Jacob’s Ladder

©Jeanne E Webster

 

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Gen. 28:10-12, 16-17 … Jacob went out from Beer-sheba and went toward Haran.  And he lighted upon a certain place and tarried there all night because the sun was set; and he took the stones of that place and put them for his pillows and lay down in that place to sleep.  He dreamed and saw a ladder set up on the earth and the top of it reached to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.

Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.”  In addition, he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place!  This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

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Remember the old Sunday school song:  We are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder?

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

Every rung goes higher and higher
Every rung goes higher and higher
Every rung goes higher, higher
Soldiers of the cross.

Rise, shine, give God glory
Rise, shine, give God your glory
Rise, shine, give God your glory
Soldier of the cross.

Keep on climbing, we will make it
Keep on climbing, we will make it
Keep on climbing, we will make it
Soldier of the cross.

Jacob’s dream of seeing angels going up and coming down a ladder to the heavens is suggestive of Christ being the means of access to heaven for believers.   Peter reiterates this point with the “precious promises” we receive from God and our Savior Jesus Christ:

2 Peter 1:4-8

“Whereby are given to us exceeding great and precious promises, so that you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 

“Besides giving all diligence, add to your faith, virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, temperance; and to temperance, patience; and to patience, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness and to brotherly kindness, love.  For is these things be in you and abound, they ensure that you will shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”                                         

LOVE
BROTHERLY
GODLINESS
PATIENCE
SELF-CONTROL
KNOWLEDGE
VIRTUE

[             FAITH             ] 

Father, help us to grow stronger and greater as we climb towards our spiritual maturity in the fullness of Christ.   May we truly become fruitful in our walk here on earth and not become blinded by the lusts of the flesh.  We long to see afar off, where our Savior awaits our homecoming.  Amen

5 comments on “Jacob’s Ladder

  1. We are children of the King! Hallelujah!

  2. camary1996 says:

    That is the prayer of my heart too. God bless you Jeanne!

  3. Debbie says:

    Love your ladder – Jacob’s ladder – God’s ladder and the reminder of the precious promises. 😀

    • Thank you, Debbie. Your latest article is super…dealing with guilt. Will reply soon. Sharing C S Lewis with you too. I have a question: where is that mystical location posted on your front page? Awesome!

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