Archive for July 1st, 2011

Genesis 28

Genesis 28 contains a familiar story we often call Jacob’s ladder.  But first – the background.  Isaac calls Jacob in and gives him some last minute parenting before sending him off to the world.  “You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women”.  Pretty clear – don’t do it.  Brother Esau overhears the instruction and immediately determines that to be his course just to get even with his parents.  A little rebellion here?  “So when Esau saw that the Canaanite women did not please Isaac his father, 9 Esau went to Ishmael and took as his wife….Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael”. Esau decides to try and stick that in Isaac’s face.  He is still very upset with the whole blessing thing to say the least.

Isaac does give this blessing to Jacob as he sends him away: “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”.  The power of a blessing is very real.  Have you blessed your children the way Isaac did here?  Literally take time to pray over them and pass on what God has done in your life and pour it into theirs.  I remember distinctly when we did that with our kids – and it was probably more powerful for me than them as we prayed over them and asked God’s blessing upon them.  As parents we sometimes miss out on the impact we can have in the lives of our kids.  Making a blessing is an opportunity to focus them on God.

Jacob had obeyed his father and his mother”.  He packs up and heads to the place Isaac directed to find a wife.  As the day ended he stopped and slept and put his head on a rock.  “He dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven”.  How’s that for a dream – a ladder straight to heaven.  We have that kind of access – God is available to us all the time.  We just need to reach out and take advantage of the relationship.  As Jacob is dreaming God gives him a promise: “The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. 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”. 

Jacob wakes up and is pumped.  “How awesome is this place”.  It should be Jacob – you just experienced God.  So he determines that this is a holy place and one that will become his home.  “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, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, 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.””  What is your vow to God?   Jacob vows to tithe?  How are you doing in that area of your life?  Does God get 10%?  Of everything?  We need to ponder how we live in light of our Father.  We are in an awesome place!  How will we respond?

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