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Bible Story: Jacob Had a Dream

Bible Reference: Genesis 28:10-22

Target Age Group: K4-3rd
Learning Context: Sunday School
Target Time Frame: 45 minutes
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Memory Verse: There above it stood the Lord and He said: I am the Lord, the God
of you Father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants
the land on which you are lying. Genesis 28:13
Gospel Connection: Previously, God made a promise to Abraham that he would be
the Father of a great nation. Now, God is reminding Jacob, a descendant of Abraham,
that this will happen. God is faithful to fulfill His promises and is reminding Jacob of
that. Also, we can learn from Jacobs response to his dream, which was to worship
Learning Aim: Children will learn that God made a promise to Jacob and that he is
faithful to keep His promises. Children will learn the appropriate way to respond to
Target Age: K4-3rd
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Note: In the teaching plan below the words in italics are meant to be read aloud. The
regular text is simply directions for the teacher.
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Open the Lesson: Welcome the children and get them interested in the lesson by
playing the game sleepy bears. To play this game have all children lay down on the
floor while the teacher sings, Sleepy bears, Oh sleepy bears are falling fast asleep,
Sleepy bears, oh sleepy bears are falling fast asleep. SHHHHH. You must be very
quiet because if you shake them you will wake them and they will start to dance. At
this point all the sleeping bears will wake up and begin dancing. The teacher
says Dance bears, dance bears, dance bears DANCE! As the children dance. Continue
the game with sleepy crocodiles who snap, sleepy fish that swim, sleeping elephants
who stomp and whatever else you think of.
When you are finished playing the game say, Today we had a lot of fun while we were
pretending to sleep, but what do we do when we sleep for real? Allow children to

respond until they guess dream. At this point tell them that today we will be learning
about dreams and a very special dream that a man named Jacob had.
Biblical Evidence: First lets take a look at Genesis chapter 28:10-22. The teacher
should read this passage from a childrens bible or in his/her own words.
Read verses 10-12. Jacob was taking a journey through the wilderness when
something amazing happened to him. He laid down to sleep and had a dream, just
like many of you have had dreams before but this was a special dream. Jacob
dreamed that he saw a ladder reaching from the Earth all the up to Heaven. He saw
Angels going up and down the ladder. How would you feel if you had a dream like
Read verse 13. God made a promise to Jacob. The first promise that He made was
that Jacob and his children would someday own the land that he was sleeping on.
Read verse 14: God promised that Jacobs seed will be like the dust of the Earth, that
is like saying that Jacob will have many children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. There will be as many people in Jacobs family as there are stars in
the sky.
Read verse 15: The third and final promise that God made to Jacob was that He
would be with Jacob wherever he goes. Isnt that cool? God is with wherever we go
as well.
Read verses 16-17: When Jacob woke up from his dream he realized that he didnt
just have a regular dream, but that God really did speak to him. He was so excited to
find out that God spoke to him in his dream! How would you feel if God spoke to you
in a dream?
Read verses 18-19: When Jacob woke up the next morning he wanted to do
something special that would show God has happy he was because of the promises
that God made to him. Jacob said thank you by making a pillar, or statue, out of the
stone that he used as a pillow that night and poured precious oil on it.
Read verses 20-22: Jacob left the place where he was sleeping and his newly built
pillar but he knew that he would come back to this place someday and that God would
be with him wherever he went. He thanked God be promising to give God a tenth of
everything that he had.
Three Promises: Remind the children that God made three promises to Jacob. Have
the children act out each promise as a way to help them remember the three
promises. The teacher will say promise 1and the children will do the action.
Promise 1 (God said that he will give Jacob the land that he is sleeping on): Have the
children and act like they are scooping up a handful of dirt and then hug it to their
Promise 2 (That Jacobs descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the Earth):
Children will move their hands from their chests to above their heads, like they are
throwing dust from their hands.
Promise 3 (That God will not leave Jacob): Children will drop their hand and grab the
hand of a friend.

Repeat the promises several times until the children tire of the activity.
Building Jacobs ladder: Give each child a piece of construction paper with the
words, God makes a promise to Jacob, written or typed at the top of the page. Give
the children a handful of Q-tips and allow them to dip the Q-tips in glue and then stick
them to the construction paper in the formation of a ladder. Make sure the Q-tips dry
before they take their picture home.
Building a Pillar: Say, After Jacob woke up, he responded to God by thanking him.
One of the ways that he thanked God was by building a pillar to honor God. Lets
build our own pillar to help us remember to thank God for his faithfulness. Crinkle up
pieces of newspaper to make stones. Give them to the kids and let them build with
the paper.
Closing the lesson: Have the children sit down and use the following questions to
review the lesson. Ask, where did Jacob lay down to rest? He laid on the group with a
stone as a pillar. What did he dream of? He dreamed that there was a ladder
stretching from the Earth to the Heavens with angels on it and God at the top of the
ladder speaking to him. God made 3 promises to Jacob as he was sleeping. What
three promises did God make to Jacob? God promised Jacob that he would return to
the land where he slept, that his descendants would be as numerous as the dust of
the Earth, and that he would stay with Jacob wherever he went. How did Jacob
respond to Gods faithfulness? Jacob showed that he was thankful by building a pillar
to the Lord and pouring oil over it and promising to give a tenth of everything he was
given to the Lord.
Closing Prayer: Say, Lord we are thankful that you revealed yourself to Jacob and
that you are faithful and kept the promises that you made. Thank you Lord. Amen.