Jacob Saw into Heaven
Dear Lord, please, help the children appreciate the adventures and lessons of the ancient Patriarchs of the Old Testament.
Choose any of these children's learning activities that fit their ages.
Jacob dreamed of a ladder
reaching to heaven, and angels going up and down it,
Let an older child or teacher
read the story of Jacob’s Ladder, Genesis 28:10-22.
· After telling the story, ask these questions. [Answers appear after each question.]
· What did Jacob use for a pillow while resting during his journey? [See verse 11]
· What did Jacob dream about? 
· What did the Lord promise about the number of Jacob’s descendants? 
· Who did the Lord say would be a blessing to all families of the earth? 
· What did the Lord assure Jacob about his travel? 
· Why was Jacob afraid when he awoke? [16-17]
To whom did Jacob promise to
give a tenth of all that God gave to him? [20-22]
2. Dramatize parts of the story of Jacob’s vision, Genesis 28:10-22.
· Arrange with the worship leader for the children to present this brief drama.
· Use your teaching time with the children to prepare the drama.
· You do not have to use all the parts.
· Let the older children help the younger ones to prepare.
· Let older children or adults play the parts of:
Jacob. Prepare a stone, preferably flat, and a small bottle.
Voice of God.
Narrator. Summarize the story and help the children recall what to say and do.
· Let younger children play the parts of Angels, with a chair or something that represents a ladder.
Tell the story from Genesis 28:10-22. Then say,
“It is night. I have travelled a long way. I must sleep.”
Angels: Place the ‘ladder’ near Jacob and step up and down on it.
Voice of God: “Jacob, I am the Lord God of your father Isaac and grandfather Abraham.”
Speak each of these promises
promise loudly, slowly and clearly:
Angels: Leave and take the ladder.
Wake up, stand up and say,
Narrator: Thank everyone who helped with the drama.
4. Ask the children to give other examples of ways that God reveals himself to people?
a picture of a ladder and let the children copy it.
7. Let older children write a poem or song about how God is always present with those who trust Him to watch over them.
8. Let four children each recite one of the verses from Psalm 139:7-10 —
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
If I make my bed in the grave, behold, you are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
Even there your hand will lead me,
And your right hand will lay hold of me.
9. Let one of the older children read this prayer:
“Father, we thank you for revealing yourself to Jacob. We know that you are with us all the time, just as you were with Jacob. Help us to trust you like he did. Thank you for blessing me and everyone else through Jacob’s descendent, Jesus.”
Download a drama script to act
out, about how God chose Jacob to be Messiah’s ancestor: