In Genesis 28, God reveals Himself to Jacob in a dream. He shows Jacob a ladder with angels ascending and descending on it. The fascinating part of this isn’t the dream in and of itself. The amazing part is that God reveals Himself to someone who doesn’t know Him as his Lord. At the end of his dream and God’s promise of blessings, Jacob says: “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.”
Jacob still hasn’t chosen to worship God alone, yet God still makes Himself known and promises to bless Jacob. How do we relate with this? In John 1:51, Jesus says that He himself is the ladder. He is this bridge that connects us to God and establishes our relationship with Yahweh. The connection is even greater between us and Jacob, because like Jacob we didn’t we didn’t have a relationship with Jesus when He came to earth: “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Not only did Jesus come to people who knew Him not, but then He died for them!
Jacob had been through some major traumas due to the sin in his family. He found himself alone, probably depressed, anxious, worried, etc. In the midst of those struggles, God established the covenant with Him and his offspring. In the midst of Jacob’s fears, God established him as the ancestor of the Christ! The point? When we are the most lost God’s power shows up the brightest. When are hurting, His comforting Hand seems all the more capable.
The next time you find yourself in trouble, know that Jesus is right there with you. He died for you when you didn’t know you needed Him, and He will be there with you for the rest of eternity. Don’t let anxieties distract you from the blessings all around you. His plan is to grow you more and more into the image of Jesus. This idea is what we talked about on Sunday.
Please remember that Sunday is Homecoming! Bring a covered dish, enough for your family and one extra, and come prepared to worship with us! I hope to see you there!