I’ve been reading Genesis for several weeks. In light of all that is going on in our world, it is so important to understand the relevancy and reliability of Scripture. Old and New.
As we study it, we begin to see both world history, and what the future holds, in a different light.
In Genesis 28, Jacob heads out to Padan Aram to find a wife from his mother’s side of the family.
Esau, in an attempt to please his father, though a bit late, and after he has so famously missed the blessing, marries a daughter of Ishmael.
And now, the offspring of Ishmael (the outcast) and Esau (who missed the blessing) come together.
From Esau will come the Edomites who will fight with the descendants of Jacob (the Israelites); and from Ishmael’s twelve sons will come the Islamic nation, Muhammad and the Muslims (people who follow Islam)….and these people still fight with the Nation of Israel today.
This is an important piece of history to keep in mind as we look at the world today and the battles that rage in the Middle East.
As we keep reading, Jacob, on his way to find a wife lays down, using a rock for a pillow and falls asleep (Gen 29:10-11). Clearly, the boy was exhausted.
He then has an amazing dream (read it for yourself in Gen 29). In a place Jacob would call Bethel, he sees angels ascending and descending from heaven on a ladder—
And I love Spurgeon’s comment about this, he says, “The God of Bethel is a God who does concern himself with the things of earth, not a God who shuts himself up in heaven, but God who hath a ladder fixed between heaven and earth.” (Spurgeon)
Isn’t that good? Perhaps, read that again!
God is involved in this world and He is involved in our individual lives. The Bible is very clear on this.
Dave Guzik points out, “Jesus made it clear in John 1:51 that He is the access to heaven. He is the means by which heaven comes down to us and by which we can go to heaven. Jesus Messiah is the ladder. And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man” (John 1:51).
Isn’t that incredible? See how the Old and New Testament tie together?
And what’s more, this holy place, called Bethel, is believed to be in what is now the West Bank in the Middle East (land still disputed today be the descendants of those we are studying).
And I used to think Genesis was not a very important book! Oh my goodness what relevant riches are here!
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