(Ladder To The Moon – Georgia O’Keefe)
“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. 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. 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. 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.”
Genesis 28: 12-15 (NIV)
Our symbol today is of a ladder to remind us of Jacob’s dream. Jacob had not always done the right thing in his life. He ran away from his family and lived apart from them for years instead of facing up to things he had done which were wrong. It might be that he thought he was running away from God too. However, Jacob’s dream showed him that God is with him always. Scholars write that Jacob’s ladder represents, 1. The providence of God, by which there is a constant intercourse kept up between heaven and earth. This let Jacob know that he had both a good guide and a good guard. 2. The mediation of Christ. He is this ladder; the foot on earth in his human nature, the top in heaven in his Divine nature. Christ is the Way; all God’s favours come to us, and all our services go to him, by Christ, John 1:51. All of the good things that come from heaven and through Christ, he is the great blessing to the world. We are all blessed in him, unless we choose to shut ourselves out.
Today think about how you know that God is always with you, and thank him for that. Also, thank God for Jesus, the blessing he is to us, and that through him we are reunited with our Father in heaven. Pray that you will be a blessing to others, through Christ, in all you do. You can read more about Jacob in Genesis 27:41-33:20.
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