Genesis Chapter 28:
Gen 28:1-22 KJV
(1) And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.
(2) Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother’s father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother’s brother.
(3) And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people;
(4) And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.
(5) And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padanaram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother.
(6) When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padanaram, to take him a wife from thence; and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan;
(7) And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padanaram;
(8) And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father;
(9) Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife.
(10) And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.
(11) And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.
(12) And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
(13) And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
(14) And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
(15) And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
(16) And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.
(17) And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
(18) And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.
(19) And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.
(20) And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,
(21) So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:
(22) And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.
Thought For This Chapter…
The dream of Jacob’s ladder, it is one of the more popular Sunday School lessons for children. Not only children can benefit from this account, but even adults can learn much about the Lord in this passage of scripture.
The most basic truth we can glean from this account is that Christ (symbolized by the ladder) bridges the span between heaven and earth. This is affirmed by Christ Himself as he taught Nathaniel in John 1:51…
“And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”
Christ pointed to this OT picture of Himself to explain to Nathaniel that, when Nathaniel saw Him die on the cross, he would not simply be seeing the death of a man. He would be seeing the death of the very Son of God, which would bring to completion the work necessary to give God’s people access to God and His many blessings to them.
Remember, Christ is the One that gives human beings access to God and His heavenly throne, while also providing the channel for God’s blessings to be sent down from heaven upon sinful mankind. It is only through Christ and His work that sinners can stand before God being “accepted in the Beloved” (Eph 1:6) and being made “heirs of eternal life” and a multitude of divine blessings. (Titus 3:7).
This is the basic meaning behind this wonderful OT account of Jacob’s dream. May we all come away from our Bible reading this morning having Christ and the results of His work on our behalf in the forefront of our mind, encouraging us, as we face what the day may hold.