Brief Notes

The Stone,
the Pillow, and
the Pillar (2)

15 June 2024

The dream God gave
Jacob in Genesis 28
contains one of the most
crucial visions in the
entire Bible

In Genesis 28, when Jacob came to the place where he was to rest for the night, he was all alone. And most likely, he was also downcast at the thought of having to leave his family and his homeland, for how long he did not know. But it was at this very point that God came in to give him a dream that contains one of the great visions in the entire Bible:

Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
— Genesis 28:12

In the New Testament, the Lord, when He was speaking to Nathaniel, refers to the ladder in this dream as a picture of Himself, the One who joins earth and heaven, upon whom the angels ascend and descend to carry out God’s purpose:

Truly, truly, I say unto you, You will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
— John 1:51

Moreover, when Jacob awoke from this dream, we are told,

…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!”
— Genesis 28:17

This is the first time the house of God is mentioned in the Bible. Somehow, as a result of this dream, Jacob recognized God’s desire to have a dwelling place on the earth, a thought that is developed all through the rest of the Old and New Testaments, until it is finally consummated at the end of the Bible, in the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21-22). And Jacob also recognized that when you have Christ joining the earth and the heavens, in the house of God, that is surely “the gate of heaven”; it is the place where, spiritually, we can ascend to heaven, and where the angels are working and coordinating with Christ to bring the heavenly things down to the earth (cf. Matt. 6:9-10).

So, when we consider this vision in the light of the rest of the Bible, it shows us the genesis of God’s purpose, that is, to have His dwelling place. And it also shows us the way He carries out that purpose, that is, by Christ as the one who joins the earth and the heavens, and who administrates the entire earth for the sake of God’s purpose. What a vision is this, a vision of the heavens being joined to the earth!

Lord, grant us to see this same vision; bring us all into such a vision of Your desire, and of the way You carry out Your desire!

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