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Genesis 28 – The Covenant Reaffirmed with Jacob, Stairway to Heaven Dream

Isaac summoned Jacob and told him not to take a Canaanite wife, but to get one from the house of Rebekah’s maternal grandfather, a daughter of Laban. Then he prayed for him, “May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you so that you become an assembly of peoples. May God give you and your offspring the blessing of Abraham so that you may possess the land where you live as a foreigner, the land God gave to Abraham.” Isaac sent him off. Esau noticed this, and married Mahalath, daughter of Ishmael (sister of Nebaioth). On the way Jacob spent the night at a certain place. He laid his head on a stone and dreamed of a stairway to heaven that God’s angels were going up and down on. Yahweh was standing there beside himself saying, “I am Yahweh, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your offspring the land that you are now sleeping on. Your offspring will be like the dust of the earth…all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go. I will bring you back to this land, I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Jacob awoke and said, “What an awesome place this is! This is none other than the house of God. This is the gate of heaven.” Early in the morning he took the stone that was near his head and set it up as a marker, poured oil on it and named the place Bethel (it was previously the city of Luz). Jacob made a vow, “If God will be with me, if he provides food and clothes, if I return safely, then the Lord will be my God. This stone will be God’s house and I will give You a tenth of all that You give me.”

He’s saying that if God holds to His covenant with him, he will too. As we see through the entire Bible, God upholds His covenant and is the one true and living God, God Almighty “El Shaddai”. We can be reconciled El Shaddai and come into covenant with Him through Jesus Christ! Praise be to God.


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