Jacob and Esau Reunite

 

Jacob and Esau meet Genesis 33:4

Scripture: Genesis 31: 1-3, 17- 18, Genesis 32: 3 – 21, Genesis 33: 1 – 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:
Have the children open their Bibles to Genesis 31

Remind the children that Jacob had gone to live with his Uncle Laban.  Along the way he had had a dream of a ladder up to heaven.  When we meet God, He changes us, and we began to see God bring about changes in Jacob.

His Uncle Laban tricked him into marrying his oldest daughter Leah before he could marry Rachel, who he loved.  Through that experience, Jacob began to understand how much it must have hurt his brother when he tricked him.  

Let’s see what happens to Jacob next…

(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 31

Jacob Flees From Laban

1 Jacob heard that Laban’s sons were saying, “Jacob has taken everything our father owned and has gained all this wealth from what belonged to our father.” 2 And Jacob noticed that Laban’s attitude toward him was not what it had been.

3 Then the LORD said to Jacob, “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.”

17 Then Jacob put his children and his wives on camels, 18 and he drove all his livestock ahead of him, along with all the goods he had accumulated in Paddan Aram, to go to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan.

Genesis 32

Jacob Prepares to Meet Esau

3 Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom. 4 He instructed them: “This is what you are to say to my lord Esau: ‘Your servant Jacob says, I have been staying with Laban and have remained there till now. 5 I have cattle and donkeys, sheep and goats, male and female servants. Now I am sending this message to my lord, that I may find favor in your eyes.’”

6 When the messengers returned to Jacob, they said, “We went to your brother Esau, and now he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him.”

7 In great fear and distress Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups, and the flocks and herds and camels as well. 8 He thought, “If Esau comes and attacks one group, the group that is left may escape.”

9 Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, LORD, you who said to me, ‘Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,’ 10 I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two camps. 11 Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children. 12 But you have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.’”

13 He spent the night there, and from what he had with him he selected a gift for his brother Esau: 14 two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, 15 thirty female camels with their young, forty cows and ten bulls, and twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys. 16 He put them in the care of his servants, each herd by itself, and said to his servants, “Go ahead of me, and keep some space between the herds.”

17 He instructed the one in the lead: “When my brother Esau meets you and asks, ‘Who do you belong to, and where are you going, and who owns all these animals in front of you?’ 18 then you are to say, ‘They belong to your servant Jacob. They are a gift sent to my lord Esau, and he is coming behind us.’”

19 He also instructed the second, the third and all the others who followed the herds: “You are to say the same thing to Esau when you meet him. 20 And be sure to say, ‘Your servant Jacob is coming behind us.’” For he thought, “I will pacify him with these gifts I am sending on ahead; later, when I see him, perhaps he will receive me.” 21 So Jacob’s gifts went on ahead of him, but he himself spent the night in the camp.

Genesis 33

Jacob Meets Esau

1 Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two female servants. 2 He put the female servants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear. 3 He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.

4 But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.

Discussion:

  • What does God instruct Jacob to do? To go back to the land of his father and relatives.
  • What else does God promise him?  He will be with him.
  • What does Jacob do before he moves his family?  He sends a messenger ahead to meet with Esau. 
  • What is the messenger to say to Esau? Jacob has been staying with Laban and now he has cows and donkeys and sheep and goats. He hopes this will please you.
  • Why do you think he sent this message?  He is afraid that Esau is still angry and ready to kill him. He’s hoping to make peace with him. He knows that he has wronged his brother, and that he deserves his wrath.
  • When the messengers returned, what news did they have for Jacob?  Esau is coming with 400 men.
  • What did Jacob assume?  That Esau was coming to attack them.
  • What did Jacob do then?  He prayed and asked God for protection.
  • How is this different than what Jacob used to do?  He used to scheme and trick people to get his way.
  • What did he remind God of?  God told him to go back, and He had promised that his children would be numbered like the sand on the sea shore.
  • What else did he acknowledge?  It was God who had blessed him.
  • He then gathers a gift for Esau and sends it ahead with his servants.  What is the gift? A lot of animals.  200 female goats, 20 male goats, 200 ewes and 20 rams, 30 female camels with their young, 40 cows and 10 bulls, and 20 female donkeys and 10 male donkeys.
  • Who does he tell his servants to say sent the gift?  your servant, Jacob
  • What does this tell you about Jacob after he had tricked him out of the birthright? He realized that what he had done was unfair to his brother.  God had changed his attitude.
  • What did Jacob do as Esau approached?  He bowed down to him.
  • What did Esau do that surprised Jacob?  He threw his arms around him, kissed him and wept.
  • What had happened to Esau?  God had changed him, too. Instead of wanting to kill his brother he was ready for forgive him.
  • What do you think that you should do when you and your brother or sister, or you and your mom and dad have an argument?  Apologize and ask for forgiveness.  Forgive him or her.  Change my attitude. 
  • We deserve punishment from God for the bad things we have done just like Jacob, don’t we.  And sometimes our sin makes us feel like running away from God, just like Jacob ran away from Esau. But, God did something as surprising as what Esau did.  He offered us the gift of forgiveness.  All we have to do is come to Him and He’ll throw his arms around us.
  • Let’s pray and ask God to forgive us for all the wrong things that we have done and thank Him for his gift of forgiveness…

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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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Read the story A Happy Reunion by Linda Sue Pochodzay Edwards.

