March 26, 2017

OT 13 Isaac and Rebekah

Reference: Genesis 24

Story Summary: 
   Abraham asked his servant to travel to the land of his family and find a wife for his son, Isaac. He didn’t want Isaac to marry one of the evil people who lived in the land of Canaan. He sent the servant off with camels packed with treasures.
   When he arrived, the servant stopped by the well outside of town. He prayed, “God, give me success. Suppose I say to a women, ‘Please give me a drink.’ If she says, ‘I’ll give you a drink. I’ll get some water for your camels, too,’ let her be the one you’ve picked for Isaac.
   As he finished the prayer, Rebekah came to the well. The servant asked her for a drink. Rebekah said, “I’ll give you a drink. I’ll get some water for your camels, too.” Right then, the servant knew that God had answered his prayer.
   After talking with and giving gifts to her brother, Laban, Rebekah and the servant returned to Abraham. When Isaac met Rebekah, he took her home to be his wife.

Big Ideas and Motions: God listens when his people pray.
God - point up
Listens - cup your hands behind your ears
People - hold out your hands and wiggle your fingers
Pray - press your palms together and bow your head

Verse and Motions: Psalm 145:18, ESV - The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
Lord - point up
Near - squeeze close to anybody by you
All - gesture your arms in a wide circle
Call - pretend to talk on a phone
All/call - same motions as before
Truth - touch your index finger to your lips, then point away from you*
*This is the ASL sign for “truth”.

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
What did Abraham want his servant to do? // Find a wife for Isaac
Why didn’t Abraham want Isaac to marry someone from the new land? // They were evil people
What kind of place did the servant stop at when he got there? // A well
What did the servant pray? // God, show me the right wife for Isaac
What did the servant want the right woman to say? // I’ll get water for you and your camels
Who showed up as he was praying? // Rebekah
What did Rebekah say when he asked for a drink? // I’ll get water for you and your camels
What did the servant give to Rebekah? // Jewelry and clothes
Who did Rebekah and the servant go and tell this story to? // Laban, her brother
After he met Rebekah, what did Isaac do? // Marry her

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