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Genesis 28:15

The Context

Jacob and his mother had successfully deceived Isaac and stolen the blessing meant for Esau (Genesis 27:1-8). As could be expected, Esau was hopping mad and wanted to kill his brother (Genesis 27:41).

To protect her favorite son, Rebekah hatched a plan. "If Jacob takes a wife from among the women who live in Canaan," she tells her husband Isaac. "My life will be so miserable." (Genesis 27:46) 

Isaac takes up the battle cry and charges Jacob to leave the country in search of a mate. He is to go to Paddan-aram - a town several hundred miles away from home.

Somewhere along the journey, Jacob makes camp for the night. And has his first dream. Well, a vision really. He saw a ladder connecting heaven and earth and angels ascending and descending on it. God stood at the top of the ladder and spoke to Jacob making him a promise (Genesis 28:13).

God recognized that Jacob was apprehensive and scared about the journey. God wanted him to know that he would not go alone, God Himself would be with him to not only keep him, but to bring him back to his family (Genesis 28:14).

Digging In

The ladder represented Jesus - the bridge between heaven and earth. More appropriately, Jesus is the One who reconnects fallen humanity to God the Father.

God was reaffirming the promise of the seed that would save the world (Genesis 3:15) He was saying to Jacob,

"Hey, you did something wrong. You deceived your father and stole from your brother. But in spite of your behavior my promise to save you still stands."

How It Applies to Us

Our sin separates us from God. There's no going around that. He's a holy God and anything that's not holy will be destroyed in His presence. But.

But God wants to save us. There is nothing that we can do that will make Him give up on us. Jehovah hates some of the things that we do, but He loves us so much that He keeps trying to save us. Over and over again. Wonderful. Merciful. Savior.

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