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Cooking and Game lessons and ideas for teaching the Jacob stories, including Jacob and Esau, and Jacob's Ladder, in Sunday School

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Jacob and Esau, Genesis 25, Genesis 27, Genesis 28, Isaac blesses Jacob, Jacob's Dream, Stairway to Heaven, Jacob and Laban, Leah, Rachel, Jacob Wrestles, 

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Take me to the lessonsIt includes a terrific Jacob and Esau Cooking Workshop lesson.

From Member Lisa-Marie (LDM)
Here are two COOKING ideas for the story of Jacob's Ladder (Stairway to Heaven, angels going up and down).

  1. "Jacob's Pillow"
  2. Rock cookies

Raisin Pillow Recipe

3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. raisins
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
6 apples
10 sheets filo pastry, frozen type

Peel, core and slice apples. Add lemon juice, nuts and raisins. Cool in refrigerator. Take 8 to 10 filo sheets. Place on damp cloth. Dab each one with butter. Be careful for they are thin and delicate. Put the cooled filling on the filo sheets. Spread evenly. Roll up with the towel carefully. (Do not roll the towel in the filo sheets. The towel is merely used to assist in rolling.)

Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Put slits on top with a knife about every inch. P Put in oven for 30 minutes. Every 10 minutes dot with butter. Top with powdered sugar.

Rock Cookie Recipe

Butter – ½ cup (at room temperature)
Sugar – ½ cup
Flour – 1-1/2 cups
Egg - 1
Baking powder – 1 teaspoon
Vanilla – 1 teaspoon
Raisins – 10-15 (optional), lightly fried in ghee
Cinnamon - 1/2-inch piece stick (optional), powdered
Salt – ½ teaspoon


Method: Cream butter, sugar, and egg in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Mix in the flour, salt, vanilla essence, baking powder, raisins, and cinnamon powder. Refrigerate the mix for few minutes if needed to make it firm. Preheat oven to 320 degrees. Shape into lime-sized balls, sprinkle some sugar on the top, press down slightly, and place on a lightly greased pizza tray or cookie sheet allowing enough room for spreading. Bake for 10-15 minutes at 320 degrees or till the edges become slightly brown.

(Other neat ideas from this lesson set include: a rhythm workshop; music/teach 'We are climbing Jacob's ladder. For more detail, click here.

Editor's Note:
Now here's an interesting webpage:

Legend had it... that the Stone of Scone in Westminster Abbey is Jacob's pillow. The stone is also calledThe Stone of Destiny or the "Coronation" stone because it was used during coronation of English Kings.

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Jacob’s Ladder

Cooking Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:
Children will make "pretzel ladders". 

Scripture Reference:
Genesis 25:19-34, 27:1-45, 28:10-22

Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Gather the materials.
  • Preheat the oven

Supplies List:

  • Soft bread sticks or pretzels (Pillsbury – 3 sticks per child)
  • several baking pans
  • hot pads
  • spatula
  • plates
  • napkins
  • drink – (optional dipping sauce – honey, frosting)


Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself. 

Open with a prayer. 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
Read: The Story (May want to read while the ladders are baking instead of at the beginning)
Practice: The memory verse

Make the “Ladders”(Pretzel idea from Melissa @ – Jacob Ideas (Not complete lesson sets)

  • Have the kids wash their hands
  • Prepare the bread sticks/pretzels according to the package
  • Arrange them in “ladders”, 2 sticks side by side, 1 cut in 1/3 or ¼’s and placed between them as the steps/rungs – pinch together.
  • (Optional) Some packages may have you brush them with butter or whipped egg white and sprinkle with course salt.
  • Bake according to the package
  • Carefully remove “ladders” onto their plate

Say a prayer before you eat:Thank you God for this food. Thank you for reminding us that the doorway to heaven is always open. We can always talk to you in prayer. Amen

Discussion: (From ChristineOC - – Jacob’s Dream(Jacob’s Ladder)
(Use while ladders are baking or while they are eating)

  • What places does the Bible story mention? Where did Jacob leave from? (Beersheba-find it on a map) That was his family’s home, at least for a while. They were nomads, living in tents and moving their herds from place to place.
  • Where was Jacob going to? (Haran-find it on a map) This was where his mother had come from. He was supposed to find a wife from that area also.
  • Where did Jacob sleep one night while he was traveling? (Bethel, which used to be called Luz-find it on a map)
  • The patriarchs are Abraham, his son Isaac, and Isaac’s son, Jacob.
  • Everyone put your finger on Beersheba, move north to Bethel, then continue up to Haran. Now try to estimate how far it is from Beersheba to Haran. Use the guide in the lower left corner. They should come up with something like ‘over 300 miles’, or ‘400 miles. Now, how far from Beersheba to Bethel, both of which are in Israel now. (50 miles or 100 kilometers).
  • I wondered how long it would take to walk that far so I looked up a few things on the internet: “At age fourteen Thomas Carlyle set out on foot with a companion to enroll in Edinburgh University, 100 miles away. The walk took five days.” So that is 20 miles each day.
  • Also, A hiker described some interesting walks they took and made notes like: 15 km, 5 hours. So I figured someone could walk about 25 kilometers in about an 8 hour day.
  • Jacob had probably walked at least two full days before he used that rock for a pillow and dreamed -- or was given a vision -- of the way to Heaven.

Additional Discussion: (By Rachel Haugland - Use while eating)

  • In Jacob’s vision, there was a stairway resting on earth and reaching up to heaven. Who was on the stairs? (angels)
  • Who was standing above the stairs? (God)
  • What did God say? (I will give you this land you are sleeping on – I will be with you and protect you – Your descendents will be as many as the dust of the earth)
  • Who was Jacob’s father? (Isaac)
  • Mother? (Rebekah)
  • Who was Jacob’s grandparents? (Abraham & Sarah)
  • When Jacob awoke from this vision, what did he do or say? Placed the stone on its side/made an altar, and called the place Bethel – said, “Surely this is the house of God and the gate of heaven.


Have the children assist with the cleanup before dismissal.

A lesson written by Rachel Haugland from: Elim Lutheran Church
Randall, IA 

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Two More Jacob Cooking Workshops!

1. There's a great Cooking Workshop lesson in the Writing Team's Jacob and Esau lesson set (for supporting members).

pitapeaceIn this Cooking Workshop, students split into 3* cooking teams to prepare their food and work on a presentation of their assigned scripture, then gather together at the Peace Table with other students to eat, share, and reflect. Includes a "pita peace" sweet cookie.

The three teams of students are:

(1) Team Cheater (Lentil bean soup) Genesis 25:19-35, the story of Jacob and Esau's birth and Esau trading his birthright for a pot of lentil stew.

(2) Team Hairy (a hairy chocolate treat)  Genesis 27:1-40, the story of how Jacob cheated Esau out of his father's blessing.

(3) Team Pita Peace  (Peace table and Peace Pita prep) Genesis 28:1-11, the story of Jacob and Esau's reunion.

2. There's a "stages of faith" snack plate tucked into the end of the Video Lesson here:

The lesson uses butterfly metamorphosis as its metaphor and includes links to a video.

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