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Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 26/260: Jacob

Read Genesis 28:10-22

Jacob’s Ladder

Jacob deceived his father and received the blessing that Isaac intended to give his brother Esau. Moses records, “So Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him, and Esau said in his heart, ‘The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then I will kill my brother Jacob’” (Genesis 27:41). The twins’ mother is understandably concerned and sends Jacob away to her brother’s house until Esau cools down.

On his journey, Jacob stops to rest and has a vision. “Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it” (Genesis 28:12). Is it not fascinating how God works in the lives of His creation, and we are entirely unaware of the specifics of it? These angels were presumably departing heaven to do the will of God, then returning when their tasks were completed. God was giving Jacob a glimpse into His providence and provision.

God repeated to Jacob the vow that He had made with Abraham and Isaac. The land would be given to Jacob’s descendants, and through his seed all the families of the earth would be blessed. But God adds a little extra to ease the more immediate troubles in Jacob’s mind. This man was on the run from his brother who wanted to kill him. He left his home, his family, and everything he knew. God told Jacob, “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 spoken to you” (Genesis 28:15).

God cared about Jacob and told him that He would bring him back home to see his family again. Even though he had done nothing to deserve such love (and who among us has?), Jacob was comforted by Jehovah. He was a swindler and a deceiver, but God had something better in store for Jacob.

We have all done things in our past that we regret. We have all sinned. But God has something better in store for us. He is working in our lives and putting people in place to help us grow closer to Him. Are you listening? Are you verifying the words you hear from others with the Word of God? Are you growing closer to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit?

Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 25/260: Isaac

Read Genesis 27:1-40; 28:1-5; Hebrews 11:20

Your Words Mean Something

Advanced in age and unable to see, Isaac blessed the wrong son. Jacob deceived his father and received the blessing of the firstborn, while Esau was relegated to a life of service to Jacob. Esau, as the older twin, should have received that blessing. Rather than take it back from Jacob after learning of the deception, however, Isaac reaffirmed it in Genesis 28:3-4: “May God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may be an assembly of peoples; and give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and your descendants with you, that you may inherit the land in which you are a stranger, which God gave to Abraham.”

Be careful what you say. Be sure you are saying the right thing to the right person at the right time, or you may end up in a situation that puts you at a disadvantage. However, even if you rashly say something, be sure to keep your word, because your words mean something.

Consider the words of inspiration found in Ecclesiastes 5:2-5, “Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes through much activity, and a fool’s voice is known by his may words. When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it; for He has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you have vowed—better not to vow than to vow and not pay.”

As Christians, we should not even have to make a vow; our integrity should be such that when we say something, people will believe it whether we use the word “promise” or not. In fact, Jesus said, Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one” (Matthew 5:33-37).

Your words mean something. So say what you mean, and mean what you say!