Men and Women of the Bible: Rebekah

Lesson Eighteen: Rebekah, the Mother of Thousands of Millions
Lesson Text: Genesis 25:19-28
Lesson Aim: Learn important lessons for life from the experiences of Rebekah.
Memory Verse: Genesis 24:60


Lesson Readings:

  • Genesis 24-27
  • Genesis 49:31
  • Romans 9:10-13

Fact Questions:

  1. Who was Rebekah? What does her name mean?
    Genesis 25:20 Isaac was 40 years old when he took Rebekah as wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan Aram, the sister of Laban the Syrian
  2. How did she come to be Isaac’s wife? Genesis 24:1-67
  3. How is Rebekah’s appearance described? Genesis 24:15-16
    Genesis 26:7 And the men of the place asked about his wife. And he said, “She is my sister”; for he was afraid to say, “She is my wife,” be-cause he thought, “lest the men of the place kill me for Rebekah, because she is beautiful to be-hold.”
  4. What physical condition did Rebekah have? How was it remedied?
    Genesis 25:21 Now Isaac pleaded with the LORD for his wife, because she was barren; and the LORD granted his plea, and Rebekah his wife conceived
  5. Give the circumstances of the birth of Rebekah’s two sons. Genesis 25:21-28
  6. What promise did God make to Rebekah concerning her sons?
    Genesis 25:23 And the LORD said to her: “Two nations are in your womb, Two peoples shall be separated from your body; One people shall be stronger than the other, And the older shall serve the younger.”
  7. How would you describe the early days of Isaac’s & Rebekah’s life together? Their latter days? Genesis 24:67; 25:26
  8. What sin in Rebekah’s life likely affected her marriage to Isaac?
    Genesis 25:28 And Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob
  9. What did Rebekah do in order to obtain the favored blessing for Jacob? Genesis 27:1-30
  10. Why did Rebekah want Jacob to go to Padan-Aram? Genesis 27:43-46

Thought Questions:

  1. Describe Rebekah’s character, listing both her good and bad qualities?
  2. How is Rebekah like Sarah in this matter of the blessing for Jacob?
  3. What indicates that Rebekah and Isaac learned from their mistakes? Genesis 27:41-28:9
  4. What were the consequences of Rebekah’s and Isaac’s favoritism in their family life?
  5. What is the one great lesson from Rebekah’s life for you?