06 Isaac & Rebekah, God's Choice

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Aim: 

Focus on the importance of seeking God's guidance in our day to day activity, whether it is big or small things

Bible Passage: 

Genesis 24:10-26

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

10 Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed, taking all kinds of choice gifts from his master; and he set out and went to Aram-naharaim, to the city of Nahor. 11 He made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water; it was toward evening, the time when women go out to draw water. 12 And he said, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham. 13 I am standing here by the spring of water, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. 14 Let the girl to whom I shall say, ‘Please offer your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels’—let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master.”

15 Before he had finished speaking, there was Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, coming out with her water jar on her shoulder. 16 The girl was very fair to look upon, a virgin, whom no man had known. She went down to the spring, filled her jar, and came up. 17 Then the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please let me sip a little water from your jar.” 18 “Drink, my lord,” she said, and quickly lowered her jar upon her hand and gave him a drink. 19 When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.” 20 So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran again to the well to draw, and she drew for all his camels. 21 The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether or not the Lord had made his journey successful.

22 When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold nose-ring weighing a half shekel, and two bracelets for her arms weighing ten gold shekels, 23 and said, “Tell me whose daughter you are. Is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?” 24 She said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor.” 25 She added, “We have plenty of straw and fodder and a place to spend the night.” 26 The man bowed his head and worshiped the Lord

Main Ideas: 

In today’s Bible portion, we are going to learn about Abraham, Isaac and Rebekkah. God had blessed Abraham a lot. He was now old. His wife Sarah had died. Abraham wanted his son Isaac to be married. Abraham entrusted the task of finding a wife for Isaac on his trusted servant. The servant was to go back to the country from where Abraham had come from and where his relatives still lived and find a girl for Isaac. Abraham was living among pagan people and the pagan culture. He didn’t want Isaac to marry someone in that culture where his God was not worshiped. The servant of Abraham having lived with Abraham trusted in the God of his master. He was depending on God to show the right girl for Isaac. He prayed:  May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.” What the servant prayed for actually needed lot of time and effort. It was not an easy task.  There were 10 camels and one camel can drink about 20 to 50 gallons of water in a few minutes. Imagine running from the car to your house 20 times to drop a gallon of milk each time. That is what it would take to feed water to one camel.  So, watering the camels would have meant a lot of hard work. Who would be willing to spend so much time and effort for a stranger? Do we spend time to help a new classmate or a stranger? But that is exactly what Rebekah did. When the servant asked for water, she not only gave the servant a drink but she brought water for all the camels of the servant. This was enough for the servant to know that Rebekah was God’s choice for Isaac. Isaac married Rebekah when she came back with Abraham’s servant. How much are we willing to depend on God’s choice? Many times we want to see, feel and get comfortable before making a decision. We don’t trust in others to make the right decision for us and we hardly let God decide for us. Because Abraham and Isaac trusted and depended on God, God blessed them mightily.

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Find the words: Abraham, Isaac, Rebekah, Lord, water, jar, camels, Nahor, drink, servant

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Memory Verse: 

Isaiah 30:21

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

21 And when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

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