February 3, 2008

Jacob's Dream

What We Talked About:
Since his brother, Esau, wanted to kill him, Jacob had to run away from home to live with his mother's brother, Laban. As he was travelling, he stopped for the night to sleep. Since he had no pillow, he laid his head on a rock and began to dream.

In his dream, he saw a large set of steps that started on the earth and went all the way to heaven. Angels were walking up and down the steps, and at the very top was God himself. God spoke to Jacob and repeated the same promises to Jacob that he had made to his father, Isaac, and his grandfather, Abraham.

When Jacob woke the next morning, he knew that God had spoken to him in his dream. He took the large rock he used as a pillow and stood it up on its end, so he could remember the place where God came to him. He named the place, 'Bethel," which in his language meant 'House of God.'

What's the Big Deal?
1. God keeps on keeping his promises.

What We Did
1. We placed a ladder in the middle of the teaching area. We then turned out the lights, placed candles on the steps of the ladder, and lit them to represent the angels in Jacob's dream. We lit an old-fashioned oil lamp and told the story by lamp-light.

Our Memory Verse
Genesis 28:15 - “I am 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."

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