A Bride for Isaac

Theme: God gives Isaac a wife
Object: A book about Cinderella
Scripture: Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her. Genesis 24:67a (NIV)

Has anyone here ever heard the story of Cinderella? Of course you have! I doubt if there is anyone in the world that hasn't heard that story. It is a beautiful fairy tale about poor Cinderella who spends her days woking like a slave for her wicked stepmother and two stepsisters.

One day, Prince Charming gave a big dance at the royal palace and everyone was invited -- even Cinderella. But Cinderella's wicked stepmother would not let her go. She made her stay at home. Cinderella was so sad that she sat at home alone crying.

As you know, everything changed when Cinderella's fairy godmother arrives on the scene. She turns a pumpkin into a beautiful coach that carries Cinderella to a ball at the royal palace of the Prince. Cinderella was the most beautiful one at the ball and, when the Prince saw her, it was love at first sight.

But then things took a turn for the worse. At midnight, Cinderella's beautifll dress turned back in her dirty work dress and she ran from the ball so that the prince would not see her. As she ran, one of her glass slippers came off and was left behind. The Prince searched the entire country to find the one who could fit into that glass slipper. You know what happened! He found Cinderella, the slipper fit, the Prince and Cinderella married, and lived happily ever after. What a beautiful love story.

Today, I want to tell you another beautiful love story. It is the story of Isaac and Rebekah.

You may remember that Isaac was the son of Abraham. When Isaac had grown up, it was time for him to get married. Abraham wanted Isaac to marry someone from his homeland, but he did not want Isaac to leave the place where they were living. So, Abraham decided to send one of his servants to find a wife for Isaac and bring her back to him.

The servant was happy to help his master, but he was not sure how he would know which girl was the right one for Isaac. He took 10 camels and lots of gifts for the new bride and began a long journey. As he walked, he prayed that God would help him to know how to find the right wife for Isaac.

When the servant reached Abraham's homeland, he saw a well. That gave him an idea! He prayed that the girl would send the girl who was to be Isaac's wife to the well to get water. He would ask her for a drink. If the girl gave him a drink, and then offered to give a drink of water to his camels without even being asked, he would know she was the one that God wanted to be Isaac's wife.

As the servant sat by the well, a girl came to the well. The servant asked her for a drink and she happily got him a drink. Then, she looked around and saw his camels nearby and offered to give water to his camels, too! It happened exactly as he had asked of God!!

The servant gave her beautiful jewelry. He asked her who her father was and asked if he and his camels could spend the night at her house? She took the servant back to her home where he met her brother Laban. When they learned that Abraham had sent him to find a wife for Isaac, and that the Lord had shown him that Rebekah was the special woman that God had chosen for Issac, they were so happy.

They left the camels and gifts with Laban and headed for Isaac's home. When she saw Isaac in the distance, Rebekah was so excited. When Isaac saw Rebekah, it was love at first sight. They got married right away. And Isaac loved Rebekah very much!

It will be a long time before you think about getting married. How do you think you will find just the right person share your life with? It probably won't be the same as it was for Isaac and Rebekah, but if you ask God to help you, I think he has just the right person for you.

Father, we are thankful that you are there to help us in every important decision we have to make. Help us to seek your help in everything we do. In Jesus' name we pray, amen.

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