Abraham's servant's prayer was designed to reveal Rebekah's character. She had to be related to Abraham so that she would know his God, she had to be industrious because she would be found doing chores at a well, she

8 had to be kind to offer a drink, and she had to be giving to water the camels. We can trust God for our specific needs. When God has a purpose in our lives He will make sure that it gets accomplished, right down to the last detail. All we have to do is place our trust in Him. God wants to use our lives to glorify Him. Let s trust Him to show us how He wants us to do that. G EN ES I S 24:20-26 T h e n s h e h as t e n e d an d e m p t i e d h e r p i t c h e r i n t o t h e t r o u gh, r an bac k t o t h e w e l l t o d r aw w at e r, an d d r e w f o r al l h i s c am e l s. An d t h e m an, w o n d e r i n g at h e r, r e m ai n e d s i l e n t s o as t o k n o w w h e t h e r t h e L O R D h ad m ad e h i s j o u r n e y p r o s p e r o u s o r n o t. S o i t w as, w h e n t h e c am e l s h ad f i n i s h e d d r i n k i n g, t h at t h e m an t o o k a go l d e n n o s e r i n g w e i gh i n g h al f a s h e k e l, an d t w o br ac e l e t s f o r h e r w r i s t s w e i gh i n g t e n s h e k e l s o f go l d, an d s ai d, " Wh o s e d au gh t e r ar e y o u? T e l l m e, p l e as e, i s t h e r e r o o m i n y o u r f at h e r ' s h o u s e f o r u s t o l o d ge?" S o s h e s ai d t o h i m, " I am t h e d au gh t e r o f B e t h u e l, M i l c ah ' s s o n, w h o m s h e bo r e t o N ah o r. " M o r e o v e r s h e s ai d t o h i m, " We h av e bo t h s t r aw an d f e e d e n o u gh, an d r o o m t o l o d ge. " T h e n t h e m an bo w e d d o w n h i s h e ad an d w o r s h i p e d t h e L O R D. Abraham s servant gave Rebekah gifts to show his good intentions and then asked who she was. When Abraham's servant knew who

9 she was (part of Abraham s family) and that his prayers were answered, his first response was to worship God. When we pray specifically we can know exactly when God answers our prayers and we can then give Him thanks and worship Him for His faithfulness. We can trust God for our specific needs. When we pray to God we must also acknowledge Him when He grants our requests. How we need to be thankful for God s faithfulness in our lives and worship Him. G EN ES I S 24:27-33 An d h e s ai d, " B l e s s e d be t h e L O R D G o d o f m y m as t e r Abr ah am, w h o h as n o t f o r s ak e n H i s m e r c y an d H i s t r u t h t o w ar d m y m as t e r. As f o r m e, be i n g o n t h e w ay, t h e L O R D l e d m e t o t h e h o u s e o f m y m as t e r ' s br e t h r e n. " S o t h e y o u n g w o m an r an an d t o l d t h o s e o f h e r m o t h e r ' s h o u s e t h e s e t h i n gs. N o w R e be k ah h ad a br o t h e r w h o s e n am e w as L aban, an d L aban r an o u t t o t h e m an by t h e w e l l. S o i t c am e t o p as s, w h e n h e s aw t h e n o s e r i n g, an d t h e br ac e l e t s o n h i s s i s t e r ' s w r i s t s, an d w h e n h e h e ar d t h e w o r d s o f h i s s i s t e r R e be k ah, s ay i n g, " T h u s t h e m an s p o k e t o m e, " t h at h e w e n t t o t h e m an. An d t h e r e h e s t o o d by t h e c am e l s at t h e w e l l. An d h e s ai d, " C o m e i n, O bl e s s e d o f t h e L O R D! Wh y d o y o u s t an d o u t s i d e? F o r I h av e p r e p ar e d t h e h o u s e, an d a p l ac e f o r t h e c am e l s. " T h e n t h e m an c am e t o t h e h o u s e. An d h e u n l o ad e d t h e c am e l s, an d p r o v i d e d s t r aw an d f e e d f o r t h e

10 c am e l s, an d w at e r t o w as h h i s f e e t an d t h e f e e t o f t h e m e n w h o w e r e w i t h h i m. F o o d w as s e t be f o r e h i m t o e at, bu t h e s ai d, " I w i l l n o t e at u n t i l I h av e t o l d abo u t m y e r r an d. " An d h e s ai d, " S p e ak o n. " Abraham s servant went to Rebekah's home where he was taken and cared for. He then told Rebekah's family how he was sent to find Isaac a wife and how Rebekah was brought to him. We can trust God for our specific needs. God continues to bless in this situation and open doors. Sometimes when we walk by faith we don t know exactly how God is going to answer prayer and show us His will. Sometimes He does it by opening doors. He happens across this young girl who ends up being a relative of Abraham s and then the rest of the family opens up their home and hospitality to him. God is providing everything needed to show Abraham s servant that He is taking care of everything. G EN ES I S 24:34-59 S o h e s ai d, " I am Abr ah am ' s s e r v an t. " T h e L O R D h as bl e s s e d m y m as t e r gr e at l y, an d h e h as be c o m e gr e at ; an d H e h as gi v e n h i m f l o c k s an d h e r d s, s i l v e r an d go l d, m al e an d f e m al e s e r v an t s, an d c am e l s an d d o n k e y s. " An d S ar ah m y m as t e r ' s w i f e bo r e a s o n t o m y m as t e r w h e n s h e w as o l d ; an d t o h i m h e h as gi v e n al l t h at h e h as. " N o w m y m as t e r m ad e m e s w e ar, s ay i n g, ' Y o u s h al l n o t t ak e a w i f e f o r m y s o n f r o m t h e d au gh t e r s o f t h e C an aan i t e s, i n w h o s e l an d I d w e l l ;

