Jacob and Esau

Esau sells his inheritance for a bowl of red bean soup Genesis 25:30

Scripture: Genesis 25: 21 – 34 ; Genesis 27: 1 – 45 

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Genesis 25 or pages 48 – 52 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • What did God tell Rebekah about the baby she was going to have? There would be twins!  The older would serve the younger
  • What was the first baby’s name? Esau
  • How would you describe Esau?  He was hairy.  He liked to hunt.
  • What was the second baby’s name?  Jacob.
  • Can you describe Jacob? His skin was smooth.  He liked to stay home.
  • Which son was Abraham’s favorite?  And why? Esau.  Because he brought him meat.
  • Which son was Rebekah’s favorite?  Jacob
  • What did Jacob and Esau trade?  Esau gave his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew.
  • What is a birthright?  The inheritance of the first born son, including leadership of the family.
  • Do you think this was an even trade?  No.
  • How long would a birthright last?  The birthright would last for eternity.  It would affect them and their families forever. 
  • How long would a bowl of stew last?  The stew would only satisfy hunger for a few hours.
  • Do you think that the Lord was pleased with Esau for selling his birthright?  No.  He didn’t appreciate God’s blessings.
  • What did Isaac ask Esau to do?  To hunt some wild game and make him a meal so that he could give him the blessing.
  • What did Rebekah and Jacob do to get Isaac to give him the blessing? They tricked him by having Jacob pretend to be Esau.
  • Why didn’t Isaac recognize Jacob?  He was blind in his old age. Jacob had animal skins on his arms to make them hairy and  Esau’s clothes on to make him smell like Esau.
  • God had promised the blessing to Jacob before he was born.  Does this justify what Rebekah and Jacob did?  No.  They should have trusted God to work that out in his own way.
  • What did Esau say he would do to Jacob?  He would kill him.
  • Do you ever fight with your brothers and sisters?  Do you think that that pleases God? No
  • Do you think that Jacob deserved the blessing? No.  But, neither do we. We’re sinners, too.  But, God loves us anyway, and sent his Son to save us anyway, didn’t He.
  • What did Rebekah tell Jacob to do to avoid Esau’s anger? She said he should go to her brother Laban’s house until he stopped being angry.
  • Do you think that Rebekah was sad to send her favorite son away? Yes.  (She died before he came back, so she never saw him again.)
  • Do you think Jacob missed his family when he left?  Yes. He loved to be at home, so this would have been very hard for him.
  • What things should we be very careful never to give away? faith, purity, honesty, relationship with God, relationships with family, etc.
  • What do you think is the very most important thing that we have?  Our salvation and relationship with God.
  • What we do when we are young does often have everlasting consequences. Let’s pray and ask God to help us to make wise choices…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

Matthew 16:26a “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” 

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Romans 5:8  “But here is how God has shown his love for us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.  An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Show a video of this story:

Video #1  from Crossroads Kids’ Club

Video #2

Video #3  (first part)

Video #4  This is a great idea for telling the story

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This is a great idea from Teaching Help.

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Bible Fun for Kids has some good ideas for acting out the story with the children.

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Here is another great lesson from Mission Bible Class.

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Have the children make the booklet “Jacob Makes Esau a Bowl of Soup” from Lambsongs.  (Scroll down.)

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Read the story “Jacob and Esau and the Very Expensive Bowl of Soup” and “Jacob Steals the Blessing” from Paul Dallgas Frey.

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Share this children’s sermon from sermons4kids.  Don’t forget the activities at the bottom of the page!

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Have the children fill out one of these worksheets from DLTK.

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Here is a page of activities from Bible Wise.

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This lesson from Ministry to Children has a creative way to tell the story.

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This lesson has a picture of Jacob and Esau that you might find useful.

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This is a great lesson from Crossroads Kids’ Club.

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Here is a game idea .

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Younger children would enjoy this Jacob and Esau paper doll craft idea.

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This lesson from Sunday School Sources has a wonderful object lesson.

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This lesson has several game ideas and activities.

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Sing: 

“I Saw Esau” by Mary Rice Hopkins from her “In the Beginning” album.  Get it at itunes.

“I’m Yours”  song from Crossroads Kids’ Club

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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The Ark of the Covenant is Captured

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The Ark in the land of Philistines and the Temple of Dagon.

