Miscellaneous 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, You are welcome to post your Sunday School lesson plans for the Jacob stories. Click "reply" at the end of this thread.
It includes a fun lesson with a "Magic" trick ...demonstration that illustrates a key point in the Jacob and Esau story.
Felt Board Activity
Summary of Lesson Activities:
The following story could also be adapted for use with a "Diaorama" or "DRAMA IN A SHOEBOX" kit that the kids make, then tell the story moving the parts of the kit in/out of the set according to the script. Kids decorate a shoebox interior for the setting of the story and make the props/people/objects out of bits of cloth and pipe cleaners twisted together.
Genesis 28: 10-22
- Read the scripture ahead of time.
- Gather the materials.
Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself.
Open with a prayer.
Dig- Main Content and Reflection:
(Scene: General outside scene – hills, trees, tent home, some sheep, Isaac and Rebekah)
Abraham and Sarah wanted a baby for a long time. In their old age – 90 & 100 years old – God gave them a baby. His name was Isaac, which means laughter. Isaac grew up and married a woman named Rebekah. This story is about Isaac and Rebekah’s son.
Isaac and Rebekah also waited a very long time for a child. They prayed constantly that God would give them a child. God answered their prayers by giving them twins! They seemed to be fighting each other inside her. God told Rebekah that two nations will come from the 2 babies. One group would be stronger than the other, and the older would serve the younger.
The first-born son’s name was Esau. (Add baby into Isaac’s arms.) He had red, hairy skin and grew to love hunting, like his father. This was Isaac’s favored son. Jacob was the second-born twin. (Add baby into Rebekah’s arms.) He had smooth skin, was quiet, and liked to stay home. Jacob was Rebekah’s favorite.
Esau was the first-born son and so he had special rights: he would get the birthright. That meant Esau would get twice as much inheritance as Jacob and be the family leader. Jacob had always been jealous of those rights.
When the boys grew up, Esau became a skilled hunter. (Remove babies, add grown-up Esau and Jacob.) He loved to be out in the fields. Jacob liked to help Rebekah with her work around the tent. One day after a hunting trip, Esau was starved. (Add Jacob, fire, pot of stew close to the tent. Move Esau over to the area.) He returned to the tent to find Jacob cooking his favorite stew. Jacob gave Esau his food and Esau gave Jacob his birthright.
(Remove Esau, Jacob, fire, pot of stew. Add Isaac – and “old” Isaac, if possible.) Many years passed and Isaac became very old and almost blind. He was ready to pass on the birthright. While Esau was away, Rebekah and Jacob tricked Isaac into thinking Jacob was his brother. (Put a different set of clothes on Jacob.) Isaac gave Jacob the birthright and blessing.
When Esau found out he was furious. He planned to kill Jacob after his father died. Rebekah heard of Esau’s plan to kill his brother and sent Jacob to live with her brother in Haran.
(Remove Esau, tent, sheep. Add a stone to the scenery.) One night as Jacob was traveling to Haran he found a stone and laid his head on it to sleep for the night. (Move the stone. Lay Jacob down, using the stone as a “pillow”.
As he slept that night he dreamed that there was a ladder resting on the earth and reaching up to heaven. (Add ladder.) He saw angels of God going up and coming down the ladder. (Add angels on the ladder.) Then Jacob saw the Lord standing above the ladder. (Add God over the ladder.)
He said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your grandfather, and your father Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are now sleeping. Your descendants will be as many as the dust of the earth. They will spread west and east, north and south, and all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. I am with you and will protect you everywhere you go and will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I promised you.”
(Remove ladder and angels.) When Jacob woke up in the morning he was afraid. He thought, “Surely this is the house of God and the gate of heaven.” He turned the stone on it’s side like an altar and named it Bethel. He made a promise. He said, “I want Go to be with me and protect me on this journey. I want him to give me food to eat and clothes to wear, so that I will be able to return to my father’s house in peace. If the Lord does these things, He will be my God.
Then Jacob continued on his journey. He felt like a different person because God had told him he was not alone anymore.
End with a prayer.
A lesson written by Linda Norem and Rachel Haugland.