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JACOB 3

GENESIS 27:41 - 28:22

JACOB FLEES TO LABAN

41 ESAU HELD A GRUDGE AGAINST JACOB BECAUSE OF THE BLESSING HIS FATHER HAD GIVEN HIM. HE SAID TO HIMSELF, “THE DAYS OF MOURNING FOR MY FATHER ARE NEAR; THEN I WILL KILL MY BROTHER JACOB.”

42 WHEN REBEKAH WAS TOLD WHAT HER OLDER SON ESAU HAD SAID, SHE SENT FOR HER YOUNGER SON JACOB AND SAID TO HIM, “YOUR BROTHER ESAU IS CONSOLING HIMSELF WITH THE THOUGHT OF KILLING YOU. 43 NOW THEN, MY SON, DO WHAT I SAY: FLEE AT ONCE TO MY BROTHER LABAN IN HARAN. 44 STAY WITH HIM FOR A WHILE UNTIL YOUR BROTHER’S FURY SUBSIDES. 45 WHEN YOUR BROTHER IS NO LONGER ANGRY WITH YOU AND FORGETS WHAT YOU DID TO HIM, I’LL SEND WORD FOR YOU TO COME BACK FROM THERE. WHY SHOULD I LOSE BOTH OF YOU IN ONE DAY?”

46 THEN REBEKAH SAID TO ISAAC, “I’M DISGUSTED WITH LIVING BECAUSE OF THESE HITTITE WOMEN. IF JACOB TAKES A WIFE FROM AMONG THE WOMEN OF THIS LAND, FROM HITTITE WOMEN LIKE THESE, MY LIFE WILL NOT BE WORTH LIVING.”

28     SO ISAAC CALLED FOR JACOB AND BLESSED HIM AND COMMANDED HIM: “DO NOT MARRY A CANAANITE WOMAN. 2 GO AT ONCE TO PADDAN ARAM, 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. 3 MAY GOD ALMIGHTY BLESS YOU AND MAKE YOU FRUITFUL AND INCREASE YOUR NUMBERS UNTIL YOU BECOME A COMMUNITY OF PEOPLES. 4 MAY HE GIVE YOU AND YOUR DESCENDANTS THE BLESSING GIVEN TO ABRAHAM, SO THAT YOU MAY TAKE POSSESSION OF THE LAND WHERE YOU NOW LIVE AS AN ALIEN, THE LAND GOD GAVE TO ABRAHAM.” 5 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.

6 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,” 7 AND THAT JACOB HAD OBEYED HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND HAD GONE TO PADDAN ARAM. 8 ESAU THEN REALIZED HOW DISPLEASING THE CANAANITE WOMEN WERE TO HIS FATHER ISAAC; 9 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 HARAN. 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 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. 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 HEAD AND SET IT UP AS A PILLAR AND POURED OIL ON TOP OF IT. 19 HE CALLED THAT PLACE BETHEL, 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 HOUSE, THEN THE LORD WILL BE MY GOD 22 AND 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.”           GENESIS 27:41 - 28:22

I.  JACOB RAN FOR HIS LIFE

THERE ARE CONSEQUENCED FOR OUR DECISIONS.

THE CONSEQUENCES FOR JACOB'S DECISION TO TRICK HIS FATHER, AND TAKE THE BLESSING FROM ESAU ARE NOW BEGINNING TO UNFOLD.

IF YOU'LL REMEMBER, JACOB HAS BEEN A HOMEBODY ALL HIS LIFE.

AND NOW BECAUSE OF HIS DECISION

HE HAS TO LEAVE HIS HOME BEHIND

AND STRIKE OUT ON HIS OWN.

SEBASTIAN JUNGER IS THE AUTHOR OF THE PERFECT STORM.

LONG BEFORE HE BECAME A FAMOUS WRITER,

HE DECIDED THAT HE WOULD HITCHHIKE

ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES.

HE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE AN INTERESTING AND EXCITING ADVENTURE.

JACOB WASN'T LIKE THAT

HE WASN'T THE ADVENTUROUS  KIND.

