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
- Who did Abraham send to find a wife for Isaac? (His oldest, most trusted servant)
- 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.)
- What did the servant take on his journey? (Ten camels and gifts for the bride.)
- What did the servant ask the Lord? (For a special sign to let him know when he found the right woman for Isaac.)
- What did Rebekah do when the servant asked for water: (She told him “Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink.”)
- What did the servant give Rebekah? (Two bracelets and a ring made of gold.)
- Why did the servant thank the Lord? (The Lord led him to Rebekah, and she was one of Abraham’s relatives.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- Why did Rebekah’s family let her marry Isaac? (They knew that the Lord was leading the servant to find Rebekah for Isaac.)
- 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.
Read more about Isaac and Rebekah
- "Rebekah at the Well” by Harold C. Cranch (ages 7-14)
This story shows the Lord’s love and care for those who trust in Him and obey His teachings.
- “Gifts for a Bride” by Kurt Horigan Asplundh (for young children)
Retells the story of Isaac and Rebekah and another wedding with lovely color illustrations by Cathlin C. Schnarr.
- Family Worship—The Story of Isaac and Rebekah for suggestions on discussing this story with children and dramatizing portions of it.
Projects and Activities for Various Ages
- Dramatizing the Story of Isaac and Rebekah (for younger children)
A script to help children act out key portions of this beautiful story and a pattern for making simple stick puppets.
- A Joyful Bride (for ages 4-8)
Print, color, cut out, and fold a paper pattern to make a standing bride.
- Children’s Prayers about Marriage (ages 6-12)
Prayers asking the Lord to help us learn to love others as He loves us all.
- Rebekah Gives the Servant Water by Jacqueline S. Bostock
Rebekah offered water to Abraham’s servant. This was the sign the Lord gave the servant to help him choose a wife for Isaac.
- The Servant Brings Rebekah to Isaac coloring page by Marguerite L. Acton
Rebekah was willing to marry Isaac. This coloring page shows her arriving with the servant.
- Isaac Greets Rebekah by Marguerite L. Acton
This coloring page shows Isaac and Rebekah meeting each other, happy to become husband and wife.
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