11 bu t y o u s h al l go t o m y f at h e r ' s h o u s e an d t o m y k i n d r e d, an d t ak e a w i f e f o r m y s o n. ' " An d I s ai d t o m y m as t e r, ' Pe r h ap s t h e w o m an w i l l n o t f o l l o w m e. ' " B u t h e s ai d t o m e, ' T h e L O R D, be f o r e w h o m I w al k, w i l l s e n d H i s an ge l w i t h y o u an d p r o s p e r y o u r w ay ; an d y o u s h al l t ak e a w i f e f o r m y s o n f r o m m y k i n d r e d an d f r o m m y f at h e r ' s h o u s e. Y o u w i l l be c l e ar f r o m t h i s o at h w h e n y o u ar r i v e am o n g m y k i n d r e d ; f o r i f t h e y w i l l n o t gi v e h e r t o y o u, t h e n y o u w i l l be r e l e as e d f r o m m y o at h. ' " An d t h i s d ay I c am e t o t h e w e l l an d s ai d, ' O L O R D G o d o f m y m as t e r Abr ah am, i f Y o u w i l l n o w p r o s p e r t h e w ay i n w h i c h I go, be h o l d, I s t an d by t h e w e l l o f w at e r ; an d i t s h al l c o m e t o p as s t h at w h e n t h e v i r gi n c o m e s o u t t o d r aw w at e r, an d I s ay t o h e r, " Pl e as e gi v e m e a l i t t l e w at e r f r o m y o u r p i t c h e r t o d r i n k, " an d s h e s ay s t o m e, " D r i n k, an d I w i l l d r aw f o r y o u r c am e l s al s o, " --l e t h e r be t h e w o m an w h o m t h e L O R D h as ap p o i n t e d f o r m y m as t e r ' s s o n. ' " B u t be f o r e I h ad f i n i s h e d s p e ak i n g i n m y h e ar t, t h e r e w as R e be k ah, c o m i n g o u t w i t h h e r p i t c h e r o n h e r s h o u l d e r ; an d s h e w e n t d o w n t o t h e w e l l an d d r e w w at e r. An d I s ai d t o h e r, ' Pl e as e l e t m e d r i n k. ' An d s h e m ad e h as t e an d l e t h e r p i t c h e r d o w n f r o m h e r s h o u l d e r, an d s ai d, ' D r i n k, an d I w i l l gi v e y o u r

12 c am e l s a d r i n k al s o. ' S o I d r an k, an d s h e gav e t h e c am e l s a d r i n k al s o. " T h e n I as k e d h e r, an d s ai d, ' Wh o s e d au gh t e r ar e y o u?' An d s h e s ai d, ' T h e d au gh t e r o f B e t h u e l, N ah o r ' s s o n, w h o m M i l c ah bo r e t o h i m. ' S o I p u t t h e n o s e r i n g o n h e r n o s e an d t h e br ac e l e t s o n h e r w r i s t s. " An d I bo w e d m y h e ad an d w o r s h i p e d t h e L O R D, an d bl e s s e d t h e L O R D G o d o f m y m as t e r Abr ah am, w h o h ad l e d m e i n t h e w ay o f t r u t h t o t ak e t h e d au gh t e r o f m y m as t e r ' s br o t h e r f o r h i s s o n. " N o w i f y o u w i l l d e al k i n d l y an d t r u l y w i t h m y m as t e r, t e l l m e. An d i f n o t, t e l l m e, t h at I m ay t u r n t o t h e r i gh t h an d o r t o t h e l e f t. " T h e n L aban an d B e t h u e l an s w e r e d an d s ai d, " T h e t h i n g c o m e s f r o m t h e L O R D ; w e c an n o t s p e ak t o y o u e i t h e r bad o r go o d. " H e r e i s R e be k ah be f o r e y o u ; t ak e h e r an d go, an d l e t h e r be y o u r m as t e r ' s s o n ' s w i f e, as t h e L O R D h as s p o k e n. " An d i t c am e t o p as s, w h e n Abr ah am ' s s e r v an t h e ar d t h e i r w o r d s, t h at h e w o r s h i p e d t h e L O R D, bo w i n g h i m s e l f t o t h e e ar t h. T h e n t h e s e r v an t br o u gh t o u t j e w e l r y o f s i l v e r, j e w e l r y o f go l d, an d c l o t h i n g, an d gav e t h e m t o R e be k ah. H e al s o gav e p r e c i o u s t h i n gs t o h e r br o t h e r an d t o h e r m o t h e r.

