Sunday, April 10, 2016

We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder

from Lynda Lindsey

Genesis 28:10-22; April 10, 2016

He (Jacob) 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. Genesis 28:12

When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 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.” Genesis 28:16-17

Jacob, the deceiver, flees his home to escape Esau’s murderous plan. As Jacob sleeps he has a dream from God. Jacob sees a ladder connecting heaven and earth and God’s angels traveling up and down the stairway. From heaven God reveals Himself to Jacob.  God reaffirms the covenant He made with Abraham, Isaac, and now to Jacob. Jacob, upon awakening, declares that he has seen the gate of heaven. Jacob’s vow seemingly confirms his acceptance of responsibility to both fear and follow God.  

Picture Jesus as the only stairway to lead us heavenward toward our true home. Consider Hebrews 1:14 which tells us that angels are God’s messengers sent to serve us who will inherit salvation. Have you perhaps seen those ministering spirits? Has that holy encounter pointed you to God? What was your response? Just as Jacob accepts his responsibility to fear and follow God, so must we. When we see and hear God calling… choose obedience. Regardless of our failings, sin, trickery, and deceit, choose repentance. Once we are aware that the Lord is in this place, take up our cross, follow Jesus and serve HIm.

We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder (A gospel song; unknown composer)

1 We are climbing Jacob’s ladder, We are climbing Jacob’s ladder, We are climbing Jacob’s ladder, Soldiers of the cross.

2 Every round goes higher, higher, Every round goes higher, higher, Every round goes higher, higher, Soldiers of the cross.

3 Sinner, do you love my Jesus? Sinner, do you love my Jesus? Sinner, do you love my Jesus? Soldiers of the cross.

4 If you love Him, why not serve Him? If you love Him, why not serve Him? If you love Him, why not serve Him? Soldiers of the cross.

5 We are climbing higher, higher, We are climbing higher, higher, We are climbing higher, higher, Soldiers of the cross.

 Keep climbing! We’re almost there!