Genesis 28 Soap Bible Study
Scripture: Genesis 28
10 Meanwhile, Jacob left Beersheba and traveled toward Haran. 11 At sundown he arrived at a good place to set up camp and stopped there for the night. Jacob found a stone to rest his head against and lay down to sleep. 12 As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway.
13 At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, “I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants. 14 Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in all directions—to the west and the east, to the north and the south. And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. 15 What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.”
The stairway to heaven is nothing to be bought, Mr. Plant. (softball)
A cheater at the time, Jacob was on the lam.
He dreamed of a stairway, with God standing at the top. His words echoed of the blessing and the promise that he had previously shared with Abraham.
The promise is not one of simple blessing, it is of fulfillment (Genesis 1:27-28) and one of presence. God desired to be present with Jacob ‘wherever’ he was to travel. At the end of the time together, God would withdraw.
This moment came at an interesting time, through a dream. Why should Jacob, the cheater, inherit a blessing from God? Wasn’t he more deserving of a nightmare?
This was the opposite of a dark-themed dream, as God had decided. This blessing and promise would draw attention to God for generations…and it now would happen through Jacob.
“Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on.
And it makes me wonder.”
God – Thank you for speaking to us through even the oddest of mediums (art). Continue your promise, blessing, and communication with this generation.