Eliezer finds a wife for Isaac

Artwork: Battlehill Primary School Pupils

There is a story written about a man who, being chased by a tiger, escaped by leaping onto a rope, which was hanging down a cliff. He climbed down the rope,

but to his dismay he saw another tiger at the bottom. What do you think he did? He saw some wild strawberries in the rock, so he ate them! And he really enjoyed them.

This story reminds me of Eliezer, who was given a very difficult job to do by his master Abraham. He had to go back to their homeland, and choose a wife for Isaac, Abraham’s son.

He did not look back in regret, anger or fear, neither did he look too far ahead and worry or make hasty decisions. He made the most of the moment and prayed to God to help him.

  • Try writing a song or poem which begins ‘I was walking through the . . . (jungle/ desert)’ when a tiger . . .

  • Write out a list of qualities Eliezer would be looking for in a wife for his master’s son. Make it sound like an advert i.e. Servant would like to meet a woman . . . .(as wife for his master’s son)

Draw a cartoon strip about the end of this story (Genesis 24. 52-67)

7 Eliezer finds a wife for Isaac : Genesis 24.1-27

(to the tune ‘Shortnin’ Bread’ )

“Lord are ya gonna help me to choose wisely?

Are ya gonna guide me, lead the way?

Tell me how on earth can someone like me,

make right choices for today?

Don’t let me let the side down; this is what I pray,

Let me find my master’s son, a bride today.”

“Go to my own country!” the master say,

“let God’s holy angel lead the way!”

“Oh let me be successful, show me how it’s done

I so much want a bride for my master’s son.

Let her be beautiful, let her be wise

Let her be somebody, he won’t despise!

Now if she gives my camels drink, as well as me,

She might be the remedy!

Wait just a second I can see a girl come

She might be the bride for my master’s son.”

“Drink my Lord, and I’ll draw water for your camels too!”

“Yes this is the bride for my master’s son.”

And this is how Rebekah came to be,

part of Abraham’s family.

She married Isaac, Abraham’s son,

and in due course twin boys were born!

© words Sheila Hamil 2011


* Read what Proverbs says about what makes a ‘good wife.’ (Proverbs 31. 1-31