A Thought for Today January 11, 2019

A Thought for Today January 11, 2019

“Jacob’s Ladder”
 
As a youngster, this was one of my favorite songs. We used to sing it at Bible School each year. The first verse went like this
 
We are, climbing, Jacob’s ladder,
We are, climbing, Jacob’s ladder,
We are, climbing, Jacob’s ladder,
Soldiers of the Cross
 
Do you know the scripture it comes from?
I invite you to read the following scriptures.
 
Genesis 28:10-22
10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haran.
11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep.
 
12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
13 There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “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.
14 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.
15 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.”
 
16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.”
17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”
 
18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it.
19 He called that place Bethel, though the city used to be called Luz.
20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear 21 so that I return safely to my father’s house, then the Lord will be my God
22 and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.”
 
Of course, the song depicts the angels of verse 12 being on a ladder as they go up and down on it.
 
After that dream, Jacob calls this place the house of God, the gate of heaven.
 
In this age of grace, we have it even better.
The Lord God loves within the believer.
What an amazing idea, what an amazing plan.
What an awesome Lord God we serve.

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