Day 7 - Jacob
Read Genesis 28:10–16.
First, a silly question: how would you like to have a rock as a pillow? Ouch!
Now back to the lesson. Have you heard the story of the Tower of Babel? How is that story different than the dream that Jacob had? The Tower of Babel was a really bad idea because people were trying to put themselves in God’s place; they were trying to make a way up to God. But in this dream, God made a way down from Heaven to man. Jacob was a sad man who had just lied to his dad and betrayed his brother, and now his brother was really angry. This dream of a ladder was really good news to Him, that heavenly help would meet him and care for him right where he was.
In John 1:51, Jesus told Nathanael, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” Jesus was reminding his new disciple of the story we read today, except did you notice that the angels of God weren’t going up and down from Heaven to earth on a ladder? They were going up and down on the Son of Man: Jesus!
Jesus not only cares about our hurts and needs, but He Himself knew what it was like to hurt and need. He got hungry and thirsty, He felt pain in His body and He experienced heartbreak; He cried and sometimes He was angry. He was even tempted to sin! Jesus understands us. So when we have the promise, even seen as early as Genesis, that God cares for us in our sad times—even when we’re the ones who got ourselves in that mess!—we can rejoice that Jesus even took it a step further. He not only cared for us from Heaven, but He came down to us from Heaven and became one of us. Jesus knows!
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Read Day 4 here.
Read Day 5 here.
Read Day 6 here.
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