January 18, 2012

18 - Jacobs journey

Kathleen’s thoughts
Jacob is sent on his way to find a wife as Isaac commanded him not to take a Canaanite women and Isaac says “May God give you and your offspring the blessing of Abraham so that you may possess the land where you live as an alien. The land God gave to Abraham
I remember from Sunday school the story of Jacob’s ladder and reading it today about Jacob’s dream flooded my thoughts with memories of my childhood. Imagine seeing angels going up and down stairs, what beauty it must have been. Through this dream God promises Jacob He will watch over him wherever he goes and He will bring him back to this land. Jacob awoke from his sleep and said “Surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it” Jacob then took a stone that was near his head and poured oil on top and name the place Bethel. In Verse 22 Jacob said. This stone that I have set up as a marker will be God’s house, and I will give to You a tenth of all that You give me” Second time tithes is mentioned.
Laban son of Nahor, this is Rebekah’s brother had two daughters Leah and Rachel and it was Rachel Jacob fell in love with Jacob worked 7 years for Rachel but was deceived at his wedding as Laban gave Leah to him and Laban made Jacob work another 7 years to get Rachael Jacob worked another 7years for Laban.
It seems like history repeating itself as here you have Rachel giving her slave to Jacob to have a child. But God’ promises always come through and He opened Rachel’s womb and she conceived a son naming him Joseph.
When Jacob decided to leave, Laban tried everything to keep him but our God is a faithful God and His word is true and just. God blesses Jacob with wealth and prosperity with everything his hand touches.

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