Scripture: I Samuel 4: 1 – 18, 5:1-7, 6:7-12, 7:2-4

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:

Object Lesson Introduction: Show the children a rabbit’s foot, 4 leaf clover, (or other good luck charms), and a cross that is hung on a rear view mirror.  Ask them if they know what they are used for and explain to them that they are used for good luck and protection. Do you think that they really work? (No) Today’s lesson is about how Eli’s sons and the elders of Israel used something like a good luck charm.  Listen carefully to see if you can figure out what it was that they used…
Have the children open their Bibles to Samuel 4.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • Did the Philistines come to attack Israel, or did Israel attack the Philistines?  Israel attacked the Philistines.
  • Which army won?  The Philistines.
  • What did the Israelites decide to do to win the next battle?  They brought the ark of the covenant to go into battle with them.
  • Did they ask God if this was what they should do?  No.
  • When the ark was brought into the camp, what did the Israelites do?  They shouted so loudly that the ground shook.
  • How did the Philistines react to this?  They were afraid because they had heard about what had happened to the Egyptians.  So, they encouraged each other to fight hard.
  • Who won the battle?  The Philistines.
  • How many Israelite soldiers were killed?  30,000
  • What happened to the ark of the covenant?  It was captured.
  • Why do you think that that happened?  The people were trusting in the ark of the covenant instead of asking God what to do and seeking his blessing.
  • Are we ever like the Israelites?  Sometimes we think that just because we go to church, or that we come from a Christian family that God will automatically bless us. Maybe we think that if we wear a cross necklace or have a Bible on the shelf it’s like a lucky charm.  But,  we should be seeking God himself in every situation – not using things as good luck charms.
  • What news did the messenger bring to Eli and the people of Shiloh?  That the battle had been lost, the ark had been captured, and Eli’s sons had been killed.
  • What happened to Eli when he head this news?  He fell off of his chair and broke his neck and died.
  • What did the Philistines do with the ark?  They put it beside their idol, Dagon.
  • What happened to the idol overnight?  It fell onto it’s face before the ark!
  • They set the idol back up, but what happened the next night?  The idol fell over again and it’s head and hands broke off.
  • What happened to the people?  They got sick with tumors
  • Did the Philistines understand the God had caused this?  Yes.
  • What did the Philistines decide to do then?  They decided to send the ark back on a cart pulled by milk cows.
  • Why do you think that they used milk cows?  It was a test.
  • Why would it have been a sign from God if the milk cows went to the Israelites?  Because normally they would have been looking for their calves and not heading off down the road.
  • Did God make the cows go back to Israel?  Yes.  “they did not turn  to the right or to the left.” (vs. 12)
  • What did Samuel tell the people to do?  to return to the Lord with all of their hearts, to get rid of any idols, and to commit themselves to serving Him only.
  • What did he say would happen then?  God would deliver them from the Philistines.
  • Did they obey?  Yes.
  • Let’s pray and ask God to help us to seek him in everything that we do…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page.  Or have them color a color page related to the story.  An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Show the first part of this video to illustrate the story.

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Have the children make this ark of the covenant craft from freesundayschoolcurriculum.

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Here are some activity ideas from clavaryknoxville.

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Have the children fill out these worksheets from Calvary Curriculum.

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Have the children use Legos to act out the story.

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Have helpers or the children themselves out this story.  Find a box and wrap it in gold Christmas wrapping paper. You might even cut out a pair of angles and attach them to the top.  Place the box in a wagon and have two helpers pull it. If you have a cow costumes from the Christmas play, have your helpers dress up. Dagon was a fish god, so a mermaid costume would work well on that player.

Here is a video of some kids acting out this story.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the  Parents’ Page.

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God Calls Samuel

Samuel tells Eli that he heard him calling I Samuel 3:8

Scripture: 1 Samuel 3: 1 – 21 or pages 217 – 219 in The Golden Children’s Bible

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to 1 Samuel 3 or page 217 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • Where was Samuel laying down to sleep?  In the temple.
  • What did he hear?  Someone calling, “Samuel”
  • Who did he think was calling him? Eli
  • When he ran to Eli, what did Eli say? “I did not call; go back and lie down.”
  • How many times did Samuel come to Eli? Three
  • The third time that Samuel came, what did Eli realize? God was speaking to Samuel.
  • What did Eli to say to him this time? “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for  your servant is listening.’”
  • Do you think that God speaks to us today? Yes.
  • How can we listen to God?  We can pray and ask God to speak to us when we read our Bibles. We can listen to our parents and to our pastor or Sunday School teacher.  We can listen to our conscience.
  • When Samuel said, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” what did God say to him?  He told him that he was going to judge Eli and his sons for the sins that they had committed.
  • Who do you think was listening more closely to God, Hannah or Eli?  Hannah
  • Think about how different Samuel was from Eli’s sons.  Who of those three were listening more closely to God?  Samuel.
  • When God gives us warnings to do something or not to do something, what should we do?  Obey Him right away.
  • Let’s pray and ask God to help us to open our ears so that we can hear what He is saying to us so that we can obey right away….