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Memorize the verse.

Luke 6:37b  “Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

If the weather is good, go outside and play scripture jump-rope with this verse.  Whoever skips through it the most times wins!

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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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Have the children think of someone that they have wronged.  Have them make an “I’m Sorry” card with card stock. Give them markers, sequins, stickers, etc. to decorate the card.

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Share the Tootsie Roll Pop object lesson.

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Find the hidden message in this puzzle from BibleWise.

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Have the kids play the Who Gets the Marble Game. (grades 3 – 6)

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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 and Esau Reunite Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about how Jacob and Esau forgave each other from Genesis 31 – 33.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

Luke 6:37b  “Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

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Have your child fill out the Jacob Returns Home maze by Sharon Whittaker.

http://sewhttkr.home.comcast.net/~sewhttkr/bibleWS/bibleWS/18_jacob.htm

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Read the story “God Fixes Things” by Paul Dallgas-Frey.

http://essex1.com/people/paul/bible35.html

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  http://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2011/10/09/117/

Jacob, Rachel and Leah Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about Jacob, Rachel and Leah from Genesis 29: 1-30.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

Luke 6:31  “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

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Do the Jacob and Rachel crossword puzzle with your child.

http://www.sermons4kids.com/jacob_rachel_crossword.htm

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Read the story “A Love Story – Jacob and Rachel” by Paul Dallgas-Frey.

http://www.essex1.com/people/paul/bible27.html

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Play the shell game with plastic cups and small toys.  Talk about how this trick is like the trick that Laban played on Jacob.

http://fullhandsandreadyfeet.blogspot.com/2010/06/girl-no-one-wanted-day-9.html

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.

http://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/jacob-rachel-and-leah/

Jacob, Rachel and Leah

Scripture: Genesis 29: 1-30

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 29: 1 – 30

Have you ever played a trick on someone? (Let the children tell a few instances of tricking someone or being tricked.)  Was it a funny trick or a nasty trick?  Sometimes when you play a trick on someone it is funny –  but sometimes it isn’t funny.  Sometimes it really hurts.  

Remember that Jacob tricked his father into giving him the blessing instead of giving it to his brother Esau.  That wasn’t a very nice trick, was it.  Esau was so angry, in fact, that he planned to kill Jacob.  

So Jacob ran away to Harran, and along the way one night he met God in a dream of a ladder reaching up to heaven. Remember that when you meet God your life gets changed.  Let’s see how God begins to change Jacob…

(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 29 (NIV)

Jacob Arrives in Paddan Aram

1 Then Jacob continued on his journey and came to the land of the eastern peoples. 2 There he saw a well in the open country, with three flocks of sheep lying near it because the flocks were watered from that well. The stone over the mouth of the well was large. 3 When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone away from the well’s mouth and water the sheep. Then they would return the stone to its place over the mouth of the well.

4 Jacob asked the shepherds, “My brothers, where are you from?”

“We’re from Harran,” they replied.

5 He said to them, “Do you know Laban, Nahor’s grandson?”

“Yes, we know him,” they answered.

6 Then Jacob asked them, “Is he well?”

“Yes, he is,” they said, “and here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep.”…

9 While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherd. 10 When Jacob saw Rachel daughter of his uncle Laban, and Laban’s sheep, he went over and rolled the stone away from the mouth of the well and watered his uncle’s sheep. 11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began to weep aloud. 12 He had told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and a son of Rebekah. So she ran and told her father.

13 As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister’s son, he hurried to meet him. He embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his home, and there Jacob told him all these things. 14 Then Laban said to him, “You are my own flesh and blood.”

Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel

After Jacob had stayed with him for a whole month, 15 Laban said to him, “Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be.”

16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful. 18 Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.”

19 Laban said, “It’s better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me.” 20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.

21a Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife. My time is completed.”

22 So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast. 23a But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob. 24 And Laban gave his servant Zilpah to his daughter as her attendant.

25 When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?”

26 Laban replied, “It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one. 27 Finish this daughter’s bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work.”

28 And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife… 30 Jacob (married) Rachel also, and his love for Rachel was greater than his love for Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years.

