“Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: “I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants.” Genesis 28:12-13
Since childhood, Jacob heard about the God of Abraham and of Isaac his father, and now, for the first time, and at a crisis point in his life, he sets on a journey to leave his home at Beersheba, and heads towards Haran. When the sun set, he stopped at a certain place to rest, arranged stones on the ground for his pillows, and fell asleep.
Jacob had a dream: he saw a ladder that reached to heaven, and angels were ascending and descending on it. And he heard a voice at the top that identified Himself as the Lord God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac.
For the very first time, Jacob realized the Presence of God: he had lived over forty years without realizing that God was with him all along. And now, in a deserted place, far from the comforts of home, he hears God’s voice, a voice that assures Jacob: “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 spoken to you.” Genesis 28:15
The son of Isaac and Rebekah discovered that he was not alone: a new life in his soul began when God told him that He would be with him everywhere, to bless him, and to protect him. At that lonely place, the God of Abraham and of Isaac became the God of Jacob. In that strange place, Jacob caught a vision of God’s purpose for his life.
God has been calling us from the very beginning, and we have a way, a ladder, to reach Him: His Son Jesus Christ. In the words of Jesus to Nathanael: “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.” John 1:51
Angels ascending and descending, not upon a ladder, but upon Jesus. An open heaven because of what Jesus Christ accomplished by His death on the cross to pay for all of our shortcomings. For all of our sins.
Through Jesus Christ, we have a perfect link of communication between God and ourselves, and the way in which we can avail of this communion is so simple: it is by faith — that is all.
Reference: Louisa Clayton, The One Great Reality, “The Voice of God”, electronic book in the public domain, courtesy of Gutenberg.org, pp. 114-134
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“An open Heaven…” What a great picture and description of our relationship with the Creator of the universe…who takes notice of us, and loved us enough to give the most Precious Thing He had in order to get us back – His Son Jesus Christ. Such awesome Love. Thank you, Dee…
Such awesome Love indeed. Beautifully said, Lester. Thank you. Dee
So glad to see you, so glad to read you, so glad to hear you – so very glad
And I am so glad that you’re glad, Sandra! Good to be back! Dee
i always think that moment in jacob´s life is one of the most magical places in the Bible. i love to read it. and how beautiful it became in the life of Christ, and is for us. everything about Jesus is for us, it´s so amazing. i will look up the book you referenced. gutenberg is wonderful, and i love christian classics ethereal, and even the internet archive has such books on Jesus. i truly thank God for the way He weaves us all together, past present and future… bless you today! love, lorna
Thank you, Lorna! How wonderfully you describe it — that God weaves us all together, past, present, and future. God bless you today, too! Love, Dee
Great post. Thank you.
Thank you so much, Peter. I appreciate your visit and kind words. Blessings, Dee
BEAUTIFUL writing and needed message ! Blessings friend ~ Deborah
Thank you so much, Deborah. Blessings to you too, my friend. Dee
When I read of this moment for Jacob, I think of our own lives and those who exist (I can’t really call it living) without faith. The ladder is there the same; it’s just that we have to open our eyes in order to see. This is beautiful, Dee. As always, you move my spirit and touch my heart. ~ Love you, Bobbie
I agree, Bobbie, living would not be living without faith. And faith is a free gift which opens our eyes to see the open heaven. As you say, the ladder is there the same. Thank you! Much love, Dee
I heard the voice of God through your blog! 😉 ♡ Press on! God bless! 🙂
What a tremendous blessing to know this! Thank you so much… your comments today are such an encouragement to me. Yes, indeed, in spite of everything, I will press on! Thanks again!