Today, we’re looking at the Biblical story of Isaac and Rebekah and how one animal in particular can help us bring it to life for kids.
Welcome to the “Meet an Amazing Animal” series.
God has done some remarkable things through his furry, fuzzy, and funny creations. A talking donkey? A fish carrying around a tax payment in its mouth? A rooster reminder that brought a grown man to his knees?
In this series we’re exploring how God has used animals to make himself and his purposes known. Get all twelve free lessons.
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Isaac & Rebekah
Bible Story: Isaac and Rebekah (Genesis 24:1–4, 9–27)
Lesson Theme: God Leads Us
Activity: Follow My Lead
Time: 5 minutes
Ask kids to stand and form a circle so everyone can see everyone else.
SAY: Okay, I want everybody to follow my lead.
Silently act out that you’re climbing a ladder … then digging a hole … then painting a wall. Congratulate kids on doing as you did, letting you lead them.
Announce that kids will take turns doing something that everyone else will try too.
It will be way more fun if kids show their superpowers—things they can do that others might not be able to do: handstands, touching one’s nose with one’s tongue, whistling, or ripping off 10 jumping jacks in record time.
Go around the circle, letting kids take turns leading one another.
Then sit and discuss:
- Which action was easiest to follow—and which was hardest for you?
- How did it feel to have everyone following you?
SAY: Today we’re talking about how God leads us. Of course, that only works if we’re willing to follow him.
Just like it was your choice to follow other leaders just now, it’s your choice whether you’ll follow God where he leads you.
I hope you will—because it’s always someplace good. And when we lean on him for help, he never leads us to do something that’s impossible.
Let’s see how God used some camels to help lead one man.
Share the story from Genesis 24:1–4, 9–27. Use the following questions to guide discussion.
- Where did you see someone or something being led in this story?
- Tell about a time you followed a leader and things went well. Who was the leader and what happened?
- Tell about a time you followed a leader and things didn’t go well. What happened?
- The people in this Bible account believed God was leading them. Do you think God helps people make big decisions in life today? Why or why not?
- What’s a time you thought God was leading you?
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