Genesis 28 (ESV)
Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and directed him, “You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women. 2 Arise, go to Paddan-aram to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father, and take as your wife from there one of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother. 3 God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples. 4 May he give the blessing of Abraham to you and to your offspring with you, that you may take possession of the land of your sojournings that God gave to Abraham!” 5 Thus Isaac sent Jacob away. And he went to Paddan-aram, to Laban, the son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother. 6 Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan-aram to take a wife from there, and that as he blessed him he directed him, “You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women,” 7 and that Jacob had obeyed his father and his mother and gone to Paddan-aram. 8 So when Esau saw that the Canaanite women did not please Isaac his father, 9 Esau went to Ishmael and took as his wife, besides the wives he had, Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebaioth . . . Continue Reading
As Chapter 28 begins, Isaac blesses and directs Jacob and gives him instructions on where to go, where to find a wife and specifically who not to marry – a Canaanite woman (Genesis 28:1-4).
Jacob obeys his father Isaac (and Rebekah’s) wishes and goes to Paddan-aram.
Esau, knowing Jacob obeyed and knowing that the Canaanite women did not please his father, he “went to Ishmael and took as his wife, besides the wives he had, Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebaioth” Genesis 28:9) to spite his father.
Genesis 28:11 says, “And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep.”
When we find a stone, we might put it behind a door to hold it open or maybe use it to keep a balloon from flying away but a pillow? Thankful for modern amenities! Somehow, Jacob falls asleep on this stone pillow and dreams of a Stairway to Heaven where “the angels of God were ascending and descending on it” (Genesis 28:12)!
With the Lord standing above it, He says, “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you” (Genesis 28:15).
After Jacob awoke from his dream, he is afraid and says, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven” (Genesis 28:17).
Then he takes this comfy stone pillow, sets it up for a pillar, poured oil on it, named the place Bethel and makes a vow to God saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, 21 so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, 22 and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you” (Genesis 28:18-22).
What an enthusiastic awareness and worship of the Living God that manifests itself not in only an emotional awakening but also a commitment!
Thank you for reading my daily online journal today. Far from commentaries these are just my initial thoughts after reflecting on what I’ve read from a chapter in God’s Word each morning. This not only helps me apply what I’ve read because I’m reflecting and sharing instead of only reading but it also allows me to encourage others to prayerfully consider doing the same.
In His Care,