Bible Study Lessons from Genesis 28:10-22
You’ve probably sang the song; “Jacob’s Ladder” and maybe wondered which Bible verse spawned the tune. It’s here in Genesis. In this chapter from Genesis, God makes a covenant with Jacob, Isaac’s son.
But, just being the son of Isaac does not automatically guarantee salvation for Jacob.
Remember, God has only children, not grandchildren.
Jacob Makes His Covenant with God – Promise of Life and Prosperity
He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants.
Your descendants will also be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
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.”
Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.”
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.”
So Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on its top.
He called the name of that place Bethel; however, previously the name of the city had been Luz.
Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me on this journey that I take, and will give me food to eat and garments to wear, and I return to my father’s house in safety, then the Lord will be my God.
This stone, which I have set up as a pillar, will be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.” – Genesis 28:12-22 NASB
Jacob Has a Dream
There are lots of covenants in the Old Testament between God and various people who were called to do God’s will.
Abraham had such a covenant and God promised that Abraham would be the “father of many nations“.
This meant that his descendants would form nations and God would bless them.
No Grandchildren for God?
It is not enough that Jacob is Abraham’s grandson. God does not have grandchildren; only children.
So, Jacob had to establish his own relationship with God and become one of His children.
Jacob Made a Promise – What about Our Covenant with God?
We too have to establish our relationship with God through our Savior, Jesus Christ.
In some religions, if you are born to a family of a certain faith, you are automatically of that faith. There is no choice with these religions.
We have a choice. We can either accept or deny God’s love and salvation. But, we are not born a Christian.
It doesn’t matter whether or not our parents were in church every time the doors opened. Or, as in my case, my grandmother was the oldest member of her church when she passed away.
No, all that matters is that we accept Christ as our personal Savior and make our covenant that we will try and follow Him every day of our lives.
It May Be Time for a Covenant with God ..
Have you made your decision to accept Christ as your Savior yet? He is waiting.
Christ has already established His covenant with God when He died on the cross and rose again on the 3rd day in order to save us from eternal death.
He made the ultimate sacrifice in order to offer us freely what Jacob and all of Israel had to earn.
We cannot earn our way into heaven.
Believing in Jesus Christ is the only way we will enter the kingdom of God.
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Love in Christ
If you would like to find out more about the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16.