CAN YOU IMAGINE

WHAT MUST HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH HIS MIND

THAT FIRST DAY AND NIGHT AWAY FROM HOME?

REMEMBER,       JACOB WAS THE ONE WHO

"STAYED AMONG THE TENTS"

HE WAS THE ONE THAT WAS CONTENT JUST BE AT HOME.

HE WAS THE ONE THAT LIKED TO COOK.

AND NOW HE'S LEAVING HOME FOR GOOD.

          WHEN J VERNON McGEE WAS ABOUT 9 YEARS OLD,

HE LIVED IN THE COUNTRY.

HE LIVED IN A LITTLE PLACE CALLED SPRINGER, OKLAHOMA.

IT WAS JUST A SMALL PLACE, ONLY A WIDE SPOT IN THE ROAD.

VERNON HAD SOME FRIENDS WHO LIVED ABOUT A MILE

DOWN THE ROAD.

AND THESE FRIENDS INVITED HIM TO COME AND SPEND THE NIGHT.

THEY HAD A BOY ABOUT VERNON'S AGE.

AND HE CAME TO VERNON'S HOUSE TO GET HIM,

THEN THEY WENT OVER TO HIS FRIENDS HOUSE TOGETHER.

VERNON SAYS THAT HE'LL NEVER FORGET THAT EXPERIENCE.

THEY HAD A DELICIOUS COUNTRY DINNER,

AND HE ENJOYED IT.

THEN THEY PLAYED HIDE-AND-SEEK UNTIL IT GOT DARK.

BUT EVERY NOW AND THEN HE WOULD LOOK INTO THE DARKNESS AND BEGIN TO GET A LITTLE HOMESICK.

THEN THE TIME CAME FOR THEM TO GO TO BED.

THEY PUT A PALLET DOWN IN THE FRONT ROOM,

HE PUT ON THE HIS NIGHTSHIRT

AND LAY DOWN ON THAT PALLET.

HE HAD NEVER BEEN SO LONELY IN ALL HIS LIFE.

HE WAS HOMESICK!

OH, HOW HE WANTED TO GO HOME!

HE ROLLED AND TOSSED FOR A LONG TIME.

AND FINALLY HE DOZED OFF AND SLEPT FOR A WHILE,

BUT VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING

HE TOOK OFF HIS NIGHTSHIRT

AND PUT ON HIS CLOTHES.

HE STUFFED HIS NIGHTSHIRT UNDER HIS ARM

AND STARTED RUNNING HOME.

HE DIDN’T STOP UNTIL HE GOT THERE.

NO ONE WAS UP, BUT HE WAS SO GLAD JUST TO BE HOME.

JACOB MUST HAVE FELT PRETTY ALONE TOO.

THAT NIGHT, HE PULLED UP A ROCK FOR A PILLOW

AND LAY DOWN TO SLEEP ON THE GROUND.

STAIRWAY SLIDE

II.  JACOB HAD A DREAM

IN HIS DREAM HE SAW A STAIRWAY THAT WENT FROM THE EARTH UP TO HEAVEN.

HE SAW ANGELS GOING UP AND DOWN THE STAIRWAY.

ONE THING THAT...THE STAIRWAY SHOWS US

IS THAT THERE IS A GREAT DISTANCE BETWEEN

EARTH AND HEAVEN.

A DISTANCE SO GREAT THAT WE CAN'T GET ACROSS IT, WITHOUT USING  THE STAIRWAY.

JESUS SAID IN  JOHN 1:51 (NIV)

THAT HE IS THE STAIRWAY

HE  CONNECTS HEAVEN AND EARTH.

THIS IS WHAT HE SAID...

  • \\ 51 HE THEN ADDED, “I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, YOU SHALL SEE HEAVEN OPEN, AND THE ANGELS OF GOD ASCENDING AND DESCENDING ON THE SON OF MAN.” *

JESUS ALSO SAID IN JOHN 14:6 (NIV)
6 JESUS ANSWERED, “I AM THE WAY AND THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.

