Parents' Corner | February 20, 2019
After God tested Abraham, Abraham named the place “The LORD Will Provide” (Gen. 22:14) God repeated His promise to Abraham: “I will indeed bless you and make your offspring as numerous as the stars of the sky … And all the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring” (Gen. 22:17-18).
God blessed Abraham’s life, and he was about 140 years old when he asked his most trusted servant to go to his relatives and find a wife for his 40-year-old son Isaac. Abraham believed God would keep His promise; he trusted that God had a wife for Isaac and that Isaac would have a family because he was the child chosen by God to carry the family line—to follow God, to lead the family, and to teach the next generation to follow God too.
Abraham’s servant asked God for a clear sign of who should be Isaac’s wife. When Rebekah appeared and agreed to give water to the servant—and also, she offered, to his camels—the servant knew God was at work. He responded with worship: “Blessed be the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not withheld his kindness and faithfulness from my master” (Gen. 24:27).
Rebekah introduced the servant to her family, including her brother Laban. The servant recounted the events, and everyone agreed the Lord had chosen Rebekah to be Isaac’s wife. She traveled with the servant hundreds of miles to Abraham’s house. When she saw Isaac, she covered herself with a veil. The servant told Isaac everything that had happened. Then Isaac married Rebekah, and he loved her.
As you talk with your kids about this story, emphasize that God provided Rebekah as a wife for Isaac as part of His covenant to bless the whole world through Abraham’s family. One day, Jesus would be born into Abraham’s family as the promised Savior.
Family Ministry Director
The Well Community Church
Family Starting Points
February 17, 2019
Scripture Memory: Romans 5:8
"God demonstrates his own love for us in this while we were still sinners christ died for us. For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Big Picture Question:
What did God promise? God promised to bless His people.
Bible Story: “The Promise Reaffirmed” (Genesis 25:19-26; 28:10-22)
- God promised to give Abraham a big family and bless all the people of the world through him.
- God made the same promise to Abraham’s son Isaac.
- Abraham’s grandson Jacob saw God in a dream.
- God made the same promise to Jacob.
Family Discussion Starters:
- Abraham probably told Isaac and Jacob about God’s promise. Why do you think God chose to tell them Himself?
- Draw a family tree for your family to help your preschooler understand the concept of descendants. Compare your family to that of ABraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
- Go further: use some free online genealogy tools to search for family ancestors.
- “Isaac and Rebekah” (Genesis 24)