Archive for June 20th, 2014

Genesis 28 has Isaac send Jacob off to find a wife.  “Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and directed him” to not take a Canaanite woman as a wife, but rather go back to Rebekah’s homeland and find a wife there.  And as Isaac sends him, he says “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”.  We don’t truly understand the power of a blessing today.  It was a huge deal then, and should be for us today as well.

Esau is still pretty bitter about the whole deception thing that Jacob pulled off.  “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”.  Esau decides to try and get even with his dad for giving the blessing that should have been his to Jacob.  He fails to understand that it wasn’t intentional, but that doesn’t matter as Esau is all about trying to inflict pain and disappointment.  That is never a good reason to do something, but Esau hasn’t been very smart about that all along.

Jacob heads off as Isaac had asked.  Along the way “he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set….he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven”.   We’ve all heard about Jacob’s ladder, and how God gave a message to Jacob that “the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring”.  It came in a dream and was a promise of what was to come.  Jacob is quick to recognize that God was in this place and how precious the land was.  “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it….This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven”.

Then Jacob makes a covenant with God.  He took the stone upon which he had slept and experienced the dream and made it into an altar.  And he makes a covenant with God.  “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”.  Jacob experiences God in a new way here at Bethel.

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