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 September 17, 2018

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Text: Daniel 7-9
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“Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
(Genesis 28:15 ESV)

Genesis 28 (ESV)

Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and directed him, “You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women. Arise, go to Paddan-aram to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father, and take as your wife from there one of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother. God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples. May he give the blessing of Abraham to you and to your offspring with you, that you may take possession of the land of your sojournings that God gave to Abraham!”Thus Isaac sent Jacob away. And he went to Paddan-aram, to Laban, the son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother.

Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan-aram to take a wife from there, and that as he blessed him he directed him, “You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women,” and that Jacob had obeyed his father and his mother and gone to Paddan-aram. So when Esau saw that the Canaanite women did not please Isaac his father, Esau went to Ishmael and took as his wife, besides the wives he had, Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebaioth.

10 Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. 12 And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! 13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. 14 Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” 17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

18 So early in the morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. 19 He called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of the city was Luz at the first. 20 Then Jacob made 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 clothing to wear, 21 so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, 22 and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.”

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  1. Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. Genesis 28:15

    Jacob's Ladder

    As Chapter 28 begins, Isaac blesses and directs Jacob and gives him instructions on where to go, where to find a wife and specifically who not to marry – a Canaanite woman (Genesis 28:1-4).

    Jacob obeys his father Isaac (and Rebekah's) wishes and goes to Paddan-aram. 

    Esau, knowing Jacob obeyed and knowing that the Canaanite women did not please his father, he "went to Ishmael and took as his wife, besides the wives he had, Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham's son, the sister of Nebaioth" Genesis 28:9) to spite his father. 

    Genesis 28:11 says, "And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep."

    When we find a stone, we might put it behind a door to hold it open or maybe use it to keep a balloon from flying away but a pillow? I'm thankful for modern amenities! Somehow, Jacob falls asleep on this stone pillow and dreams of a Stairway to Heaven where "the angels of God were ascending and descending on it" (Genesis 28:12)!

    After Jacob awoke from his dream, he is afraid and says, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven" (Genesis 28:17).

    Then he takes this comfy stone pillow, sets it up for a pillar, poured oil on it, named the place Bethel and makes a vow to God 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 clothing to wear, 21 so that I come again to my father's house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, 22 and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God's house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you" (Genesis 28:18-22). 

    What an enthusiastic awareness and worship of the Living God that manifests itself not in only an emotional awakening but also a commitment!

    In All the Books and Chapters of the Bible, Herbert Lockyer writes, "One wonders how much of the significance of 'the blessing of Abraham' Isaac and Jacob understood (Galatians 3:14-15). The opening verses prove how true it is that God has a plan for every life. He had one for Jacob's life, a plan unhindered by the action of Isaac or Esau, a plan uninfluenced by the cleverness and craft of Rebekah. We must learn the divine plan for our lives and realize it. At Bethel, God began to shape and mould Jacob. Because of his vision there, it stands out as one of the most important places in Scripture. Read thoughtfully the narrative, noting the PLACE, the TIME, the VISION, the VOW, the MESSAGE. Guilty, as Jacob has been, of cunning bargaining, we do not think his bargaining disposition was Godward, as his vow proves (verses 20-22). This was no ordinary vow. Jacob was pledging himself and his possessions in thankful recognition of God's favor."

    A devotional from Ligonier Ministries says, "God’s appearance to Jacob comes at a crucial point in his life. Though he has received the good blessing from his father (Genesis 27:26–29; Genesis 28:1–5), he is homeless and his life is endangered. The Lord’s gracious visit thus assures Jacob that Isaac’s words have not been spoken in vain. He is indeed the recipient of the promises of salvation made to his father and grandfather Genesis 28:13). His offspring will spread abroad to all the corners of the earth (Genesis 28:14), an early indication that Jacob’s family (all those with faith in the Messiah, Galatians 3:29) will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5). Moreover, Jacob can know all this will happen because God will be with him to accomplish His Word. Matthew Henry reminds us: 'Whom God loves he never leaves.'

    Christ alone is the way to this same salvation (John 14:6); thus, He later compares Himself with Jacob’s ladder (John 1:51). While we do not see Him with our eyes today, if we trust God’s promises, we will see Him in the age to come (1 Corinthians 13:12). John Calvin comments that Christ 'is the medium through which the fullness of all celestial blessings flows down to us, and through which we, in turn, ascend to God.'"

    I find such comfort in Genesis 28:15, "Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

    Amen? Amen!

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