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One of the most surprising parts of this week’s parasha is that through all the traveling, confusion, deceit, and bickering, G-d is still with Jacob and He still speaks to him. This may not seem amazing to you but while reading I kept hoping that Jacob would eventually take David’s advice from Psalm 34:14 and: “Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” It wasn’t that Jacob participated in a lot of the sin but it seemed to take a long time before he realized he should “turn away” from Laban and move on. Nevertheless G-d was with him, blessed him, granted him favor, and spoke to him. It is truly a miracle that throughout the trials and tribulations Jacob faced that G-d brought forth the 12 tribes of Israel! The whole story is orchestrated by G-d.

“When the L-RD saw that Leah was hated, He opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.”  Genesis 29:31

 “And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, ‘This time I will praise the L-RD.’ Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she ceased bearing.’”  Genesis 29:35

 “And G-d listened to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son.”  Genesis 30:17

 “Then G-d remembered Rachel, and G-d listened to her and opened her womb.”  Genesis 30:22

This should come as no surprise considering G-d’s promise not to leave 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 promised you.” Genesis 28:15

 He is faithful. He is merciful. He is the Master of the universe. If ever you have been challenged by someone subscribing to dispensational theology regarding the lack of grace in the Torah it is quite clear the challenger has not read the Torah. This portion alone is a beautiful example of G-d’s grace toward Jacob and his family. Jacob is privileged to have several encounters with G-d and be involved in the fulfillment of the promise to Abraham. G-d promises the land of Israel to Abraham and an abundance of offspring in Genesis 22:16-18, then He reiterates that promise to Isaac in Genesis 26:2-5, and now we have the same promise mentioned also to Jacob in Genesis 28:14-15. This promise is from G-d and it is continually spoken by G-d. How gracious is He to remind us of His promises!

The promise to Abraham is reiterated to Jacob in his dream about the ladder that reached heavenward. This fascinating passage is teeming with messianic foreshadows.  To begin, scripture tells us:

 “Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep.” Genesis 28:11

 We know the “place” is called Bethel which means house of G-d. Also we know from scripture that Messiah Yeshua is likened unto a stone several times.

 “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” Psalm 118:22

 “So this is what the Sovereign L-RD says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.’” Isaiah 28:16

 “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom G-d raised from the dead—by Him this man is standing before you well. This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:8-12

 “Come, let us sing for joy to the L-RD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.” Psalm 95:1

Jacob essentially finds rest in the “stone” from the House of G-d just like we who are heavy-laden seek our comfort and strength from Messiah. (Matt. 11:28) As for the dream he sees a ladder extending from the earth to the heavens and angels are ascending and descending. Messiah Yeshua also ascended and descended.

“And he said to him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of G-d ascending and descending on the Son of Man.’” John 1:51

32Jesus then said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33For the bread of G-d is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ 34They said to Him, ‘Sir, give us this bread always.’ 35Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to Me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst.’” John 6:32-35

“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” John 6:38

Then G-d spoke to Jacob in the dream and reiterated the promise given to Abraham, tells him He will bring him back to the land, tells him that the families of the earth will be blessed by him, and finally promises to be with him. Messiah serves an important role throughout all of the things mentioned to Jacob, especially the ingathering of the exiles and the establishment of His kingdom in Jerusalem. After Jacob awoke he rightfully acknowledges that he is present in the house of G-d, but he also declares the place is the “gate of heaven.” What an interesting description! My understanding of a gate is an entrance to a fortified location. Who is the only way to eternal life? Who guards the way?

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” John 14:6

Another intriguing parallel is that Jacob pours oil on the stone after he is cognizant of the holy place on which he has been standing. So too, will Messiah Yeshua be publically proclaimed as G-d’s anointed Son and as King.

26 ‘The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the L-rd and against His Anointed’—27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.” Acts 4:26-28

It would appear that Jacob saw the gate of heaven and the house of G-d. It is important to focus on Jacob’s reaction following such an awe-inspiring occurrence. (1) He demonstrated fear of G-d, (2) made a vow of dedication and service, (3) and he “went on his journey and came to the land of the people of the east.”(Gen. 29:1) Shouldn’t being born again lead to the previous actions? Should we not, for the first time, fear the King of the universe and vow to be His servant? Of course if we fear Him, then we must keep His commandments (Ecc. 12:13) and we would seek to dwell with the body of Messiah. We would no longer fellowship with the world but we would separate ourselves from the world and fellowship with the congregation of Messiah. As you read this week’s portion, I encourage you today to focus on our Messiah. Glorify Him and give thanks to the G-d of our salvation. “Oh give thanks to the L-RD, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!” (Ps. 106:1)


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