In Genesis 27, Isaac wants
to bless his favorite son Esau but Rebekah conjures up a plan with Jacob to get
the blessing before Esau does. Jacob deceived his father Isaac and stole the
blessing. When his brother Esau found out he was enraged and was determined to
kill his brother Jacob. As soon as their mother Rebekah found out she
manipulated to have Jacob sent away for his protection.
Genesis 28 pictures Jacob like a fugitive running
away for his life. He was troubled, in fear, guilty, ashamed, most likely
regretting all that he has done. Like many, he
knew about God, worshipped Him with his parents but Jacob did not know God in a
personal way. Like many, he has not had a personal encounter with God.
Jacob’s Rest in God’s Rock (Genesis
Genesis 28:11 says, “He
came to a certain place and spent the night there, because the sun had set; and
he took one of the stones of the place and put it under his head, and lay down
in that place.” Is there any better place to lay all our worries and cares
than on Jesus Christ our Rock of salvation? Jacob’s rock hard difficult circumstance led him to
finally face the reality of life which became a
great source of blessing. With God’s help Jacob turned his “rock bottom” experience into a “rock solid” encounter. Comfort,
security, convenience, family is not where we mature. God had to get Jacob out
from under his parent’s care, stripped from all his worldly comforts before he
would discover and rely on God. God allows us to hit “rock bottom” so
that we will discover that He is the ROCK at the bottom.
Jacob’s Ladder of God’s
Promises (Genesis 28:12-17)
Jacob lays his head down, closes
his eyes, and God gives him a dream (Genesis 28:12). In his dream Jacob sees a stairway/ladder stretching
from earth to heaven with angels of God ascending and descending. The stairway
symbolized God’s work giving mankind uninterrupted access to Him in heaven. God
came to us to save us from our sinful mess. The angels ascended to present man’s needs before God, and descended
with promises of divine assistance and protection from God. John 1:51 says that
Jesus Christ is our stairway to heaven. He is our only access into the very
presence of God.
God then gives the covenant blessing
directly to Jacob. 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.” This is God’s blessing in difficult circumstances. God’s statement to
Jacob "I am with you” is the promise of God’s presence. “I will
keep you wherever you go” is the promise of God’s protection. God’s promise to Jacob repeatedly that He will not
leave him until he passes through his trials and he’s back home is an assurance
of God’s provision. Jacob wakes up a changed
man, his spiritual eyes and heart are now opened to the awesomeness of God
Jacob’s Altar of
Transformation (Genesis 28:18-22)
realize that God is present in our life it will change our outlook on life. God never
changed Jacob’s difficult circumstances He only changed Jacob’s heart. An
encounter with God transforms us to delight in giving God our lives in worship,
service and commitment.
Rock bottom can seem so lonely and so desolate or it can be
the greatest place of blessing you’ve ever known. When you
find yourself all alone on a desert floor,
in a hard place where your pillow, like Jacob’s, is a rock, you will believe
that God stands above your difficult circumstances and is master over them.
Believe that He is the LORD, God Almighty who is always with you. He will forever protect you. He will patiently guide
you, and He will graciously provide for you.