Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Jacob's Trip to Haran and Back


Two weeks ago, we talked about Jacob and his trip to Haran.  We talked about the dream he had at Bethel—the dream of the ladder—and the promise he made to God there.  We also talked about how he fulfilled that promise many years later when he got back to the Land of Israel.  

Today we’re going to talk about the rest of Jacob’s adventure:  his time in Haran and how God used that time to shape him into the man of God he later became.  Because if there’s one thing we know for sure about Jacob, it’s that when he started off in life, he was trouble.  Oh yes, he was a good boy, a mama’s boy (Gen. 25:27,28).  But he was also a liar and a cheater; a deceiver.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Jacob's Vision at Bethel

Bethel:  site of Jacob's Vision

Do you know the song “We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder”?  It’s an old Negro slave spiritual.  It expressed the slaves’ faith that after this life of difficulties and trouble, they would be admitted to heaven.  Notice that the song understands Jacob’s ladder to be a symbol of the believer’s spiritual ascent into heaven:  “we are climbing Jacob’s ladder.”  The ascent is agonizing, but the result is glory.