 

AND IN  1 TIMOTHY 2:5-6 (NIV) IT SAYS...
5 FOR THERE IS ONE GOD

AND ONE MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MEN,

THE MAN CHRIST JESUS,

6 WHO GAVE HIMSELF AS A RANSOM FOR ALL MEN...

SO JESUS IS OUR STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN.

IT'S ONLY THROUGH HIM THAT WE CAN GET THERE.

ANGEL SLIDE

NOW, WHAT ABOUT THE ANGELS?

WHY WERE THEY GOING UP AND DOWN THE STAIRWAY?

WHAT ARE THE ANGELS?

THEY'RE MINISTERING SPIRITS,

HEBREWS 1:14 (NIV)
14 ARE NOT ALL ANGELS (ARE ) MINISTERING SPIRITS SENT TO SERVE THOSE WHO WILL INHERIT SALVATION?

ANGELS DO FOUR DIFFERENT THINGS.

Þ ANGELS PROTECT AND DELIVER BELIEVERS THROUGH THEIR TRIALS. 

Þ ANGELS GUIDE AND LEAD BELIEVERS                            IN THEIR MINISTRY. 

Þ ANGELS ENCOURAGE BELIEVERS.

Þ ANGELS ESCORT BELIEVERS INTO HEAVEN.

THEN JACOB SAW THE LORD.

STANDING ABOVE THE TOP OF THE STAIRWAY.

GOD WAS STANDING

ABOVE THE VERY TOP OF THE STAIRWAY.

THIS SHOWS US THAT

GOD IS IN CHARGE OF EVERYTHING,

NO MATTER WHAT IT IS,

HE'S IN CHARGE OF EVERYTHING IN HEAVEN

AND EVERYTHING ON EARTH.

THE SOVEREIGN GOD, HAS THE POWER TO CONTROL ALL THE AFFAIRS BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH.

FOR JACOB, AND FOR US THIS MEANS THAT

GOD HAS THE POWER...

· TO PROTECT US FROM ROBBERS, THREATS, AND ALL OTHER LURKING DANGERS.

· TO TAKE CARE OF OUR PAST

WITH ALL ITS FAILURES

AND TO TAKE CARE OF OUR FUTURE

WITH ALL ITS UNCERTAINTY.

· TO LOOK AFTER OUR FAMILY

AND OUR LOVED ONES WHILE WE'RE AWAY.

· TO FULFILL HIS PROMISES

TO ABRAHAM, ISAAC, JACOB AND US.

THE PROMISED SEED AND THE PROMISED LAND.

· TO CONTROL ALL EVENTS UPON EARTH

AND WORK THEM OUT FOR GOOD.

WHETHER IT INVOLVES ONE PERSON

OR A WHOLE COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE.

THE CRUCIAL POINT FOR US TO SEE IS THAT:

JACOB NOW KNEW THAT GOD WOULD HANDLE HIS PROBLEMS.

DESPITE THE FACT THAT HE WAS

A TRAGIC AND MISERABLE FAILURE,

GOD WAS STILL IN SOVEREIGN CONTROL,

AND GOD HAD THE POWER TO WORK ALL THINGS OUT FOR GOOD.

GOD SAID TO JACOB...

“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. 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.”

GOD GAVE JACOB THE SAME PROMISE

THAT HE GAVE TO ABRAHAM,

THE SAME PROMISE

THAT HE GAVE TO JACOB'S FATHER, ISAAC.

TODAY WE CAN SEE HOW FAITHFUL GOD HAS BEEN TO KEEP HIS PROMISE TO JACOB.

WHEN JACOB WOKE UP, HE SAID,

“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.”

SO HE BUILT AN ALTAR OUT OF THE ROCK HE HAD USED AS A PILLOW AND POURED OIL OVER IT AS A SACRIFICE TO THE GOD OF HIS FATHERS.

HE CALLED THAT PLACE BETH-EL.

BETH MEANS HOUSE.

EL MEANS GOD.   SO BETHEL MEANS THE HOUSE OF GOD.