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

1 Samuel 3: 10b  “Speak. for your servant is listening.”

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Color page #1  Color page #2 Color page #3   from sermons4kids  Color page #4 from teachkidsaboutchrist.   An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Share this great children’s sermon “When God Calls Your Name” from Sermons4Kids.  Don’t forget the activities at the bottom of the page!

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Read Carey’s Comments from Kids Talk About God.

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Share a video of this story:

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Video #8 (Song)

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My Little House has a cute craft for this lesson.

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Have the children make this craft from Auntie’s Bible Lesson.

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This is a great craft idea for a service towel from Bible Class Creations.

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Older kids would enjoy making a shoebox diorama of this story.  Here are some ideas from Mission Bible Class.

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Younger children would enjoy this craft from hosannakids.

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Have the children fill out this worksheet from Bible Wise.

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Have them fill out these worksheets from Calvary Curriculum  “Samuel is Called” and  “Eli and His Wicked Sons”

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These worksheets from Kids Club 4 Jesus would be good for older children.

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Have the children make the booklet “Samuel Hears from God”  from Lambsongs.

Gospel Hall also has a mini-book featuring Samuel.   Search “Samuel”.

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Have some helpers act out this story -  or the story “Hearing Problems” from Keys for Kids.

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Older kids may enjoy writing about how God speaks to them.  Use this page from Kids Talk About God.   Or have them write a news article or draw a picture about this story.

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Sing “Live a Pure Life” by the Donut Man or “Create in Me / Children of the King” by Mary Rice Hopkins.  You can get them on itunes.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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Hannah’s Prayer

Samuel Presented to Eli I Samuel 1:24-25

Scripture: 1 Samuel 1: 1 – 28 and 1 Samuel 2:18-21 or pages 216-217 in the Golden Children’s Bible

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Do you think that you can talk to God about anything?  What about things you are sad about?  Do you think He wants you to pray about things that make you angry?  Do you think He wants to hear about the things that make you happy?  

God wants us to talk to him about everything.  In fact, the Bible tells us to pray without ceasing.  That means that we should pray all the time.  He wants to hear about everything that we are doing and thinking – just like our moms and dads do. 

Our lesson today is about Hannah who was very sad about something….

 

Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to 1 Samuel 1 or page 216 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • Why was Hannah sad? She had no children.
  • Every year the family would go to Shiloh to the tabernacle.  What did Hannah pray there?  That if the Lord would give her a son, she would give him back to serve the Lord all of his life.
  • She promised that he would be a Nazirite and never drink wine or cut his hair.  Do you remember another son who was dedicated to the Lord as a Nazirite?  Samson. John the Baptist.
  • What did Eli, the priest think when he saw her praying silently?  He thought that she was drunk.
  • When she explained to him that she was praying with all of her heart, what did Eli say?  “Go in peace; the God of Israel grant the petition you have made to him.”
  • When you are sad, what do you think that you should do?  Pray and ask for the Lord’s help.
  • After Eli spoke to Hannah, was she still sad?  No.  She got up and went and ate and drank with her husband and wasn’t sad anymore.
  • Do you have a friend or relative who is sad or hurting? (Let the children tell about someone who needs their prayers.) Just as Eli’s prayer was a very big encouragement to Hannah,  just think how encouraging your prayers might be to that person. 
  • Did God give Hannah a baby?  Yes.  She had a boy named Samuel.
  • How old was Samuel when Hannah took him to Eli at  the tabernacle? Just old enough to feed himself.
  • Do you think that it would have been easy or hard for Hannah to take Samuel there?  Very hard. But, also she would have been excited to know that he was going to be serving God in a special way.  (Point out that there are children who live away from their parents to receive special training for the Olympics and other special things.  Hannah would have been very happy for Samuel to have the opportunity to live at the tabernacle with the priest.)
  • Why did she take him there?  She had made a promise to the Lord that she would give him back to him.  She kept her promise, didn’t she.
  • Have you ever made a bargain with the Lord?  Or have you heard of other people making bargains with the Lord?  (Explain what it means to bargain with God.)  Often people make a bargain with God – but then later they forget about their promise and they don’t follow through on it.  But, Hannah didn’t forget.  She kept her promise to the Lord. It’s important to keep the promises that we’ve made.
  • Can you think of another time in the Bible when a Son was given up?  Yes, God gave Jesus – his only son – to die for our sins.
  • How did Hannah show her love for Samuel?  She brought him a new robe each year when the family came to offer the sacrifice.
  • How did God bless Hannah for her faithfulness?  He gave her 5 other children.
  • How long did Samuel stay at the tabernacle?  All of his life.  Next week we will learn about what happened to Samuel there.  He became a very special prophet and preist.
  • Let’s pray and thank the Lord for hearing Hannah’s prayer and our prayers as well.  And let’s thank the Father for giving his Son Jesus…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

James 5:13a (KJ21) “Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray.” 

