Today, I’m going to share with you another great Sunday school lesson about the Bible story of Isaac and Rebekah.
Before jumping in, read Genesis 24 with your students.
Sunday School Lesson: “God Leads The Way”
Sunday School Lesson Materials:
– two different types of candy bar
– one box of raisins
– two metal pot lids that can be banged together for noise
– one pot
– two wooden or plastic cooking spoons that can be used as “drum sticks” to bang on the pot
God did a lot of things to make sure that Isaac was introduced to a good wife whom he would love for his whole life. Marriage is an important decision, isn’t it?
Let’s think of some important decisions we have to make soon. Ask the children to think of something they want help with.
– Which sport to play next;
– Whether or not to play with a friend who isn’t always well behaved;
– Whether to trust a sibling who asks to borrow something and swears she’ll give it back;
– What to do with an allowance or birthday money – whether to spend or save or what to spend it on;
Signs are a gift from God that helped bring Rebekah to Isaac. The servant asked the Lord that when he saw the right girl for Isaac, she would do something. What was that thing? If a maiden comes out to draw water and I say to her, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar,” and if she says to me, “Drink, and I’ll draw water for your camels too,” let her be the one the LORD has chosen for my master’s son.’
God wants to help show us the way in life. He also wants to build our faith. That’s why we have to
– listen carefully,
– ask carefully, and
– believe that God is leading us
Let’s start with listening carefully. Who knows what the voice of the Lord sounds like?
Let them give various answers.
Bring out two different types of candy bar and a box of raisins.
Often God’s voice is not loud. It’s described as “a still, small voice.” When you want God’s help with a decision, you have to listen carefully. There are often lots of things to distract us. Let’s say we have three snacks and our friend has none, and we have to decide whether we’re going to share, when we’d love to eat the whole thing.
Bring two children to the front of the room. Hand the first one two metal pot lids for her to bang together like cymbals.
Loud things that prevent us from hearing God’s voice sometimes include our own selfish desires.
Instruct the child with the pot lids to bang them together and yell, “I WANT TO KEEP ALL MY STUFF TO MYSELF!! I WANT TO KEEP ALL MY STUFF TO MYSELF!! I WANT TO KEEP ALL MY STUFF TO MYSELF!!”
Other loud things can be the devil, who loves to make us think that being a Christian is no fun at all.
Give the second child the drum sticks and the pot. Instruct him to bang the pot and say, “YOU HAVE TO GIVE HER THE ONE YOU WANT MOST OR YOU’RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR GOD! SO JUST FORGET THE WHOLE THING!”
Have the two of them compete against each other, banging, clanging and saying their lines, then stop them.
To hear the still, small voice of the Lord, you have to listen through all of that sometimes and “watch” carefully, which means to watch with your heart.
Have the children clang, bang, and recite their lines again, this time with you adding in with the small, enunciated voice in between them:
Keep the one you like best. Offer your friend a choice of the other two.
Repeat the exercise several times as the children watch you carefully and listen until someone gets it.
Sometimes our desires can be very loud, and the voices of darkness can be very loud. But if you look, listen and believe that what you’ve heard is right, God is always there for you.
Take one candy bar to your chest, and asked the child who first got the correct answer to pick between the other two.
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