JACOB UNDERSTOOD GOD NOW

LIKE HE NEVER HAD BEFORE.

1. NOW JACOB KNEW THAT THE LORD WAS WITH HIM.

SINCE HIS FLIGHT FROM HOME,

HE'D BEEN GRIPPED WITH FEAR, SHAME, LONELINESS;

HE HAD BEEN SUFFERING MENTALLY AND EMOTIONALLY FOR THE WRONG THINGS HE'D DONE

AGAINST HIS FATHER AND HIS BROTHER.

HE HAD BEEN IN THE VERY DEPTHS OF DISCOURAGEMENT AND DESPAIR.

BUT NOW GOD HAD MET HIM IN HIS DESPERATION AND NEED.

2. JACOB REALIZED WHAT AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE HE'D HAD:

BETHEL WOULD ALWAYS BE A SPECIAL PLACE TO HIM

BETHEL WAS HOLY GROUND...

· IT WAS THE VERY HOUSE OF GOD:

A SPECIAL PLACE WHERE HE COULD MEET GOD.

· IT WAS THE VERY GATE OF HEAVEN:

WHERE GOD HAD HEARD AND ANSWERED HIS PRAYER.

3. JACOB NEEDED TO SET THIS PLACE APART

AS A VERY SPECIAL PLACE.

· SO HE DEDICATED THIS PLACE AS A SPECIAL PLACE OF WORSHIP.

HE BUILT AN ALTAR BY STACKING STONES THERE. THEN HE ANOINTED THE ALTAR WITH OIL.

· HE NAMED THE PLACE BETHEL,

WHICH MEANS HOUSE OF GOD

III.  JACOB MADE A VOW.  10 PERCENT

JACOB'S VOW INVOLVED THREE COMMITMENTS:

Þ THAT THE LORD, THE GOD OF REDEMPTION

AND SALVATION, WOULD ALWAYS BE HIS GOD (GENESIS 28:21B).

Þ THAT HE WOULD ALWAYS WORSHIP GOD IN BETHEL WHEN HE WAS THERE (GENESIS 28:22).

Þ THAT HE WOULD BE FAITHFUL IN TITHING TO GOD (GENESIS 28:22).

YOU CAN ALWAYS TELL WHEN GOD HAS ALL OF A PERSON.

THEY'RE WILLING TO OPEN THEIR WALLET

AND GIVE TO GOD WHAT BELONGS TO HIM.

WHEN GOD HAS ALL OF US WE DON'T WORRY ABOUT HOW HE'LL BE PROVIDED FOR.

WE KNOW THAT HE'LL TAKE CARE OF US.

JACOB HADN'T LIVED A VERY RIGHTEOUS LIFE UP TO THIS TIME.

BUT THAT NIGHT, HE MET GOD.

I MEAN, HE REALLY MET GOD,

AND NOW HIS LIFE'S DESIRE WAS TO SERVE HIM.

GOD HAD PROMISED TO BE WITH JACOB,

AND JACOB WOULD DEPEND ON THAT PROMISE

FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE.

WE CAN DEPEND ON GOD'S PROMISE TO US TOO.

THE BIBLE SAYS IN JEREMIAH 29:13 (NIV)
13 YOU WILL SEEK ME AND FIND ME WHEN YOU SEEK ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART.

AND JESUS SAID IN  LUKE 9:23-24 (NIV)
23 THEN HE SAID TO THEM ALL: “IF ANYONE WOULD COME AFTER ME, HE MUST DENY HIMSELF AND TAKE UP HIS CROSS DAILY AND FOLLOW ME. 24 FOR WHOEVER WANTS TO SAVE HIS LIFE WILL LOSE IT, BUT WHOEVER LOSES HIS LIFE FOR ME WILL SAVE IT.

IS THAT HOW YOU'RE LIVING?

ARE YOU DENYING YOURSELF, TAKING UP YOUR CROSS AND FOLLOWING JESUS?

OUR GREATEST CALLING IN LIFE IS TO

FOLLOW HARD AFTER GOD, AND NEVER GIVE UP FOLLOWING HIM.

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