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Show a video of this story:

Video #1

Video #2

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Video #4

Video #5

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.  color page #1 ,  color page #2 An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Make a booklet called “Hannah’s Prayer” from Lambsongs.  Scroll down.

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Have the children make this craft from Auntie’s Bible Lessons.

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Have younger children make this craft from Crafting the Word of God.

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Have the children make a praying hands silhouette craft like this one from DLTK ,  or this one from His  Treasure Seekers.  (scroll down)  Or this one from concordia news.

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Share this object lesson , or this one, both from Kids Sunday School.

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Share this children’s sermon from sermons4kids.   Don’t forget the activities at the bottom of the page!

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This lesson from world harvest church has some great ideas – like bubble prayers – for this lesson.

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Have the children fill out these worksheets from Calvary Curriculum.  “Hannah”  and “Samuel is Born”

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Do a crossword puzzle from Sermons4Kids.

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Here is another worksheet from Bible Wise.

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Teach the children the 5 finger method of praying from Ministry to Children, or from sermons4kids.

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Sing “With All My Heart” by the Donut Man or “Pray” by Mary Rice Hopkins.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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Jacob’s Ladder

Scripture: Genesis  28:10-22

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Before starting ask them if they ever wished that they could go to heaven for a day to talk with God.  Discuss how sin has separated us from a Holy God even though we try to be good and go to church.  But, God has provided a way for us to have a relationship with Him.  What is that way?  Jesus died on the cross to forgive our sins so that we can go to heaven and live with Him.  And in the mean time we have his Word – the Bible – in which He speaks to us.  And the Holy Spirit inside our hearts to guide us every day.  

Have them view the Bridge Illustration  video that talks about Jesus bridging the gap.   Here is another good one .

Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Genesis  28:10 – 22.

Remember Jacob from last week? He was running away from his brother who was vowing to kill him for taking his birthright and blessing.  He was all alone, running away to his uncle Laban when he stopped to sleep, and he had a dream about a Way to God… 

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Genesis 28 (NIV)

Jacob’s Dream at Bethel

10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. 12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it stood the LORD, and he said: “I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. 15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”

18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. 19a He called that place Bethel.

20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear 21 so that I return safely to my father’s household, then the LORD will be my God 22 and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.”

Discuss Bible Lesson:

  • We have talked about Harran before.  Does anybody remember?  That was the place where Isaac sent his servant to find a bride for Isaac.  He found Rebekah at the well there.
  • Why was Jacob to go there?  To find a wife among the family – not a Canaanite, and  Rebekah wanted her brother, Laban, to protect him from Esau. 
  • Who specifically was Jacob looking for?  Laban, his mother’s brother.  Jacob’s uncle.
  • When it started to get dark Jacob stopped for the night.  Did he have a hotel to stay at?  No.
  • Where did he sleep?  Outside with a rock for a pillow.
  • Do you think you would have been able to sleep very well with a rock for a pillow? No.
  • Describe Jacob’s dream.  There was a stairway up to heaven and angels were going up and down on it.
  • Who was at the top of the stair?  God
  • What did God say to him?

