To teach young people about Jacob. The author of Genesis spends ten whole chapters on Jacob. Jacob is the son of Isaac and Rebekah, the grandson of Abraham and Sarah. Jacob's son is Joseph. Taken from the BB Anchors Pro Pack S-2-10
Jacob + Esau template
Jacob and Esau Word search template
Cardboard strips of 10" X 3"
• Chalk or masking tape
• Ladder hop questions template
Activity 1 - Jacob and Esau
Aim: To learn about Esau and to think about forgiveness
Preparation: Read Genesis 25-33 in preparation
Has anyone ever tried to trick you? How did you feel?
Today’s Bible story is about two brothers, Jacob and Esau. Tell the story in simple language
What can we learn from Jacob and Esau?
Sometimes it is very hard to forgive someone, especially when they have done mean or sneaky things to deceive us.
Forgiveness is very important. How can we forgive others?
What has God done to forgive us? All of us have done things that have hurt God. God loves us so much that He made a way for us to be clean of all our wrongs.
Jesus died and came back to life so that if we believe in Him, He will wash away all our sin and make us clean on the inside. God forgives us and tells us to forgive others too just like Esau forgave Jacob.
Give the children the templates with the quiz and/or word search to help reinforce the story.
Can you please help each of us to
forgive others this week and help
us do things in your way.
Activity 2 - The story of Jacob's Dream About the Stairway to Heaven
Aim: To learn the story and think about how Jesus bridged the gap between heaven and earth
Preparation: Read Genesis 28 v1-22 in preparation
"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. There above it stood the LORD. (NIV)"
Tell the children that they must listen very carefully because there will be a game afterwards and they need to answer some questions.
There is a story in the Bible about a man named Jacob who had a dream about a ladder that reached up to heaven. Does anyone know this story?
Well, let me read it to you from the Bible.
Jacob started on a journey to a town called Haran. On his way there he reached a certain place and stopped to spend the night, He took a stone and put it under his head and went to sleep. As he slept Jacob had a dream about a stairway that went from earth all the way up to heaven, In his dream there were angels going up and down the ladder. He looked and at the top of the stairway he saw God. Then God spoke to Jacob and told him
“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. 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. lam 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.”
When Jacob woke up. he thought, surely God is here and I was not aware of It.’ 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.’
Then Jacob made a vow, saying, lf 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 so that I return safely to my father’s
household, then the LORD will be my God and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me l will give you a tenth.”
This is a wonderful story of how God blessed Jacob and his descendants, but it is also about what Jesus has done for you and me. Jesus came down to earth to make a way for you and me to get to heaven. Jesus is the stairway that allows us to go and meet with God. Jesus is the only way for us to get to heaven and to be with God.
Dear Jesus, thank you for blessing Jacob and thank you for making a way for each one of us to get to heaven. Thank you that you sent Jesus to help us to make that choice. Amen.
Make a simple stairway by following the instructions
• Punch holes into the cardboard on either side to create the steps. See picture.
• Tape one end of the wool at the bottom of the stairway and then thread though until you reach the top.
• Tape or tie the wool at the top.
• Make some small angels and have the children colour them in.
• Give the children two angels each and have them place them behind the wool to secure them. They can then move them up and down the stairway
Activity 3 - Ladder Hop
Aim: To learn the story and think about how Jesus bridged the gap between heaven and earth.
• Mark out 2 hopscotch/stairways on the floor using masking tape or chalk
• Print out questions
Get your children into two teams. Mark out your hopscotch/stairway area. Get the children to line up in front of their stairway.
Each child gets to throw the dice they can hop and jump to that number and then they get a question. If they get their question correct they can throw again if not the next person throws the dice and joins them on the board. Once they throw beyond 10 they have completed the stairway and move into the finish area where they must sit down in a line and wait for the last team member to join them. First team to finish and all be sitting quietly in a line wins.
• You may need to ask easier questions to get some children off the stairs. There is an easy and a hard section in the questions sheet.
• You may also need more questions if you have a big group —just add some general knowledge questions.
You could adapt this game to playing regular hopscotch with a question to get off the grid into the winning area.
For full details see BB Anchors Pro Pack S2-10