by Christina Farris
1 And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.
2 Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother's father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother's brother.
3 And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people;
4 And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.
5 And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padanaram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.
6 When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padanaram, to take him a wife from thence; and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan;
7 And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padanaram;
8 And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father;
9 Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham's son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife.
10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.
11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.
12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.
17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.
19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.
20 And Jacob vowed a vow, 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 raiment to put on,
21 So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:
22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee. Several question I want to ask in today message is one Did Jacob understanding what the birthright was about? Two did Jacob Commit to God before knowing if he wanted God to be His God? And three what blessings and assurances did Jacob have in this passage of scripture? As I was listening to a song written by Fanny Mae Cosby called Blessed Assurance(an old hymn) I began to think about the people of faith reaching the point of blessed assurance of faith and that assurance only faith can bring. I often tell the story of Jacob unwilling to commit to God while failing to see the assurance in this passage of hope Jacob had in his journey. It easier to read the last several verses and know Jacob had concern about his own faith, yet he was surrounded with blessing of assurance that God was near.
We can understand first Jacob went having both his father and mother blessings for the journey to find a wife, and was obedient to his mother and father who to choose for a bride. Where Esau was disobedient to his mother and father. The birthright and respect of his parents was not the same as Jacob. Jacob would journey and took a rest in a place called Bethel where he use a stone for a pillow. As he sleep that night he had a vision from God of angels descending and ascending on a ladder from and to heaven. This dream caused Jacob to believe this place was a doorway to God. This vision had been given to Jacob as blessed assurance that God was with him in his journey. Did Jacob understand about this birthright concerning faith perhaps not, but he knew about God and that God had somehow blessed him by allowing him to see the angels ascending and descending. He had rest while seeing this vision, it caused him no fear, but left him with the question of whether he wanted God to be his God. The inquiry came as if God you want to be my God then provide for me in this journey until you can bring me back to this very spot.
Jacob had assurance that God was with him, that he been given insight to the stairway/ladder to heaven. That assurance was that God had revealed to him that he was watching over him. When a person ask Jesus into their heart the first thing they have assurance of is forgiveness of sin with repentance and that Jesus came into their heart through faith. The second assurance is that they understand they no long have to worry about salvation or their eternity because Christ has paid the price of their sin. The blessed hope of faith coming through believing in Jesus, but that only the beginning of the journey. With faith comes the confidence to trust God through out the journey in life. A new believer is not going to be in the place an old believer is when it comes to faith, though they have the same promise from God that he will never leave or forsake them. That he be their through out the journey in life.
Jacob was learning about the promise that was bestowed on him by his God according to the original promise God made to Abraham concerning the promise land. Abraham however had more then the promise of land and offspring as numberous as the sky, he also had the assurance of faith in the Messiah would come, the assurance of faith and trust in the eternal hope of faith. Jesus was not even born yet, but he had faith the Messiah would come. Jacob was not ready for all the assurance of God, but he was getting his first dose with a vision from God of the angels of God ascending and descending. He knew in his heart God was there with him.
Sometimes we are not ready for the assurance of heaven. As a child I can remember looking at the sky above and knowing Jesus would return one day for me. As I laid in my hospital bed, I knew my journey of faith had been not perfect run, because of backsliding in my life, but I new the peace of Jesus had come to give me sweet assurance that my faith was still intact and my faith in God and Christ was stronger then before. Then now as 52 I see the assurances and blessings of God through each storm, and valley in the journey with God. Knowing I can rest in his promises for eternity. That his word is more valuable then gold, and his gift of his Son as my Savior is my blessing for eternity, I just have to hold on for the ride. Resting in God's promises is only half the battle of learning to trust in God. Trusting in God that with each step in our walk we have sweet assurance of faith. God gives us that assurance we need to know our faith is complete in him through belief in His Son and his word. To know the comfort of the Holy spirit living in us and guiding our steps. Jacob was still learning. Ruth found her hope in the journey as she looked at the blessings that God gave her by remaining true to her mother inlaw, having the hope of a future with her husband Boaz and seeing hope of offspring through her son name Obed that would be the father of Jesse, and King David's grandfather. Did Ruth understand it all. Probably not but she knew she had been blessed by God. Isaac knew the blessing of God has he meditate looking across the field of his labor, only to his delight to see the next blessing of God of having a bride of his own to treasure. He rested in the promises of God all days of his life, even when he could see no more and was fooled by his youngest son Jacob, who he continued to bless.
The truth is the journey we are on with God is full of hope and promise if we only will believe and trust in God. Jacob was not ready to grab hold for all his days of life, but he knew this God was speaking to his heart, mind and soul. Where are you in your journey to know God, are your ready to jump in and say I need Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Guess who you need to talk to if the answer is yes, not me, but Jesus. Ask him into your life and to forgive you of your sins. That all you have to do to have the blessed hope of eternity with Jesus. Upon salvation you are burried with him, and raise through new life with him through the cross. You are then sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise who will guide and teach you in your journey with him. You will never be alone, God will be with you on your journey in life. Hold to faith, because he will continue to reveal himself to you in your journey. Jacob was still struggling. Yet he would learn the reality of his own promise to God and God truly never letting go, but providing assurance and always giving hope.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us to rest in your assurance that by faith salvation through Jesus is mine. That our eternity is secure with faith, and our journey continues on. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Hebrews 10:10-23 KJV
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
Ruth 4:13-17 KJV
Genesis 24:63-67 KJV