Who is Jacob? Isreal???


Jacob’s Ladder is a ladder leading to heaven that was featured in a dream the biblical Patriarch Jacob had during his flight from his brother Esau. 

Everything is meant to be: Jacob is a trickster. He deceived his brother twice and stole his right of the first-born son (Gen. 25:29–34; 27). Isaac loved Esau more, and enjoyed eating the meat he hunted.

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What Is the Story of Jacob’s Ladder?

The story of Jacob’s Ladder refers to the vivid, prophetic dream in which Jacob sees a ladder stretching from heaven to earth. The dream not only represented the connection between God and man; it also affirmed Jacob as the father of God’s chosen people, the Israelites.Joel Ryan

Ladder in the sky

But what happened leading up to this story and what is the significance of Jacob’s life-changing encounter with God in this passage?

The Context of Genesis 28

Prior to Jacob’s dream, the man who would become the father of the nation of Israel was on the run from his twin brother, Esau.

In Genesis 25, we read that Jacob had manipulated his brother Esau into giving up his birthright as the eldest son of their father, Isaac. As it turns out, all it took was an offer of soup for a famished Esau to forfeit his inheritance to his little brother (Genesis 25:27-34).

And in Genesis 27, Jacob again upped his game by pretending to be Esau in order to trick his elderly and nearly blind father into giving him his blessing.

Combined, these deceptions transferred to Jacob both the physical and spiritual blessings of the family lineage.

It’s important to remember that Isaac was himself the son of Abraham, who God had previously established a personal covenant with. As part of God’s promise, Abraham’s descendants would not only inherit the land of Canaan (Genesis 12:1; 15:7), they would be as numerous as the stars (Genesis 15:4-6; 17:6-8) and eventually become a mighty nation (Genesis 12:2) and blessing to all the world (Genesis 12:3).

As you might expect, Jacob stealing this blessing and birthright from Esau caused a bit of tension between Jacob and his older brother.

Because of this, the Bible says, “Esau bore a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him; and Esau said to himself, “the days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob” (Genesis 27:41).

And Esau meant it. Knowing this, Jacob and Esau’s mother, Rebekah sent Jacob away to seek refuge with her brother Laban. There, with the blessing of his father, Jacob would hopefully find a wife and be able to start a new life, safe from his brother’s rage.

“Then Isaac sent Jacob away, and he went to Paddan Aram to Laban, son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau” (Genesis 28:5).

Alone and on the run, Jacob decided to camp out under the stars, with nothing but a rock for a pillow (Genesis 28:11). Talk about a bad night’s sleep, but then the story takes a momentous turn.

Scripture says, “he (Jacob) had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it” (Genesis 28:12).

This is the visual Jacob sees in the dream. But what does it mean?

The ladder represents the connection between God and man. It demonstrates that the God who created the universe desires an intimate relationship with his creation, especially mankind, and most importantly, that he is the one who initiates that connection, conversation, and relationship.

The story of Jacob/Israel is complex and full of innuendo.

“That day Laban removed the male goats that were striped and spotted, and all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had white on it, and every lamb that was black, and put them in charge of his sons” (Gen. 30:35).

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Remember:  “I am The Lord, The God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

We have seen Jacob and his unique family situation. He has been conned into taking the sister and as well as the one he loved. He gave 14 years of work, and has 2 wives and their servants who bore children to him. The family is shaping up, and now the author turns to focusing on his wealth.Remember:Genesis 28:20–22 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “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.” (groundwork of tithes and offerings.)

Jacob’s Wages

Gen 30:31-36Genesis 30:31–36 ESVHe said, “What shall I give you?” Jacob said, “You shall not give me anything. If you will do this for me, I will again pasture your flock and keep it: let me pass through all your flock today, removing from it every speckled and spotted sheep and every black lamb, and the spotted and speckled among the goats, and they shall be my wages. So my honesty will answer for me later, when you come to look into my wages with you. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the lambs, if found with me, shall be counted stolen.” Laban said, “Good! Let it be as you have said.” But that day Laban removed the male goats that were striped and spotted, and all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had white on it, and every lamb that was black, and put them in the charge of his sons. And he set a distance of three days’ journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob pastured the rest of Laban’s flock.

And we see how Jacob was blessed!

AP: Work dilegently

Hard to understandperhaps really a way to make animals go into heatPerhaps just a mythPoint: God prospered Jacob in spite of Laban’s meddling and deceit​

AP:

We need to be like Jacob.We should work diligently to provide for the needs we and our family have. We should seek to help those around us.God established that we would work to provide.that is part of the curse from the garden of EdenPaul reminded us of this:; Colossians 3:17 ESVAnd whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.Colossians 3:22–24 ESVBondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.As disciples of Jesus, we do the right thing regardless of what our coworkers or supervisors may do.Why?We are serving for God’s glory, not our own, not our employers.

