This free one year kid’s devotional study thru the Bible is designed to hit the highlights, provide practical application and requires no preparation. If you have a little more time, I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Genesis 26) while we focus in on just a few verses in 5 minutes.
Background: God inspired Moses wrote the first five books in the Bible. The very first book, Genesis, emphasizes beginnings. Beginning of the world and mankind, beginning of sin (man’s disobedience to God) and the beginning of God’s special nation.
Jacob was the second son of Isaac and Rebekah. Although he had tricked his brother Esau into giving him Esau’s birthright as the older brother and tricked his father Isaac into giving Jacob the blessing as the older son, God didn’t turn His back on Jacob. He still had plans for Jacob. One night God showed Jacob something amazing.
Ask the children…
What did God show Jacob in his dream?
“As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway. At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, ‘I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants.’” (Genesis 28:12, 13)
After God showed Jacob that he would inherit the same promises that God had given to his grandfather Abraham and his father Isaac, what did Jacob conclude?
“Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!’ 17 But he was also afraid and said, ‘What an awesome place this is! It is none other than the house of God, the very gateway to heaven!’” (Genesis 28:16, 17)
The most important thing that God showed Jacob was that Jacob had access to heaven, to God in heaven. This was unheard of at that time. But God was revealing what He would give to all mankind in latter times, through the blood of Christ to become the very throne room of God, His temple, right in their hearts. God has connected heaven to earth through us. We have been given this amazing gift.
Ask your children what it means to them that they have God living right in them? Talk about how they can talk to God any time they want, that Jesus is living in them and empowering them to live the life God has planned for them, that the Holy Spirit is showing off His heavenly fruit (Galatians 5:22, 23) through their lives. This is what Jacob’s dream as all about. Connecting heaven to earth through God’s people.
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