“Lesson 12: Isaac and Rebekah,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 47–51
“Lesson 12,” Primary 6: Old Testament, 47–51
To teach the children that the same eternal blessings promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob can be theirs if they make and honor temple marriage covenants.
Genesis 24:1–6—Abraham commands Isaac not to marry a Canaanite. His servant is sent to find a wife for Isaac.
Genesis 24:7–59—The Lord guides Abraham’s servant in choosing Rebekah as a wife for Isaac.
Genesis 24:60–67—Rebekah is blessed to be the mother of thousands of millions. Rebekah marries Isaac.
Study the lesson and decide how you want to teach the children the scripture account (see “Preparing Your Lessons,” p. vi, and “Teaching from the Scriptures,” p. vii). Select the discussion questions and enrichment activities that will best help the children achieve the purpose of the lesson.
Practice cutting the paper ring that you will use for the attention activity. Fold a 5″ x 7″ piece of paper lengthwise and cut along the dotted lines as shown in the diagram. Finally, cut along the fold from X to Y, leaving the two folded ends uncut. Unfold and carefully stretch the paper into a ring. A full-size pattern is provided on the next page.
A Bible for each child.
A 5″ x 7″ piece of paper and a pair of scissors.
Picture 6-15, Rebekah at the Well (62160).
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
You may use one or more of the following activities any time during the lesson or as a review, summary, or challenge.
Show the children some pictures of temples and bear testimony of the importance of being married in a temple of God. Explain that by marrying in the temple they can qualify for all the blessings of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Review the blessings promised to Abraham (see lesson 9, enrichment activity 1). Being sensitive to those children who may come from homes where the parents are divorced, ask the children how they might encourage parents who have not yet had the privilege of being sealed in the temple to prepare for these blessings. If you have been to the temple, share some of your feelings with the class.
Show the children a picture of a camel (6-15, Rebekah at the Well, 62160; or The Wise Men, Gospel Art Picture Kit 203; 62120). Explain that though a camel can go for days without a drink of water, in the summer a camel may drink five gallons of water a day. Imagine how many trips Rebekah made to the well to fill her pitcher to draw water for ten camels to have enough to drink. Point out how willing Rebekah was to serve others. Have the children draw several pitchers on a piece of paper and write in each one something they would be willing to do to serve someone else.
Have the children sit on their chairs in a semicircle. Place an extra chair in the semicircle. Ask the children to imagine that they are in heaven and their families are seated on these chairs. What would heaven be like if you looked around and found one of your family members missing?
You may want to share this quotation from President Ezra Taft Benson, thirteenth President of the Church:
“God intended the family to be eternal. With all my soul, I testify to the truth of that declaration. May He bless us to strengthen our homes and the lives of each family member so that in due time we can report to our Heavenly Father in His celestial home that we are all there—father, mother, sister, brother, all who hold each other dear. Each chair is filled. We are all back home” (The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson , p. 493).
Discuss with the children ways they can follow President Benson’s counsel now and in the future. (Be sensitive to those children in your class who come from part-member families.) Encourage them to go home and discuss these ideas with their families and make a list of ideas that they can work on together.
Have the children role-play the story of Rebekah and Isaac. You may wish to bring a few simple costumes or props.
If you have a temple recommend, you could show it to the children and express what a sacred privilege it is to be permitted into the temple of the Lord. Share with the children some of the things that are necessary for a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to do to receive a temple recommend:
Keep your body and mind clean and pure.
Sustain the President of the Church as a prophet, seer, and revelator.
Pay a full tithe.
Live the Word of Wisdom.
Be totally honest.
Attend Church meetings and keep the commandments.
Treat your family with kindness.
Encourage the children to set the goal now to be married in the temple so they can qualify for the blessings of Abraham and so they can make these blessings available to their children.
Share the following quotation from President Spencer W. Kimball, twelfth President of the Church:
“Having in mind the importance of temple work, wouldn’t it be wonderful if every Latter-day Saint home had in the bedroom of each boy and each girl, or on the mantel of the living room, a fairly good-sized picture of a temple which would help them recall, frequently, the purpose of these beautiful edifices. I believe there would be far more marriages in the temple than there are today, because the children would have as a part of their growing experience the picture of one of our temples constantly before them as a reminder and a goal. I recommend that to the Saints” (“The Things of Eternity—Stand We in Jeopardy?” Ensign, Jan. 1977, p. 7).
Sing or read the words to “Families Can Be Together Forever” (Children’s Songbook, p. 188) or “I Love to See the Temple” (Children’s Songbook, p. 95).
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.