Jesse Tree - Day 5

Day 5 – Jacob and Heaven’s Ladder

Bible Ref: Genesis 28, Ornament: Ladder

Jacob was the son of Isaac, and the Grandson of Abraham.  Jacob had a twin brother named Esau.  Now twin brothers or not, Jacob and Esau had a very big falling out.  Esau was very angry with Jacob and wanted to hurt him.  Their mother, Rebekah, suggested to Jacob that he left town for a while until Esau calmed down!

So Jacob left home and went on a road trip.  Maybe he walked, or maybe he took a horse, but it must have been a lovely warm evening because that evening he decided to sleep outside under God’s beautiful starry sky.

Jacob looked around for something to rest his weary head on.  He found a big flat stone shaped a bit like a pillow, so he laid down on the dusty ground and put his head on it.  He must have been very tired because as soon as his head touched his stony pillow he fell into a deep, deep sleep.

As he dreamed, Jacob found himself stood at the bottom of a great ladder.  It touched the ground but as his eyes searched higher and higher up the steps, he saw that the very top of the ladder reached into Heaven.  As he watched, Angels of the Lord appeared to float up and down the ladder, between Earth and the Heavens.

Above the steps, close to Jacob stood the Lord himself.

Then God spoke to Jacob saying, "Jacob, I am the Lord, the God of your father Isaac and your Grandfather Abraham.  I will give you and all your family to come, the land on which you are lying.  Your family will continue to grow through each generation, as much as the dust of the earth." (which is LOTS! And of course remember God’s promise to Abraham about his descendants being as many as the stars in the sky!)

Then God said, "All of your family will spread out all over the Earth and you will bless those around you.  I will always be with you, watching over you and one day, at the right time, I will return you to this land and make it your special home."

When Jacob woke up, he realised that God had spoken to him in the night through his dream.  He felt afraid because of the power of God that he felt around him. 

“How Awesome is this place!” he said.

They he took the stone he had used as a pillow and stood it upright so that it would be a marker on the land to remind him of his dream and God’s promise to him.

He named the place Bethel, which means “House of God”.

Then as Jacob went on his way, he made a promise to always follow God and do what he said.