                  1. That He would give Jacob the land that he was sleeping on. 

                 2. That his children would be like the dust of the earth in number. 

                 3. That his family would be a blessing everyone in the whole earth.  

                4. He would watch over Jacob. 

                5. He would bring him back to this promised land.  

                6. He wouldn’t leave him.

  • Do you think that Jacob was surprised to find that God loved him after what he had done to his brother?  Yes.  He probably thought that God was angry with him.
  • What does this tell you about God?  He keeps his promises.  He is quick to forgive us even when we have been very bad.
  • What did Jacob say when he woke up?  God must be in this place.  This is the gate of heaven.
  • What did Jacob do in the morning?  He made a pillar of the rock he had slept on, anointed it with oil, and called it Bethel
  • What did Jacob promise God?  That if He took care of him and brought him home safely again, that he would make Him his God, that the stone would be God’s house, and he would give him one tenth of everything he had.
  • What does this tell you about Jacob’s faith?  He hadn’t yet made a decision to follow the Lord before – even though his father, mother and grandparents loved the Lord.
  • Have you ever thought that you are a Christian just because your parents are? Or have you made your own decision to be a Christian? Everyone has to make their own decision to follow Jesus, don’t they.
  • Do you think that Jacob will be as tricky as he was after this?  Or do you think that this encounter with God will change him?  He’ll be changed.  When we meet God, He changes us.
  • The Bible tells of the way to get to heaven.  Do you know what that way is?  Jesus came to earth to provide a way to heaven. John 14:6 says Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” And John 1: 51   says “Then he said to the disciples, “What I’m about to tell you is true. You will see heaven open. You will see the angels of God going up and coming down on the Son of Man.””  Jesus is telling his disciples that he is the ladder to heaven!
  • Jesus was one of Jacob’s descendants.  Do you think that when God said that the world would be blessed by Jacob’s family that He was referring to the blessing of Jesus?  Yes.
  • Let’s pray and tell Jesus that we trust Him to be our ladder to heaven… 
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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

John 14:6  Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” 

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John 1: 51  Then he said to the disciples, “What I’m about to tell you is true. You will see heaven open. You will see the angels of God going up and coming down on the Son of Man.”

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Listen to the song “Dreaming Jacob’s Dream”  by Michael Card.  Then discuss what they think is the meaning of the song.

If you have enough preparation time this week, make an iMovie or a musical slide show using pictures and paintings of Jacob’s Ladder from the internet.  (I created one that starts with the face of a sleeping baby and ending with picture of Jesus with the children.) Have the children watch that and then discuss what they think is the meaning of the song.

This was a BIG hit with my 1st through 3rd graders.  They wanted me to play the song over and over and over while they were coloring, and they commented that the song was “addicting”.

Here are the lyrics to this beautiful song:

Dreaming Jacob’s Dream

Are you dreaming Jacob’s dream?

Could that be why you’re smiling?

Could you not be a man like he

So wily and beguiling?

Do you see a ladder there

Reaching up to heaven?

Do the angels fill the air?

Could you reach out and touch them?

Jacob dreamed about Someone

The Way to heaven, God, the Son

Someday it’s my prayer for you

That in your heart his dream comes true.

Jacob dreamed about Someone

The Way to heaven, God, the Son

Someday it’s my prayer for you

That in your heart his dream comes true.

You do not sleep upon a stone.

You have a bed to lay in.

But, you and Jacob aren’t alone.

We all need dreams to seek Him.

Are you dreaming Jacob’s dream?

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of Jacob’s Ladder on a sketch pad page.  We used black scrap-booking paper with Crayola glitter crayons and Crayola Extreme Colors Twistables for a magical night time effect.  They loved it.

You could also have them color a color page related to the story.

Color page #1 from Bible Wise.

Color page #2 from Crafting the Word of God.

Color page #3 from sermons4kids

 An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Show a video of this story:

Video #1

Video #2

Video #3  Movie Jacob (Start at 25:00)

Video #4

Video #5   (Paintings put to music.)

Video #6   Song “Dreaming Jacob’s Dream”

Video #7 The Bridge Illustration

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Read the story “Jacob’s Amazing Dream” by Paul Dallgas Frey.

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This is a darling craft for younger children from Our Country Road.   The link to the free download is way down at the bottom of the page.

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Have the children make this craft from Auntie’s Bible Lessons.

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There are two craft ideas at Bible Class Creations.  Idea #1   Idea #2

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Bible Fun for Kids has some great printable crafts and ideas for this lesson.

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Have the children fill out this puzzle page  or this page for older kids from Bible Wise.   Younger children may enjoy this maze.

Or have them do this Stairway to Heaven puzzle from Bible Wise.

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Show younger children where Jacob went on this map.  Have older children do the map activities.

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Have the children fill out these worksheets from Calvary Curriculum.

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Have the children make this craft from Crafting the Word of God.

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Share this object lesson from Flame Creative Children’s Ministry.   Talk about how Jacob’s life is changed by this encounter with God, and how theirs can be transformed too!

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Here is a page of angels from Lambsongs that you may need for a Jacob’s Ladder craft that you have designed on your own.

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Mission Bible Class has a great introduction idea for this story.

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Share this children’s sermon from Sermons4Kids.   Don’t forget the activities at the bottom of the page!

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 Sing “We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder”, “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”, or “God Will Take Care of You”
Or  sing “You Come in a Hurry” by Crossroads Kids’ Club.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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