THUR. JULY 7 | SOAP DEVOTIONAL | GENESIS 28 – NICK FURLONI HOST

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Genesis 28

28 So Isaac called for Jacob and blessedhim. Then he commanded him: “Do not marry a Canaanite woman.Go at once to Paddan Aram,[a] to the house of your mother’s father Bethuel. Take a wife for yourself there, from among the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother. May God Almighty[b] bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples. May he give you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham, so that you may take possession of the land where you now reside as a foreigner, the land God gave to Abraham.” Then Isaac sent Jacob on his way, and he went to Paddan Aram, to Laban son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah,who was the mother of Jacob and Esau.

Now Esau learned that Isaac had blessed Jacob and had sent him to Paddan Aram to take a wife from there, and that when he blessed him he commanded him, “Do not marry a Canaanite woman,” and that Jacob had obeyed his father and mother and had gone to Paddan Aram. Esau then realized how displeasing the Canaanite women were to his father Isaac; so he went to Ishmael and married Mahalath, the sister of Nebaioth and daughter of Ishmael son of Abraham, in addition to the wives he already had.

Jacob’s Dream at Bethel

10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 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[c] 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.[d]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 headand set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. 19 He called that place Bethel,[e] 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 household, then the Lord[f]will be my God 22 and[g] 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.”

 

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Genesis 28
Issac has resorted to the fact that it is Jacob that God has intended to have the birthright and carry on the seed of the Messiah. So he calls Jacob and says you must go to your uncles house. He gives his blessing and sends him on his way. Gods promise to Abraham would live through Jacob – A land, a nation and a blessing.
It was a long 400 mile journey to Northwest Mesopotamia.  When nightfall comes Jacob stops to rest and has a dream. A dream that makes him realize there is a real interaction between heaven and earth. The connector, Jesus. In John 1:50-51 Jesus made it clear HE is the ladder… our access to heaven.
“Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.””
‭‭John‬ ‭1:50-51‬ ‭NIV‬‬
We can’t put heaven in our maps app and get there we can only get there through him.
 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
‭‭John‬ ‭14:6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
Jacob had heard about God but now his connection was personal. This was life-changing for Jacob. When you read verses 2–5 you’ll see that God repeated the terms of the covenant. I am with you, I will keep you, I will bring you back and not leave you until my work in you is complete. God was reassuring Jacob that He is everywhere and will always be with him.
Jacob didn’t get this. He thought because he first saw the Lord at the tree that God was in that place only. He also was misguided in his vow to God, It was like he was bargaining with God. IF you God will be with me then I’ll do this. Yet, God says I will be with you always. Jacob still needed proof. He was a ‘I have to see it believe it kind of guy.’
Regardless of issues and circumstances God is constant and faithful. God was gracious enough not to take back the covenant when he saw Jacob’s unspiritual response. God knew there was more work to be done with Jacob. He had a lot of lessons to be learned when he gets to his uncles.
So today remember God is all around you he goes with you wherever you go. You are never alone.
Are you ready to have a life-changing relationship with Jesus?
He’s patiently waiting.
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