Discuss Bible Lesson:

  • Jacob went East and came across a well and there were shepherds there.  Where did the shepherds say that they were from? Harran.
  • Jacob remembered that Harran was the place that Rebekah had been from.  So, he asked if they knew Laban.  Who was Laban? Rebekah’s brother, Jacob’s Uncle
  • Who came while he was talking to the shepherds?  Rachel, Laban’s daughter,  Jacob’s cousin.
  • Why did Jacob kiss Rachel and begin to weep?  He had found his mother’s family and he was overwhelmed with joy.
  • How did Laban receive him?  He said, “You are my own flesh and blood.” and he took him in to live with him.
  • What did Laban ask Jacob after he had been there one month? What wages did he want for his work?
  • How did Jacob answer?  He would work for him for 7 years in exchange for Rachel for his wife.
  • Describe Rachel. She was the younger daughter of Laban. She was beautiful.
  • Describe Leah.  She was the older daughter of Laban.  She had “weak” eyes.  Maybe she was cross-eyed or blind.  We don’t know exactly what that means. But, she wasn’t as beautiful as Rachel.
  • Do you think that Jacob should have been picking a wife just for her beauty?  No.  He should be looking for inner qualities that would make her a good wife.
  • Who did Jacob end up married to?  Leah
  • How did Jacob marry Leah, when he was in love with Rachel?  Laban tricked him by switching the girls.
  • How do you think that it is possible that he could marry her without realizing that it wasn’t Rachel?  The bride would have been wearing a veil.
  • Jacob was angry when he realized that his wife was Leah instead of Rachel and he demanded an explanation from Laban.  What was Laban’s answer? It is customary for the eldest daughter to marry first.
  • Do you remember someone else who had deceived others in the same way in the lesson 2 weeks ago? Yes.  Jacob had deceived his brother and father in the same way. (Gen. 25:29-34 and Gen. 27: 1-41)
  • Who in the story kept his promise? God kept his promise to bless Jacob and his family.  And later Jesus was born into his family.
  • How long did Jacob have to wait to marry Rachel?  One week.
  • How long did he have to work for Laban to pay for her?  Seven more years.
  • Why do you think that God had a purpose in allowing Jacob to be deceived in this way?  The Lord disciplines those he loves. (Hebrews 12:6)  He wanted him to see his own sin.  God was now beginning to mold Jacob into a Godly man.
  • Do you think that God’s plan was messed up because of this trick?  No.  Jesus came from Leah’s line. God’s plan happens even when we sin. 
  • Do your parents ever discipline you?  Yes.
  • Why do you think that they discipline you?  To help me to correct my bad behavior and help me to grow into a more godly person.
  • Let’s pray and ask the Lord to help us to become more godly…

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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.

Luke 6:31  “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

Lego Memory Verse Activity:

Tape each word of the verse on toddler sized Lego blocks, then have the children assemble the blocks in order.  Bring a set for each child, or divide the children into two or three teams and have each race to assemble their blocks first.

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Share the story “The Girl No One Wanted” from “The Jesus Story Book Bible”. (Make sure that you order the collector’s editions, which has the DVD with the stories animated and narrated.  It’s  wonderful.)

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Have the children color a color page related to the story.

Color page #1  from Bible Wise

Color page #2  from Bible Wise

Color page #3

Color page #4   (Scroll down.)

 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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Older children will enjoy this craft from Auntie’s Bible Lessons.

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Here are several ideas to help the kids understand Jacob’s family at Bible Fun For Kids.

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Have the children help Jacob find Rachel with this maze from Bible Wise.

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This crossword puzzle from Bible Wise will help the kids learn the names of the sons of Jacob. Or have them do this puzzle from Bible Wise.

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Trace Jacob’s path to Haran on this map from Bible Wise.  Older children will be learn where the 12 tribes of Israel lived with this map.

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Have the children fill out these worksheets from Calvary Curriculum.  Lesson #1  and Lesson #2

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Here is a Bible quiz from Bible Stories 4 Kids.

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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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Here is another great lesson from Sunday School Sources.

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This lesson from Free Sunday School Curriculum has worksheets and a color page.

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 Do one of these Golden Rule activities.

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Have the children color the golden rule page.  Then paste the page on a piece of construction paper for matting.

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Sing  “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”, or “God Will Take Care of You”

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Separate into two teams.  Give each team a Jacob and Rachel decoder puzzle.  The first team to finish the puzzle correctly wins!  Have a small prize such as a penny candy or a sticker for each child on the winning team.  (Let them know before you read the story that there will be a competition.  It’s amazing how closely they will listen to catch the details!)

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Play the Golden Rule Game.  Use this version.

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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.” 

or

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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