13 An d h e an d t h e m e n w h o w e r e w i t h h i m at e an d d r an k an d s t ay e d al l n i gh t. T h e n t h e y ar o s e i n t h e m o r n i n g, an d h e s ai d, " S e n d m e aw ay t o m y m as t e r. " B u t h e r br o t h e r an d h e r m o t h e r s ai d, " L e t t h e y o u n g w o m an s t ay w i t h u s a f e w d ay s, at l e as t t e n ; af t e r t h at s h e m ay go. " An d h e s ai d t o t h e m, " D o n o t h i n d e r m e, s i n c e t h e L O R D h as p r o s p e r e d m y w ay ; s e n d m e aw ay s o t h at I m ay go t o m y m as t e r. " S o t h e y s ai d, " We w i l l c al l t h e y o u n g w o m an an d as k h e r p e r s o n al l y. " T h e n t h e y c al l e d R e be k ah an d s ai d t o h e r, " Wi l l y o u go w i t h t h i s m an?" An d s h e s ai d, " I w i l l go. " S o t h e y s e n t aw ay R e be k ah t h e i r s i s t e r an d h e r n u r s e, an d Abr ah am ' s s e r v an t an d h i s m e n. Rebekah s family did not want her to go right away, but she was given the final decision. She decided to go and obey God's call on her life, so she was brought to Isaac. Could you imagine what this meant for Rebekah? She would have to completely put her trust in the Lord because she was about to go to another country to live with people she had never even met before. But God made it clear to her that He was in this and helped her to make this decision and follow Him. How we need to trust the Lord in what He wants us to do. Sometimes following the Lord means going to places and doing things that are very unfamiliar, but following the Lord is always the way of blessing. When we do God s will then we will always be happy. Rebekah was about to set off on a new adventure of faith in God.

14 G EN ES I S 24:60-67 An d t h e y bl e s s e d R e be k ah an d s ai d t o h e r : " O u r s i s t e r, m ay y o u be c o m e t h e m o t h e r o f t h o u s an d s o f t e n t h o u s an d s ; an d m ay y o u r d e s c e n d an t s p o s s e s s t h e gat e s o f t h o s e w h o h at e t h e m. " T h e n R e be k ah an d h e r m ai d s ar o s e, an d t h e y r o d e o n t h e c am e l s an d f o l l o w e d t h e m an. S o t h e s e r v an t t o o k R e be k ah an d d e p ar t e d. N o w I s aac c am e f r o m t h e w ay o f B e e r L ah ai R o i, f o r h e d w e l t i n t h e S o u t h. An d I s aac w e n t o u t t o m e d i t at e i n t h e f i e l d i n t h e e v e n i n g; an d h e l i f t e d h i s e y e s an d l o o k e d, an d t h e r e, t h e c am e l s w e r e c o m i n g. T h e n R e be k ah l i f t e d h e r e y e s, an d w h e n s h e s aw I s aac s h e d i s m o u n t e d f r o m h e r c am e l ; f o r s h e h ad s ai d t o t h e s e r v an t, " Wh o i s t h i s m an w al k i n g i n t h e f i e l d t o m e e t u s?" An d t h e s e r v an t s ai d, " I t i s m y m as t e r. " S o s h e t o o k a v e i l an d c o v e r e d h e r s e l f. An d t h e s e r v an t t o l d I s aac al l t h e t h i n gs t h at h e h ad d o n e. T h e n I s aac br o u gh t h e r i n t o h i s m o t h e r S ar ah ' s t e n t ; an d h e t o o k R e be k ah an d s h e be c am e h i s w i f e, an d h e l o v e d h e r. S o I s aac w as c o m f o r t e d af t e r h i s m o t h e r ' s d e at h. Isaac was in the field praying when Abraham's servant came. He was not anxious; he was seeking the Lord and His will. Then Rebekah became his wife and he loved her. This story teaches us

15 how important it is to trust in God and commit our ways to Him. We also learn to ask God specifically for our needs and to thank Him when He answers. We can trust God for our specific needs. We can also learn about Jesus in this story, just like Isaac, Jesus' Father, God, sent His servant, the Holy Spirit, to bring Him a bride, the church. Just like Rebekah, the church is to be pure, have a servant's heart, and be prepared to leave. Just as Isaac was praying, Jesus is interceding for us until we are with Him. Jesus is like Isaac, but even more so, in that He loves us (His bride) and desires that we live with Him eternally by trusting in the salvation He won by His death on the cross for our sins. Let s remember to always put our trust in the Lord for all of our needs. Here Comes the Bride Before class write the memory verse (Isaiah 62:5b) at the bottom of a piece of paper (placed horizontally). Using markers or crayons have the children draw a picture of Isaac and Rebekah. After they draw their pictures ask them what they learned from today s lesson. Explain how this is a picture of how God is preparing a bride (the church us) for His Son. What can we learn from this about how much the Lord loves us? PRAYER Lead the children in a prayer for specific needs. Ask the children to share prayer requests and pray for them right then and there. If there are any children who have not yet responded to the gospel, give them opportunity to do so.