Jacob’s Prosperity

We have seen Jacob and his unique family situation. He has been conned into taking the sister and as well as the one he loved. He gave 14 years of work, and has 2 wives and their servants who bore children to him. The family is shaping up, and now the author turns to focusing on his wealth.Remember:Genesis 28:20–22 ESVThen Jacob made a vow, saying, “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.”Gen 28:God blesses Jacob and we explore that this evening.​

Jacob’s Blessing on Display

Genesis 30:25–30 ESVAs soon as Rachel had borne Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me away, that I may go to my own home and country. Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, that I may go, for you know the service that I have given you.” But Laban said to him, “If I have found favor in your sight, I have learned by divination that the Lord has blessed me because of you. Name your wages, and I will give it.” Jacob said to him, “You yourself know how I have served you, and how your livestock has fared with me. For you had little before I came, and it has increased abundantly, and the Lord has blessed you wherever I turned. But now when shall I provide for my own household also?”Gen 30:25

EX: God continued to bless Jacob

God increased Jacob’s wealth and through him, Laban’sEven Laban saw thisGod’s blessings came due to JacobLaban asks him to name his wagesLaban was seeking more profit.Using Jacob to that end.Jacob pointed that out as well.Jacob’s thoughts had turned to his own family and he desired to go home.

AP: Providence of God

God’s ProvidenceGod’s Providence is defined by Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary:“sovereign, divine superintendence of all things guiding them toward their divinely predetermined end in a way that is consistent with their created nature, all to the glory and praise of God.”It is God’s benevolent control of all things.Consider: Matthew 5:45 ESVso that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.God’s blessings on His children, often benefit those around us.God wanted to enrich Jacob, so Laban also benefitted and he knew it.10!This also illustrates God’s blessings on whole earth.God blesses today the same way.A nation should be glad to host God’s childrenHe works through us to be a force for good in the world.HE works around us blessing us and our world.​

Jacob’s Wages

Gen 30:31-36Genesis 30:31–36 ESVHe said, “What shall I give you?” Jacob said, “You shall not give me anything. If you will do this for me, I will again pasture your flock and keep it: let me pass through all your flock today, removing from it every speckled and spotted sheep and every black lamb, and the spotted and speckled among the goats, and they shall be my wages. So my honesty will answer for me later, when you come to look into my wages with you. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the lambs, if found with me, shall be counted stolen.” Laban said, “Good! Let it be as you have said.” But that day Laban removed the male goats that were striped and spotted, and all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had white on it, and every lamb that was black, and put them in the charge of his sons. And he set a distance of three days’ journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob pastured the rest of Laban’s flock.

EX: Jacob wanted God’s blessings

I want nothing from youno share of wealth and herdsI want the opportunity to grow my ownplan to be from animals yet to be born:speckled, spotted, striped and abnormally coloredThis kept Laban from being able to claim he had enriched Jacob and/or that Jacob had stolen.Sounded good to Laban because odds were long the newborns would be oddly colored and/or markedLaban tried to cheatremoved the spotted and streaked.Genetically, he was playing the odds that there would be little or none born since the males were removed and couldn’t reproduce

AP: Work dilegently

Hard to understandperhaps really a way to make animals go into heatPerhaps just a mythPoint: God prospered Jacob in spite of Laban’s meddling and deceit​

AP:

We need to be like Jacob.We should work diligently to provide for the needs we and our family have. We should seek to help those around us.God established that we would work to provide.that is part of the curse from the garden of EdenPaul reminded us of this:; Colossians 3:17 ESVAnd whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.Colossians 3:22–24 ESVBondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.As disciples of Jesus, we do the right thing regardless of what our coworkers or supervisors may do.Why?We are serving for God’s glory, not our own, not our employers.​

Jacob Prospers More

Genesis 30:37–43 ESVThen Jacob took fresh sticks of poplar and almond and plane trees, and peeled white streaks in them, exposing the white of the sticks. He set the sticks that he had peeled in front of the flocks in the troughs, that is, the watering places, where the flocks came to drink. And since they bred when they came to drink, the flocks bred in front of the sticks and so the flocks brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted. And Jacob separated the lambs and set the faces of the flocks toward the striped and all the black in the flock of Laban. He put his own droves apart and did not put them with Laban’s flock. Whenever the stronger of the flock were breeding, Jacob would lay the sticks in the troughs before the eyes of the flock, that they might breed among the sticks, but for the feebler of the flock he would not lay them there. So the feebler would be Laban’s, and the stronger Jacob’s. Thus the man increased greatly and had large flocks, female servants and male servants, and camels and donkeys.

Mind you; Jacob was cunning. He served The LORD first and foremost. God blessed him unimaginably.. but Jacob put his back into his work. We cannot serve The LORD in or with laziness; only with diligence. Keep serving GOD! HE will always be faithful.

Published by Fellowship of Praise: ALL praise to God our Reason, Hallelujah!!!

To God be The glory. Let us praise God together for His ALL in our lives, Amen.

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