Jacob's Dream

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The story of Jacob’s dream is a beautiful picture of how the Lord comforted Jacob on his journey away from his homeland and family. The story is also an illustration of how the Lord supports us on our life’s journey by means of His Word.

When we read or listen to the Word, we are linked with the angels of heaven and with the Lord Himself. By turning to His Word, we open ourselves up to His guidance. We allow the Lord to lift us up a spiritual stairway to continually draw closer to Him.

The Story

Read or retell the story from Genesis 28:11-22.

Picture Jacob sleeping with his head on a rock in the dark of night. He dreams of a ladder or stairway extending from the earth to heaven with the Lord standing above it and angels ascending and descending. This dream was such a comfort to Jacob, letting him know that the Lord was with him on his journey. The inner meaning of this story can bring comfort to us as well, because it describes the way the Lord and His angels support us on our life’s journey—especially when we read or hear the Lord’s Word and make it part of our lives.

Ideas for discussion

  1. What was Jacob using as a pillow for his head when he went to sleep? (A rock)
  2. “Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it” (Genesis 28:12). What did Jacob see in his dream that night? (A ladder or stairway reaching up to heaven. The Lord was at the top and there were angels going up and down.)
  3. How did Jacob’s dream help him realize that the Lord was watching over him? (In Genesis 28:15 the Lord said “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go.”)
  4. The Lord communicated with Jacob in his dream. How does the Lord speak to us? (He speaks to us in His Word)
  5. What did Jacob promise to do if the Lord took care of him? (He promised to worship the Lord and follow Him.)
  6. How did the dream change Jacob’s outlook? (He had a new faith that the Lord was watching over him.) In what way are our lives changed through reading the Word?
  7. At one point, Jacob said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it” (Gen. 28:16). Are there times when we feel close to the Lord at times and places that surprise us?

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