Jacob's Dream at Bethel

Age 5+: Read Genesis 28:10-22
Under 5: Read about Jacob's dream from a children's story bible or the short summary below.

After Jacob stole the blessing from his brother Esau, he left to go stay with his mother's brother, Laban. On the way there, he stopped to rest for the night. There were no pillows, so Jacob used a stone and placed it under his head to sleep. He began to dream of a stairway leading from the earth up to heaven. There were angels going up and coming down on it.

In his dream, God spoke to Jacob from above the stairway. The Lord promised to give Jacob and his children the land on which he was lying. God told him he would have many children, like the dust of the earth that couldn't even be counted! God promised He would always be with Jacob, and would watch over him wherever he went.

Jacob woke up from his dream and worshiped God. He took the stone that he had placed under his head, used it as special marking place, and named that place Bethel, which means "house of God." Then Jacob promised God that because of all God's good promises to him, he would give God an offering of one-tenth part of everything God gave him. He knew the Lord was the God of his father, Isaac, and his grandfather, Abraham. Now the Lord would be his God as well.

Discussion
Preschool questions:
What did Jacob use as a pillow? A stone.
Who spoke to Jacob in his dream? God.
What was going up and coming down the stairway? Angels.

Elementary questions:
How many children did God promise to Jacob? More than he can count, like the dust of the earth.
Who else did God make that promise to? Abraham and Isaac.
How much did Jacob promise to give back to God? One tenth of all he received.

Preteen application:
Why did God promise Jacob so much, even though he had sinned? God loved Jacob, in spite of his sin, just as God loves us, even though we sin.
Who is our stairway to heaven? Jesus, God's Son, our Savior. (Read John 1:51)

Memory Verse: Genesis 28:15 “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go." (NIV)

Journal (age 8+) Copy memory verse and write about a time when you needed God with you the most. Write down any prayer requests.

Journal (age 3+) Draw and color a picture of Jacob's dream. Copy memory verse if able.

Optional Activity: Think about God's plan for Jacob's life. Jacob might not have been perfect, but he was blessed by God anyway. What do you think God's plans are for your life?

Prayer: Praise and thank God, ask for forgiveness, submit any prayer requests.

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